His private headstone in Section 1 of Arlington National Cemetery reads:
Born Dec 23, 1837
Died Sept 16, 1905
He was a good citizen, a brave soldier,
And a professed Christian.
His earthly battles all fought to a close,
he rests here in peace,
under the shade and sod of Arlington
until such time reville shall sound for the dead.
Daniel Webster Benham of Ohio
Appointed from Ohio, Private, Company B, 6th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, 10 April to 21 August 1861
Second Lieutenant, 18th United States Infantry, 24 October 1861
First Lieutenant, 19 February 1862
Captain, 8 February 1865
Transferred to the 36th United States Infantry, 21 September 1866
Transferred to the 7th United States Infantry, 19 May 1869
Major, 16 December 1888
Lieutenant Colonel, 4 July 1892
Colonel, 7 July 1897
Breveted Captain, 31 December 1862 for gallant and meritorious services in the battle of Mufreesboro, Tennessee, and Major, 13 March 1865, for gallant and meritorious services in the Atlanta Campaign.
Retired from active service 23 July 1898.
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.
Reviewed by: Michael Howard