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Old Soldiers Cemetery - Emberton & 2nd Street





The Tompkinsville National Cemetery was established early in the Civil War and was one of the first national cemeteries in Kentucky. A plat of land was donated by James B Evans for the burial of Union soldiers. Soldiers were brought to this cemetery from as far as Columbia, Kentucky. Most of the early burial were soldiers who had died of various diseases. By the end of the war it contained the graves of 115 Union soldiers including the soldiers killed in the July 9th 1862 Battle of Tompkinsville. As the war progressed, and major battles were fought in other parts of Kentucky, national cemeteries were started on or near those battlefields. These new national cemeteries contained thousands of burials thus making the Tompkinsville National Cemetery seem small in comparison. In 1867, by orders from Washington DC, this cemetery was ordered moved to the newly established Nashville National Cemetery. 110 of the soldiers were moved and 5 local soldiers were left, probably at the request of their families. With these 5 soldiers remaining, the cemetery became a public cemetery and was still referred to as "The Old Soldiers Cemetery." On July 9th 2012 (the Sesquicentennial of the Battle of Tompkinsville) the Tompkinsville National Cemetery was marked with a Kentucky Historical Society historical marker.     ...Chad Comer








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