Civil War Era Burials - Alexandria National Cemetery

While neither as large nor as famous as its nearby neighbor in Arlington, the Alexandria National Cemetery is the final resting place for nearly 3600 Federal soldiers. This index, prepared from the Roll of Honor. Names of Soldiers, Victims of The Rebellion, Buried in the National Cemetery at Alexandria, Virginia. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1866, includes 3367 white Federal soldiers, 2 Federal seamen, 229 United States Colored Troops, 2 females, and 1 male citizen. To this list we added the 4 men from the Quartermaster Corps who died in pursuit of John Wilkes Boothe following the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. The Alexandria National Cemetery was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.

 

The United States Colored Troops and the Cemetery burials were addressed in "Volunteers for Freedom: Black Civil War Soldiers in Alexandria National Cemetery," parts 1 and 2, by Edward A. Miller, Jr., Ph.D. published in the Historic Alexandria Quarterly, Fall 1998 and Winter 1998. These articles were derived from Dr. Miller's 241 page unpublished manuscript of the same title located in the collection. The manuscript version corrects inaccuracies published in the 1866 Roll of Honor, and as well, includes biographical material about the individual USCT.