National Cemetery Administration
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
Visitation Hours: Open daily from dawn to dusk.
Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
VA will continue its practice of honoring special requests for weekend burials for religious purposes, in cases of service members killed in action and on at least one day of any three-day Federal holiday weekend at all open VA national cemeteries. NCA will assess adding other options and national cemeteries in the future.
This cemetery has space available to accommodate casketed and cremated remains.
Burial in a national cemetery is open to all members of the armed forces who have met a minimum active duty service requirement and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.
A Veteran's spouse, widow or widower, minor dependent children, and under certain conditions, unmarried adult children with disabilities may also be eligible for burial. Eligible spouses and children may be buried even if they predecease the Veteran.
Members of the reserve components of the armed forces who die while on active duty or who die while on training duty, or were eligible for retired pay, may also be eligible for burial.
Cemetery is located approximately 30 miles Southeast of Lambert International Airport. From the airport take first right after leaving Airport Drive. Travel approximately one mile, then turn left onto Interstate 70 to Interstate 270 south approximately 24 miles. Turn left onto the Telegraph Road exit. Travel north to third traffic signal and turn right onto Sheridan Road. The cemetery is on your right.
Fax all discharge documentation to the National Cemetery Scheduling Office at 1-866-900-6417 and follow-up with a phone call to 1-800-535-1117.
For information on scheduled burials in our national cemeteries, please go to the Daily Burial Schedule.
The speed limit on the cemetery grounds is 20 mph.
The grave location of your loved one is furnished on the map included in the burial document folder. There is a grave locator behind the Administration Building to assist weekend visitors who may not know the location of the gravesite.
During the winter months, if we receive a substantial snowfall that completely covers flat gravesite markers, we will have employees at the cemetery's administration office to assist you with locating your loved one's grave site in the flat marker sections. This location assistance will be available during normal business hours as well as on weekends.
A temporary grave marker is used to mark the grave following the interment. A permanent grave marker will be furnished free of charge by the Government without application from the family. Every effort is made to have the grave marker delivered and set within 60 days from the day of interment.
Immediately after each interment, the grave is filled and leveled. As soon as the headstone/marker is set, the site will be seeded. Until growing conditions are favorable and turf has been established, burial areas may be substandard in appearance. Because the soil continues to sink after a burial, a new grave requires repeated renovation. Matters which appear to need immediate corrective action should be brought to the attention of the Cemetery Administrator.
The United States flag is flown over national cemeteries every day. The flag is flown at half staff on the morning of Memorial Day and during interment services. Graves are decorated with small United States flags the day before Memorial Day and are removed immediately after the holiday.
For educational materials and additional information on this cemetery, please visit the Education section, located below.
Fresh cut flowers may be placed on graves at any time. Metal temporary flower containers are permitted.
Artificial flowers are allowed after the end of mowing operations in the fall, beginning the 2nd Saturday in October. Arrangements must be removed by the 2nd Sunday in April when mowing operations resume.
Floral items will be removed from graves as soon as they become faded or unsightly.
Easter, Mother's Day, & Memorial Day decorations and potted plants may be placed the Thursday prior to the holiday and must be removed by the Sunday following the holiday. Christmas decorations and wreaths (18" or smaller) may be placed on the graves from Thanksgiving through January 15.
Grave Blankets and plantings are not permitted on graves at any time.
Unacceptable items include statues, vigil lights, glass objects, pinwheels, balloons, political signs or items, commemorative items, and any grave decoration taller than the headstone.
Floral items and other types of decorations will not be secured to headstones or markers.
Permanent flower containers are not authorized for placement in new national cemeteries or in new sections of existing cemeteries.
The national cemetery will decorate all graves prior to Memorial Day with small flags. These flags will be removed immediately after Memorial Day.
VA regulations 38 CFR 1.218 prohibit the carrying of firearms (either openly or concealed), explosives or other dangerous or deadly weapons while on VA property, except for official purposes, such as military funeral honors.
Possession of firearms on any property under the charge and control of VA is prohibited. Offenders may be subject to a fine, removal from the premises, or arrest.
Jefferson Barracks, one of the National Cemetery Administrations oldest interment sites, has served as a burial place for soldiers from all wars. The original military post was built south of St. Louis, MO, on the banks of the Mississippi River to replace Fort Bellefontaine. Selected for its strategic geographic location, the post was opened in 1826. Jefferson Barracks became the army's first permanent base west of the Mississippi River. By the 1840s, it was the largest military establishment in the United States. During the Civil War, Jefferson Barracks served as a training post for the Union Army. There was also a hospital at the post for the Union army's sick and wounded.
Although Jefferson Barracks was formally established as a national cemetery in 1866 by passage of a joint resolution, the first burial, at what is now Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery is believed to have occurred the year after the post's founding, on August 5, 1827. On that date, Elizabeth Ann Lash, the infant daughter of an officer stationed at Jefferson Barracks, was interred at the post cemetery. The Civil War initiated the beginnings of a formal network of military cemeteries. The first general U.S. cemetery legislation was an omnibus bill enacted July 17, 1862, authorizing President Lincoln "to purchase cemetery grounds, and cause them to be securely enclosed, to be used as a national cemetery for the soldiers who shall have died in the service of the country." By the end of the year, the first 14 national cemeteries were created. Jefferson Barracks was formally established as a national cemetery in 1866 by passage of a joint resolution authorizing the Secretary of War to take action to preserve graves from desecration and "secure suitable burial-places in which they may be properly interred..."
The original portion of the cemetery is located in the northeastern section of the present acreage, appropriately delineated by four roads designated as Old Post Drive—East, West, North and South, respectively—containing Sections 1-4, and OPS-1, OPS-2, and OPS-3. It was set aside for the burial of military and civilian personnel who died at the garrison. In 1869 the cemetery experienced enormous growth when more than 10,200 recovered remains of soldiers originally buried at other Missouri locations including Cape Girardeau, Pilot Knob, Warsaw, and Rolla were removed here. About 470 victims of smallpox at Arsenal Island were also reinterred here.
The old cemetery contains approximately 20,000 gravesites, including more than 1,000 Confederate dead. During this era, Union dead were interred in sections by state, as far as that could be determined, including: 7,536 Whites, 1,067 African Americans, 1,010 Confederate POWs, and 556 "not of military service." Within the original cemetery tract, Sections 5 through 53 were laid out; the sections currently numbered 54-66, and 88, contain older burials but are irregularly numbered because the ponds, sink holes and administrative open space was converted to burial areas.
In 1870, the cemetery "quadrangle" at Jefferson Barracks measured approximately 750' x 1,230', and was surrounded by a standardized wooden picket fence "recently whitewashed." Within two years this fence was replaced by a stonewall 4,269 feet long and 1'-6" wide. A 16'-wide drive lined the interior of the wall, and crossed through the cemetery delineating large sections; narrower 10' wide paths further subdivided the grounds. "These drives and paths are covered with coarse broken stone, and, being but little used, are very uncomfortable to drive or walk over." The major interior paths had brick gutters and were lined with dense rows of the same types of trees. In addition, there were eight painted artillery guns, "planted vertically, as monuments" throughout the cemetery. In August 1871, it was reported that more than $142,287 had been spent developing and maintaining the cemetery to date. The next year Jefferson Barracks was categorized as a "First Class" cemetery, an Army designation based on "the extent and importance" of the facilities, which also determined the superintendent's salary of $75 per month. In 1875, the first enlargement of the cemetery took place.
During the early 1880s cast-metal tablets contained verse, "The Gettysburg Address" the War Department's General Orders No. 80, and text of the 1867 Act to establish and protect national cemeteries.
As space within the enclosure walls became limited, an expansion that would more than double the size of the cemetery was underway by the early 1890s. The original entrance with its "double iron gates hung on handsome piers of rough dressed limestone" and the old administration building/lodge were located on the north side of the existing cemetery. The landscape in some areas of Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery was one of the most contentious. Behind this building there were:
…two deep depressions in the ground, similar to the "sink-holes" in limestone formations, each having in its bottom a small pond; one has been enlarged and surrounded by a stone wall, making a miniature lake; the other is in its natural state. The ponds have subterranean communications with each other and with the Mississippi, and are affected by the rise and fall of water in that river, but are never dry.
The superintendent's personal domain included a grape arbor, privy and cistern, as well as evergreen trees and shaped planting beds of flowers and vegetables. By 1893 the approach to the entrance was established via a gravel road flanked by deciduous trees and "plank fences." Already there were a fountain, two sheds, two stables, a two-room cottage for seasonal laborers, and a rectangular rostrum (1872) located on the expanded property.
In 1922 an Executive Order assigned 170 acres of military reservation to the Veterans Bureau (now Department of Veterans Affairs). In July 1936, the War Department formally named Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery as a component of Jefferson Barracks, along with similar designations of military reservations at instillations including those named in honor of persons, target ranges and national cemeteries.
From April 1936 through the early 1940s, Depression-era government make-work programs brought improvements to the cemetery. Works Progress Administration (WPA) laborers were responsible for building 23,000' of hard-surfaced roads and walks, 46,000' concrete curbs, nearly 16,000' of "asphalt macadam" roads, and resurfacing of the same. They also removed some of the original stone wall and constructed nearly 4,600' of "common ashler (sic) stone wall, as well as miscellaneous grading. In 1946 a new stone boundary wall and entrance gate were erected. The WPA renovated the 1872 brick rostrum that measured 23' x 38' in 1941.
Gradually the importance of the post lessened and Jefferson Barracks was deactivated in 1946. Expansion of the cemetery, however, was granted by 1947 legislation authorizing the Secretary of War to "utilize and expand existing facilities" at Jefferson Barracks "when practicable, through the use of federally owned lands under the jurisdiction of the War Department" that were no longer needed for military purposes.
World War II casualties introduced a new focus to the cemetery as the central repository for group interments resulting from national disasters, when individual remains cannot be identified. Among the more than 560 group burials—meaning two or more veterans in a common grave—are 123 victims of a 1944 Japanese massacre of POWs in the Philippines, and the remains of 41 unidentified marines who perished in a South Vietnam helicopter crash in 1968.
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.
Monuments and Memorials
The Fort Bellefontaine Monument is a red granite boulder that was donated in 1904 by the Daughters of the American Revolution in honor of the officers and soldiers who died at Fort Bellefontaine. Fort Bellefontaine was de-activated as a military post in 1826 and those interred in the post cemetery were re-interred at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. (OPS-1)
The Minnesota Monument is one of seven such monuments commissioned by the State of Minnesota in honor of officers and soldiers from that state who died during the Civil War. This particular monument, a bronze female figure, was the last to be erected, in 1922. The remaining six Minnesota monuments were constructed at the following national cemeteries: Vicksburg (1906–1907) and Shiloh (1908), managed by the National Park Service; Marion, IN (1913), Memphis (1916), and Little Rock (1920).
In 1939, the remains of 175 officers and soldiers of the 56th U.S. Colored Troops Infantry were removed from a cemetery at the former Koch Quarantine Hospital in St. Louis, and re-interred at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. The men died of cholera in August 1866. The monument to the 56th USCT was moved from its original location at Koch hospital and re-erected with a new sandstone base, new dowels, and a new plaque. The monument was dedicated in May 19, 1939. (Section 57, Site 15009)
A granite monument dedicated to the Unknown Dead of 1861–1865 was erected in 1940 by the Annie Wittenmyer Tent No. 3, Daughters of Veterans, USA. Annie Wittenmyer lived from 1827 until 1900 and worked to bring food and supplies to wounded Union soldiers. Instrumental in reforming the horrific conditions in hospitals and battle camps, she was well respected by Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S Grant for her philanthropy and heroism. The monument measures 45" high and 36" wide. (Section 14)
The 35th Division, St. Louis Reunion Corp, memorial drinking fountain was dedicated on Memorial Day 1952. Its relevance is based on the 35th Division, an infantry formation of the U.S. Army National Guard that dates to 1918, primarily in Kansas and Missouri. President Harry S. Truman was a most-prominent veteran of the 35th Division. Designed by Eugene J. Mackey Jr. (1911–1968), the austere mid-century structure is made of polished pink granite. The site includes a circular plaza framed by a stone wall, round concrete steps and a shallow basin with four "bubblers." It is the only memorial water fountain found in NCA cemeteries and it is an overlooked project within Mackey's catalog of work. The award-winning architect and Fellow of the American Institute of Architects designed the St. Louis World War II Court of Honor Plaza (1948), Missouri Botanical Garden "Climatron" (1960), and many significant St. Louis buildings. (Monument Drive)
Memorial to the Confederate Dead (1861–1865), erected by the Jefferson Barracks Civil War Historical Association-Missouri Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, and the Missouri Society Military Order of the Stars and Bars. Dedicated May 1, 1988. (Section 66)
The Memorial Chapel was built to remember the selfless acts of Americans to defend their love for God, Home, and Country. The Korean and Vietnam Gold Star Mothers and Fathers sponsored the building, dedicated to the ultimate sacrifice of all veterans. Dedicated in 1978, this is the first memorial chapel donated to a national cemetery. (Miravalle & Truman Drive)
Memorial to the Union Dead, erected by the Julia Dent Grant Tent # 16, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Dedicated September 17, 1995. (Between Sections 12 & 13)
Memorial to honor the women who helped Union forces in the Civil War, erected by the Julia Dent Grant Tent # 16, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Dedicated June 2, 1996. (Section 13)
Blue Star Memorial Marker to honor the Armed Forces that have defended the United States of America, erected by East Central District of Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri. Dedicated April 26, 1998. (Flagstaff & Rostrum Drive)
Memorial to honor all women who served in Navy related service, erected by the Gateway WAVES Unit # 5. Dedicated May 9, 1998. (Flagstaff & Rostrum Drive)
Memorial dedicated to the memory of Merchant Marine Seamen and Navy Armed Guard, erected by the S.S. Samuel Parker Chapter, American Merchant Marine and Navy Armed Guard Veterans. Dedicated November 11, 1998. (Flagstaff & Rostrum Drive)
Memorial dedicated to Remember All Who Served & Sacrificed within the Khe Sanh, Vietnam region, erected by the Khe Sanh Veterans. Dedicated July 16, 1999.
Memorial dedicated to all individuals who faithfully served with the 3rd Infantry Division - U.S. Army, erected by Russell Dunham, Outpost 17. Dedicated May 20, 2000. (Flagstaff & Rostrum Drive)
The 3rd Army Infantry and the Marines Memorial was dedicated to those who served their country with the U.S. Marine Corps since November 10, 1775. It was erected by the 1st Marine Division Association, St. Louis Chapter, and dedicated June 25, 2000. (Flagstaff & Rostrum Drive)
The carillon bell tower was erected as part of the AMVETS international carillon program to provide living memorials in honor of American veterans. At the time of installation, it was as described as "a very fine instrument [whose] beautiful tones can be heard throughout the entire cemetery and beyond."
On July 12, 2003, the U.S. Submarine Veteran's Memorial stone was dedicated.
Dedicated to honor dead & all soldiers who served with the 82nd Airborne Infantry Division. Erected by the Gateway Chapter, 82nd Airborne Div Association. Dedicated August 14, 2004. (Truman Drive)
Dedicated to the memory of those who served with the 4th Marine Division. Erected by Gateway Chapter # 29, 4th Marine Division. Dedicated September 24, 2005. (Flagstaff & Rostrum Drive)
Medal of Honor Recipients
The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force that can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States. Recipients receive the Medal of Honor from the president on behalf of Congress. It was first awarded during the Civil War and eligibility criteria for the Medal of Honor have changed over time.
Recipients buried or memorialized here:
Major Ralph Cheli (World War II). He received the Medal of Honor for service in the U.S. Army Air Corps, 405th Bombardment Squadron, 38th Bombardment Group, 5th Air Force, in recognition of actions as squadron leader during an air attack on the Dagua Airdrome. Major Cheli's plane was struck, but he completed the mission and instructed his wingman to lead the formation as he crashed into the sea near Wewak, New Guinea, August 18, 1943. Initially believed to have been killed, his award was presented in October. Major Cheli actually died March 6, 1944, as a prisoner of war. His remains were buried on March 21, 1950, as part of a group in Section 78, Sites 930-934.
Private George Hobday (Indian Wars). He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Army, Company A, 7th U.S. Cavalry, for actions at Wounded Knee Creek, South Dakota, December 29, 1890. Hobday died in 1891 and is buried in Section 59, Site 11649.
First Lieutenant Lorenzo D. Immell (Civil War). He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Army, Company F, 2nd U.S. Artillery, for actions at Wilson's Creek, Missouri, August 10, 1861. Immell died in 1912 and is buried in Section 4, Site 12342.
First Lieutenant Donald D. Pucket (World War II). He received the Medal of Honor posthumously for service in the U.S. Army Air Corps, 343d Bombardment Squadron, 98th Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force, in recognition of actions after his aircraft was damaged over Ploesti, Romania, July 9, 1944. Pucket ordered his crew to abandon ship, but he remained on board when three of his men were unable to parachute out and tried to regain control of the plane as it crashed. His remains were buried on October 31, 1950, as part of a group in Section 84, Sites 270-272, on October 31, 1950.
Sergeant David Ryan (Indian Wars). He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Army, Company G, 5th U.S. Infantry, for actions at Cedar Creek and elsewhere in the Montana Territory, from October 21, 1876, to January 8, 1877. Ryan died in 1896 and is buried in Section Section 59, Site 11715.
First Lieutenant Martin Schubert (Civil War). He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Army, Company E, 26th New York Infantry, for actions at Fredericksburg, VA, December 13, 1862. Schubert died in 1912 and is buried in Section 4, Site 12310.
First Sergeant Alonzo Stokes (Indian Wars). He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Army, Company H, 6th U.S. Calvary, for actions at the Wichita River, Texas, July 12, 1870. Stokes died in 1876 and is buried in Section 63, Site 11450.
Lieutenant Commander Bruce Avery Van Voorhis (World War II). He received the Medal of Honor posthumously for service in the U.S. Navy, Bombing Squadron 102, in recognition of actions during the Battle of the Solomon Islands, July 6, 1943. Lt. Commander Van Voorhis gave his life for country during a solo mission against the Japanese-held Greenwich Island. His remains were buried on March 15, 1950, as part of a group in Section 79, Sites 279-281.
There are 3,255 Unknowns interred in this cemetery.
The first known burial was Elizabeth Ann Lash, infant child of an officer stationed at Jefferson Barracks. (OPS-1, Site 2229-A)
The 2-year old son of Lieutenant Zebulon Pike, famous soldier-explorer for whom the mountain peak in Colorado is named. (OPS-1, Site 2288-E)
Major Aeneas MacKay, veteran of the War of 1812, Indian Wars, and Mexican War. (OPS-1, Site 2287-B)
First Lieutenant Michael Joseph Blassie was interred in Arlington National Cemetery's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from May 28, 1984 to May 14, 1998. After DNA testing, Lieutenant Blassie's remains were identified and interred at Jefferson Barracks. (Section 85, Site 1)
Sergeant Robert N. Lincoln, turret gunner of a B-17G Flying Fortress bomber, shot down on September 13, 1944 near Furth, Germany. By DNA testing, his remains were identified and returned for burial on June 30, 2000. (Section 84, Site 193)
Second Lieutenant Sherman J. Andrews, Navigator/Bombardier of a B-24J Liberator bomber, lost over France on December 11, 1944. By DNA testing, his remains were identified and returned for burial on September 10, 2001. (Section 86, Site 12A)
Arthur W. Ward was born in Missouri on July 31, 1922. During World War II, Ward left college to enlist in the army and he spent five months in Tuskegee with the U.S. Army Air Corps in the training program for African-American servicemen. Aviation Cadet Ward then served in the Philippines. He returned to school after the war to earn graduate degrees from Kansas State Teachers College and Indiana University in industrial education. Ward taught at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA, until 1990. He died January 11, 2017, and is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery (Section 1T, Site 139).
Private Richard Gentry was born in the Colony of Virginia on September 26, 1763. A Private in the Continental Army at the age of 17, he was present at the capture of Lord Cornwallis at the Battle of Yorktown on October 19, 1781. After the Revolution, he moved westward, fighting in the various Indian Wars. He died February 12, 1843 near Richmond, KY. He was removed to Jefferson Barracks on June 20, 1958. (OPS-2, Site 2093-A)
Major Russell Bissell was born in the Colony of Connecticut and was a veteran of the Revolutionary and Indian Wars. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in the 2nd U.S. Infantry on March 4, 1791 and to the rank of Captain on February 19, 1793. He transferred to the 1st U.S. Infantry on April 1, 1802, and was promoted to Major upon return to the 2nd U.S. Infantry on December 9, 1807. He was the Commanding Officer at Fort Bellefontaine at the time of his death on December 18, 1807. He was removed to Jefferson Barracks in April of 1904. (OPS-1, Site 2289-B)
Colonel Thomas Hunt was born in the Colony of Massachusetts. He was a Sergeant in Captain Croft's Company of Minutemen at the Battle of Lexington and Concord in April 1775. On January 1, 1776 he became a member of the 25th Continental Infantry and transferred to Jackson 19s Continental Regiment as a Captain on February 1, 1777. Wounded at the Battle of Stoneypoint on July 16, 1779, he transferred to the 9th Massachusetts Regiment on January 1, 1781, and was wounded again at the Battle of Yorktown on October 14, 1781. After the Revolution he remained in the Army, transferring to the 3rd Massachusetts Regiment on January 1, 1783 and returning to Jackson's Continental Regiment as a Captain on February 1, 1777. Wounded at the Battle of Stoneypoint on July 16, 1779, he transferred to the 9th Massachusetts Regiment on January 1, 1781, and was wounded again at the Battle of Yorktown on October 14, 1781. After the Revolution he remained in the Army, transferring to the 3rd Massachusetts Regiment on January 1, 1783 and returning to Jackson 19s Continental Regiment in November 1783. He became a Captain in the 3rd U.S. Infantry on March 4, 1791 and was promoted to the rank of Major on February 18, 1793. He was reassigned to the 1st U.S. Infantry on November 1, 1796, promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on April 1, 1802 and Colonel on April 11, 1803. Colonel Hunt died August 18, 1808 and was buried at Fort Bellefontaine. He was removed to Jefferson Barracks in April of 1904. (OPS-1, Site 2289-C)
There are 1,140 Confederate Soldiers buried in Sections 19, 20, 21, 22, 66 and 67.
The lone female interred is Jane N. Foster from Randolph County, Arkansas, who died November 4, 1864. (Section 20, Site 4613)
John Lyden was a fireman on the Gunboat Star of the West. (Section 22, Site 5257)
John Murraim was a conscript. Records from the time indicate he probably was a soldier detailed to gunboat service. (Section 20, Site 4655)
Samuel Marion Dennis was founder of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Arkansas. (Section 21, Site 4841)
Six Confederate Prisoners of War executed by the Union Army to avenge the death of Major James Wilson (Section 39, Site 4319) and a six-man patrol executed by Confederate guerrillas under the command of Major Timothy Reeves during the battle of Pilot Knob on October 3, 1864. (Section 20, Sites 4605-4610)
There are 15 Confederate Unknowns buried in the cemetery. Most of the Unknowns were reported as having died from smallpox and buried on Smallpox Island, from whence the remains were subsequently removed to Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. The individual graves on the island were not identifiable at the time of removal.
Two German and five Italian Prisoners of War are buried in Section 57 1/2.
German: Max Suemnick (Site 325) and Gustave Pfarrerr (Site 326).
Italian: Cirolamo Pugliesi, Nicola DiSalvo, Talete Vivaldi, Cesare Binetti, Alfredo Ossemer (Sites 330–334).
There are approximately 564 Group Burials consisting of the remains of two or more service men interred in a common gravesite. The largest single group burial consists of 175 victims of the 56th United States Colored Infantry who died of cholera during August 1866. This burial is in Section 57, Sites 15008-15010. Other group burials are Sections 70, 78, 79, 81, 82, 84, 85 and Section B.
Sections MA, MB, MC and MD are Memorial Markers to commemorate those veterans whose remains were buried at sea, cremated with the remains scattered, non-recoverable, or whose bodies were donated to science.
More than half of VA's national cemeteries originated with the Civil War and many are closed to some burials. Other sites were established to serve World War veterans and they continue to expand. Historic themes related with NCA's cemeteries and soldiers' lots vary, but visitors should understand "Why is it here?" NCA began by installing interpretive signs, or waysides, at more than 100 properties to observe the Civil War Sesquicentennial (2011-2015). Please follow the links below to see the interpretive signs for Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
- A National Cemetery System
- Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
- Confederate Burials In The National Cemetery - Military Prison
Visit the Veterans Legacy Program and NCA History Program for additional information. Thank you for your interest.