National Cemetery Data Record
The National Cemetery system was authorized by Congress in July 17, 1862. This site was purchased in 1867.
The first superintendent, Mathew Dillingham, is interred in the cemetery, section 11.
Other later superintendents included:
1973 information states the developed acreage is 5.065 acres. The 1939 survey showed 4.9 acres, to which was added 0.7 acres donated in 1953 by the City of Wilmington.
Total Interments: 4,185
As of June 30, 1974, 27 Southeast Asia combat fatality interments had been made in this cemetery.
Approximate closing date: 1976
Two story ‘lodge,’ home for the Superintendent, built in 1934, 1544 square feet
Source: “Wilmington National Cemetery;” New Hanover County Public Library, North Carolina Room; Bill Reaves Collection, Subject files; -photocopy.
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