About us and our interest in the 6th PA and the cemeteries at St. Elizabeths:
It all started with a set of 22 photos that was brought to us by a friend. Passed down through his family, the photos were all from his great grandfather who served in the 6th PA Heavy Artillery. The photos were identified and he wanted to know more about them. Living in Washington, DC at the time, it was a short trip to the National Archives to discover their stories.
Equally as interesting are the St Elizabeths Hospital Cemeteries. The Civil War cemetery is located on a hillside of the West Campus overlooking the Potomac River and Washington, DC beyond. The tombstones may be seen from DC Route 295. Over on the East Campus is the John Howard Cemetery where soldiers from the War of 1812 all the way through to World War II, including a medal of honor recipient, are buried.
This webpage was created to share the histories of these places, the battles that were fought, and the soldiers who fought in them so that others may learn more about their ancestors. We do what we can to uncover the stories but there is much more information yet to be found. If you have information about your ancestors that you’d like to contribute please send us a note.