Winchester in Frederick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Winchester National Cemetery
Winchester National cemetery was established in 1866 on the site of the Third Battle of Winchester. Soon after the federal government created the 5-acre cemetery, remains were moved here from the battlefields at Winchester, New Market, Front Royal, Snickers Gap, Harpers Ferry, Martinsburg, Romney, and other nearby places.
Though approximately half of the 4,440 remains buried here were known, when possible they were placed in sections designated for particular states.
By law, the secretary of war appointed a “meritorious and trustworthy” superintendent to manage the cemetery. To qualify for the position, an individual must have been an army enlisted man disabled in service. Former private Philetus Sedgwick, 125th New York Infantry, was appointed the first superintendent on October 1, 1867. He served until his death in 1874.
The cemetery contains fourteen monuments that honor men and regiments that fought in battles in and near Winchester.
The first monument was erected in 1866 to officers and soldiers of the 14th New Hampshire who
A final wave of dedications occurred in the early 1900s. In addition to New Hampshire, regiments from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Vermont, and troops of the 6th Army Corps are memorialized.
A monument dedicated to the 8th Vermont Volunteer Infantry, led by Col. Stephen Thomas during the Third Battle of Winchester, was moved from the battlefield to the cemetery in 1896 at the request of the Vermont quartermaster Generalís Office. It sits among the graves of Vermontís volunteer soldiers.
Control of the Shenandoah Valley was essential for the Confederacy. Six major battles were fought in Winchester and nearby locations.
At the First Battle of Kernstown on March 23, 1862, Union Col. Nathan Kimball defeated Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. On May 25, 1862, Jackson won a decisive victory over Union Gen. Nathaniel Banks at the First Battle of Winchester. The Second battle of Winchester, June 1863, was another Confederate victory.
Three more battles occurred here in 1864. On July 24, Confederate Gen. Jubal Early defeated Gen. George Crook at the Second Battle of Kernstown, and kept Crook from reinforcing
Erected by U.S Department of Veteran Affairs, National Cemetery Administration.
Location. 39° 11.102′ N, 78° 9.39′ W. Marker is in Winchester, Virginia, in Frederick County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of National Avenue (Virginia Route 7) and Fairview Ave, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 National Avenue, Winchester VA 22601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A National Cemetery System (a few steps from this marker); Third Battle of Winchester (a few steps from this marker); 123rd Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 114th New York Volunteer Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 14th New Hampshire Regiment (within shouting distance of this marker); Pennsylvania (within Massachusetts (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 6th Army Corps (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winchester.
Also see . . . Winchester National Cemetery. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, National Cemetery Administration (Submitted on February 21, 2019.)
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