Roll of Honor
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Roll of Honor

(No. XXI)

Names of Soldiers

Who Died in

Defense of the American Union

Interred in the

National Cemeteries


National Cemetery at Nashville, Tennessee.

"Here let them rest;
And summer's heat and winter's cold
Shall glow and freeze above this mould--
A thousand years shall pass away--
A nation still shall mourn this clay
Which now is blest"

Quartermaster General's Office
Washington, D. C., August 4, 1869

The following Roll of Honor, prepared in the cemeterial branch of this office, under the direction of Brevet Brigadier General Alex. J. Perry, Quartermaster U.S.A. and containing the record of sixteen thousand four hundred and eighty-five (16,485) graves of deceased Union soldiers interred in the national cemetery at Nashville, Tennessee, is published by authority of the Secretary of War, for the information of their surviving comrades and friends.

M.C. Meigs,
Quartermaster Genera, Brevet Major General U.S. A.


This cemetery is situated on the Gallatin pike, six miles from Nashville, Tennessee, and is intersected by the Louisville and Nashville railroad, which divides it into nearly equal parts. It comprises about fifty-eight acres of beautifully undulating ground, a part of which is covered with a grove of stately forest trees. The avenues, nearly four miles in extent are macadamized and graveled so as to form pleasant and delightful drives. A natural rivulet running through the grounds has been widened and deepened, and neatly walled up to form an outlet for drainage, as well as to serve as an ornamental water-course. The whole grounds are surrounded by a substantial picket fence.

The total number of dead interred in the cemetery is sixteen thousand four hundred and eighty-six, of which twelve thousand four hundred are known, and three thousand nine hundred and ninety-nine are unknown. Of white soldiers there are fourteen thousand five hundred and seventy-seven, and of colored one thousand nine hundred and nine. The number of regiments represented is seven hundred and thirty, and of states and independent organizations thirty-one.

The bodies interred in this cemetery have been gathered from an extensive region of country, along the Cumberland River from Carthage on the east to Clarksville on the west; from the line of the Louisville and Nashville railroad as far as Mumfordsville, Kentucky; from the Nashville and Northwestern Railroad to the tennessee River at Johnsonville; from the Edgefield and Kentucky and the Memphis branch of the Louisville and Nashville railroad; from Bowling Green to Clarksville; from the Nashville and Chattanooga railroad to Lavergne; and from all intermediate and adjacent country; from the Nashville battle-field, and many of the skirmish grounds in Southern Kentucky, comprising those originally collected and buried at Tompkinsville.

The number of distinct burial places from which these bodies were taken is two hundred and fifty-one. A very large proportion of the dead in this cemetery, however, were transferred from the hospital burial grounds in and around the city of Nashville.

A full and complete record of all interments in this cemetery, together with a complete copy of all burial sheets, has been deposited at the cemetery for the information of friends and visitors.

Plats of the cemetery, showing the arrangements of the grounds and the precise location of each grave, with the number to each, will be found on deposit in the office of the Quartermaster General, at Washington, and also a duplicate copy of the burial sheets.

Persons desiring to visit this cemetery can reach it by railroad from Louisville or Nashville, stopping at the Madison station, or by private conveyance from Nashville over the Gallatin pike.

The superintendent in charge of this cemetery may be addressed through the Nashville post office.

27th Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry
Roll of Honor
Nashville National Cemetery, Tennessee

No. Name Rank Co. Date of Death Sec. No. of
Original Place of
3838 Peterson, Abraham Pvt. B Dec. 7, 1864 E 2741 Nashville, Tenn.