Saturday, January 13, 2018

In Memoriam

We drive by this cemetery every day on our way to digitize records at the Maryland State Archives. We think it is fitting that we have the opportunity to help these departed dead and to assure that they did not die in vain by providing information about those who may be buried here or their families and relatives. Here is the information about this cemetery from Wikipedia:
Annapolis National Cemetery 
Annapolis National Cemetery is one of the 14 national cemeteries established by Abraham Lincoln in 1862 to accommodate the dead from the American Civil War. The original plot of land was leased, and later purchased, from Judge Nicholas Brewer. 
During the Civil War, Annapolis was a Union recruit training center. There was also a parole camp nearby (approximately three miles from what was then the city line) where Union prisoners who had been exchanged for Confederate prisoners were held until they could be returned to their own units. The conditions in the camp were crowded and were not particularly sanitary; many soldiers wound up in one of the army field hospitals at the U.S. Naval Academy and at St. John's College in downtown Annapolis. A large number succumbed to wounds they bore when they arrived, small pox, typhoid fever, dysentery or any of a number of other diseases. Most of the original interments were men who died in the parole camp or the field hospitals. Several Confederate prisoners, and one Russian national, also died in Annapolis and are buried in the cemetery. 
Many soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen who served during, or died in, subsequent wars - as well as some of their dependents - are also interred there. 
Annapolis National Cemetery was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.
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