Danville National Cemetery (Virginia)

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Danville National Cemetery
Danville National Cemetery (Virginia) is located in Virginia
Danville National Cemetery (Virginia)
Location 721 Lee St., Danville, Virginia
Coordinates 36°34′37″N 79°23′22″W / 36.57694°N 79.38944°W / 36.57694; -79.38944Coordinates: 36°34′37″N 79°23′22″W / 36.57694°N 79.38944°W / 36.57694; -79.38944
Area 4 acres (1.6 ha)
Built 1866
Architectural style Colonial Revival
Governing body U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
MPS Civil War Era National Cemeteries MPS
NRHP Reference # 95000274[1]
VLR # 108-0057
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 7, 1995
Designated VLR January 15, 1995[2]

Danville National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located in the city of Danville, near Pittsylvania County, 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.

History[edit]

Danville National Cemetery was established just after the American Civil War in December 1866 on a plot of 2.6 acres (1.1 ha). Almost all of the original interments were Union prisoners of war that were held in the city of Danville in tobacco warehouses converted into Confederate prisoner of war camps. Most of the bodies of these American soldiers were initially buried in poorly marked, mass graves, but were later exhumed and buried with individual markers. Soldiers from Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, and Wisconsin are some of the states represented. The cemetery is open to visitors throughout the year.

Danville National Cemetery was listed on 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 19 March 2013. 

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