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Civil War Cemeteries of Berrysburg

Posted By on July 17, 2011

Old maps from the Civil War era help to identify the locations of four cemeteries in and around Berrysburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  In the 1858 map shown above, the cemetery known today as “Peace Cemetery” is identified along North Main Street.  One block west and one block south is the German Reformed and Lutheran Church to which the cemetery belonged.  Also shown on the map are two other churches, although their cemeteries were located beyond the streets shown on the map.   The Evangelical Church is on South Main Street and the Methodist Church is on West Market Street.  Click on map to enlarge.

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The 1862 map of Berrysburg shown above identifies the same churches and cemetery – with the cemetery for the Evangelical Church and the cemetery for the Methodist just beyond the blocks shown in the map.

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The 1875 map of Berrysburg also shows the same churches and cemetery.

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All four cemeteries within the walking range of the center square of Berrysburg are better shown by the above cut from the Mifflin Township map of 1875.  Each cemetery is identified by “G. Yd.,” the abbreviation the map maker used for “Grave Yard.”   The only cemetery not so noted on the 1875 map is the “Peace Cemetery” which is within the bounds of the street maps of Berrysburg of 1858, 1862, and 1875.  The Evangelical Cemetery is on South Main Street and is now known as “Sweitzer’s Memorial Cemetery.”  The Methodist Cemetery is on West Market Street and is now known as “Old Methodist Cemetery.”   St. John’s Lutheran Church, also known as the Hill Church is shown at the lower left along with its cemetery.

In a prior post, the St. John (Hill) Church and Cemetery was presented and the graves of six Civil War veterans were pictured.  Over the next three days, the other three Berrysburg Civil War era cemeteries will be shown along with some representatives Civil War graves from each.  Tomorrow:  Old Methodist Cemetery.  Tuesday:  Peace Cemetery.  Wednesday:  Sweitzer’s Memorial Cemetery.

Maps cuts above are from the Pennsylvania Archives.


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