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Cypress Hills National Cemetery
Brooklyn, Kings County, New York

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Cypress Hills National Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

GPS: 40.686260, -73.881246

625 Jamaica Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11208

Published: February 26, 2020
Total records: 20,725

For information contact: Long Island National Cemetery (516) 454-4949

Cemetery History

Cypress Hills National Cemetery began as a zone of the Interior Military Cemetery during the Civil War and was located within the boundaries of the large and private Cypress Hills Cemetery in Brooklyn. Almost three acres were set aside for the burial of Civil War dead in what became known as Union Grounds. In 1870, the Cypress Hills Cemetery Corporation deeded the property to the United States for a consideration of $9,600.

An inspection report of September 1870 indicates that 3,170 Union soldiers and 461 Confederate POWs were already buried there. Most of the interments came from military hospitals in the area. There were also a number of reinterments from cemeteries on Long Island Sound and in Rhode Island.

Prior to 1873, eligibility for burial in a national cemetery was restricted to U.S. soldiers who died as a result of injury or disease during the Civil War. In 1873, however, Congress approved legislation extending burial rights to honorably discharged soldiers, sailors and Marines who served during the war. To accommodate the growing number of burials requested at Cypress Hills National Cemetery, more than 15 acres were purchased in 1884. In addition, in 1941, a small tract within the old Cypress Hills Cemetery, known as the Mount of Victory Plot, was donated by the State of New York.

Today the cemetery consists of three parcels totaling a little over 18 acres: the Union grounds, a larger area on Jamaica Avenue, and the Mount of Victory. Although Cypress Hills National Cemetery was established to honor Civil War veterans, its grounds include the graves of soldiers who fought in the American Revolution, Spanish-American War, Korean and Vietnam wars. Cypress Hills National Cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Records (May 2019)

Records linked were acquired from the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs on February 20, 2020. These records were compiled by the VA in May 2019. They cover all burials up through April 8, 2017. Total records: 20,725.

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Records (July 2000)

Records linked were also acquired from the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs, but back in July 2000. At that time, the VA had just recently converted their paper records into digital format, and were still in the process of correcting OCR errors. We are including them here because they include additional information that the May 2019 records (above) do not have. Total records: 17,330

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