June 26, 2021
In this picture, colorized by Mads Madsen, General Pershing visits Arlington in 1925, several years after returning from World War I. The 639-acre cemetery was established during the Civil War as a place to bury those who died during the nation’s conflicts. The cemetery is on the grounds of Arlington House, the former estate of Mary Anna Custis Lee, the wife of Robert E. Lee and great-granddaughter of Martha Washington.
Reporting For Active Duty
After reporting for active duty, he was assigned to Troop L of the 6th U.S. Cavalry, and he participated in some of the Indian campaigns; he was cited for bravery in actions against the Apache. He served at postings in California, Arizona, and North Dakota between 1887 and 1890. During this time, he became an expert marksman. In 1890, during the Ghost Dance Campaign he arrived in Sioux City, Iowa with his unit to suppress the final uprisings of the Lakota. He only saw action once during the campaign and did not participate in the Wounded Knee Massacre.
He became a Professor of Military Science and Tactics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 1891-1895; while there he studied law, obtaining his LL.B. degree in 1893.