Alexandria National Cemetery (Alexandria, Louisiana)
Alexandria National Cemetery
|Location||209 Shamrock Ave., Pineville, Louisiana|
|Area||8.2 acres (3.3 ha)|
|Architectural style||Colonial Revival|
|MPS||Civil War Era National Cemeteries MPS|
|NRHP reference #||97000767|
|Added to NRHP||July 9, 1997|
Alexandria National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located in the city of Pineville, in Rapides Parish, Louisiana. It occupies approximately 8 acres (3.2 ha), and is site to 10,164 interments as of the end of 2005.
In 1867, an 8-acre (3.2 ha) plot was appropriated from a local resident to establish the Alexandria National Cemetery. It was originally intended as a place to bury Union soldiers who died in the area during the Civil War, but later, remains from Mount Pleasant, Cheneyville, Yellow Bayou, and Fort Brown, Texas, were re-interred in Alexandria. Of approximately 1378 Civil War burials, 507 are known and 871 are unknown.
Alexandria National Cemetery was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.
- There are fifty-seven Buffalo Soldiers interred at the Alexandria National Cemetery.
- Retired Army Col. Thomas L. Gaines (1901-1989), director of Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant in Minden from 1961 to 1969
- Former U.S. Representative Gillis William Long
- Former Alexandria Mayor John K. Snyder is buried in the front row on the left side of the entrance road.
- Major Jacob Brown, for whom Fort Brown in Texas is named.
- John J. Williams (American Civil War), the last soldier killed in the American Civil War.
- Captain Ira W. Claflin
The cemetery is closed to new interments. Exceptions to this include subsequent interments for veterans or eligible family members in an existing gravesite. Cemetery policy allows for first-come, first-served waitlist to eligible veterans if burial space becomes available due to a canceled reservation or when a disinterment has been completed.
- National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- "Services for Col. Gaines Saturday; Burial with Military Honors Monday", Minden Press-Herald, February 3, 1989, p. 1
- "Alexandria National Cemetery, LA". Alexandria National Cemetery, LA. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Alexandria National Cemetery (Louisiana).|
- National Cemetery Administration
- Alexandria National Cemetery in Louisiana
- Alexandria National Cemetery at Find A Grave
- Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) No. LA-4, "Alexandria National Cemetery, 209 East Shamrock Street, Pineville, Rapides Parish, LA", 33 photos, 3 photo caption pages
- HALS No. LA-4-A, "Alexandria National Cemetery, Lodge", 7 data pages
- HALS No. LA-4-B, "Alexandria National Cemetery, Rostrum", 3 data pages