Histopolis features a different cemetery, town, county or other place every day on the Place-of-The-Day.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
The Histopolis Place-of-the-Day for Saturday, December 4, 2010 is the Salisbury National Cemetery in Salisbury, Salisbury Township, Rowan County, North Carolina.
"Salisbury National Cemetery was established by Confederate authorities to serve as the burial ground for captured Union soldiers incarcerated at the prison in Salisbury. The practice of prisoner exchange kept the prison populations down until 1864, after which their populations swelled. In the fall of 1864, the number of soldiers at Salisbury prison doubled from 5,000 to 10,000. It suffered from one of the highest prison death rates, with as many as half the men dying of starvation or disease.
"Recent historical research has led to a disparity over how many men are believed to have died during the last year or so of the war and are buried at the cemetery. The dead were buried in 18 trenches measuring about 240 feet long, located at the southeast end of the cemetery. Colonel Oscar A. Mack, the inspector of cemeteries, said in his report of 1870-71, "The bodies were placed one above the other, and mostly without coffins. From the number of bodies exhumed from a given space it was estimated that the number buried in these trenches was 11,700. The number of burials from the prison pen cannot be accurately known." The figure of 11,700 was accepted for many years, however, it is probably lower and it is doubtful we will ever know exactly how many unknown remains are there.
"After the war this was designated Salisbury National Cemetery, and another 412 remains were relocated here from Lexington, Charlotte, Morgantown, and other places. The cemetery was dedicated in 1874, a wall was built around the perimeter the following year, and by 1876 the headstones and a monument were in place. Salisbury National Cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999."
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|1||Pine Grove Cemetery, Rock River Township, Alger County, Michigan|
|2||Hampton National Cemetery, Hampton, Hampton City, Virginia|
|3||Woodlawn Monument Site, Terre Haute, Harrison Township, Vigo County, Indiana|
|4||Salisbury National Cemetery, Salisbury, Salisbury Township, Rowan County, North Carolina|
|5||Loudon Park National Cemetery, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland|
|6||Jacksonville National Cemetery, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida|
|7||Tahoma National Cemetery, King County, Washington|
|8||Alexandria National Cemetery, Alexandria, Alexandria City, Virginia|
|9||New Albany National Cemetery, New Albany, New Albany Township, Floyd County, Indiana|
|10||Marietta National Cemetery, Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia|
|11||Sacramento Valley VA National Cemetery, Solano County, California|
|12||Baton Rouge National Cemetery, Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana|
|13||Fort Jackson National Cemetery, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina|
|14||Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman, Medina County, Ohio|
|15||Veterans Cemetery, Jackson County, Oregon|
|16||National Cemetery, Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, New Mexico|
|17||Raleigh National Cemetery, Raleigh Township, Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina|
|18||South Florida VA National Cemetery, Palm Beach County, Florida|
|19||Soldiers' Lot, Woodlawn Cemetery, Middlesex County, Massachusetts|
|20||Beaufort National Cemetery, Beaufort, Beaufort County, South Carolina|
|21||Dallas - Fort Worth National Cemetery, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas|
|22||Wilmington National Cemetery, Wilmington, Wilmington Township, New Hanover County, North Carolina|
|23||Camp Nelson National Cemetery, Jessamine County, Kentucky|
|24||Prescott National Cemetery, Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona|
|25||Glendale National Cemetery, Henrico County, Virginia|
|26||Florence National Cemetery, Florence, Florence County, South Carolina|
|27||National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania|
|28||Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kansas|
|29||National Cemetery, New York City, Brooklyn Borough, Kings County, New York|
|30||Bay Pines National Cemetery, Pinellas County, Florida|
|31||Chattanooga National Cemetery, Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee|
Note: The first Place-of-the-Day was in September 2010