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In what was once part of the ARlington House Rose garden stands the monument to the Civil War Unknowns. The monument, was dedicated in September 1866. Under the monument is a vault that contains the remains of 2,111 soldiers gathered from the fields of Bull Run and the route to the Rappahannock. These remains were found scattered across the battlefields or in trenches and brought here for burial. This monument was the first memorial at Arlington to be dedicated to soldiers who had died in battle, and who later could not be identified.

Not all of the soldiers were identifiable(lack of uniform or bad condition) so it is unknown how many Union and Confderate soldiers there are in total from each side.

They were divided by a cause and now united in death. This monument was amazing to see and I wonder if any visitors pay it any mind. We went out of our way to find it and found ourselves alone stading in front of it.

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  • Updated Nov 3, 2010
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