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City Point National Cemetery

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1866. 10th Ave. and Davis St.
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

Authorized as part of the National Cemetery System (1862), the City Point National Cemetery, along with twenty others, was established in April 1866 through a later joint resolution of Congress. Military in form, the rectangular 7.5acre cemetery has a semicircular entrance with a wrought iron gate and stone piers. A 4-foot wall of uncoursed fieldstone surrounds the cemetery. At the center a roadway encircles a flagpole and a monument dedicated to the memory of the dead of the Army of the James. An 1868 stone lodge constructed as a residence and office for the superintendent of the cemetery was demolished in 1928 and replaced by the present one-and-one-half-story brick and stucco building with a gambrel roof. The lodge is based on a prototypical plan designed by Quartermaster General Montgomery C. Meigs c. 1865. The more than 5,100 interments of Civil War soldiers and sailors at City Point include approximately 1,400 unknown soldiers and 118 Confederate soldiers.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "City Point National Cemetery", [Hopewell, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 480-481.

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