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Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans Buried in National Cemeteries

Posted By on January 16, 2013

A “Burial Record” appeared in Volume 5 of Samuel P. Bates’ History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, pages 1342 through 1365.  The first page states that the list of soldiers was “published by the General Government since the foregoing pages were in type”  and is shown below.  As can be seen by the listing (click on page below to enlarge), it includes the name and rank of the soldier, his regiment and company, the date of death, and the location of the grave.  For the most part, the graves are located in officially designated national cemeteries.

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Previously on this blog, the Bates’ volumes were discussed.  See:  Bates – History of Pennsylvania Volunteers.  At that time, a direct link was provided to the complete five volumes, the pages of which can be downloaded (one at a time), from the site, Pennsylvania Volunteers of the Civil War.  To find individual soldiers and histories of the regiments in which they served, it was suggested that the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Index Cards be used, which are available on-line from the Pennsylvania Archives.  In the upper right hand corner of most cards is a number which refers to the volume and page number where that soldier’s regimental record can be found.  Unfortunately, there is no index for the burial record.

One difficulty in using the Burial Record list is that the names appear alphabetical only by the first letter of the last name of the veteran – and then somewhat alphabetical as grouped in each of the national cemeteries.  On the first page as shown above, all the “A’s” appear, but the cemeteries are not alphabetically grouped – and there are two groupings of “A’s” for the Hampton Cemetery.

Bates was published beginning in 1869 and ending in 1871.  Therefore, any Pennsylvania veteran who was buried in a national cemetery after 1871 would not be included in the listing.  However, generally a Pennsylvania soldier who died in Pennsylvania or elsewhere well after the Civil War, would not be buried in a cemetery in Georgia or North Carolina – but could be buried in a cemetery closer to home.  There are exceptions, such as Arlington National Cemetery.  For the most part, the soldiers named in this list died in the locations where there are buried – some from battle, some from disease, and some from starvation.

Direct links are provided to each page of the Burial Record.  Be sure to check all the available pages where the veterans’ name may appear.

Page 1342.  A-B ———— Page 1343.  B ———— Page 1344.  B-C ————

Page 1345.  C ———— Page 1346.  C-D ———— Page 1347.  D-E ————

Page 1348.  E-F ———— Page 1349.  F-G ———— Page 1350.  G-H ————

Page 1351  H ———— Page 1352.  H-I-J-K ———— Page 1353.  K-L ————

Page 1354.  L-M ———— Page 1355.  M ———— Page 1356.  M-N ————

Page 1357.  N-O-P ———— Page 1358. P-Q-R ———— Page 1359.  R-S ————

Page 1360.  S ———— Page 1361.  S ———— Page 1362.  S-T-U-V ————

Page 1363.  V-W ———— Page 1364.  W-Y-Z

To download the compete Volume 5, which is available from Google Books, click here. and follow the instructions in the red box at the top left of the screen.


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