“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Marion in Grant County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Marion National Cemetery

Marion National Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, August 20, 2019
1. Marion National Cemetery Marker
National Home
In spring 1888, Congressman George Steele, Sr., of Marion, Indiana, introduced legislation authorizing the establishment of a National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers (NHDVS) in Grant County. Construction began in 1889, and six barracks and a hospital were completed the next year. Between 1895 and 1898, a headquarters building, six more barracks, dining hall, kitchen, chapel, and Stinson Memorial Hall were built.

When the National Home opened in 1890, only fifty-six Civil War veterans sought admittance. The next year, 500 arrived. A decade later, there were more than 1,700 residents. The number of Civil War and Spanish-American War veterans declined through the first two decades of the twentieth century. Incoming World War I veterans required a different type of care, so the facility became a psychiatric hospital. The National Homes were merged with the U.S. Veterans Bureau and the Bureau of Pensions to form the Veterans Administration (now U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs) in 1930.

NHDVS Cemetery
A cemetery was established on
Entrance to the Marion National Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, August 20, 2019
2. Entrance to the Marion National Cemetery
unused land on the east side of the Marion campus. Henry Smith, formerly a private in Company E, 20th Indiana Infantry, who died May 29, 1890, was the first interment. The initial graves were laid out in concentric circles. Sections developed in the 1920s, north of the original cemetery, were laid out in a traditional grid. The property was designated a national cemetery in 1973.

Two Civil War recipients of the Medal of Honor are buried in the cemetery. First bestowed in 1863, it is the highest award for military valor in the U.S. Armed Services. For acts above and beyond the call of duty, 1,522 individuals who served in the Civil War received the medal.

Seaman Nicholas Irwin, U.S.S. Brooklyn, manned his gun with skill and courage at Mobile Bay, August 5, 1864. His action resulted in the surrender of the C.S.S. Tennessee and damage to Fort Morgan, Alabama (Section 1, Grave 382).

Lt. Jeremiah Kuder, 74th Indiana Infantry, captured a Confederate battle flag at the Battle of Jonesboro, Georgia, September 1, 1864 (Section 4, Grave 2464).

Soldiers Monument
The Soldiers Monument is composed of a 10-foot-tall bronze statue of three Civil War soldiers on a granite pedestal. It was designed by American sculptor and educator Lorado Taft.

It is a copy of a larger work erected in 1894 on the Chickamauga battlefield
National Register of Historic Places plaque on the grounds of the cemetery image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, August 20, 2019
3. National Register of Historic Places plaque on the grounds of the cemetery
in Georgia. The Marion monument, unveiled in 1914, honors all Union soldiers. Its location at the original cemetery entrance is a reminder that the National Home was built to care for Civil War veterans.
Erected by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration.
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. 40° 31.4′ N, 85° 37.8′ W. Marker is in Marion, Indiana, in Grant County. Marker can be reached from Irwin Drive just south of East 38th Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1700 E 38th St, Marion IN 46953, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Veterans Memorial (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); West Ward School (approx. 2˝ miles away); Former Narrow Gauge Railroad (approx. 2.7 miles away); Korean War Honor Roll - Grant County (Indiana) (approx. 2.9 miles away); In Memory of David Branson (approx. 2.9 miles away); Marion (Indiana) W.W. I Honor Roll
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(approx. 2.9 miles away); Grant County (Indiana) Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marion.
Also see . . .  Marion National Cemetery. (Submitted on December 2, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 2, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 40 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on January 15, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 2, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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