CHS Pics: Capitol Hill’s Civil War cemetery

CHS visits one of the more tragic hidden away places on the Hill this Veterans Day with these images of the Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery just across a chain link fence from Lake View Cemetery in northern Capitol Hill. The plot holds the bodies of 219 Union Army veterans and wives, according to Historylink.org. But Wikipedia has the more interesting account of how the cemetery has drifted along through the years. It’s now owned by Seattle Parks. Five years ago this Veterans Day, the Friends of the Grand Republic Cemetery Park held a re-dedication ceremony. No Civil War re-enactments this year, though.

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3 thoughts on “CHS Pics: Capitol Hill’s Civil War cemetery

  1. Does anybody know anything about the memorial for confederate soldiers that is inside the main volunteer park cemetery? It seems strange that these two cemeteries should be so close together.

  2. Thanks for sharing this. I used to live on that part of the Hill and would always enjoy walking through the cemetery. I take guests by there all the time as part of Seattle history.

    I had been told this was the only Civil War cemetery on the West Coast, but that doesn’t seem to be true as the Wikipedia site refers to one in Portland. Oh well, so it’s not the only one, but it’s still a great conversation piece and a peaceful park/cemetery.