William Henry Christman

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William Henry Christman (October 1,1843 – May 11, 1864) was the first soldier to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Christman was a laborer from Pocono Lake, Pennsylvania. He was enlisted in the United States Army on March 25, 1864. He was hospitalized for measles five weeks later, being admitted to Lincoln General Hospital on May 1, and he died on May 11.[1] He was interred in Arlington National Cemetery on May 13, 1864, the first Union soldier to be so interred.[2]


  1. ^ Atkinson, Rick (June 2007). "The Nation's Cemetery". National Geographic magazine. National Geographic Society. Retrieved April 25, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Arlington National Cemetery Facts About Section 27". Arlington National Cemetery. Retrieved November 25, 2015. 

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