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Annapolis National Cemetery
Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland

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Annapolis National Cemetery, Annapolis, MD

GPS: 38.97669, -76.50543

800 West St.
Annapolis, MD 21401

Last updated: February 14, 2022
Total records: 3,012

Annapolis National Cemetery is owned by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, managed by the National Cemetery Administration, supervised by Baltimore National Cemetery.

Cemetery History

Annapolis National Cemetery is one of the 14 original national cemeteries established by Abraham Lincoln in 1862. The original land was leased in Aug. 1862 from a local resident, Nicholas Brewer, for a period of 99 years. Five years later, Brewer’s heirs sold the land outright to the federal government.

During the Civil War, Annapolis was the site of a Union training and recruiting center. Despite the government’s best efforts to keep the camps sanitary, a large number of men died due to illnesses such as small pox and typhoid, as well as accidents and violence. As a result, most original interments at the cemetery were men who died at the training camps or nearby hospitals.

Annapolis also had a role in the exchange of prisoners between Union and Confederate sides. As early as the War of 1812, there was a well-established practice of paroling prisoners of war so neither side incurred the expense of holding and maintaining the others’ troops for an extended period. While City Point, VA., was the official exchange location, Confederate prisoners were held at Annapolis while arrangements were negotiated. Conversely, Union soldiers held by the Confederacy were often moved to the hospital at Camp Parole, near Annapolis, after their release. At least 24 men buried at Annapolis National Cemetery were former Confederate POWs who died in captivity.

Veterans Affairs Records, February 2022

Records linked below were acquired from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. They come from a database that was last updated on February 7, 2022. Dates of death range from Feb 10, 1885 to March 3, 2018. These include 252 records with no date of death. Total records: 3,012.

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Veterans Affairs Records, July 2000

Records linked below were acquired from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in July 2000. At the time, the Department was in the process of converting its paper records to electronic, and as a result, there were many missing records as well as OCR errors. We are providing these records because they also include "burial date". Total records: 642

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