The Fort Mott National Cemetery - Pennsville, NJ
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N 39° 36.675 W 075° 33.349
18S E 452287 N 4384758
Quick Description: Today, this site is known as Finn's Point National Cemetery. This site encompasses 4.6 acres, and as of the end of 2005, had 2,879 interments. It is administered by the Beverly National Cemetery.
Location: New Jersey, United States
Date Posted: 8/31/2008 5:25:14 PM
Waymark Code: WM4JNP
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
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Long Description:
"At 3.7 m. is (R) the Fort Mott National Cemetery (open daily, in summer 8-5, in winter 8-4), the only national cemetery in New Jersey in which Confederate soldiers are buried. More than 2,400 prisoners captured in the Battle of Gettysburg, and later victims of an epidemic, have been interred here; an obelisk 85 feet high honors the Confederate dead." --- New Jersey, a Guide to Its Present and Past, 1939; page 632

Two notable sites I marveled at were the Confederate and Union monuments. One (Confederate) is an 85 foot all granite obelisk, erected in 1910 by the federal monument in memory of the 2, 436 Confederate prisoners of war who died at Fort Delaware. Their names are inscribed on the monument. I looked at the rows of similar grave stones and it is hard to make out any names. Wind, rain and the elements have eroded memories of civil strife and those who died as a result.

The Union monument was dedicated in 1879 to 135 Union soldiers who died while on duty at Fort Delaware. Soldiers from both sides of the war seem to be buried on separate sides. There is also a stone monument on which is written Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

The black, wrought iron entrance gates, the stone wall which surrounds the cemetery and everything else you can find or see all reinforce the solemnity of this site.

I also found the following HERE:
"Finn's Point is the only known cemetery to retain a large number of Confederate Civil War dead. 2,436 Confederate men and boys are believed to be buried at Finn's Point; many were prisoners from the Battle of Gettysburg who died at the Fort Delaware Prison. Other interments at the cemetery include Union soldiers who served as guards at the prison, veterans of later wars, and Nazi war prisoners who died at Fort Dix. The property and adjoining Fort Mott were listed on the National Register on 31 August 1978. The obelisk was constructed with reinforced concrete at its core and was covered with slabs of Pennsylvania white granite."

Book: New Jersey

Page Number(s) of Excerpt: 632

Year Originally Published: 1939

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