Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township

HATT | PO Box 2084 | Pocono Pines, PA 18350-2084

MARKER ADVOCATES of TOBYHANNA TOWNSHIP
WILLIAM HENRY CHRISTMAN — FIRST AT ARLINGTON

The grave of William Henry Christman of Tobyhanna Township, the first soldier to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery during the Civil War.

The grave of William Henry Christman, a Civil War soldier from Tobyhanna Township, who was the first soldier to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

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COMMEMORATES: Private William Henry Christman of Pocono Lake, a Civil War soldier in the Union Army, the first soldier to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery on May 13, 1864

INSCRIPTION:
During the Civil War, Christman of Pocono Lake enlisted in the 67th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Volunteers. He sent his military pay and enlistment bonus to his penniless parents so they could buy land for a family home and farm. On May 13, 1864 Private William Henry Christman was the first soldier buried at Robert E. Lee’s Virginia estate. That hallowed ground is now known as Arlington National Cemetery

SPONSORS: Rick and Ruth Bodenschatz

MARKER DEDICATED: May 21, 2017

LOCATION:
South side of Route 940 (eastbound) at Pocono Lake, at the west end of Sullivan Bridge at North Shore Drive.

COORDINATES: 41° 06' 51.4"N 75° 30' 44.1"W
or 41.114273, –75.512248

GPS ADDRESS: Pa. Route 940 and North Shore Drive, Pocono Lake

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About the Tobyhanna Township Roadside Marker Program


The Tobyhanna Township Roadside Historical Marker Program is a community-wide, volunteer effort spearheaded by the Marker Advocates of Tobyhanna Township (MATT).

MATT is a nonprofit association dedicated to this program. Volunteers serving in committees seek the funding, research and write the text, install the markers, arrange for a public dedication and establish a long-term awareness campaign through a touring map and a web site.

Be part of our heritage — Donate an historical marker

  • Through identification of the important facets of our rich history ... existing and lost landmarks, important events and activities, and our people, we will realize the goal of a community-wide network of roadside historical markers. Our community can now and for future decades and generations appreciate our heritage.
  • Each roadside historical marker will ensure the preservation of our local history and heritage, while providing an important educational opportunity that is accessible to the public, free of charge.
  • This program will build community pride while enhancing “heritage tourism,” recognized as a strong and desirable sector of our economy.
Sponsors donating the full cost of a marker are permanently recognized on the bottom of the marker. Additional appreciation is shared with the community through a public dedication ceremony, as well as a touring map, web site and other materials.

For more information on becoming a sponsor:


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