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United States National Cemeteries

Discussion in 'Military and War' started by bdtex, Jul 26, 2017.

  1. bdtex

    bdtex Moderator Staff Member

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    Up until 2016,I didn't know much about this topic. I knew a bit about Arlington National Cemetery and a lesser bit about Gettysburg National Cemetery but couldn't have told you much else about our National Cemetery system. In January 2016,I visited Richmond/Petersburg,VA for a few days. The last night there I stayed at a hotel near the Richmond International Airport which is on the eastern outskirts of town. I had a midafternoon flight the next day so I had all morning that day for sightseeing. I rolled out early that day to visit the Cold Harbor and Gaines Mill battlefields. On Cold Harbor Rd. between the Cold Harbor battlefield and the nearby Gathright House,which was used as a Union hospital,is Cold Harbor National Cemetery. I didn't even know it was there until I came upon it. It is the first National Cemetery I visited and probably the smallest too so far. All I had was a cellphone camera and I wasn't much of a photographer at the time.

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    bdtex Moderator Staff Member

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    Pennsylvania Monument at Cold Harbor National Cemetery:

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    bdtex Moderator Staff Member

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    Over the next few days,I'm gonna post about all the National Cemeteries I have subsequently visited. If anyone else has pics of National Cemeteries they've visited,please post them. If you have kin buried in one or more of our National Cemeteries,I'd love to hear about it.
     
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    bdtex Moderator Staff Member

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    Our HTBAR 2016 guided battlefield tour was at Chattanooga,TN/Chickamauga/Tunnel Hill,GA. It was from 6/6-6/11/2016 and was based outta Chattanooga. I flew there and didn't need to rent a car. I had an early afternoon flight out on 6/11 so I got a cab to take to me to a coupla places that morning. One was Chattanooga National Cemetery. The gate the cab driver dropped me off at was not the one where the cemetery admin building is,so I don't have a pic of the cemetery sign like the first pic above. It is a huge cemetery and I was on foot and by the time I saw where the admin building was I had no time to walk that far. It was kinda warm too. Lotta Union soldiers buried there and a nice view of Lookout Mountain too. I had a new camera too and it made a big difference.

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    Port Hudson National Cemetery-1/13/2017

    It was late in the afternoon that day and had gotten a little drizzly. Nobody else there but me. Lotta USCT troops who served in Louisiana,some from Louisiana,are buried there. The cemetery is off the beaten path,but there are a coupla prominent signs on the nearest highway.

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    My gran gran who was the Colonel got bayoneted in the leg at Cold Harbor

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    bdtex Moderator Staff Member

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    Visited that battlefield on a cold,Monday morning in Jan. 2016 and it was mesmerizing. Mighta been 2-3 other people there that morning. I didn't really have time to walk any trails there that morning. Wanna go back and do that.
     
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    Very cool
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    Baton Rouge National Cemetery - 1/14/2017

    I was pretty tired by the time I ate dinner and made it back to my hotel on 1/13. Got kind of a late start on 1/14. It was foggy that morning and my first destination was actually Magnolia Cemetery. Got there,went in and looked to one side and saw rows of white gravestones and realized it was a national cemetery that I did not know was there. Jumped back in my truck and went over there first. You can see Magnolia Cemetery on the left in the last picture.

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    And amazing thing every stone marks a man doing his best for his beliefs with family and history.

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    Some of the stones are for women veterans too.
     
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    I prefer visiting National Cemeteries by myself. I usually stay awhile and I get a little weirded out. I like going early in the morning or late in the afternoon too but I take it when I can get it.
     
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    True
     
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    My Father in law is buried at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta,Mi (just outside of Battle Creek). He was with the 82nd Airborne Paratroopers (lived through Normandy!)....this cemetery as of 2014 held about 30,000 grave sites. I don't have any personal pictures of it though....just what I've found on line.
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    The Massachusetts Civil War Monument at Baton Rouge National Cemetery.

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    Alexandria National Cemetery,Alexandria/Pineville,Louisiana - 2/9/2017.

    It was a beautiful day. It was a planned stop. I stopped there around 11:30am on the way to Vicksburg,Mississippi. I love the last picture.

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    The Alexandria,LA National Cemetery contains the remains of soldiers moved there from 2 other cemeteries,Brownsville National Cemetery and The Post Cemetery,Fort Ringgold Texas. The circumstances regarding the soldiers moved from Brownsville are described in the 3rd picture posted above. Some of the remains from both cemeteries were unidentified and were buried in mass graves at Alexandria National Cemetery with mass grave markers. Had to post a side view of one of them to be able to read it.

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    3 other markers at Alexandria National Cemetery:

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    Vicksburg National Cemetery,2/10/2017 :

    It is Tour Stop #8 at Vicksburg NMP. There are almost 13,000 Unknown Soldiers buried there. It is the only National Cemetery that I have been to,that I can recall,where the ground is terraced.

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    Vicksburg National Cemetery sits on what was part of the Union line during the Siege Of Vicksburg:

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