Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. Photograph taken from the U.S. Army.


This website is dedicated to the U.S. soldier, past and present. Though I may never know your name, know your service, and know your sacrifice, I am forever grateful. In particular, I remember the sacrifices of my ancestors who proudly served our country when they were called to. Thank you Great Nat, Poppy, and many more for your devotion to our country.

Impetus for the Project

We as private citizens are obligated to understand the stories and sacrifices of those who serve in our armed forces. As Abraham Lincoln so eloquently put it in his second inaugural address on March 4, 1865: “God gives us to see the right… to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan.” We as a country must endeavor to heal the physical and mental wounds of our soldiers; to prevent them from turning their back on what has often been an ungrateful nation. It was out of a reverence for those who serve and have served, a deep appreciation for U.S. History, and an intellectual curiosity that I have set out to complete this project. The website I created will be an integral part of my Individual Studies Major Capstone Project, which I will complete in the fall semester of my senior year at Gettysburg College.

The Author

Ben Johnson is a Senior at Gettysburg College, Class of 2022. He created an Individual Studies Major entitled Identity in Peace and Conflict, and he has minors in Peace and Justice Studies and Civil War Era Studies.

Special Thanks

Thank you first and foremost to the Digital Scholarship Summer Fellowship 2021 Committee for the opportunity to learn about the digital humanities, and for their invaluable support of my project. Particularly, I want to thank Kevin Moore for his supervision and assistance of my project at each step of the way. Additionally, I am grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with the other five students in the DSSF cohort this summer. It was a pleasure to work with all of you! Last but not least, thank you to my Gettysburg College Advisor and Capstone Project Advisor Dr. Peter Carmichael. I could not have conceived this project without his guidance, and I can’t adequately stress how much I am indebted to him for his constant encouragement of me throughout my academic journey. Thank you all for your unwavering support of this project!

Digital Tools Used

  • WordPress
  • TimelineJS
  • Esri Maps
  • ArcGIS Maps

Sources Used

Anderson, Meg and Tom Dreisbach. “Military Veterans Overrepresented In Those Charged In Jan. 6 Capitol Riot : NPR.” npr, January 21, 2021. https://www.npr.org/2021/01/21/958915267/nearly-one-in-five-defendants-in-capitol-riot-cases-served-in-the-military.

Whereas: Stories from the People’s House. “Chasing Congress Away.” History, Art & Archives: United States House of Representatives, June 1, 2015. https://history.house.gov/Blog/Detail/15032422770.

“Daniel Shays.” In Wikipedia, July 24, 2021. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Daniel_Shays&oldid=1035261942.

Editors, History com. “Vietnam Veterans Against the War Demonstrate.” HISTORY, November 16, 2009. https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/vietnam-veterans-against-the-war-demonstrate.

Goodspeed, Rob. “Angry Veterans Storm Capital … In 1932 | DCist,” November 12, 2004. https://dcist.com/story/04/11/12/angry-veterans/.

Higgins, Abigail. “Red Summer of 1919: How Black WWI Vets Fought Back Against Racist Mobs – HISTORY.” HISTORY. Accessed July 26, 2021. https://www.history.com/news/red-summer-1919-riots-chicago-dc-great-migration.

Kingseed, Wyatt. “The ‘Bonus Army’ Storm Into Washington,” June 2004. https://www.historynet.com/wwi-bonus-army-protest-in-washington.htm.

Master, FH. “Pennsylvania Mutiny of 1783 | Forgotten History,” January 6, 2016. http://www.forgottenhistory.us/index.php/node/1178.

McNeer, John. “Shays’ Rebellion: A Little Revolt with Big Repercussions – History Arch,” March 9, 2018. https://historyarch.com/2018/03/09/shays-rebellion-a-little-revolt-with-big-repercussions/.

Napoleon53. “Pay the Bonus.” alternatehistory.com, January 27, 2018. https://www.alternatehistory.com/forum/threads/pay-the-bonus.435832/.

NPR Staff. “The Jan. 6 Capitol Riot: What We Know About The More Than 550 People Charged : NPR.” npr, July 23, 2021. https://www.npr.org/2021/02/09/965472049/the-capitol-siege-the-arrested-and-their-stories.

“Vamotto.Pdf.” Accessed July 26, 2021. https://www.va.gov/opa/publications/celebrate/vamotto.pdf.

Header image is Jan 6 Capitol: Trump Rally by Blink O’fanaye, which is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.