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Topic: National Cemetery System

National Cemeteries and Memorials in Global Conflict

by Edward Steere Quartermaster Review, November – December 1953 As aptly stated by Quartermaster General M. I. Ludington in 1899, the return of Spanish American War dead from Cuba and Puerto Rico for private burial by their relatives, or for reinterment at public cost in a national cemetery, was probably without precedent in world history. […]

Expansion of the National Cemetery System, 1880-1900

By Edward Steere Quartermaster Review, September – October 1953 Within¬†15 years following the termination of the Civil War in America, the War Department had created a national cemeterial system, with administrative control vested in the Quartermaster General. After having completed by 1870 the final interment of war remains in 73 national cemeteries, and adding several […]

Evolution of the National Cemetery System 1865-1880

by Edward Steere Quartermaster Review-May/June 1953 The accompanying article is the third of a series on the development of the national cemetery system. The fourth, which will appear in the June-August issue, will trace those transformations in the system that accomplished the nation’s emergence as a world power. The American Civil War was one of […]

Early Growth of the National Cemetery System

Edward Steere Quartermaster Review, March-April 1953 Congress provided the legal sanction for creation of a national cemeterial system by authorizing President Lincoln in the Act of July 17, 1862, “to purchase cemetery grounds … to be used as a national cemetery for soldiers who shall have died in the service of the country.” In accordance […]