Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Loudon Park National Cemetery
National Cemetery (center panel)
In December 1861, the U.S. Sanitary Commission designated a small area of Loudon Park Cemetery for the burial of Union soldiers who died in Baltimore hospitals. The half-acre lot in the northeast corner of this private cemetery became one of the first national cemeteries.
By 1874, an estimated 1,646 Union soldiers and five civilians lay here. In 1884, the remains of approximately 238 U.S. Colored Troops were relocated from a government lot in Baltimore's Laurel Cemetery to the national cemetery. Five notable Union monuments were installed between 1885 and 1898.
In 1912, the Commission for Marking Graves of Confederate Dead identified 256 imprisoned soldiers and civilians who died in the Baltimore area during the Civil War. Twenty-nine, originally buried at Fort McHenry, had been reinterred at the national cemetery. The commission could not locate these graves, so it erected one granite monument with a bronze tablet listing the soldiers’ names.
Civil War Baltimore (left panel)
Slavery was legal in Maryland, but the
Pro-Union Baltimore supported the war. Escaped slaves made their way to Maryland where many enlisted in the 4th U.S. Colored Infantry. Thousands of soldiers trained in and around the city. Sick and wounded soldiers were treated at Jarvis U.S. General Hospital, the Steuart Mansion, and other facilities.
Medal of Honor Recipients (right panel)
Two Civil War recipients of the Medal of Honor are buried in the cemetery. First bestowed in 1863, it is the highest award for military valor in the U.S. Armed Services. For acts above and beyond the call of duty, 1,522 individuals who served in the Civil War received the medal.
Pvt. James T. Jennings, 56th Pennsylvania Infantry, captured the flag of the 55th North
Second Lt. William Taylor, 1st Maryland Infantry, burned a bridge at Front Royal, Virginia, in May 1862 to prevent a Confederate pursuit. On August 20, 1864, he replaced a wounded officer at Petersburg and led a reconnaissance mission (Officers Section, Grave 16).
Erected by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, National Cemetery Administration.
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Cemeteries marker series.
Location. 39° 16.867′ N, 76° 40.512′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker can be reached from Frederick Avenue (Maryland Route 144) west of McCurley Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located about 20 yards inside the gate, on the left side as you enter Loudon Park National Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3445 Frederick Avenue, Baltimore MD 21229, 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 (here, next to this marker); Address by President Lincoln (here, next to this marker); Maryland Sons Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Maryland Naval Monument To the Memory of the Unknown Dead (within shouting distance of this marker); Burial Place of Twenty-Nine Confederate Soldiers (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mary Pickersgill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Weiskittel Mausoleum (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
Regarding Loudon Park National Cemetery. National Register of Historic Places #96000655
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