ON THIS DAY IN UNITED STATES HISTORY
June 15, 1775
George Washington is Elected Unanimously
as Commander of the Continental Army
On this day in 1775, Congress elected George Washington as the commander of the Continental Army. Washington
accepted without any compensation other than reimbursement for his expenses.
June 15, 1864
Arlington National Cemetery is Established
On this day in 1864, the Arlington National Cemetery was established when 200 acres of land formerly owned by
Confederate General Robert E. Lee was set aside by the current U.S. Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. The cemetery
now occupies 624 acres and contains 300,000 gravesites.