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New Bern in Craven County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

New Bern National Cemetery

Honoring the Union Dead

 
 
New Bern National Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 14, 2014
1. New Bern National Cemetery Marker
Inscription. On March 14, 1862, Union Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside captured New Bern after seizing Roanoke Island in February and moving his army inland. After the battle for the town, the Federals established hospitals in the New Bern Academy, the Masonic Lodge, and other structures, all later known as Foster General Hospital. After the war, the remains of Union dead buried in New Bern and the surrounding area, including Beaufort, Hatteras, and locations along the coast, were reinterred here. Confederate soldiers in Cedar Grove Cemetery, southeast of here.

New Bern National Cemetery was established on February 1, 1867. More than 1,000 unknown soldiers are buried in a separate section. Another section contains the graves of more than forty U.S. Colored Troops. New Bern National Cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.

The cemetery contains several notable monuments. The granite 9th New Jersey Infantry Monument was erected by that state in 1905. Union and Confederate veterans, as well as the governors of both states, attended the elaborate dedication ceremony. Massachusetts erected a granite memorial in 1908 in memory of its soldiers who died in North Carolina during the war. Also in 1908, the Connecticut Monument was constructed to commemorate the Connecticut men who died of yellow fever as well as
New Bern National Cemetery Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 14, 2014
2. New Bern National Cemetery Entrance
combat casualties. The Rhode Island Monument consists of a granite base topped by a bronze figure, donated by that state and dedicated on October 6, 1909.
Major funding for this project was provided by the North Carolina Department of Transportation, through the Transportation Enhancement Program of the Federal Transportation Efficiency Act for the 21st Century.
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(left) Three drummer boys in the 2nd Rhode Island Infantry posed with their drums sometime during the Civil War. Most of the young men like these—both Northern and Southern—who fell in battle were interred in shallow, hastily dug graves with no identification, and in many cases their families never knew exactly what happened to them or where they were buried. After the war, the remains of thousands of Union soldiers were reburied ion national cemeteries, often in graves marked simply “Unknown.” Courtesy Library of Congress
(upper right) Gen. Ambrose Burnside Courtesy Library of Congress
 
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 35° 7.464′ N, 77° 3.114′ W. Marker is in
New Bern National Cemetery view of main flag pole image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 14, 2014
3. New Bern National Cemetery view of main flag pole
New Bern, North Carolina, in Craven County. Marker is at the intersection of National Avenue and Court Street, on the right when traveling south on National Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1711 National Avenue, New Bern NC 28560, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A National Cemetery System (within shouting distance of this marker); Greenwood Cemetery (approx. mile away); King Solomon Lodge (approx. one mile away); Cedar Grove Cemetery (approx. one mile away); St. Peter's A.M.E. Zion Church (approx. one mile away); William Henry Singleton (approx. 1.1 miles away); Political Duel (approx. 1.1 miles away); New Bern Academy (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Bern.
 
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New Bern National Cemetery-Rhode Island Monument image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 14, 2014
4. New Bern National Cemetery-Rhode Island Monument
New Bern National Cemetery-Massachusetts Monument image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 14, 2014
5. New Bern National Cemetery-Massachusetts Monument
New Bern National Cemetery-New Jersey Monument image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 14, 2014
6. New Bern National Cemetery-New Jersey Monument
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 7, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 312 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 7, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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