Histopolis Place-of-the-Day

Histopolis features a different cemetery, town, county or other place every day on the Place-of-The-Day.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Histopolis Place-of-the-Day for Thursday, January 27, 2011 is the Lexington National Cemetery in Lexington-Fayette, Fayette County, Kentucky.

"Lexington National Cemetery originated in 1861 as a small soldier’s lot within Lexington City Cemetery, a place that in its heyday was considered “one of the most beautiful and carefully kept rural cemeteries in the United States.” The first burial in the soldier’s lot was made during the Civil War on Nov. 28, 1861. In 1863, the soldiers’ lot was designated a national cemetery. In 1867, the government purchased an additional 0.38 acres that doubled the cemetery’s size to its current three-quarters of an acre.

"The cemetery tract is triangular, with graves arranged in concentric circles. Its boundaries are marked by carved marble posts emblazoned with “US.” A bronze plaque identifies this property as Lexington National Cemetery. Of the original burials, 671 were non-commissioned officers and privates who died in hospitals or camps operating around Lexington during the war. After the war, Quartermaster Corps personnel were charged with locating all Union soldier’s remains and re-interring them in national cemeteries. Additional soldiers who had fallen in battles at Falmouth, Cynthiana, Mount Sterling, Paris and along the Kentucky Central Railroad line were buried at Lexington National Cemetery.

"The soldier’s portion closed to burials in 1939, but it and the surrounding city cemetery remain a neatly maintained and picturesque burial ground. It was listed on National Register of Historic Places in 1998."

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January 2011

1Hampton VA National Cemetery, Hampton, Hampton City, Virginia
2Sarasota VA National Cemetery, Sarasota County, Florida
3New Bern National Cemetery, Township 8, New Bern, Craven County, North Carolina
4Georgia National Cemetery, Cherokee County, Georgia
5Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira, Chemung County, New York
6Richmond National Cemetery, Henrico County, Virginia
7Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield, Springfield Township, Greene County, Missouri
8Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly Township, Oakland County, Michigan
9Fort Sill National Cemetery, Comanche County, Oklahoma
10Seven Pines National Cemetery, Henrico County, Virginia
11National Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
12National Cemetery, Hot Springs, Fall River County, South Dakota
13Keokuk National Cemetery, Keokuk, Lee County, Iowa
14Mountain Home National Cemetery, Johnson City, Washington County, Tennessee
15Fort Richardson National Cemetery, Anchorage, Anchorage Municipality, Alaska
16Bakersfield National Cemetery, Kern County, California
17Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Saratoga County, New York
18Fort Smith National Cemetery, Fort Smith, Upper Township, Sebastian County, Arkansas
19Soldiers' Lot, Mound Cemetery, Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin
20San Francisco National Cemetery, San Francisco, San Francisco County, California
21Nashville National Cemetery, Davidson County, Tennessee
22Government Lots, Congressional Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia
23Annapolis National Cemetery, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland
24Fort Lyon National Cemetery, Bent County, Colorado
25Nachez National Cemetery, Supervisor District 4, Natchez, Adams County, Mississippi
26Massachusetts National Cemetery, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
27Lexington National Cemetery, Lexington-Fayette, Fayette County, Kentucky
28Camp Butler National Cemetery, Clear Lake Township, Sangamon County, Illinois
29Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Jackson Township, Will County, Illinois
30National Cemetery, Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee
31Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Upper Makefield Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania



Note: The first Place-of-the-Day was in September 2010