Corpus Christi in Nueces County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Old Bayview Cemetery
The oldest federal military cemetery in Texas, Old Bayview was laid out by U.S. Army engineers while Brig. Gen. Zachary Taylor was encamped in Corpus Christi on the eve of the Mexican War. On Sept. 13, 1845, the steamer "Dayton", used to transfer men from St. Joseph's Island to Corpus Christi, burst a boiler near McGloin's Bluff (Old Ingleside), killing seven soldiers. Taylor obtained a burial site from H.L. Kinney, founder of Corpus Christi. Col. Hitchcock, who served Taylor, wrote:
"On September 14, a military funeral took place at the burial ground which I selected. It is on the brow of the hill northwest of camp, and commands a view of the Nueces and Corpus Christi bays. It is a beautiful spot."
After Taylor's army left Corpus Christi in 1846, the cemetery became the community burial ground. Here are graves of pioneer settlers, and of veterans of War of 1812, Texas War for Independence, Mexican War, Indian campaigns, Civil War, and later conflicts. Markers bear the names of men of the 9th U.S. Cavalry, 1st U.S. Infantry, 38th U.S. Infantry, U.S. Mounted Rifles, and 1st Texas Cavalry.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Military • War, Mexican-American. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #12 Zachary Taylor series list. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1876.
Location. 27° 48.029′ N, 97° 23.953′ W. Marker is in Corpus Christi, Texas, in Nueces County. Marker is at the intersection of Padre Street and Ramirez Street, on the right when traveling north on Padre Street. Marker set inside cemetery near gate. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Corpus Christi TX 78401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Explosion of the Steamship Dayton (a few steps from this marker); James Downing (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas S. Parker (within shouting distance of this marker); George Owens (within shouting distance of this marker); Matthew Nolan (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Bayview Mesquite (within shouting distance of this marker); William DeRyee (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Eli Todd Merriman (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corpus Christi.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 14, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,323 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on June 14, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. 2. submitted on October 2, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on June 14, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.