The first officer ever buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Captain Packard was serving with Company A, 4th Maine Volunteer Infantry at the Battle of the Wilderness when he was severely wounded.
He was moved to a Washington, DC, hospital where he died of his wounds. His grave in Section 26 of Arlington National Cemetery in located adjacent to the Custis-Lee mansion in what was Mary Lee's rose garden.
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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