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.
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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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