Tombstone Inscriptions of Alexandria, Virginia: Volume 5


This is the fifth and final volume of the title series by this compiler, and it documents over 12,000 burials, mostly shown on monuments, in Alexandria National (Soldiers) Cemetery, St. Mary's Catholic Church Cemetery, and the St. Paul's Episcopal Church Cemetery. Included is an addendum to previously published volumes. When combined with earlier volumes in the series, the compiler has now presented information for approximately 45,000 burials within the present city limits of Alexandria, Virginia.

Each featured cemetery is presented with details about its historical background, structure, and available records. Entries are presented as a complete inscription as suggested by the Association for Gravestone Studies. The text contains frequent commentary about occupations, residences, and family connections of the deceased. Also, a number of diagrams, maps and photographs contain additional useful data. Partial data for the Alexandria National (Soldiers) Cemetery may be found on the Internet, as was published in 1866 by the U.S. Quartermaster's Department. However, one will find major differences between the Quartermaster's data, the cemetery's database (now maintained in Culpeper, Va.), and actual tomb stone inscriptions. The information is presented here in the order that monuments appear, row by row.

Perhaps the most significant element of this volume is that it contains previously unpublished burial data obtained from St. Mary's Catholic Church. Presented is information for nearly 400 unmarked burials and deaths, recorded between 1829 and 1852, from the records of St. Mary's Catholic Church-including the deaths of two Revolutionary War soldiers, Pierre LeCroix and Francis Ignatius Hagan.

The author has compiled over 65 publications that provide researchers data about Alexandria, Virginia, the District of Columbia, and other nearby locations. These include information about area cemeteries, marriage and death records, estate records, legislative petitions, property and land records, newspapers, and more.

Wesley E. Pippenger

(2005), 2014, 5½x8½, paper, index, 576 pp.

ISBN: 9780788437502