St. Augustine National Cemetery

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St. Augustine National Cemetery
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Headstones with Victorian homes of St. Francis Barracks in the background.
Details
Year established 1828
Location St. Augustine, Florida
Country United States
Coordinates 29°53′10″N 81°18′35″W / 29.885993°N 81.309595°W / 29.885993; -81.309595
Type United States National Cemetery (closed)
Size 1.4 acres (0.57 ha)
Number of interments 2,788
Find a Grave Saint Augustine National Cemetery

St. Augustine National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located in the city of St. Augustine in St. Johns County, Florida. Located on the grounds of the active military installation known as St. Francis Barracks, the state headquarters of the Florida National Guard, it encompasses 1.4 acres (0.57 ha), and as of the end of 2005 had 2,788 interments. It is currently closed to new interments.

History[edit]

The first interment took place in the area of the cemetery in 1828 it was then used as the post cemetery for the St. Francis Barracks. The first burials were soldiers stationed at St. Francis Barracks and veterans of the Indian Wars, including many that were transferred from burial grounds in what was then Seminole controlled territory.

During the American Civil War, St. Augustine was initially claimed by the Confederacy, but was quickly occupied by Union forces and remained in Union hands for the remainder of the war. After the war, the cemetery was expanded and improved, and in 1881 it became a National Cemetery.

The cemetery also contains the graves of 5 British Commonwealth servicemen of World War II, a soldier of the Royal Corps of Signals and 4 aviation officers of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.[1]

St. Augustine National Cemetery was included in a National Historic Landmark historic district that encompasses the oldest part of the city in 1970.

Notable monuments[edit]

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  • The Dade Monument, three coquina pyramids erected in 1842 to mark the end of the second of the Seminole Wars. Beneath them are the remains of 1,468 soldiers who died during the wars.

Notable interments[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] CWGC Cemetery report. Breakdown obtained from casualty record.

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