Memphis National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located in the Nutbush neighborhood of the City of Memphis, in Shelby County, Tennessee. Administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, it encompasses, and as of the end of 2007, had 42,184 interments.Several Civil War battlefield cemeteries were transferred to the Memphis National Cemetery after the war.HistoryCivil WarMemphis National Cemetery was originally established as Mississippi River National Cemetery when the Union Army forces took control of Memphis during the American Civil War. The cemetery served to inter veterans who died while in the many military hospitals in the delta region of the Mississippi River. After the war, several battlefield cemeteries were transferred to Memphis National Cemetery.In 1867, about 250 bodies of both Confederate and Union soldiers, some of whom were casualties of the Battle of Fort Pillow in Lauderdale County, were moved from a battlefield cemetery south of Fort Pillow to Memphis National Cemetery to be re-interred in a designated field.Use our Memphis tour itinerary site to visit Memphis National Cemetery on your trip to Memphis, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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I have visited over 94 National Cemeteries or other veterans cemeteries as part of my Survivor's Guilt. I also serve on an honor guard in a National Cemetery. I dragged my wife through 7 veterans ceme... more »
You need to see that place if you are in Memphis. Marvelous and amazing atmosphere. Feel the souls.... more »
Both of my parents, friends of my parents & other family members are buried in this cemetery. Services are wonderful, staff is exceptional and helpful. I highly recommend anyone who can have a loved one buried here....do it. It is always clean, full of staff members working on the grounds......and a landmark for Memphis.
I played ball in the open section when I was a child. It's filled up now basically. My father was buried there in 1977. It's one of the most beautiful & well kept cemeteries I've ever seen. Wasn't always that way. A real history of our country from the civil war on. A remembrance of fallen patriots, some unknown. I believe some of the Confederate tombstones have been altered. Shame
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