Annapolis National Cemetery
Every old cemetery has some notable tombstones, either by and of themselves or by virtue of the person whose grave they mark; Annapolis National Cemetery is no exception.
To begin, there are 211 graves of Unknown soldiers. A good number of these graves occupy the front rows of sections H - M, forming what one might call an "Avenue of the Unknowns".
The front row of Section N is the Memorial Area, where markers are placed in memory of veterans whose remains
are not interred here.
|Last Name||First Name||Section||Section
Company D, 1st U.S. Colored Troops
died March 12, 1865
Musician, 19th Md. Colored Troops
died May 3, 1864
|Horton||John||F||333||SGT CO E 35 REGT U.S. CLD INF|
|Jackson||George||E||299||PVT CO E 1 US CLD INF SEP 29 1917|
Company A, 1st Michigan Colored Troops
died April 2, 1864
|Smith||Franklin||B||180||PVT CO D 30 US CLD INF SP AM WAR Nov 25 1906|
|Wye||John||B||169||CORP CO K 30 U S CLD INF Dec 18 1901|
|Young||D.W.||B||168||SGT MAJ U.S.C.T. Jan 9 1901 (new stone)|
Though established as a Union military cemetery by authority of the Act of July 1862, there are a number of Confederate graves in Annapolis National Military Cemetery. These graves, listed below, purportedly prevented Ashgrove U.S. Cemetery from achieving the designation of Annapolis National Military Cemetery until sometime around 1870 - though I know of no easily-identified evidence to support this position.
|Bennett, Aaron A.||TENN||Corp'l||CO B TENN INF CSA
June 21, 1864
|Bowen, Oliver||VA||Co F 116 VA MIL CSA
May 7 1864
|Frasher, John||Confederate States Army
Co. A, 1st Alabama Cavalry
May 19 1864
|Hennesey, John||LA||Co F 1 LA CAV
died September 6, 1863
|Jackson, G. M.||TENN||CO B 12 TENN VOLS C.S.A.
died November 8, 1863
Co B 46th Virginia Infantry
June 1 1864
|Musch, Marinum||Confederate States Army
Co C 1st Louisiana Cavalry
Sept 5 1863
|Slater, William S.||VA||1 LIEUT||1 LIEUT 1 VA LT ATRY CSA
April 25, 1864
April 26, 1864
While most of the Civil War graves at Annapolis are of enlisted personnel, there are a few officers as well. In addition to Lieutenant Slater, listed above, there are:
|Smith, David D.||ALA||Captain||Co.E, 1st Tennessee
died April 18, 1865
NOTE: Roll of Honor lists Captain Smith as being with the 1st Tennessee, which disagrees with his tombstone
|Clifton, Harrison Y.||PA||1st Lieutenant||Co. D, 99th Pennsylvania
died May 15, 1865
|Varney, S. J.||Lieutenant||ILL|
There are a number of private tombstones in the Annapolis National Cemetery, all but one of which date from the Civil War and late nineteenth century. The names in the table are "hot"; move your mouse pointer over a name and a window will open, showing a picture of the tombstone.
Wife of Supt. L. B. May Died Jan 30 1889
Aged 47 years
"There is no death; an angel form walks o'er the earth in
silent tread. He bears our best-loved ones away and then we call them dead"
|Gibbs, Peleg H.||
Capt. Peleg H.
CO F 4th R.I. VOL INF
Nov 29 1832 Sept. 30 1923
May 2 1862 Dec 19 1922
John & Elizabeth
Died at parole camp
MAR. 23, 1863
Æ 18 yrs 5 m's 9 d's
|Eldridge, William H.||
His wife Mary Jay Eldridge 1817 - 1911
Co K 110th Ohio Regiment
Died Dec. 2 1863 Æ 29 years
"A noble sacrifice for his country"
As the War ensued, many men were discharged due to disability, or their enlistments were up and they opted not to "re-up". In the face of the dwindling numbers of troops, the Department of the Army devised two plans to fortify their numbers:
DID YOU KNOW that Clara (Clarissa Harlowe) Barton (1821 - 1912), founder of the American Red Cross, established her wartime headquarters at Camp Parole ? At the Camp, located approximately two miles west of Annapolis National Cemetery at what is now known (naturally) as the Parole section of Annapolis, Miss Barton completed her wartime task of caring for wounded Union soldiers.
When the War ended, Miss Barton - with the endorsement of President Lincoln - established the Office of Correspondence with Friends of the Missing Men of the United States Army in Annapolis. Her task was a great one; while her "Soldier Office", as it came to be known, located some 22,000 missing soldiers, Miss Barton's most notable accomplishment in this capacity was the locating and marking of more than 13,000 graves of Union soldiers at Andersonville Prison in Georgia.
While it is highly probable that the men at Parole Camp were tended to by Miss Barton, it is an absolute certainty that the sick and wounded at one or the other - or at both - of the two General Hospitals - College Green (St. John's College) and the U.S. Naval Academy were tended by the three women whose names appear below. At a time when it was almost unheard of for women to be exposed to the horrors of war, these women literally gave their lives to the service of their country as surely as did the soldiers whom they attended:
How many foreign nationals died in the American Civil War?
Answer: At least one - and he's buried in Annapolis National
Cemetery!  Read the story of his funeral here.
I am looking for coverage of the incident itself; when (if?) I find it I will place it here.
Annapolis National Cemetery