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William Christman
Private, United States Army
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The first soldier ever buried in Arlington National Cemetery, he died in a Washington-area hospital while serving with Company G, 67th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry and was buried in Arlington on 13 May 1864, before the "official" order establishing the cemetery was actually signed by the Secretary of War (15 June 1864).

He lies in Section 27 in what was originally the Lee Rose Garden near the Lee-Custis Mansion.




Photo by Michael Robert Patterson


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