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Brightwood in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Battleground National Cemetery

Battleground to Community

 

—Brightwood Heritage Trail —

 
Battleground National Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 3, 2013
1. Battleground National Cemetery Marker
Inscription. After the rebels were turned back as the Battle of Fort Stevens ended in 1864, scores of Union Soldiers lay cold and silent. Forty-one of them are buried here in this tiny plot dedicated to their sacrifice. President Abraham Lincoln, who observed the battle, spoke at the dedication. At barely one acre, Battleground National Cemetery is one of the nation's smallest.

Memorial Day once drew hundreds to this hallowed place. The holiday was established by veterans in 1868 to honor the Civil War dead. John I. Whites grandfather, Lewis Cass White, was a veteran of the battle of Fort Stevens. John later recalled Memorial Day ceremonies here during the early 1900s that attracted veterans from both sides. A military band would play, and crowds listened to patriotic speeches and poems. Students from the Brightwood School placed flowers and American flags on the graves, and artillery men would fire a salute. "Following the ceremonies," White wrote, "the surviving comrades of the Grand Army of the Republic, who traded shots with the Confederates before Fort Stevens, converged ... for a light lunch" on his grandfather's porch "and fought the battle all over again."

Memorials to units that fought in the battle are located at the cemetery's entrance, where two six-pound, smoothbore guns stand guard. The small, rough-hewn
Battleground National Cemetery Marker (reverse) image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 3, 2013
2. Battleground National Cemetery Marker (reverse)
sandstone house was built for the cemetery's superintendent and family. General Montgomery Meigs, engineer architect of the Pension Building (now the National Building Museum), and veteran of the Battle of Fort Stevens, created its design.
 
Erected 2008 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 13.)
 
Location. 38° 58.242′ N, 77° 1.626′ W. Marker is in Brightwood, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Georgia Avenue (U.S. 97), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. The marker is on the sidewalk in front of Battleground National Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6624 Georgia Avenue, Washington DC 20012, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Battleground National Cemetery (a few steps from this marker); The 25th New York Cavalry (a few steps from this marker); Roll Call (a few steps from this marker); 98th Pennsylvania Infantry (a few steps from this marker); The 122nd New York Volunteer Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Company K, 150th Ohio National Guard Infantry
Battleground National Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 3, 2013
3. Battleground National Cemetery Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Automobiling on The Avenue (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of a Tulip Tree (approx. 0.2 miles away).
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Follow the Brightwood Heritage Trail
 
Also see . . .  Brightwood Heritage Trail information. (Submitted on March 6, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil
 
Edward R. Campbell's Funeral image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 3, 2013
4. Edward R. Campbell's Funeral
(from the reverse of the marker)
The Funeral of E. R. Campbell image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 3, 2013
5. The Funeral of E. R. Campbell
An army bugler plays taps at the 1936 funeral of E.R. Campbell, the last veteran of the battle to be buried in the Battlefield Cemetery.
Roll of Honor image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 3, 2013
6. Roll of Honor
Brightwood citizens once regularly marked Memorial Day here. The honor roll from the 1943 ceremony
An Invitation, 1926 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 3, 2013
7. An Invitation, 1926
Walter Reed Army Medical Center image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 3, 2013
8. Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Just North of here is the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. This 1940s photo shows the main building.
Monument to a Tulip Tree image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 3, 2013
9. Monument to a Tulip Tree
A stone marks the spot on Walter Reed's campus where Confederates climbed a tree to signal sharpshooters during the attack on Fort Stevens.
Montgomery Meigs image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 3, 2013
10. Montgomery Meigs
General Montgomery Meigs, architect of the cemetery lodge photographed by Mathew Brady studio.
Headstone image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 16, 2008
11. Headstone
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Edward R. Campbell
VT.
Six-pound gun and New York Cavalry Monument image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 13, 2005
12. Six-pound gun and New York Cavalry Monument
Monument to a Tulip Tree image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 21, 2011
13. Monument to a Tulip Tree
Site of a Tulip Tree Used as a signal station by Confederate soldiers under General Jubal A. Early during the attack on Washington July 11 and 12, 1864. Also used by Confederate Sharpshooters.
Map of the Brightwood Heritage Trail image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 3, 2013
14. Map of the Brightwood Heritage Trail
On the reverse of the marker
 
 
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