Vicksburg National Military Park in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Final Resting Place, With Dignity
National cemeteries were created in 1862 to provide a remedy, proper and honorable burials for the men who died in service. Established in 1866, Vicksburg National Cemetery holds the remains of 17,000 Union servicemen-more than any other national cemetery and about 1,000 veterans of other U.S. conflicts.
To Honor and Remember
At the close of the Civil War, the federal government conducted a massive search for the temporary graves of Union soldiers and sailors. The remains of nearly 300,000 men were eventually reburied in national cemeteries. Many have never been identified—their graves marked by simple square blocks.
National cemeteries were initially for Union burials only. The remains of about 5,000 Confederate veterans who died at Vicksburg lie in Cedar Hill Cemetery, in an area called "Soldiers' Rest."
Top right: Soldiers prepare bodies for burial
Background: Officer's circle, 1940 Postcard.
Erected by National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • War, US Civil.
Location. 32° 22.542′ N, 90° 52.057′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg National Military Park, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is on Union Avenue. Located within the Cairo Museum parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Vicksburg MS 39183, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Union Fleet (within shouting distance of this marker); The Last of it Kind (within shouting distance of this marker); Plenty of Firepower - Armor Plated (within shouting distance of this marker); Seven Ironclads in 100 Days (within shouting distance of this marker); Capstan - USS Cairo (within shouting distance of this marker); Torpedoed & Sunk (within shouting distance of this marker); Hog Chains - USS Cairo (within shouting distance of this marker); The Sinking of Cairo (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg National Military Park.
Also see . . . National Park Service article about the Vicksburg National Cemetery. (Submitted on October 31, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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