St. Cloud in Osceola County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Soldier City's Mount Peace Cemetery
Beginning in 1909, Union Civil War veterans from all over the United States began to move to St. Cloud, many drawn by promotions in Northern newspapers. The first veteran to die in St. Cloud, Lucius L. Mitchell, passed away in December 1909, and because there was no veterans cemetery in St. Cloud, he was interred in nearby Kissimmee. To remedy this, the local chapter of the Union veteran's group, the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), helped establish a cemetery, named Mount Peace, for Union veterans. The Seminole Land and Investment Company deeded a ten-acre tract to the Mount Peace Cemetery Association, which began selling plots. Union veterans were buried here from 1910-1942, totaling 427 burials. Among them are three African-American soldiers who served in the United States Colored Troops, fifteen documented survivors of the Andersonville prison, and one Medal of Honor recipient. Two Confederate veterans, one of whom served for both armies, are buried here. Later, veterans of other more recent conflicts were buried in Mount Peace. Lucius Mitchell's remains were relocated to Mount Peace years after the cemetery opened. The local
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Known as "the Soldier City," St. Cloud had the largest concentration of Union army veterans in the South. The first Union veteran buried in Mount Peace was Orrin B. King on February 4, 1910, and the last was William C. Russell, who died August 12, 1942. Since the cemetery opened, nearly 1,000 additional veterans of later conflicts have been buried in Mount Peace. These burials include 2 from the Plains Indian wars, 286 from the Spanish American War, 163 from World War I, 246 from World War II, 52 from the Korean War, 36 from the Vietnam War, 1 from the Gulf War, and 116 who served in peacetime. The first World War I veteran buried in Mount Peace was Walter Koch, who died in France, and the last was Dan Armstrong, who died just short of his 105th birthday. World War I veteran Edwin Young served in the 31st Infantry "Polar Bear" regiment. World War I Army Nurse Corps 1st Lt. Jessie Theige was one of the few women to receive full veteran benefits. John Hixon, a World War II prisoner of war (POW) of Japan, endured the Bataan Death March. Wayne Horner was a World War II POW held at Germany's Stalag 4B Muhlberg Sachsen. World War II veteran James Buckner survived the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • War, US Civil • War, World I • War, World II. A significant historical date for this entry is February 4, 1910.
Location. 28° 14.97′ N, 81° 15.734′ W. Marker is in St. Cloud, Florida, in Osceola County. Marker is at the intersection of East 10th Street and Rosedale Avenue, on the left when traveling west on East 10th Street. Marker is located outside the entrance gate. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 755 East 10th Street, Saint Cloud FL 34769, 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. The Thunderstorm Project (approx. 1.3 miles away); Sugar Belt Railway/VFW Post (approx. 1.3 miles away); Hunter Arms Hotel (approx. 1.3 miles away); First National Bank/St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce (approx. 1.3 miles away); Grand Army of the Republic Building (approx. 1.4 miles away); Fisk Funeral Home (approx. 1.4 miles away); Veterans Memorial Library (approx. 1.4 miles away); Hamilton Disston Sugar Plantation (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Cloud.
Also see . . . Mount Peace Cemetery. (Submitted on April 28, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 28, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 28, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.