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Newspaper Sunday: General Sheridan's Funeral at Arlington

By March 10, 2013

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Friday's funeral for two crewmen of USS Monitor may be the last Civil War burial at Arlington National Cemetery. The nation's most hallowed ground has a long association with the Civil War, as the cemetery's first burials took place at the height of the conflict, in 1864.

Arlington's prominence in the public mind was heightened by one of the most impressive funerals ever held in Washington, that of General Philip Sheridan on August 11, 1888. After a service at St. Matthew's Church, the body of the Civil War hero was carried, on a horse-drawn caisson, through the streets of Washington and across the Potomac River to Arlington.

General Sheridan, the son of Irish immigrants, had become famous as a brash cavalry officer during the Civil War. As commanding general of the U.S. Army at the time of his death, he was buried in a very prominent spot in the cemetery, atop the hill which affords a spectacular view of the city of Washington.

The nation's newspapers gave General Sheridan's funeral front-page coverage, and this week in Newspaper Sunday we look at what the curious public read at the time.

Note: The links below lead to excerpts of newspaper articles. To view the complete page of the paper at the Chronicling America site of the Library of Congress, click the "persistent link" on the excerpt page.

Illustration: General Philip Sheridan/Library of Congress

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