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Mount Moriah Cemetery
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Naval Lot
GPS: 39.936714, -75.240230 (naval lot)
6201 Kingsessing Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19142
Published: July 2000, Last updated:: March 27, 2020
Total records: 2,082
The Solider's Plot is a special section of Mt. Moriah Cemetery owned by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Mount Moriah Naval Plot is associated with the U.S. Naval Asylum. The Naval Hospitals Act of 1811, passed through Congress with the help of Secretary of the Navy Paul Hamilton, established the U.S. Naval Asylum in Philadelphia. Architect William Strickland designed the main building, which was completed in 1833. Originally used as a naval hospital, in 1838 midshipmen began taking classes at the asylum.
With the 1845 opening of the Naval Academy in Annapolis, the asylum ceased serving as a school. In 1864 the federal government purchased a 10-acre site in Mount Moriah Cemetery for the re-interment of remains within the plot on the grounds of the Naval Asylum. More than 2,400 navy officers and sailors have been buried in Mount Moriah Naval Plot since the first interment on March 26, 1865. This lot is bordered by a low fence of chain-and-bollards, and contains many very old, non-standard headstones, as well as a naval anchor on a concrete base.
The National Cemetery Administration has jurisdiction over this section of the cemetery as well as the Soldiers' Lot.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Records
Records linked below were acquired from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on March 27, 2020. These records were compiled by the Department in May 2019.
(July 2000) U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Records
Records linked below were acquired from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs back in July of 2000. These records contain additional information than what the Department currently releases...