Staunton National Cemetery

Staunton National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located in the Shenandoah Valley, in Staunton, Virginia. Administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, it encompasses just over a single acre, and as of the end of 2005 had 994 interments. It is closed to new interments, and is maintained by the Culpeper National Cemetery.

Staunton National Cemetery
Location901 Richmond Ave., Staunton, Virginia
Coordinates38°08′26″N 79°02′59″W
Area1.2 acres (0.49 ha)
ArchitectMeigs, Montgomery C.
Architectural styleSecond Empire
MPSCivil War Era National Cemeteries MPS
NRHP reference #96000034[1]
VLR #132-0019
Significant dates
Added to NRHPFebruary 26, 1996
Designated VLROctober 18, 1995[2]

History

Designated a National Cemetery in September 1868, the original interments consisted of the remains of Union soldiers removed from Staunton's Thornrose Cemetery, several local battlefields, and nearby towns and counties. Many were soldiers who died during the American Civil War at the Battle of Cross Keys, Battle of Port Republic, and the Battle of Piedmont. More than 500 of these soldiers were reinterred as unknowns.[3]

Staunton National Cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.[1]

Notable interments

  • Captain Nicolae Dunca (1837–1862),[4] a Union officer on the staff of Gen. John C. Fremont and a Romanian by birth, who was killed while carrying a dispatch during the Battle of Cross Keys.

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. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  3. Therese T. Sammartino (September 1995). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Evans House" (PDF). Virginia Department of Historic Resources. and Accompanying photo
  4. News Leader
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