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042-0136 Cold Harbor National Cemetery

Cold Harbor National Cemetery
Cold Harbor National Cemetery, Hanover County -- Photo credit: James Brownie/Billie Crenshaw, ca 1995

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VLR Listing Date 04/28/1995

NRHP Listing Date 08/10/1995

NRHP Reference Number 95000922

Established on April 30, 1866, the Cold Harbor National Cemetery contains 2,099 interments, including 1,313 unknown Union dead from the Civil War. A Medal of Honor recipient, Sgt. Maj. Augustus Barry, 16th U.S. Infantry, is also buried here; he was the cemetery superintendent when he died in 1871. Most of the soldiers were killed in the campaigns of 1862 and 1864 around Richmond. Many died during or soon after the battles of Mechanicsville, Gaines’s Mill, Savage’s Station, and Cold Harbor. After the war, the U.S. dead were gathered from the sites of their hasty battlefield burials and reinterred in this and other national cemeteries. Confederate soldiers likewise were reinterred in such burial grounds as Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond. The Cold Harbor National Cemetery includes a superintendent’s house built in 1870 in the Second Empire style from a design by Quartermaster General Montgomery C. Meigs. The cemetery was listed in the registers under the Civil War Era National Cemeteries MPD.

Many properties listed in the registers are private dwellings and are not open to the public, however many are visible from the public right-of-way. Please be respectful of owner privacy.

VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated: May 26, 2022