West Point Cemetery

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West Point Cemetery
West Point Cemetery.JPG
West Point Cemetery, Winter 2009
Established 1817[1]
Location United States Military Academy
Country United States
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Type Military
Owned by United States Military Academy

West Point Cemetery is a historic cemetery on the grounds of the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. It overlooks the Hudson River, and served as a burial ground for American Revolutionary War soldiers and early West Point inhabitants long before 1817 when it was officially designated as a military cemetery. Prior to 1817, the area was known as "German Flats" before it was formally designated as the official cemetery.[2] Until that time several small burial plots scattered in mid-post also served as places of interment. The graves from these plots and the remains subsequently found during building excavations were removed to the new site.

An improved road to the cemetery was constructed in 1840, and the caretaker's cottage was erected in 1872.[1] The cemetery is home to several monuments, to include Dade Monument, the Cadet Monument, Wood's Monument, and Margaret Corbin Monument.

Notable interments

The cemetery includes interments of many notable people:[3]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 "The West Point Cemetery". usma.edu. Retrieved 23 December 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Lange, Robie (1984). Historic Structures Inventory United States Military Academy West Point, NY Vol 2. Washington, DC: National Park Service. p. 39.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "West Point Cemetery" (PDF). United States Military Academy. Retrieved 5 January 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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