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Grand Army of the Republic Monument -- Chalmette National Cemetery, Chalmette LA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz
N 29° 56.267 W 089° 59.395
16R E 211383 N 3315651
Quick Description: One of the few Grand Army of the Republic monuments in the South, this fine memorial stands at the Mississippi River end of the Chalmette National Cemetery commemorating the sacrifice of Union troops during the Civil War
Location: Louisiana, United States
Date Posted: 2/13/2015 1:17:59 PM
Waymark Code: WMNCEN
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Manville Possum Hunters
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Long Description:
The Chalmette National Cemetery was originally created as a burial ground for Union Soldiers and Sailors who died in Louisiana during the Civil War. Now, it holds the remains of veterans from every American war from the War of 1812 to the Vietnam War.

No Confederate troops are buried here anymore. What Confederate troops had been interred here around the tome of the Civil War were removed and reburied in the Cypress Grove Cemetery in Metarie in 1868 by the Ladies Benevolent Association of New Orleans.

Blasterz surmise that the reasons for the Confederate's relocation were twofold: (1) the Chalmette National Cemetery grounds were about to be turned over to the Federal Government for perpetual care and (2) The Grand Army of thew Reuplic (the Union Veterans Association) had announced a large fundraising drive to erect this GAR memorial here.

More information about this memorial can be found here: (visit link)

"New Orleans Then and Now, by Richard Campanella

[page 176] In 1864 the occupying Union Army established Chalmette National Cemetery, adjacent to the 1815 battlefield, for entering Union soldiers killed in regional skirmishes. The original entrance was located by the river and accessed by the River Road. The cemetery was expanded and land in 1867, surrounded in 1875 by the brick wall visible here, and expanded again at the time of this photograph circa 1910. This monument was a gift of the Joseph A MowerPost No. P, Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), and was directed by the veterans organization in 1874 at the center of the elongated cemetery. For years it was the scene of annual decoration day (now Memorial Day ) ceremonies. The pedestal of the monument is surrounded by four Canon and topped by a drum and three unfurled flags, its inscription which faced the river entrance reads Dum Clamant Tacent, “while they are silent, they cry aloud.” The National Park Service is manage the cemetery since 1933"
Type of Memorial: Non-Specific Memorial

In Honor Of: Union veterans of the Civil War

Marker Text:
Dum Tacent Clamant Translation: Though they are silent, they cry aloud

Date of dedication: 1/1/1874

Who Put it Here?: Joseph A. Mower Post No. 1, GAR

Description of Memorial:
This memorial is at the end of the drive nearest the Mississippi River at the Chalmette National Cemetery

Wars mentioned (Multi-war only): Not listed

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