Ambrosio Villarreal Postcard Collection

 

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Identifier

BD0014-VillarrealAmbrosio-NationalCemetery01

Creation Date

1909

Description

Black and white postcard. NPS link.

In 1909, the United States Army abandoned Fort Brown, Texas, and its associated Brownsville National Cemetery. The U.S. government contracted a private firm to transfer and reinter the remains of 3,800 soldiers from Brownsville National Cemetery to Alexandria National Cemetery. Most of the soldiers originally interred at Brownsville were casualties of the Mexican-American War, the Civil War, and an 1885-86 yellow fever epidemic. Major Jacob Brown, for whom the fort was named, is now buried at Alexandria. One grave at Alexandria contains the remains of 1,537 unknown soldiers originally buried at the Brownsville Cemetery.

Remains were also transferred from Fort Ringgold, in Rio Grande City, Texas. A gray granite monument marks a grave containing the remains of 16 unknown soldiers from the Texas fort.

Physical Description

.TIF, 1 File, 19.8 MB

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Keywords

Texas--Brownsville, Business enterprises--Rio Grande Valley, Frontier and pioneer life--Rio Grande Valley, Promotional materials, 1900-1909, 1910-1919, Cemetery, Forts, Mexican American War, Civil War

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