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Burnvill, C. H.
Inauguration of the Soldiers Cemetery at Camp Chalmette, New Orleans on May 2, 1864.
Civil War drawings collection, approximately 1861-1865.
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024, 212-873-3400
Drawing: Graphite on paper. 6 1/8 x 9 1/4 in. A group of people gathered under tents before a speaker's podium. Horse drawn carriages bring more people; a large flag is flown. Annotations that describe the sene throughout. Verso is inscribed and signed at center: 'Inauguration of the Soldiers Cemetery / at Camp C...ette / May 2nd 1864--/ For report see Herald--/ C I H B...'
This cemetery was established in May of 1864 as a final resting place for Civil War dead, both Confederate and Union soldiers alike. Approximately 132 Confederate prisoners of war were buried at Chalmette until the Ladies' Benevolent Association of New Orleans requested that these soldiers be moved out of Chalmette to the Confederate Greenwood Cemetery in New Orleans. Eventually, the cemetery took in an additional 7,000 interments of Union soldiers moved from abandoned cemeteries located all over southern Louisiana, Ship Island, and Mississippi. Civil War burials at Chalmette number well over 12,000, but almost 7,000 are unknown.
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