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Push-Ma-Ta-Ha grave.

Push-Ma-Ta-Ha

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Washington, DC

Push-Ma-Ta-Ha was a Choctaw Chief, warrior, and diplomat, who served with Major General Andrew Jackson as an American ally in the War of 1812. While in Washington in 1824 seeking to settle questions regarding the territorial rights to Choctaw land, he died of croup. His military funeral, attended by then-Senator Jackson, stretched a full mile, with thousands in the procession and others lining the way to his resting place. The inscription on his grave describes him as "the White Man's friend" and includes his (fulfilled) dying wish: "Let the big guns [cannons] be fired over me."

[Grave report by Kurt Deion]

Also see: Congressional Cemetery

Push-Ma-Ta-Ha

Congressional Cemetery

Address:
1801 E St. SE, Washington, DC
Directions:
Walk into the cemetery at the intersection of Potomac Ave. SE and E St. SE. Once past the last building on the left (look for the flagpole) turn left and walk through the graveyard, about 25 rows. You'll see a line of cenotaphs ahead; Push-Ma-Ta-Ha's grave is at the north end of the line.
Hours:
Daylight daily; gated after hours. Office M-F 9-5. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
202-543-0539
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