Fort McPherson National Cemetery

Fort McPherson National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery, located 4 miles (6 km) south of the village of Maxwell in Lincoln County, Nebraska. Administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, it encompasses 20 acres (8.1 ha), and as of 2014, it had over 10,000 interments.

Fort McPherson National Cemetery
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Fort McPherson National Cemetery.
CountryUnited States
Coordinates41°01′31″N 100°31′32″W / 41.0252811°N 100.5256938°W / 41.0252811; -100.5256938Coordinates: 41°01′31″N 100°31′32″W / 41.0252811°N 100.5256938°W / 41.0252811; -100.5256938
TypeUnited States National Cemetery
Size20 acres (8.1 ha)
No. of graves10,000+
Fort McPherson National Cemetery
Location12004 S. Spur 56A
Maxwell, Nebraska
NRHP reference No.12000075
Added to NRHPMarch 7, 2012[1]
WebsiteFort McPherson National Cemetery


Fort McPherson was established in 1863 as an outpost to protect travellers along the Oregon and California Trails, and to keep the peace with the local Native Americans. It was named for Major General James B. McPherson, who was killed in action at the Battle of Atlanta. A cemetery was created along with the fort. In 1873, 20 acres (8.1 ha) were set aside to be a National Cemetery, and the remains interred in the original post cemetery were moved to it.

Twenty-three cemeteries were moved from abandoned frontier forts to Fort McPherson; the last of these was moved from Fort Robinson when it was closed in 1947.


Notable intermentsEdit


  1. ^ "Weekly list of actions taken on properties: 3/05/12 through 3/09/12". National Park Service. March 16, 2012. Retrieved March 18, 2012.

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