Civil War dead found final resting place here

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Posted: October 19, 2013

The Winchester Star

A bronze depiction of a Union soldier from Massachusetts in the cemetery marches atop a memorial to the fallen from his state killed in the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War.
April Pedretti of Locust Grove is the assistant director of Quantico and Culpeper national cemeteries, with Winchester’s five-acre national cemetery also under her charge. It became an official Union military cemetery when it was dedicated on April 8, 1866, about a year after the end of the Civil War. (Photo by Jeff Taylor/The Winchester Star)
A plaque containing President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address hangs on a wall at the cemetery.
National Cemetery Assistant Director April Pedretti is reflected in a monument honoring Union troops from Pennsylvania who died in the Civil War.
Union soldiers from the Civil War are buried in the cemetery. The idea of honoring the sacrifice of the lost soldiers, by guaranteeing them a final resting place, first passed the U.S. Congress in 1862.
Seth Campbell of Winchester (right) and Omar Cortez of Woodbridge use leaf blowers while maintaining the grounds of Winchester National Cemetery earlier this month. Their employer, Knight Solutions Inc. of Leesburg, is veteran-owned. (Photo by Jeff Taylor/The Winchester Star)


Rows of white stones, in orderly ranks, quietly gleam under the fall sun at Winchester National Cemetery at 401 National Ave.

Union soldiers, many of whom died in the Third Battle of…

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