National Parks and National Cemeteries

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Sunset at Soldier's National Cemetery, Gettysburg.

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Currently, the National Park Service manages 14 national cemeteries. Eleven of these cemeteries were transferred from the War Department to the Department of the Interior by Executive Order No. 6166 in 1933. Three national cemeteries were authorized or transferred after 1933. These cemeteries represent a continuum of use dating to a period before the establishment of the historical parks of which they are an integral part and are administered to preserve the historic character, uniqueness, and solemn nature of both the cemeteries and the historical parks of which they are a part.

National Cemeteries administered by the National Park Service are classified as either "active" or "inactive." Active cemeteries have casket or cremation gravesites available for first interments. A first interment is the initial burial of human remains following the death of the individual. Inactive cemeteries have no available unassigned gravesites for either casket or cremation first interments, but may inter eligible family members in the same gravesite as previously interred individuals.

The Andersonville National Cemetery is the only remaining active national cemetery administered by the NPS. Andrew Johnson, Antietam, Battleground, Chalmette, Fort Donelson, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Poplar Grove, Shiloh, Stones River, Vicksburg, Yorktown and Custer National Cemeteries are inactive.

Map of the united states with names and locations of national cemeteries
The 14 national cemeteries managed by the Department of the Interior's National Park Service are:

Andersonville National Historic Site, Andrew Johnson National Historic Site, Antietam National Battlefield, Civil War Defenses of Washington , Colonial National Historical Park, Fort Donelson National Battlefield, Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park, Gettysburg National Military Park, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Petersburg National Battlefield, Shiloh National Military Park, Stones River National Battlefield, Vicksburg National Military Park more »

Last updated: May 23, 2022