Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery

FRNCVisitors are moved by the drive through Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, and they often ask Cabrillo National Monument rangers and volunteers a number of questions about the cemetery.

Here are some quick facts and historical points about Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery:

  • Fort Rosecrans was named after William Starke Rosecrans, a Union general in the American Civil War.
  • It is approximately 77.5 acres in area.
  • There are over 101,000 persons from all service branches buried in the cemetery.
  • The first burial was in 1882 when the remains of 19 fallen soldiers of the Battle of San Pasqual (December 6 and 7, 1846) during the Mexican-American War were relocated to Fort Rosecrans.
    • The battle dead were initially buried where they fell, but in 1874 they were relocated to the San Diego Military Reservation.
    • Eight years later in 1882, the remains were once again relocated to Fort Rosecrans.
  • Fort Rosecrans was designated a national cemetery on October 5, 1934.
  • Fort Rosecrans was closed to most new casket burials in 1966, and its columbaria were closed to new cremated remains in 2014.

There are a number of large monuments and memorials within the cemetery, and perhaps one of the most prominent is the large granite obelisk commemorating the 62 crew members of the USS Bennington lost in a boiler explosion in San Diego harbor on July 21, 1905.

There are 23 Medal of Honor recipients buried at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.

You can read more about the cemetery, its monuments, and its notable persons here.

Last revised 14-Jun-14

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