Pennsville in Salem County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Finnís Point National Cemetery
A few interments have been made for members of the U.S. Armed Forces from the Spanish-American War, World War I, and soldiers who served at nearby Fort Mott when it was an active military installation. In the northwest corner, 13 white marble headstones mark the burial place of German prisoners of World War II who died while in custody at Fort Dix, New Jersey. The cemetery is now closed for future interments except for cremated remains.
Erected by State of New Jersey Division of Parks & Forestry and National Park System.
Location. 39° 36.633′ Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pennsville NJ 08070, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Union Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Finnís Point National Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Address by President Lincoln (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Confederate Monument (about 400 feet away); 1872 Construction (approx. 0.4 miles away); Peace Magazine: † 1904 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Battery Krayenbuhlís 5-inch rapid fire guns (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ammunition Hoist (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pennsville.
More about this marker. Several photographs appear at the bottom of the marker. The first, provided by the Delaware State Archives, is a picture of Fort Delaware taken during its use as a prison camp. It has a caption of “The death toll among prisoners of war and the guards at Fort Delaware was high, especially in the latter part of 1863 and throughout 1864. By July of 1863, there were 12,595 prisoners on the island. It was considered a grim place and acquired a frightening reputation. Disease was rampant and nearly 2,700 prisoners died from malnutrition and neglect.” Next to this is a photograph of the Confederate Monument, with the caption “In the northwest corner of the cemetery is the Confederate Monument – a granite obelisk approximately fifty feet high, with commemorative plaques identifying Confederate soldiers who died while interned at Fort Delaware.” The last photograph depicts the Union Monument, and has a caption of “A stone tablet pillar and ornamental pyramid in the center of the domed marble Union Monument immortalizes 105 of the Union dead who died while serving duty on Pea Patch Island. The tablet also indicates that the remains of another thirty Union soldiers could not be identified.” The bottom right of the marker also contains a map showing the cemetery orientation of Finnís Point Cemetery. Indicated on the map are the locations of the Union and Confederate Monuments and burials, the German POW burials, the office, flagpole and the site of the marker.
Also see . . .
1. Finn's Point National Cemetery. Fort Delaware Society. (Submitted on August 15, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route. National Park Service website. (Submitted on August 15, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • War, Spanish-American • War, US Civil • War, World I • War, World II •
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 15, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,354 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on August 15, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.