Sitka National Cemetery

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Sitka National Cemetery
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Details
Established 1868–1870
Location Sitka, Alaska
Country United States of America
Coordinates 57°03′18″N 135°19′25″W / 57.055°N 135.3236°W / 57.055; -135.3236 (Sitka National Cemetery)Coordinates: 57°03′18″N 135°19′25″W / 57.055°N 135.3236°W / 57.055; -135.3236 (Sitka National Cemetery), Elevation: 43 feet (13 m)
Type United States National Cemetery
Owned by United States Army
Size 4.3 acres (0.017 km2)
No. of graves 1,049 (2005)
Website Official
Find a Grave Sitka National Cemetery
Sitka National Cemetery
Alaska Heritage Resources Survey
Sitka National Cemetery is located in Sitka Downtown
Sitka National Cemetery
Location 803 Sawmill Creek Road, Sitka, Alaska
Coordinates 57°03′18″N 135°19′25″W / 57.055°N 135.3236°W / 57.055; -135.3236
NRHP Reference # 12000057[1]
AHRS # SIT-029
Added to NRHP March 7, 2012

Sitka National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located in the city of Sitka, Alaska. It encompasses 4.3 acres (1.7 ha), and as of the end of 2005 had 1,049 interments. It is administered as part of the Fort Richardson National Cemetery by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

History[edit]

Laid out by General Jefferson C. Davis, at some point between 1868 and 1870 during his time as the first commander of the Department of Alaska, as a place to inter military personnel who died while serving at the local Marine base or were under care at the Naval hospital. In 1912, the military withdrew from the area and the cemetery was neglected until 1921 when the Sitka American Legion petitioned the Secretary of the Navy for an allocation of funds to maintain the site.

In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge gave an executive order declaring the site a National Cemetery, and the maintenance responsibility was turned over to the United States Department of War. A 1925 revision of the executive order reduced the area of the site, but donations of land in 1957, 1959, and in the mid 1980s made it larger than it was originally.

The cemetery was enlisted as a historic district in the National Register of Historical Places in 2012.[1][2]

Notable monuments[edit]

  • There are two cannons that serves as a memorial to all those who are interred at the cemetery.

Notable interments[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "NRHP nomination for Sitka National Cemetery" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved June 2, 2017. 

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