Grafton National Cemetery, Grafton

Grafton National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located in Grafton, Taylor County, West Virginia. It encompasses a total of. Along with West Virginia National Cemetery, it is one of two United States Department of Veterans Affairs national cemeteries in West Virginia, both of which are located in Grafton. The first interments took place in 1867 for casualties of the American Civil War in West Virginia.The Grafton cemetery is closed to most new interments due to inadequate space. Interments are made at nearby West Virginia National Cemetery since it was dedicated in 1987.HistoryIn 1867, the United States Department of War directed Major R. C. Bates to find a location to bury remains of Union casualties of the American Civil War throughout West Virginia. West Virginia was a member of the Union, after seceding from the rest of Confederate Virginia and forming a new state in 1863.Bates found a site adjacent to the town of Grafton's Maple Avenue Cemetery, where many soldiers had already been buried. The terrain was also relatively level, unusual for the mountainous region. The 39th Congress appropriated a site that same year. The cemetery was dedicated in 1868 by Arthur I. Boreman, the first Governor of West Virginia. Boreman was key in the two-year campaign for a cemetery in the state.
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  • My grandfather was the superintendent of this cemetery from the 1945 to 1947. We've been there many times. One of the most beautiful places in Grafton, the cemetary has graves dating back to the civil...  more »
  • After visiting what there is to see of the rail yard, my husband and I came upon this National Cemetery. This historic site contains the remains of the first Union soldier shot and killed by a Confede...  more »
  • I found the National Cemetery to be a place to reflect and give thanks to all who have served and or given their lives for me self and family. The grounds are immaculately kept. The entrance has a vis...  more »

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