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History Blog

NCA historians blog about current events, cemeteries, preservation projects, headstones and monuments, Memorial Day, notable persons and much more. Read our featured blog post or view the list below.

Featured Blog Post

Dayton's "Underground Path of Death"
By Sara Amy Leach, Senior Historian, NCA

The Civil War Veterans who resided in the barracks or entered the hospital at the Central Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers (NHDVS) in Dayton, Ohio, knew that the home cemetery was most likely going to be their final resting place. Then as now, burial was among the government benefits provided to those who served honorably. At the Dayton campus, home to more than 5,000 "inmates" at the turn of the twentieth century, a Veteran's last journey, reported the Cincinnati Enquirer, followed a literal "underground path of death" that terminated at a gated portal on the edge of what is now Dayton National Cemetery. Continue reading this blog post.

Postcard showing the gated entrance to the 300-foot-long tunnel at the Central Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in Dayton, Ohio. From the hospital morgue, deceased residents were placed in a casket and transported through the tunnel to the cemetery grounds for a funeral service at the church and then burial. (Dayton National Cemetery Support Committee)Postcard showing the gated entrance to the 300-foot-long tunnel at the Central Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in Dayton, Ohio. From the hospital morgue, deceased residents were placed in a casket and transported through the tunnel to the cemetery grounds for a funeral service at the church and then burial. (Dayton National Cemetery Support Committee)


List of NCA History Blog Posts

2022: NCA History Blog posts
Blog Post Date
NCA Historic Objects: Dayton's "Underground Path of Death" September 15, 2022
NCA Historic Objects: National POW/MIA Memorial September 8, 2022
NCA Historic Objects: President Clinton's Fiftieth Anniversary of V-J Day Speech at the NMCP September 1, 2022
NCA Historic Objects: President Zachary Taylor's Well-Traveled Remains July 7, 2022
NCA Historic Objects: U.S. Colored Troops Burial Petition June 23, 2022
NCA Historic Objects: National Cemetery "General" Headstone May 26, 2022
NCA Historic Objects: National Cemetery Gateway Arch May 11, 2022
NCA Historic Objects: The Washington Arsenal Monument March 30, 2022
NCA Historic Objects: The "Meigs Plan" March 23, 2022
Wayside of Black Houston mutineers legacy unveiled at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery February 24, 2022
NCA Historic Objects: Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Burial Plot at Golden Gate National Cemetery February 16, 2022
Happy Birthday President Lincoln! And why this put the Gettysburg Address in national cemeteries February 11, 2022
NCA Historic Objects: Togus Time Capsule February 2, 2022
NCA Historic Objects: 1948 Repatriation Album of Alaska World War II Dead January 20, 2022
NCA Historic Objects: Civil War National Cemetery Bronze Shield Plaque January 13, 2022
NCA Historic Objects: Ft. Scott National Cemetery visitors register with Susan B. Anthony signature, 1895 January 7, 2022
2021: NCA History Blog posts
Blog Post Date
Halyburton and Grimsley – Story of U.S.'s first POW in WWI November 23, 2021
Remembering the USS Indianapolis November 15, 2021
1973 – When VA took over the National Cemetery System November 12, 2021
Exhibit – USCT Substitutes in the Border States, Buried in National Cemeteries November 12, 2021
John Pitzer and the journey to Loutre Island November 12, 2021
Lincoln and Grant in Lights: The Grand Army of the Republic's 1887 memorial stained-glass windows November 1, 2021
NCA Monuments Dedicated on Memorial Day May 1, 2021
The World's Most Intrepid Airman is a Woman: Remembering Katherine Stinson Otero March 25, 2021
Contrasting Lives: WWI Black Veterans Everett Johnson and Robert Chase February 27, 2021
Creating a Formidable Force: Colonel Dan T. Moore February 26, 2021
Trailblazers, Advocates, and the Anguished: Veteran Profiles of the 349th Field Artillery February 25, 2021
2020: NCA History Blog posts
Blog Post Date
Friendship in Death: The Nimitz Plot at Golden Gate National Cemetery August 14, 2020
Remembering Fort Gratiot's July 1832 cholera victims at Lakeside Cemetery Soldiers Lot July 31, 2020
Remembering the USS Indianapolis (CA 35) on its 75th Anniversary July 30, 2020
Jo Ann K. Webb: NCA's First Female Director March 19, 2020
The Story of NCA's Presidential Memorial Certificate January 21, 2020
2019: NCA History Blog posts
Blog Post Date
National Day of the Horse & the 3rd Massachusetts Cavalry December 3, 2019
Enslaved to Enlisted: Reddy Gray's Grave is Underground Railroad site September 4, 2019
Emma Morrill Fogg French – Civil War Nurse July 8, 2019
Cemetery Monuments Embody Service, Sacrifice May 24, 2019
May is for Memorial Day...and Mowing May 23, 2019
Mount Moriah Naval Plot: History and Restoration May 16, 2019
Resuscitating Dayton National Cemetery's 'Tunnel of Death' May 3, 2019
97 years ago: New Government Headstone for World War Veterans April 26, 2019
President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address in National Cemeteries is a Birthday Legacy February 12, 2019
2018 and earlier: NCA History Blog posts
Blog Post Date
Memorial Day at 150 May 17, 2018
Buffalo Soldier Makes History Serving as Superintendent of VA Cemeteries February 28, 2018
NCA Historians Preserve National Cemeteries: 50th anniversary of National Historic Preservation Act October 27, 2016