Blandford Cemetery

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Blandford Cemetery
The Memorial Arch at Blandford Cemetery, constructed in 1913 by Burns and Campbell.
Blandford Cemetery is located in Virginia
Blandford Cemetery
Location 319 S. Crater Rd., Petersburg, Virginia
Coordinates 37°13′33″N 77°22′50″W / 37.22583°N 77.38056°W / 37.22583; -77.38056Coordinates: 37°13′33″N 77°22′50″W / 37.22583°N 77.38056°W / 37.22583; -77.38056
Built 1702
Architect Davidson,James; Bowie,McCleary & Wright
Architectural style Mid 19th Century Revival, Early Republic, Late Victorian
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 92001371 [1]
VLR # 123-0110
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 15, 1992
Designated VLR April 22, 1992[2]

Blandford Cemetery is a historic cemetery located in Petersburg, Virginia, USA. The oldest stone, marking the grave of Richard Yarbrough, reads 1702. Veterans of every American war are buried there,[3] including 30,000 Confederates killed in the Siege of Petersburg (1864–65) during the American Civil War.[4]

In 1866, Blandford Cemetery was the site of Decoration Day ceremony. While visiting the cemetery, the wife of Union General John A. Logan was present and spied Miss Nora Fontaine Davidson, a schoolteacher, and her pupils putting flowers and tiny Confederate flags on the soldiers' graves. Shortly afterward General Logan issued a proclamation calling for the observance of Memorial Day. Locals say that Decoration Day served as the inspiration for the federal Memorial Day.

The cemetery grounds cover 189 acres (0.76 km2), making it the second largest cemetery in Virginia behind Arlington National Cemetery.[citation needed] The original burial grounds, referred to as the "old ground," span 4 acres (16,000 m2) and includes the historic Blandford Church.

Colonel Robert Bolling, Confederate Major General William Mahone, his wife Otelia, and many of their kinfolk, and Confederate Brigadier General David A. Weisiger are interred there.

The cemetery is adjacent to Blandford Church, which is a Confederate memorial that features a full set of windows designed by Tiffany studios.

The cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.[1]

Notable burials[edit]

The Cemetery contains two British Commonwealth war graves, a Royal Flying Corps cadet of World War I and a Royal Canadian Air Force officer of World War II.[5]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Hopewell News". Retrieved August 3, 2012. 
  4. ^ Ashley M. Neville and Historic Blandford Cemetery Foundation (March 1992). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Blandford Cemetery" (PDF). Virginia Department of Historic Resources.  and Accompanying photo
  5. ^ [1] CWGC cemetery report.