Attention A T users. To access the menus on this page please perform the following steps. 1. Please switch auto forms mode to off. 2. Hit enter to expand a main menu option (Health, Benefits, etc). 3. To enter and activate the submenu links, hit the down arrow. You will now be able to tab or arrow up or down through the submenu options to access/activate the submenu links.

Find a Cemetery

Connect with NCA

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Blog
  • Youtube
  • Flickr
Subscribe to Receive
Email Updates

Mobile Gravesite Locator

  • image link to m.va.govOn the go?

    Try our mobile gravesite locator!

    m.va.gov

 

National Cemetery Administration

Timeline: Civil War and National Cemeteries (1866)

 
New Albany National Cemetery
New Albany National Cemetery
1861 | 1862 | 1863 | 1864 | 1865 | 1866 | 1867 | 1868 | 1869 | 1870

April 13 A Joint Resolution of the Senate and House of Representatives authorized and required the Secretary of War:

..to take immediate measures to preserve from desecration the graves of soldiers of the United States who fell in battle or died of disease in hospitals; to secure suitable burial places in which they may be properly interred; and to have the graves enclosed so that the resting places of the honored dead may be kept sacred forever.

Over the course of the effort to locate Union soldiers' remains and reinter them into national cemeteries, Captain Whitman and his staff encounter local resistance in certain areas of the south, due in part to the growing national conflict over reconstruction.

Map of the areas in Kentucky and Tennessee
Map of the areas in Kentucky and Tennessee where Union remains were exhumed and reinterred
in Nashville National Cemetery, 1867. Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.

August 9 The Quartermaster General issues General Orders No. 8 to the Military Division of the Tennessee, outlining the procedures for moving remains into national cemeteries. In part, the orders read:

The removal of 100,000 dead, scattered throughout the five States comprising this Military Division, to the National Cemeteries; is a work of no ordinary character, and will require, on the part of the officers and men entrusted with its execution, the utmost care and diligence, and it is hoped there will be an honorable emulation among all, to discharge the duty in the most careful and orderly manner.