Fort McPherson National Cemetery

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Fort McPherson National Cemetery
Ft. McPherson National Cemetery headstones and lodge 2.jpg
Fort McPherson National Cemetery.
Established 1863
Location Lincoln County, Nebraska
Country United States
Coordinates 41°01′30″N 100°31′33″W / 41.0250°N 100.5258°W / 41.0250; -100.5258
Type United States National Cemetery
Size 20 acres (8.1 ha)
No. of graves


Fort McPherson National Cemetery
Location 12004 S. Spur 56A
Maxwell, Nebraska
NRHP reference # 12000075
Added to NRHP March 7, 2012[1]
Website Fort McPherson National Cemetery

Fort McPherson National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery, located 4 miles (6 km) south of the village of Maxwell in Lincoln County, Nebraska. Administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, it encompasses 20 acres (8.1 ha), and as of 2014, it had over 10,000 interments.


Fort McPherson was established in 1863 as an outpost to protect travellers along the Oregon and California Trails, and to keep the peace with the local Native Americans. It was named for Major General James B. McPherson, who was killed in action at the Battle of Atlanta. A cemetery was created along with the fort. In 1873, 20 acres (8.1 ha) were set aside to be a National Cemetery, and the remains interred in the original post cemetery were moved to it.

Twenty-three cemeteries were moved from abandoned frontier forts to Fort McPherson; the last of these was moved from Fort Robinson when it was closed in 1947.


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