Chalmette National Cemetery
Chalmette National Cemetery is a 17.5 acre strip of land that sits adjacent to the site of the Battle of New Orleans along the Mississippi River in Chalmette, Louisiana. The cemetery, which is closed to future burials, has more than 15,300 interments from every major U.S. conflict between the American Revolution and Vietnam. While most of the individuals interred are veterans, civilians such as spouses, children, and employees of the War Department are also included.
Photograph courtesy of Jim Hollandsworth
The 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, which is comprised entirely of Union soldiers, to the Greenwood Cemetery in New Orleans. In the years following the war, 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.
The Confederate Database (30 kb) holds the records for 130 of the 132 Confederate soldiers moved from Chalmette.
The Union Database is rather large (over 2MB), and may cause problems for you when downloading, due to the nature of the Internet. Where possible, it is recommended you use the search mechanisms. For convenience, the Union Database has been broken up into five parts based on last names beginning with:
[A B C D E F G H I-J K L M N-O P-Q R S T U-V W-Z]
The listings contain many of the same fields:
- LNAME -- Last name of soldier
- FNAME -- First name of soldier
- OLDSEC -- Original section of burial if burial has been moved
- SEC -- Current burial section
- GRAVE -- Current burial site within section
- GRAVE_A -- Denotes burial site where there is more than one burial
- STATE -- Soldier's state where enlisted
- RANK -- Soldier's military rank
- ARM -- Branch of military in which soldier served
- COMPANY -- Soldier's company
- REGIMENT -- Soldier's regiment
- DDATE -- Date of Death, written out (EXAMPLE: August 5, 1862)
- DATE -- Date abbreviated (EXAMPLE: 08/05/62)
- OPB -- Original place of burial if soldier moved to Chalmette
- WAR -- Conflict soldier was involved in (NOTE: can be ?)
- UNKNOWN -- Used when soldiers name is unknown, but other information exists
- COMMENTS -- Extra information about soldier
- REF -- information source (NOTE: usually Chalmette records)
For more information, contact the Chalmette Unit of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park at: (504) 589-4428.
Special thanks to Ed Basanez for providing updated information for the Chalmette records.