Annapolis in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Annapolis National Cemetery
Civil War Annapolis
In April 1861, Gen. Benjamin Butler and his Massachusetts troops entered the Maryland capital to ensure the state remained in the Union. The U.S. Army then reformed the Department of Annapolis, headed by Butler, to secure communication between the North and Washington, D.C. By summer, the U.S. Naval Academy was converted into a hospital. As Civil War fighting along the eastern seaboard intensified, St. John's College became a second hospital.
Annapolis also served as a parole camp. Union and Confederate forces exchanged prisoners on a one-for-one basis. Some were confined, others paroled and released. Paroled soldiers swore an oath to not take up arms until they were formally exchanged. Union authorities wanted their men available as soon as they were exchanged, so the U.S. Army housed the parolees in camps instead of allowing them to go home. At one time, Camp Parole near Annapolis housed 25,000 Union soldiers awaiting exchanged.
In 1862, the government leased 4 acres from Judge Nicholas Brewer. This land became Annapolis National Cemetery. Men who died at Camp Parole or the city's military hospitals occupy most of the graves. An 1868 army inspection listed 2,661 burials, including seven civilians, three female
The irregular-shaped cemetery occupies rolling land enclosed by a stone wall. Originally burial sections were separated by grass paths, and a central drive extended from the main gate, around the flagstaff mound, to the opposite wall. The original 1871 lodge was razed and replaced in 1940 with a Colonial Revival-style building. The old gates, too narrow for automobile access, were replaced at the same time.
Erected by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, National Cemetery Administration.
Location. 38° 58.599′ N, 76° 30.318′ W. Marker is in Annapolis, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker can be reached from West Street (Maryland Route 450) west of Taylor Avenue (Maryland Route 435), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. On the grounds of Annapolis National Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 800 West Street, Annapolis MD 21401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance A National Cemetery System (here, next to this marker); Address by President Lincoln (here, next to this marker); From The Bivouac of the Dead (here, next to this marker); Annapolis During The Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker); Anne Catharine Green (within shouting distance of this marker); Brown-Leanos Memorial Park (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sharpening Our Governing Teeth: The 1708 Charter of Annapolis (about 300 feet away); George H. Phelps, Jr. (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Annapolis.
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 5, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 2, 2018, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 54 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 2, 2018, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.