Calvary Cemetery - St. Louis, Missouri
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 38° 41.677 W 090° 14.306
15S E 740173 N 4286508
Catholic cemetery in north St Louis, is the final resting place for many Civil War veterans from both the Union and Confederate armies, including the grave of General William Tecumseh Sherman.
Waymark Code: WMAF8
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 04/14/2006
Published By:Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 208

Cavalry Cemetery

Calvary Cemetery was created after the 1849 cholera epidemic in St Louis had filled the other Catholic cemeteries in St Louis. The city had also passed an ordinance requiring all cemeteries be located outside the city limit. In 1853, Archbishop Peter Richard Kenrick purchased 323 acre "Old Orchard Farm", he formed his own farm on the western half and dedicated the eastern half for a new cemetery. Over the years additional acreage was added bringing the cemetery to its current 477 acres with more than 300,000 currently interred.

Among the thousands of deceased interred in this cemetery are several veterans from both the Union and Confederate Armies.

           General Daniel Frost

One of the Confederate veterans buried at Cavalry Cemetery is Brigadier General Daniel Frost. He was a graduate of West Point and had served in the Mexican War. He resigned from the active army in 1853 but became active in the Missouri state militia where he attained the rank of Brigadier General. In the early parts of the Civil War followed the lead of the the secessionist Governor Jackson. He was captured and surrendered to General Lyon on his attack on Camp Jackson. He was later paroled and released and became a Brigadier General in the CSA under General Braxton Bragg. Later under Maj. Gen. Thomas C. Hindman he took part in the Battle of Prairie Grove. His family was forced to leave St Louis in 1863 due to his southern sympathies. He returned after the war in 1865 and farmed until his death in 1900.







General John Wesley Turner                  

One of the Union veterans buried at Cavalry is Major General John Wesley Turner. He was a 1855 graduate of West Point. He was assigned to the artillery and took part in the war against the Seminoles in 1857-58. During the Civil War he took part in the Battles of Fort Wagner and Fort Sumter at which time he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General and took command of a division in the 10th Corps. He took part in battles at he front at Richmond and he was present in the closing incidents of the war, terminating in the surrender at Appomattox as a Major General. After the war he became an active businessman in St Louis and served as the city's street commissioner. He died in 1899.

Union General William Tecumeseh Sherman is also buried at Cavalry Cemetery for further information see is own waymark at William Tecumeseh Sherman grave waymark.
Type of site: Cemetery

5239 West Florissant Avenue
St Louis, MO USA

Phone Number: 314-381-1313

Admission Charged: No Charge

Website: [Web Link]

Driving Directions:
From I-70: take West Florissant exit (exit 245B) and proceed north approximately 1.1 miles to cemetery (next to Bellefontaine Cemetery).

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