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Corpus Christi in Nueces County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Old Bayview Cemetery

 
 
Old Bayview Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, June 12, 2010
1. Old Bayview Cemetery Marker
Inscription. The oldest federal military cemetery in Texas, Old Bayview was laid out by U.S. Army engineers while Brig. Gen. Zachary Taylor was encamped in Corpus Christi on the eve of the Mexican War. On Sept. 13, 1845, the steamer "Dayton", used to transfer men from St. Joseph's Island to Corpus Christi, burst a boiler near McGloin's Bluff (Old Ingleside), killing seven soldiers. Taylor obtained a burial site from H.L. Kinney, founder of Corpus Christi. Col. Hitchcock, who served Taylor, wrote:
"On September 14, a military funeral took place at the burial ground which I selected. It is on the brow of the hill northwest of camp, and commands a view of the Nueces and Corpus Christi bays. It is a beautiful spot."
After Taylor's army left Corpus Christi in 1846, the cemetery became the community burial ground. Here are graves of pioneer settlers, and of veterans of War of 1812, Texas War for Independence, Mexican War, Indian campaigns, Civil War, and later conflicts. Markers bear the names of men of the 9th U.S. Cavalry, 1st U.S. Infantry, 38th U.S. Infantry, U.S. Mounted Rifles, and 1st Texas Cavalry.
 
Erected 1967 by Texas Historical Survey Commission. (Marker Number 6305.)
 
Location. 27° 48.028′ N, 97° 23.951′ 
U.S. Veterans of the Army of Occupation (1845-1846), <i>(Mexican-American War)</i> image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, June 12, 2010
2. U.S. Veterans of the Army of Occupation (1845-1846), (Mexican-American War)
This memorial is dedicated to the veterans buried in Old Bayview Cemetery but whose exact burial locations are unknown
3rd Infantry
Camp, David R. Eisenberger, John Forrest, Elza B. Forrey, William Hearty, Ardel Henerman, Henry Herbert, Reuben Higgins, Daniel Hughs, Peter Kennedy, Thomas Martin, John Miller, David Staton, Elijah W.

4th Infantry
Bullock, Archibald Fowler, Daniel H. Galloway, Robert Kaisen, Loudwig Lewars, John McLowlen, John Mills, William W. Monghan, John Murphy, Robert Richardson, John F. B. Sanders, Michael Stewart, Robert Van Allmen, Gutlieb

5th Infantry
Ford, John Goodhand, James Jeffries, William McCall, Edward Merrill, Henry Messersmith, Henry Wade, William W.

7th Infantry
Dempsey, Jeremiah Fraser, William Hoffman, William Lugenguhl, John

8th Infantry
Graham, William Handy, James O. Humphries, Alfred Murphy, Patrick Pugh, John M. Wilson, Joseph

2nd Artillery
Callahan, Lawrence Cashman, James Coe, Robert Hogan, Hugh Riddle, James

3rd Artillery
Byars, Samuel Druves, Jacob Gettner, George

4th Artillery
Butcher, Joseph Miller, John F.

2nd Dragoons
Allen, William T. Clark, John Cook, Augustus Edgar, James T. Foy, Patrick Garey, William Hellan, Francis Kelly, Edward Kelly, Joseph Marcellis, John F. Reifstack, Andrew Warner, Ulysses W. Young, Camile

Unknown units
Chambers Engenshpiehl West

...and additional veterans known but to GOD.
W. Marker is in Corpus Christi, Texas, in Nueces County. Marker is at the intersection of Padre Street and Ramirez Street, on the right when traveling north on Padre Street. Click for map. Marker set inside cemetery near gate. Marker is in this post office area: Corpus Christi TX 78401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Explosion of the Steamship Dayton (a few steps from this marker); Thomas S. Parker (within shouting distance of this marker); Nueces County Courthouse of 1914 (approx. mile away); McCampbell House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Corpus Christi Cathedral (approx. 0.4 miles away); Irishtown (approx. 0.4 miles away); Grande-Grossman House (approx. 0.4 miles away); French-Galvan House (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Corpus Christi.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesMilitaryWar, Mexican-American
 
Reverse of the U.S. Army of Occupation (Mexican War) Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, June 12, 2010
3. Reverse of the U.S. Army of Occupation (Mexican War) Memorial
About 50 ft. away from marker with text that reads:

Infantry Artillery Dragoons
For additional information on these men visit the Corpus Christi Public Library

Sponsored by Descendants of Mexican War Veterans
William J. Bozic, Jr.
Rosa G. Gonzales
Dedicated September 19, 2004
Cemetery view image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, June 12, 2010
4. Cemetery view
Old Bayview Mesquite marker is in front of the Mexican War Memorial.
A view of the Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, June 12, 2010
5. A view of the Cemetery
Old Bayview Cemetery sign image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, June 12, 2010
6. Old Bayview Cemetery sign
Old Bayview Mesquite image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, June 12, 2010
7. Old Bayview Mesquite
The first military funeral in Texas took place on this site in 1845. This venerable tree remains as a monument and a living witness to the troubled times that typified that era in Texas history.
 
 
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