Histopolis Place-of-the-Day

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

Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Histopolis Place-of-the-Day for Sunday, December 12, 2010 is the Baton Rouge National Cemetery in Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana.

"Baton Rouge National Cemetery is located in East Baton Rouge Parish within the city limits of Baton Rouge, La. Baton Rouge has been under the authority of seven different nations since its founding: France, England, Spain, West Florida Republic, Louisiana, Confederate States of America and the United States of America. French explorers discovered the area in the late 17th century. The local Native Americans referred to it as Istrouma or Red Stick, which translated into French is Baton Rouge. Explorers’ records describe large, reddened poles erected with fish and bear heads attached in sacrifice by local tribes, which may have designated boundaries between tribal hunting grounds.

"In 1718, the French are alleged to have constructed a fort near here to protect travelers bound from New Orleans to northern outposts. In 1763, this area was transferred to England according to the Treaty of Paris and it was renamed New Richmond. A little more than 30 years later, in September 1779, the Spanish defeated the English at Fort Butte on Bayou Manchac and captured Baton Rouge. The territory remained under Spanish control until 1810 when approximately 1,000 local settlers declared themselves the independent West Florida Republic and overthrew Spanish colonial rule. On April 8, 1812, Louisiana was admitted into the Union, and five years later the city of Baton Rouge was incorporated.

"Louisiana seceded from the Union in 1861 and became an independent republic for six weeks before joining the Confederacy. Union forces captured New Orleans in May 1862 without a battle, and subsequently, Union troops moved upriver to Baton Rouge. The Battle of Baton Rouge took place Aug. 4, 1862. After a brief skirmish, Union troops overwhelmed the small Confederate force and Baton Rouge remained under Union control for the duration of the war.

"During the Civil War, soldiers and sailors were buried at the present site of Baton Rouge National Cemetery and, in 1867, it was designated a national cemetery. Remains were brought to Baton Rouge National Cemetery from the battlefields near Baton Rouge as well as the surrounding area, including Plaquemine, La., and Camden, Ark. At the end of the Civil war, it was reported that the government paid a bonus to anyone who discovered the grave of a Union soldier so that his remains could be reinterred in the national cemetery.

"A “substantial wooden fence” enclosed the cemetery until 1878, when the government contracted with Michael and Bernard Jodd to build a brick wall around the cemetery. Unfortunately, before the wall was completed both men died in a yellow fever epidemic and were interred in the cemetery; local workmen completed the wall."

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December 2010

1Pine Grove Cemetery, Rock River Township, Alger County, Michigan
2Hampton National Cemetery, Hampton, Hampton City, Virginia
3Woodlawn Monument Site, Terre Haute, Harrison Township, Vigo County, Indiana
4Salisbury National Cemetery, Salisbury, Salisbury Township, Rowan County, North Carolina
5Loudon Park National Cemetery, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland
6Jacksonville National Cemetery, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida
7Tahoma National Cemetery, King County, Washington
8Alexandria National Cemetery, Alexandria, Alexandria City, Virginia
9New Albany National Cemetery, New Albany, New Albany Township, Floyd County, Indiana
10Marietta National Cemetery, Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia
11Sacramento Valley VA National Cemetery, Solano County, California
12Baton Rouge National Cemetery, Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana
13Fort Jackson National Cemetery, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina
14Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman, Medina County, Ohio
15Veterans Cemetery, Jackson County, Oregon
16National Cemetery, Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, New Mexico
17Raleigh National Cemetery, Raleigh Township, Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina
18South Florida VA National Cemetery, Palm Beach County, Florida
19Soldiers' Lot, Woodlawn Cemetery, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
20Beaufort National Cemetery, Beaufort, Beaufort County, South Carolina
21Dallas - Fort Worth National Cemetery, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas
22Wilmington National Cemetery, Wilmington, Wilmington Township, New Hanover County, North Carolina
23Camp Nelson National Cemetery, Jessamine County, Kentucky
24Prescott National Cemetery, Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona
25Glendale National Cemetery, Henrico County, Virginia
26Florence National Cemetery, Florence, Florence County, South Carolina
27National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania
28Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kansas
29National Cemetery, New York City, Brooklyn Borough, Kings County, New York
30Bay Pines National Cemetery, Pinellas County, Florida
31Chattanooga National Cemetery, Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee



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