Danville National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located in the city of Danville, near Pittsylvania County, Virginia. It encompasses 3.5 acres (1.4 ha), and as of the end of 2005, it had 2,282 interments. It is administered by Salisbury National Cemetery.
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Danville National Cemetery was established just after the American Civil War in December 1866 on a plot of 2.6 acres (1.1 ha). Almost all of the original interments were Union prisoners of war that were held in the city of Danville in tobacco warehouses converted into Confederate prisoner of war camps. Most of the bodies of these American soldiers were initially buried in poorly marked, mass graves, but were later exhumed and buried with individual markers. Soldiers from Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, and Wisconsin are some of the states represented. The cemetery is open to visitors throughout the year.
Danville National Cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.
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