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Salisbury National Cemetery, Salisbury
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Salisbury National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located in the city of Salisbury, in Rowan County, North Carolina. Administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, it encompasses, in the original location and at the annex. As of 2012 it had 6500 interments (in 6000 standard graves, many of which also hold a spouse), plus an estimated 3,800 in 18 mass graves, at the original location and 5000, in 4500 graves, in the new location.HistorySalisbury National Cemetery began as simply a place for the Confederacy to inter Union prisoners of war who died while held in Salisbury. The conditions at the prison were poor, and many of those incarcerated there succumbed to disease or starvation. A report by General T.W. Hall stated that 10,321 prisoners arrived between October 5, 1864 and February 17, 1865, and that 2,918 died at the hospital, while 3,479 were buried. Many of the dead were buried in eighteen 240ft trench graves without coffins in a former corn field, so it is unknown exactly how many prisoners were buried there. 11,700 is the generally accepted number which is shown on the monument, but research has shown the number to be close to 3800.Union Gen. George Stoneman ordered that a fence be built around the trenches, which was later replaced with a stone wall. After the American Civil War, the cemetery officially became a National Cemetery and had remains from other cemeteries around the area transferred to it.
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  • The only other national cemetery I've been to is Arlington which is overwhelming in its size. This is a small site where you can walk among the graves and feel like you can connect with the fallen. It...  more »
  • A final farewell to an old Marine buddy. This was the first time attending the Salisbury National Cemetery and was very humbled and surprised. Easy access to the final resting place and the area was b...  more »
  • Very moving to visit the site where many Union prisoners of war are buried. The Pennsylvania and Maine state monuments as well as the National monument to these men are a fitting tribute to their sacr...  more »
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  • This is the only currently open National Cemetery in North Carolina accepting burials of Veterans. This is the "new" Salisbury Cemetery, located behind and adjacent to the VA Medical Center. The historic Salisbury cemetery is located across town. The cemetery can be most easily accessed via the Statesville Blvd gate. Visitors are welcome from dawn to dusk but "recreational activities" are forbidden. Information on burial locations for both cemeteries can be accessed at the administration building.
  • This is where my father rest in this beautiful National Cemetery
  • A lot of history there and a lot of information given about the past.