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Baton Rouge in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)

Baton Rouge National Cemetery

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Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, March 30, 2019
1. Baton Rouge National Cemetery Marker
Civil War Baton Rouge
Control of the Mississippi River and New Orleans was vital to the Union war effort. In April 1862, Union gunboats steamed up the river. The vessels evaded the guns of Confederate-held forts located below New Orleans, and the city surrendered without a fight on April 28.
Knowing that Baton Rouge would fall next, Louisiana Gov. Thomas O. Moore ordered that all cotton stored in the city be moved or burned. Residents of the capital city fled as barges of blazing cotton were, set adrift on the river. The Union Army. captured Baton Rouge on May 7, 1862.
That August, the ironclad gunboat C.S.S. Arkansas and infantry commanded by Confederate Gen. John C. Breckinridge attempted to retake the city. On August 5, the Confederates successfully pushed Union troops to the city's outskirts. When fighting resumed the next day, the Union held the line and the Confederates retreated. Baton Rouge remained in federal control for the rest of the war.

National Cemetery
Union soldiers killed in the Battle of Baton Rouge were the first burials here. Soldiers
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and sailors who died in city hospitals followed. The property was designated Baton Rouge National Cemetery in 1867.
The federal government enlarged the cemetery by purchasing an additional 8 acres. The U.S. Army removed the remains of soldiers buried in Plaquemine and lberville parishes and Camden, Arkansas, and reinterred them here.
Improvements in the 1870s included a Second Empire-style brick superintendent's lodge, flagstaff, and gun monuments flanking the entry road. The lodge was replaced in 1931.
Section 3 contains several private, pre-Civil War burials from the old Baton Rouge Army Post Cemetery. In 1882, remains from that cemetery were exhumed and reinterred here.

Massachusetts Monument
Massachusetts funded a monument to honor its Civil War troops—thirteen infantry regiments and seven artillery batteries—who served in the U.S. Army Department of the Gulf. The 40-foot-tall granite obelisk was built by J. N. White and Sons of Quincy, Massachusetts, at a cost of $5,000.

On November 15, 1909, Massachusetts Gov. Ebenezer Draper, with fifty-nine officials and Union veterans, travelled to Baton Rouge to dedicate the monument. Louisiana Gov. Jared Y. Sanders and Baton Rouge Mayor Robert L. Pruyn participated in a ceremony that included music, speeches, a military salute, and the playing of "Taps."
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Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, March 30, 2019
2. Baton Rouge National Cemetery Marker
U.S.Department of Veteran Affairs.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the National Cemeteries series list.
Location. 30° 26.96′ N, 91° 10.054′ W. Marker is in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in East Baton Rouge Parish. Marker can be reached from North 19th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 220 North 19th Street, Baton Rouge LA 70806, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Yellow Fever Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Massachusetts Memorial (about 400 feet away); Genl. Philemon Thomas (about 400 feet away); A National Cemetery System (about 500 feet away); National Cemetery (about 500 feet away); Magnolia Cemetery (about 800 feet away); Civil War Battle of Baton Rouge (approx. ¼ mile away); St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baton Rouge.
More about this marker. Located inside the Baton Rouge National Cemetery, open sun up to sun down.
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March 29, 2019
3. Baton Rouge National Cemetery Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on June 23, 2023. It was originally submitted on March 31, 2019, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 247 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 31, 2019.

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Sep. 30, 2023