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Crown Hill National Cemetery, Indianapolis

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Crown Hill National Cemetery is a U.S. National Cemetery located in the city of Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana. It was established in 1866 on Section 10 at Crown Hill Cemetery, a privately owned cemetery on the city's northwest side. Administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Cemetery encompasses and serves as a burial site for Union soldiers who fought in the American Civil War.Indianapolis did not have a cemetery specifically designated as a burial ground for Union soldiers until the National Cemetery was established at Crown Hill. Soldiers who died at Indianapolis were initially buried at the city’s Greenlawn Cemetery. The remains of the first Union soldier from Greenlawn were interred at the National Cemetery at Crown Hill on October 19, 1866. By November 1866 the bodies of 707 soldiers had been moved from Greenlawn to Crown Hill. The first burial of a Union veteran in the National Cemetery took place on October 7, 1869. The last Union veteran burial in Crown Hill's National Cemetery took place on November 16, 1898. As of December 31, 1998, the National Cemetery had 795 interments.The National Cemetery contains individually marked graves and commemorative memorials, including a stone monument that was dedicated on May 30, 1889. Three bronze plaques installed on the National Cemetery’s grounds provide verses from Theodore O'Hara's "Bivouac of the Dead". Another plaque is inscribed with text of the federal Act, approved in 1864, that establishes and protects the National Cemeteries. Crown Hill Cemetery, including the military cemetery, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on February 28, 1973. A separate listing for the Crown Hill was added to the National Register on April 29, 1999. The last Union veteran burial in Crown Hill's National Cemetery took place on November 16, 1898. The National Cemetery at Crown Hill is managed by the Marion National Cemetery.
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  • I am at this place quite a bit. It is awesome to drive around and see the burial places of so many famous people. Eli Lilly, Benjamin Harrison, John Dillinger - the list goes on and on. They have tour...  more »
  • This cemetery is a beautiful landmark site in Indianapolis. The burial grounds for Indiana poet James Whitcomb Riley, a military burial site, Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd U.S. President, several Vice P...  more »
  • This is a beautiful and serene resting place. All of the Vardiman family is there. We have two plats, I will eventually rest in one there. My wife's family is also resting there. 
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  • This is a great setting for artists and photographers. It's quiet, scenic, vast. I've done a few watercolor paintings here, both as student and teacher. The deer population is a charming bonus attraction. Visiting a cemetery is sure to change your perspective, too: nothing lasts forever. Please do take a map or use GPS and tag your parking place. It is deceptively easy to get lost. I have gotten lost many times! Mosquito repellant is a good idea, too, if you plan to be out there for awhile.
  • If you've never taken a guided walking tour of Crown Hill, you're missing out. They offer tours of various themes and conclude with an amazing view of the sunset at the tomb of Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley.
  • Veary clean and well manicured grounds. I even had a chance to see 5 deers and 2 fawns during my visit.
  • Many historic figures are buried here, and there are many really beautiful headstones. While visiting I felt safe, and didnt see any concerns with litter, poor care of the grounds, or any real problems.
  • If you're looking for a quiet place to get away from the city, stop by Crown Hill Cemetery. The architecture and mortuary art are beautiful.