Alexandria National Cemetery (Alexandria, Virginia)

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Alexandria National Cemetery
Alexandria National Cemetery 5, Alexandria, VA.jpg
Alexandria National Cemetery; in the background, behind the brick wall, may be seen some of the older burials
Alexandria National Cemetery (Alexandria, Virginia) is located in Alexandria, Virginia
Alexandria National Cemetery (Alexandria, Virginia)
Location 1450 Wilkes St., Alexandria, Virginia
Coordinates 38°48′06″N 77°03′30″W / 38.80167°N 77.05833°W / 38.80167; -77.05833Coordinates: 38°48′06″N 77°03′30″W / 38.80167°N 77.05833°W / 38.80167; -77.05833
Area 5.5 acres (2.2 ha)
Built 1862
Architect Meigs, Montgomery C.
Architectural style Italianate, Second Empire
Governing body U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
MPS Civil War Era National Cemeteries MPS
NRHP Reference # 95000106[1]
VLR # 100-0138
Significant dates
Added to NRHP March 2, 1995
Designated VLR October 19, 1994[2]

Alexandria National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery, of approximately 5.5 acres (2.2 ha), located in the city of Alexandria, Virginia. Administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, it is one of the original national cemeteries that were established in 1862. As of 2014, it was site to over 4,500 interments.

History[edit]

As one of the original national cemeteries, it served to be the burial grounds for soldiers who died in the numerous hospitals around the Alexandria area, but by 1864 it was almost filled to capacity. This led to the development of the Arlington National Cemetery.

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 05-12-2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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