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Culpeper National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located in the town of Culpeper, in Culpeper County, Virginia. It encompasses 29.6 acres (120,000 m2) of land, and as of the end of 2005, had 9,880 interments.

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History

During the American Civil War, the territory around the city of Culpeper was defended vigorously by both sides, as it was a strategic point almost exactly between Washington D.C. and the capital of the Confederacy, Richmond, Virginia. Numerous battles took place in the region, including the Battle of Cedar Mountain and the Battle of Chancellorsville. The dead from those conflicts were buried nearby in makeshift grave sites. After the war a reburial program was initiated, and in 1867, Culpeper National Cemetery was established to reinter many of the remains from the makeshift sites. It was originally only approximately 6 acres (24,000 m2), bought from a local land owner. Over the years, utility buildings and roads have been constructed. In 1975 another 10.5 acres (42,000 m2) was donated and in 2001 another plot of 12.3 acres (50,000 m2) was purchased, which has been developed for future interments.

Culpeper National Cemetery was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.

Notable monuments

  • The states of Maine, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York have erected markers dedicated to regiments from those states who had members die in the Battle of Cedar Mountain.
  • Armed Forces Monument, dedicated to all men and women who serve in the armed forces.

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Coordinates: 38°28′11.6″N 77°59′28.8″W / 38.469889°N 77.991333°W / 38.469889; -77.991333

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