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From Robert G. Ingersoll’s gravestone in Arlington National Cemetery
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Robert G. Ingersoll Grave

Ingersoll Tombstone
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Ingersoll Tombstone

Arlington National Cemetery, Section 3, Number 1620

Ceremony Invitation
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Ceremony Invitation

The ashes of Ingersoll, who died from a heart attack on July 21, 1899 (just 2 weeks short of his 66th birthday) and his wife, Eva (Parker), who died 24 years later, were buried in a grave, on May 4, 1932.

On the oblong tombstone are carved the words,

Nothing is grander than to break chains from the bodies of men — nothing nobler than to destroy the phantoms of the soul.

Directions (printable map and directions to Ingersoll’s Grave)

The grave site, in Section 3, Number 1620, can be visited by taking a cab or private car to Arlington National Cemetery visitor’s center, where one must go inside (with the grave number, the car’s tag number and state) to get a vehicle pass and a map. With this pass and a map, drive past the security guard at the entrance to the cemetery and proceed to the gravesite. Or, from the Visitor’s Center, take the Tourmobile ($8.50) to the “Tomb of the Unknowns” and stop and walk approximately one half mile to the grave site.

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