To the south of the mansion is a rather fine equestrian monument dedicated to Phil Kearny. When people ask questions about what if this commander or that commander had survived their encounter with death during the war, one should not forget Kearny. The Army of the Potomac would have been a different army had he not been killed at Chantilly.
Here’s a closeup of the general, who does not seem to be distracted by a nearby fly.
Many Americans know that the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is at Arlington National Cemetery, but not as many know of this memorial to the unknown Union soldiers whose remains were collected in 1865 in the area ranging south of Bull Run to Richmond. It is also south of Arlington House.
Three rather famous Union commanders are buried on the lawn immediately east of Arlington House. Here’s David D. Porter’s final resting place. The temporarily erected marker persists.
And here one finds Phil Sheridan and his family. I declined to leave a copy of Eric Wittenberg’s book. Often this monument goes unnoticed because its back is blank and obscured from view by the tree just behind it.
Finally, here’s the final resting place of Horatio G. Wright, who took over the Sixth Corps when John Sedgwick went down at Spotsylvania on May 9, 1864. Wright’s men would later help defend Washington from Jubal Early, so it’s appropriate that his monument looks out on the capital city. Sheridan probably appreciates that Wright’s nearby given their cooperation during the 1864 Valley Campaign that resulted in the defeat of Early at Third Winchester, Fisher’s Hill, and Cedar Creek.
Our journey will continue shortly.