Fort Snelling National Cemetery

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Fort Snelling National Cemetery
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CountryUnited States
Coordinates44°52′11″N 93°12′51″W / 44.86972°N 93.21417°W / 44.86972; -93.21417Coordinates: 44°52′11″N 93°12′51″W / 44.86972°N 93.21417°W / 44.86972; -93.21417
Size436.3 acres (176.6 ha)
No. of graves225,000
Find a GraveFort Snelling National Cemetery

Fort Snelling National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located at Fort Snelling just south of Minneapolis in Hennepin County, Minnesota. It is the older of the two national cemeteries in the state. Administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, it encompasses 436.3 acres (176.6 ha), and as of 2017 had over 225,000 interments. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016.


Fort Snelling was a frontier fort first established in 1819. Its original purpose was to keep the peace on what was then the western frontier. During the American Civil War it served as a recruiting camp area for Minnesota volunteers. The cemetery was officially established in 1870.

In 1937, the citizens of St. Paul, petitioned Congress to construct a National Cemetery in the area. Two years later, the new plot was dedicated, and the burials from the original post cemetery were moved to it. In 1960, the Fort Snelling Air Force Station transferred 146 acres (59 ha) to the cemetery; another 177 acres (0.72 km2) were acquired in 1961, expanding the cemetery to its current size.

There was a tradition of placing a flag on every grave on Memorial Day, but as the cemetery grew, the staff was forced to stop. In 2017, the nonprofit Flags for Fort Snelling attempted to revive the tradition.[1]

Notable interments[edit]


  1. ^ FOX. "Nonprofit seeks help placing flags at every Ft. Snelling grave on Memorial Day". KMSP. Retrieved 2017-05-23.
  2. ^ "Dungeons and Dragons artist dies". CBC News. June 15, 2005. Archived from the original on 2008-06-30. Retrieved March 2, 2010.
  3. ^ "TO PRIVATE TRACIE JOY MCBRIDE (Senate - March 08, 1995)." U.S. Congressional Record, Library of Congress. Retrieved on July 18, 2016.
  4. ^ [1] CWGC Casualty Record.

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