Alexandria National Cemetery

Alexandria National Cemetery

Alexandria National Cemetery

Alexandria National Cemetery
4.5

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  • Alexandria Station • 8 min walk
  • King St – Old Town • 8 min walk
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4.5
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Michelle B
2 contributions
Memorial Day
May 2021
Grounds are kept very nice, it was amazing to see flags at ever stone in cemetery. We also saw President Biden helicopters leaving after he gave his speech.
Written 1 June 2021
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735carolynl
Seattle, WA109 contributions
Interesting, beautiful, solemn
Mar 2020
I stumbled on this cemetery while wandering the streets of Alexandria on a gorgeous day, simply wanting to be off the "regular" path. This held a surprise as I found the grave of a relative from the Civil War. Beautifully maintained this provides another view of our country as you see the dates and understand how disease and war impact a community.
Written 25 March 2020
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FreqTrav704
South Daytona, FL214 contributions
Beautiful
Sep 2019
I'm fortunate to live within walking distance, so I get to visit occasionally. It's a beautiful cemetery, well-kept, is it a navigate if you're walking. Probably a little more difficult if you have a walker or a wheelchair. I'm so it's
Written 13 November 2019
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Pugachev
USA9 contributions
If you like history, this palce is great.
Feb 2019
Walked through this cemetery one winter day with my granddaughter. The old head stones told a great story of the history of Alexandria and pre-Alexandria.
Written 4 September 2019
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ghirardellifan
Warrenton5 contributions
A humbling esperience.
Aug 2019
This a place to show and give respect for those who cared for, served and some fought for our great country. I have been there many times for funerals and holidays. It is a humbling experience. It is also interesting to walk the cemetery streets with the mature trees and nationally known grave sites. There is also a small museum there containing much history. It is great place to visit if you are ever in the DC area. Please do not bring pets and please dress appropriately to show respect. HC parking is available but it is still a long walk.
Written 18 August 2019
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Pamela B
Saint Charles, MO465 contributions
Very nicely kept
Jun 2019 • Family
We weren't aware of this place till we were on our way into Alexandria. It was kept well. It's sad to see that there are so many locations for our fallen soldiers.
Written 28 July 2019
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interceptpubs
Columbus, IN1,004 contributions
One of the first...the soldier's cemetery
Jun 2019 • Solo
One of the first fourteen national cemeteries created during the Civil War to provide fitting final resting places for the Union's fallen military personnel, it was originally simply known as the "Soldier's Cemetery." Covering only about five acres, it currently holds about 4,500 internees - about 4,000 of these date from the Civil War. The only new interments allowed today are basically relatives of individuals already buried here.

The cemetery was originally created to provide burial space for Union soldiers who had died in the city's hospitals. It's site is adjacent to Alexandria's civilian cemeteries of that period, which themselves date back to the early 1800s. By 1864, this military cemetery was already approaching capacity - the solution was to create a much larger national cemetery in nearby Arlington.

Like all national cemeteries, the grounds are immaculately maintained. The 1870 lodge by the impressive 12-foot wide wrought iron front gates was designed by Quartermaster General Montgomery C. Meigs and constructed from Seneca sandstone from the Potomac River Valley in the Second Empire style. The same sandstone is used for the wall around the cemetery.

Near the front entrance of the cemetery is a boulder with an inscription concerning the four civilian employees of the Army Quartermaster Corps buried nearby. These four died on the night of April 23, 1865 in a collision between two boats on the Potomac near St. Clement's Island. Their boat, the Black Diamond, was on picket duty, patrolling the river in case Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth, came that way. Around 10 p.m., the Black Diamond was struck by the steam ship Massachusetts ferrying 400 Union troops from Alexandria to Norfolk. A total of 87 people from the two ships were killed, but only these four were off the Black Diamond. None of the dead from the Massachusetts are buried in this cemetery.

After walking around the national cemetery, we also looked around the adjoining civilian cemeteries where we found a number of Confederate soldiers and veterans graves, some having died in the same battles as the Union soldiers buried in this cemetery. In all, we spent over an hour walking the grounds of these historic resting places.
Written 24 June 2019
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Annaline
Park Ridge, IL7,031 contributions
Bike accessible
May 2019 • Solo
Small cemetery but very pretty. Especially in May when chestnut trees are in bloom. It is historical place as well. Located in the middle of Alexandria not far from the Kings street. I just didn’t like that there was a guy who let his large dog loose and hi was running in circles like crazy around the graves. I love dogs but this felt very disrespectful. ...
Written 19 May 2019
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aoltang
Toano, VA85 contributions
Honoring the Dead
Jul 2018
It was a sacred place where we honored our fallen military personnel was buried and continue to remember them. They served our nation and some lost their life defending us. It was worth visiting especially the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was very meaningfull - no one is being forgotten.
Written 13 April 2019
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Prawet J
Washington DC, DC13,366 contributions
Another resting place for war heroes in D.C. area
Mar 2019 • Solo
A piece of histroy and a peace of original resting place for war heroes. The Alexandria National Cemetery said to be the origianal and first National Cemetery and it was the resting place for mostly Unition soldiers. Later the Arlington National Cemetery was created when the Alexandria one was almost at capacity. A nice place with history but is not easy to find. because the structures of road and traffic in that area. Once you found it, plenty of parking (on the road and meter).
Written 7 April 2019
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