DARLINGTON DISTRICT, S.C.
FLORENCE NATIONAL CEMETERY
The Florence National Cemetery was established at the close of the War Between the States, in 1865. In the fall of 1864 a prison stockade was established nearby to imprison Union soldiers evacuated from Andersonville Prison in Georgia. Over 2,800 Union soldiers would die at the Florence Stockade during its short existence. These soldiers were buried side-by-side in long trenches in what was later designated the Florence National Cemetery. This survey consists of four parts. The first is a history of the Florence National Cemetery. Much of that history concerns the Florence Stockade. A map of the current National Cemetery is included in this survey. The second section lists hundreds of rank abbreviations used by the various branches of our military. These abbreviations are used on the veterans’ markers. The third section of this volume is the largest, an alphabetical listing of each grave contained in the Florence National Cemetery. Nearly 4,300 graves are given in this section. Each listing includes the name of the veteran, the section and grave number, the date of birth, the date of death, the interment date, the rank, and the branch of service. The final section is certainly a bonus. This section lists over 1,600 Union soldiers’ names who are buried in the National Cemetery in unmarked graves. Rev. Albert H. Ledoux of the Friends of the Florence Stockade preservation organization has identified a majority of the "unknown" soldiers buried in the Florence National Cemetery. The Union soldiers are also listed alphabetically with their rank, unit, and date of death given. Lynn W. Lee, the secretary/treasurer of the Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, is to be commended on her efforts of typing, editing, and seeing this project through to completion. © 2000, 167 pages, soft bound, Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 00-105718. PRICE: $25.00 plus $4.00 shipping for first book, and $1.50 for each additional book.