Mexico City National Cemetery



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At the Mexico City National Cemetery there are seven hundred and fifty American soldiers buried that were killed during the Mexican War. Their remains were gathered in 1851, four years after the war, and buried in a common grave at this cemetery. They were not identified so they are classified as Unknown Soldiers. A small monument made of white stone stands at the far end of the cemetery, above the vaults holding the remains of the men who died there during the War with Mexico. There is a brief inscription in gold letters on the monument's base. Presumably out of respect to the sensitivities of the Mexican people, it does not identify the men who are buried there as soldiers nor does it make it any reference to the war. It reads simply:

To the honored memory of 750 Americans known but to god whose bones collected by their country's order are here buried.


In 1923, the Mexico City National Cemetery was closed to further burials.  It is located behind high walls at Virginia Fabregas 31, Colonia San Rafael - almost at the intersection of San Cosmé and Melchor Ocampo. The Plaza de la Constitucíon, or Zocalo, is about 2½ miles to the east and the U.S. Embassy is about 1 mile south. Memorial Day services, usually attended by the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, are held annually. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Christmas Day and New Year's Day. When the cemetery is open, a staff member is on duty to answer questions and escort visitors to grave sites.

In addition there are eight veterans of the Mexican War buried at this cemetery:
 

Name Service
Santiago Wright Veteran of Mexican War
Nathaniel S. Reneau Private Company G, 1st Tennessee Mounted Volunteers
John E. Frey Corporal, Company F, 3rd US Infantry
William Jacobs Brown Pennsylvania Regiment
George Smith Veteran of Mexican War
George Heyser Pennsylvania Regiment
James G. Holleman Private Company L, 1st Tennessee Mounted Volunteers
James E. Slaughter 1st Lieutenant, Artillery