Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

Chalmette National Cemetery

Photo of the gates of Chalmette National Cemetery
Chalmette National Cemetery

Quick Facts

Location:
Chalmette, LA
Significance:
Federal military cemetery established in 1864
Designation:
National Park

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.