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A Nation Repays Its Debt: The National Soldiers' Home and Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio

tells how the federal government created a network of "soldiers' homes" and national cemeteries to honor Civil War veterans. The 110-acre Dayton cemetery contains the remains of veterans from the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Spanish American War, and all 20th century military conflicts. (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)

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Interesting Fact:

More than 3.2 million soldiers are estimated to have served in the Civil War: 2.2 million Union soldiers and approximately 1 million Confederates. Of these, the death toll reached approximately 364,000 Union soldiers and 133,821 Confederate soldiers.
Detail of Dayton Soldiers Memorial (Courtesy of Dayton Veterans Affairs Archive)

Soldiers Memorial

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