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Grafton National Cemetery, Grafton

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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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  • This is such a beautiful place, you need to come here and visit, it is # 2 in state of WV also # 1 is located here, 
  • My wife and I went here on the return from Blackwater Falls and upon seeing all of the gravesites for the veterans that served to protect America, my sense of American pride and freedom continued to g...  read more »
  • Upon entering Grafton and Prunytown, it is very apparent that these two little towns admire and honor US veterans. When you enter through the gates of each cemetery, you can't help but be humbled by t...  read more »
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