One of the original national cemeteries established by Congress, the United States Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Cemetery is located on land granted Soldiers' Asylum in 1862. Abraham Lincoln is believed to have walked the grounds of the sixteen-acre while staying at his cottage at the adjacent Soldiers' Home, the modern day's Armed Forces Retirement Home - Washington. The cemetery received its first interment from the Battle of Second Manassas and filled with so many casualties in its first two years that it became evident more land would be required; this led to the establishment of Arlington National Cemetery, where all the Confederate interments from the Soldiers' Home were moved by an act of Congress in 1900. The cemetery now holds over 5, 000 casualties from the Civil War. Most notably, it is the final resting place of Maj. Gen. John Logan, the Commander of Grand Army of the Republic who is credited with writing the general order which established the practice of decorating graves on what has become Memorial Day.
Washington, DC | Located just two blocks from the White House, the present church is a reproduction of the original church where President Lincoln and his family regularly attended services beginning in 1861.
Washington, DC | This national monument is the "first" national memorial to the 209,145 African-American soldiers and their 7, 000 white officers who fought in the American Civil War from 1862 to 1865.
Alexandria, Virginia | Established in 1862 as one of the original 14 national cemeteries, this site is the final resting place of thousands of soldiers who gave their lives in service to the United States.
Silver Springs, Maryland | This museum was founded in 1862 to collect "specimens of morbid anatomy . . . together with projectiles and foreign bodies removed" in order to improve the care of the soldiers during the Civil War, and among the most popular anatomical specimens on display are those related to President Abraham Lincoln and Major General Daniel E. Sickles.
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