Baton Rouge National Cemetery

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Baton Rouge National Cemetery
Baton Rouge National Cemetery (circa 1899).jpg
Cemetery entrance, c. 1899
Baton Rouge National Cemetery is located in Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge National Cemetery
Location220 North 19th Street
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Coordinates30°26′58″N 91°10′03″W / 30.44941°N 91.16758°W / 30.44941; -91.16758Coordinates: 30°26′58″N 91°10′03″W / 30.44941°N 91.16758°W / 30.44941; -91.16758
Area7.7 acres (3.1 ha)
Architectural styleColonial Revival
MPSCivil War Era National Cemeteries MPS
NRHP reference #97000768[1]
Added to NRHPJuly 09, 1997

Baton Rouge National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located in East Baton Rouge Parish, in the city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It encompasses 7.7 acres (3.1 ha), and as of the end of 2005, had 5,459 interments.

The cemetery was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 09, 1997.[1]


Massachusetts Monument by John Wilson Baton Rouge National Cemetery

Burials in the cemetery grounds took place as early as 1830, but the site was predominantly used during the Civil War to bury soldiers who died in Baton Rouge and the surrounding battlefields, including Plaquemine and Camden. It became an official National Cemetery in 1867[2]:79, and rewards were given to anyone who reported the grave of a Union soldier, so that his remains could be reinterred in the cemetery[2]:79. First superintendent was Henry W. Taylor, a discharged 1st Sergeant of Company B, 45th Infantry Regiment.[3][4]

In 1878 two men, Michael and Bernard Jodd, were hired to build a brick wall around the cemetery, which was previously enclosed by a picket fence, but before it was completed, both men contracted yellow fever and died in September 1878. They were interred in the cemetery and the wall was completed by local laborers. The wall was surfaced with stucco in 1936. The entrance on North 19th Street is protected by a double iron gate built in 1933.[3][4]

Massachusetts Monument[edit]

The cemetery contains a commemorative monument, erected in 1909 by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and built by J. N. White and Sons. The monument celebrates the memory of officers of 31st and 41st Infantry and of the men from Massachusetts who lost their lives in the Department of the Gulf during the Civil War.[3][4]

Notable interments[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2013-11-02). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b Faye., Phillips, (2012). Baton Rouge cemeteries. Charleston, S.C.: Arcadia Pub. ISBN 9780738591841. OCLC 803992496.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Baton Rouge National Cemetery" (PDF). State of Louisiana's Division of Historic Preservation. Retrieved May 7, 2018. with four photos and two maps
  4. ^ a b c d e f Therese T. Sammartino (June 2, 1997). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Baton Rouge National Cemetery". National Park Service. Retrieved May 7, 2018. With 23 photos from 1997.

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