Port Townsend in Jefferson County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
A Field of Stones
Tucked away in what was once a secluded corner, the cemetery was to be the final resting place for those soldiers and their immediate family members who died at Fort Worden. The first burial in the 360 plots was that of Pvt. Elisha Webb, in June 1902. Today the cemetery includes veterans from the Spanish-American War through Vietnam, and from all branches of the service. The headstones also record the deaths of children and infants, and two unknown people.
In the early days of the fort, memorial services were usually for the garrison alone. In town, citizens paraded to local cemeteries every Memorial Day in recognition of the dead of the Civil War, it being at that time the nation's most recent and moving conflict. They were often accompanied by the band from Fort Worden. Today the Fort Worden cemetery has become a special place to recognize those who died in military service. Every Memorial Day, community volunteers ensure that each grave is decorated with an American flag. This small field of remembrance remains under the care of the federal government.
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• Soldiers stand in respect behind the headstones at a service prior to World War I. The same type of headstone was used for all burials - men, women, and children, service members or not.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Patriots & Patriotism • War, World I • War, World II. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1902.
Location. 48° 8.022′ N, 122° 46.429′ W. Marker is in Port Townsend, Washington, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Spruce Street north of W Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1300-1398 W Street, Port Townsend WA 98368, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Point Wilson Light (approx. 1.1 miles away); Chief Chetzemoka (approx. 1.2 miles away); Chetzemoka (approx. 1.2 miles away); Sentinel Rock (approx. 1.2 miles away); Kah Tai Prairie Preserve (approx. 1.2 miles away); qatáy Prairie (approx. 1.2 miles away); Civil War Memorial (approx. 1.3 miles away); Starrett House (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Townsend.
Also see . . .
1. Fort Worden Post Cemetery (VA National Cemetery Administration)(Submitted on August 18, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. JBLM transfers operation of Fort Worden Post Cemetery to VA (2020). (Submitted on August 18, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Fort Worden Military Cemetery at Find A Grave. (Submitted on August 18, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 18, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 18, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 105 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 18, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.