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November 2010 Cemetery Photos by Paul Stanfield


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Photo by Don Worth


Marietta National Cemetery
Marietta, Georgia

Bivouac of the Dead
Photo and narrative by Rick Jordahl

Among the nationís most elaborate cemetery layouts at the time, the Marietta National Cemetery was designed by Union Army Chaplain Thomas B. Van Horne

The National Cemetery Act, passed by Congress in 1862, provided a final resting place for those who gave their lives in defense of the Union. This meant that many Union soldiers killed in action would be disinterred from the battlefield where they fell and re-buried within the confines of a national cemetery.

In 1866, the Marietta National Cemetery was established as a final resting place for the staggering losses from Shermanís Atlanta Campaign. Many Union casualties were disinterred from surrounding battlefields, including Kennesaw Mountain, and re-buried here.

Our national cemeteries provide us with quiet places for peaceful reflection on the violence and struggle that once raged throughout the nation. By 1870 interment of Civil War dead in 73 national cemeteries was completed and today men from both North and South rest side by side in many of them.

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