Hampton VA National Cemetery

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Coordinates: 37°1′6.8″N 76°19′53.1″W / 37.018556°N 76.331417°W / 37.018556; -76.331417 Hampton Veterans Affairs National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located the city of Hampton, Virginia. It encompasses only 0.3 of an acre, and as of the end of 2005, had just 22 interments. It is currently closed to new interments.

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The Hampton VA National Cemetery is the smallest cemetery overseen by the Department of Veterans Affairs. It is located near the Hampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center and was established in 1898 on the grounds of the Southern Branch of the National Home for Volunteer Soldiers and Sailors during a strict quarantine for a yellow fever epidemic. Every man who died during the quarantine was buried on site, because no one was allowed to enter or leave the station. All 22 burials took place between July 30 and August 15, 1899. Administration of the cemetery was transferred from the Army to the Department of Veterans Affairs in 1973.

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