The person buried here was known only by the surname Howard. He or she was interred on July 22, 1864. The grave was originally numbered 6-12-3-B.
Section 27 contains many graves of African Americans buried during and after the Civil War. Civilians of all ages are numbered among these dead. Some graves in this section hold the remains of United States soldiers. Quite a few of the dead in section 27 were residents of Washington, DC, whereas others were from Virginia or Maryland. Some were free African Americans. Many were enslaved persons seeking freedom.
Why is so little information known about this person? In most cases, the full name of the person was known to those who witnessed or recorded the death. Many of these persons were originally buried in small graveyards at hospitals or camps where they died. They were reinterred at Arlington at a later date. Names were lost because of poor record keeping at camps, hospitals, or cemeteries; due to later loss of records; or as a result of deterioration of the whitewashed wooden boards that were used to mark graves in the 1860s and later, at Arlington and in other local cemeteries.
Sources: Arlington National Cemetery records and "African-American Civilians Interred in Section 27 of Arlington National Cemetery, 1864-1867," Tim Dennee, via the website of the Friends of Freedmen's Cemetery of Alexandria, Virginia.
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: Sec 27, grave 2304
Created by: Mrs. Bee
Record added: Jun 30, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 113123127
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