Portsmouth, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Cedar Grove Cemetery
Cedar Grove interred a number of veterans beginning with the Revolutionary War through World War II. Most of the veterans, however, are from the Civil War and are memorialized in the Confederate section.
Erected by Path of History, Portsmouth VA.
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Disasters • War of 1812.
Location. 36° 50.385′ N, 76° 18.495′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, Virginia. Memorial is at the intersection of Fort Lane and Blair Street, on the rightTouch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Portsmouth VA 23704, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Cedar Grove Cemetery (a few steps from this marker); The Confederate Section (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Luke Porter (about 400 feet away); Portsmouth Naval Hospital (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Portsmouth Naval Hospital (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Portsmouth Naval Hospital (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Portsmouth Naval Hospital (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ruth Brown (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
More about this marker. Revision, June 28, 2018: In the early 2000’s, Path of History (POH) installed this descriptive signage (or marker) for Cedar Grove Cemetery on its historical trail of Portsmouth, Virginia. POH signage marked 23 of the 45 sites that were on its 2011 walking tour map. See Exhibit A. Local historians report that the idea for POH was conceived in 1995 during the development of Vision 2005, a plan of Renaissance for the city.
POH markers are said to present a location’s significance as well as extra insight and details. This one for Cedar Grove Cemetery, however, also contains information that conflicts with related inscriptions on other nearby markers.
According to POH, the cemetery was established in 1831. Other markers, such as the National Register of Historic Places, are inscribed with an establishment year of 1832. And the significant event of that year for POH was a cholera epidemic. Since historians are known to occasionally disagree, perhaps POH sought to highlight a topic of debate.
Note the marker’s left legend. It pictures the two war memorials that stand in an area of the cemetery called “The Confederation Section.” A marker bearing that name was erected there by the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), Stonewall Camp #380. See the “Related Marker” section for details. (by Cynthia L. Clark)
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
Also see . . . Path of History Walking Tour. (Submitted on June 28, 2018, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 14, 2010, by James Thomson of Chesapeake, United States. This page has been viewed 1,139 times since then and 16 times this year. Last updated on June 28, 2018, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 14, 2010, by James Thomson of Chesapeake, United States. 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 28, 2018, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.