Today in History: General John J. Pershing

General Pershing's Victory Visit to Philadelphia

Today in History–July 15–the Library of Congress features General John J. Pershing, who died on this date in 1948. Pershing received a hero’s burial at Arlington National Cemetery, a fitting tribute to the only military leader since George Washington to earn the title General of the Armies of the United States. Find out more about this officer who led troops from the cavalry to World War I by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources related to General Pershing and the military campaigns he was part of.

Stories from America’s Library

John J. Pershing Papers

The Stars and Stripes U.S. Army newspaper published February 8, 1918, to June 13, 1919 by order of General John J. Pershing

Search “General Pershing” in the The Stars and Stripes collection for newspaper coverage of General John J. Pershing

Historical newspaper coverage of General Pershing

Books about General Pershing

H.Res.1356 – Recognizing the 150th anniversary of the birth of General John J. Pershing, an American military hero

General Pershing image set

General Pershing sheet music

General Pershing song recordings

Spanish-American War primary source collections & teaching resources

World War I primary source collections & teaching resources