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General Orders No. 296
Chattanooga National Cemetery

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O.R.-- SERIES I--VOLUME XXXI/3 [S# 56]
UNION CORRESPONDENCE, ORDERS, AND RETURNS RELATING TO
OPERATIONS IN KENTUCKY, SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA, TENNESSEE, MISSISSIPPI,
NORTH ALABAMA, AND NORTH GEORGIA, FROM OCTOBER 20, 1863,
TO DECEMBER 31, 1863.--#20

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GENERAL ORDERS No. 296.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF THE CUMBERLAND,
Chattanooga, Tenn., December 25, 1863.

It is ordered that a national cemetery be founded at this place in commemoration of the battles of Chattanooga, fought November 23, 24, 25, 26, and 27, and to provide a proper resting-place for the remains of the brave men who fell upon the fields fought over upon those days, and for the remains of such as may hereafter give up their lives in this region in defending their country against treason and rebellion.
The ground selected for the cemetery is the hill lying beyond the Western and Atlantic Railroad, in a southeasterly direction from the town.
It is proposed to erect a monument upon the summit of the hill, of such materials as are to be obtained in this vicinity, which, like all the work upon the cemetery, shall be exclusively done by the troops of the Army of the Cumberland.
Plans for the monument are invited to be sent in to these headquarters.
When the ground is prepared notice will be given, and all interments of soldiers will thereafter be made in the cemetery, and all now buried in and around the town removed to that place.
By command of Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas:

WM. D. WHIPPLE, Assistant Adjutant-General.