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Philadelphia National Cemetery
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania

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Philadelphia National Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA

GPS: 40.058689, -75.153184

Haines Street and Limekiln Pike
Philadelphia, PA 19138

Published: July 2000, last updated: March 28, 2020
Total records: 12,975

Philadelphia National Cemetery is owned by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Cemetery History

Philadelphia National Cemetery is located in Philadelphia County, Pa., two miles north of Germantown in the city of Philadelphia.

Philadelphia National Cemetery was one of 14 national cemeteries established in 1862, and it was one of several established near large troop-recruitment and training areas. In its first year, the cemetery was composed of burial lots in seven different locations that were either donated to or purchased by the federal government. These were intended to be used specifically for soldiers who died in one of the many hospitals in the Philadelphia area. In 1885, the United States purchased a little over 13 acres from Henry J. and Susan B. Freeman to concentrate the scattered remains of soldiers into one geographic location. The remains were disinterred and consolidated at this location, occupied by Philadelphia National Cemetery today.

Philadelphia National Cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.

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U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs Records

Records linked below were acquired from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on March 28, 2020. These records were compiled by the Department in May of 2019.

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(July 2000) Records

Records linked below were acquired from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in July 2000. These records contain additional information not found in the May 2019 records noted above.


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