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Chalmette National Cemetery

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The thousands of headstones at Chalmette National Cemetery represent thousands of men and women who served their country in the armed services.
Elizabeth Dupree
 

Established in May 1864 as a final resting place for Union soldiers who died in Louisiana during the Civil War, the 15,000 headstones in the cemetery mark the gravesites of veterans of the Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, and the Vietnam War. Four Americans who fought in the War of 1812 are buried here, though only one of them took part in the Battle of New Orleans. The national cemetery is located on the site of the Battle of New Orleans in 1815, next to Chalmette Battlefield. Click here for frequently asked questions. A pdf with a short history of Chalmette National Cemetery is here; you are welcome to download and print this document.

For a pdf file listing headstones by name, click here. Please note that names are listed first along with section numbers which are included in this map (pdf file) of the National Cemetery. Be sure to check alternate spellings for names (like Green and Greene or Anderson and Andersen). You can also search the headstones listing by war or by cemetery section.

Chalmette National Cemetery is located at 8606 West St. Bernard Highway in Chalmette. Gates are open as follows: Tuesday-Saturday, Memorial Day, and Veterans Day 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. On all other federal holidays, gates are open 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Gates are closed on Mardi Gras. Days and hours of operation for the visitor center at Chalmette Battlefield next to the national cemetery can be found here. To reach the battlefield visitor center, call 504-281-0510.

Questions regarding interments at the national cemetery should be directed to the park superintendent's office at 504-589-3882 ext. 108.

 
 
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Wreaths Across America and dozens of volunteers laid evergreen wreaths at headstones in Chalmette National Cemetery in mid-December, turning the landscape into one of solemn beauty. Learn more about Wreaths Across America and their mission to honor veterans here.


 
 

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