View of wooden markers at Dayton National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers cemetery, now Dayton National Cemetery; Entrance to Alexandria (VA) National Cemetery, circa 1865; Rostrum, circa 1890, Loudon Park National Cemetery
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Woodlawn Monument Site

Terre Haute, Indiana

Woodlawn Monument Site
Woodlawn Monument Site
Courtesy of the Department of Veterans Affairs,
National Cemetery Administration, History Program

Woodlawn Monument Site is located within Woodlawn Cemetery, a public burial ground approximately one mile north of downtown Terre Haute, Indiana, near the banks of the Wabash River.  In 1912, the Federal Government erected the monument here to commemorate 11 Confederate soldiers who died in a local prison camp during the Civil War.

During the Civil War, the 11 Confederate soldiers who died while in captivity at the local prison were buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.  In 1912, an 11-foot tall, granite obelisk was erected in the cemetery to honor these Confederates.  Located within a circular plot at the intersection of Wabash and Central Avenues, near the south end of the cemetery, the monument features a bronze plaque, with the names of the 11 prisoners.  The monument is also known as the 9th Tennessee Cavalry Battalion Monument, as 10 of the 11 soldiers were members of that regiment led by Lieutenant Colonel George Gantt.

Woodlawn Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in Terre Haute.  Established in 1839, the cemetery is the final resting place for prominent local citizens, including several mayors and congressmen.  Also buried at Woodlawn is Union Major General Charles Cruft, an Indiana native who fought at the Battle of Bull Run, and led troops at the Battles of Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Chattanooga, and Nashville.

Plan your visit

Woodlawn Monument Site is located within the confines of Woodlawn Cemetery, located at 1230 North Third Street, in Terre Haute, IN.  The monument site is open for visitation daily from sunrise to sunset.  No cemetery staff is present onsite.  The administrative office is located at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, and is open Monday-Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm; it is closed Federal holidays except Memorial Day.  For more information, please contact the cemetery office at 815-423-9958, or see the Department of Veterans Affairs website.  For more information on Woodlawn Cemetery, please call 812-877-2531 or visit their website.  While visiting, please be mindful that our national cemeteries are hallowed ground.  Be respectful to all of our nation’s fallen soldiers and their families.  Additional cemetery policies may be posted on site.

Woodlawn Monument Site was photographed to the standards established by the National Park Service’s Historic American Landscapes Survey.

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