Fredericksburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Fredericksburg National Cemetery
The Battle of Fredericksburg
Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park
Work on Fredericksburg National Cemetery commenced in 1866 and was completed in 1869. Veterans erected two major monuments here in the late 19th century, and the remains of 300 veterans of later wars were interred before 1945, when the cemetery closed to new burials. Of the 15,300 men buried here, the identities of fewer than 3,000 are known.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients, and the National Cemeteries series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1865.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Willis Hill Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); 127th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Fredericksburg Battlefield (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park (about 300 feet away); The Willis Hill Buildings (about 300 feet away); Confederate Artillery (about 300 feet away); The Fifth Corps, Army of the Potomac (about 300 feet away); The Sunken Road (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
More about this marker. The main photo on the marker's right side shows Fredericksburg National Cemetery as it appeared about 1900. On the lower left are examples of the gravestones found in the cemetery. Rounded granite headstones mark the graves of identified Union soldiers. The graves of unknown soldiers are marked by a small square stone bearing two numbers. The top number identifies the plot; the bottom number identifies the number of soldiers buried in the plot.
This marker is duplicated at the south entrance to the cemetery.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 2, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,020 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on July 2, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 2. submitted on July 26, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. 3, 4. submitted on April 1, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 2, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 8. submitted on February 15, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia.