One hundred forty-five years ago this month, forty Union soldiers died defending Washington during the Battle of Fort Stevens. They were buried on that ground which became Battleground National Cemetery on Georgia Avenue in Northwest DC. It was there that a National Park Service Ranger made a discovery that would change his life and the lives of those forty men forever.
“If it wasn’t for these men right here, DC might have fallen. So this is extremely hallowed ground,” said Ranger Ron Harvey, a fifteen-year veteran of the National Park Service.