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Hampton National Cemetery

Coordinates: 37°01′16″N 76°19′35″W / 37.02111°N 76.32639°W / 37.02111; -76.32639
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Hampton National Cemetery
Hampton National Cemetery
Hampton National Cemetery is located in Virginia
Hampton National Cemetery
Hampton National Cemetery is located in the United States
Hampton National Cemetery
LocationJct. of Cemetery Rd. and Marshall Ave., Hampton, Virginia
Coordinates37°01′16″N 76°19′35″W / 37.02111°N 76.32639°W / 37.02111; -76.32639
Area27.1 acres (11.0 ha)
Architectural styleColonial Revival
MPSCivil War Era National Cemeteries MPS
NRHP reference No.96000038[1]
VLR No.114-0148
Significant dates
Added to NRHPFebruary 26, 1996
Designated VLROctober 18, 1995[2]

Hampton National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery in the city of Hampton, Virginia. It sits on 27.1 acres (11.0 ha). As of the end of 2005 it had 27,799 interments. There are two separate parts to this facility. The original cemetery is called the “Hampton Section” and is located on Cemetery Road in Hampton, VA. It is on the western side of I-64. The new section which is called the “Phoebus Addition” or the “Phoebus Section” and is on West County Street in Hampton, VA east of I-64. It is less than a mile from the original cemetery. Both sections of the Hampton National Cemetery are closed to new interments.[3]

History[change | change source]

The first burials took place in the cemetery in 1862. They were primarily Union soldiers who died in service or at the hospital at Fort Monroe. It became a National Cemetery in 1866. While primarily for Union soldiers, it also has the interments of 272 Confederate soldiers in their own section.

Hampton National Cemetery has the interred remains of World War II prisoners of war. Fifty-five are German and 5 Italian. It also has the remains of 28 sailors from the German submarine U-85. It was sunk by USS Roper off Cape Hatteras in 1942.

Hampton National Cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on February 26, 1996.

Notable monuments[change | change source]

  • The Union Soldiers Monument, a 65' tall granite obelisk.

Notable interments[change | change source]

U-85 Crew Members Buried at Hampton National Cemetery[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
  2. "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  3. Hamption National Cemetery——VA website
  4. According to the U-85 Crew List.[permanent dead link] posted at ubootwaffe.net, Methge is buried with his crew mates. However, an employee of Hampton National Cemetery (who was most polite, patient, and helpful) checked the cemetery's list of the U-85 burials and Methge's name is not on it.

Other websites[change | change source]