Battleground National Cemetery


 

Other Names: 
Street: 
6625 Georgia Avenue NW
City: 
Washington
State: 
District of Columbia
Zip: 
20012
County: 
District of Columbia
Phone: 
Historic Site: 
Yes
Active: 
No
Condition: 
Very Good
Established: 
1864
Affiliation: 
Military
Access: 
Public
GPS: 
38.970732, -77.026700
Website: 
Transcribed: 
 
 
Notes: 
After the battle, Quartermaster General Montgomery C. Meigs seized 1 acre of farmland to use for burying the dead. Under direction from President Abraham Lincoln and Meigs, forty were buried on the evening of July 12 on the battlefield site. That night, Lincoln came to the site to dedicate it as the Battleground National Cemetery. It was declared that anyone who fought in the battle was permitted to be buried at the location. But only one veteran of the battle, Edward R. Campbell, was buried in the cemetery in March 1936 at the age of 92. Four of the family members (the mother and three children) that lived in the caretaker's house on the site are also buried at the cemetery. All of them died within five years of each other. The cemetery is now a closed site and no more burials are permitted.
Cemetery Map: 
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Updated: 
06/20/2017
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