Danville National Cemetery (Virginia)

Danville National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located in the city of Danville, Virginia. Administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, it encompasses 3.5 acres (1.4 ha) and, as of the end of 2005, it had 2,282 interments. It is managed by Salisbury National Cemetery.

Danville National Cemetery
Entrance to the cemetery
Location721 Lee St., Danville, Virginia
Coordinates36°34′37″N 79°23′22″W
Area4 acres (1.6 ha)
Built1866
Architectural styleColonial Revival
MPSCivil War Era National Cemeteries MPS
NRHP reference #95000274[1]
VLR #108-0057
Significant dates
Added to NRHPApril 7, 1995
Designated VLRJanuary 15, 1995[2]

History

Danville National Cemetery was established by the federal government just after the American Civil War in December 1866 on a plot of 2.6 acres (1.1 ha). This was part of the process to recognize and commemorate the military dead. Almost all of the original interments were Union prisoners-of-war who had been held in the city of Danville. Tobacco warehouses were converted into Confederate internment facilities for this purpose.

Most of the Union prisoners, as was the case for soldiers throughout the war, died of infectious diseases and malnutrition. These soldiers were initially buried in poorly marked, mass graves. They were later exhumed and reinterred with individual markers. Soldiers were from numerous states, including Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, and Wisconsin. The cemetery is open to visitors throughout the year.

Danville National Cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.

References

  1. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2013.

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