Allegheny Cemetery is among the oldest cemeteries beyond the Atlantic Cost. This nonsectarian cemetery was incorporated in 1844 and now encompasses 300 acres. The cemetery serves as the final resting place of over 124,000 people, some of whom were among the first settlers of the area. Some of the oldest graves are for soldiers who fought in the French and Indian War. Some of these soldiers had their remains moved here from their original burial site at Pittsburgh’s Trinity Cathedral.
This cemetery is one of the leading historic sites in Pittsburgh. For example, there are 22 mayors of Pittsburgh buried here, along with leading composers, pioneers of aviation, sports greats, and veterans
from colonial and modern wars. Guided tours can be scheduled to accompany
your group of ten or more Tuesday through Friday between
9:00 am and 3:00 pm, March through October. Also available is a Self-Guided
Walking Tour for those who would like to tour on their own. Brochures and maps
are available in the Administration Office during business hours.
The soldiers' lot
is located in Section 33, lot 66, and consists of 303 individual interments.
While most of the burials are Union Civil War soldiers, the lot also includes
15 Confederates and a small number of Spanish-American War veterans. Soldiers
were originally interred in two places within Allegheny Cemetery, until the plot was donated to the federal government by the cemetery association. The
stranger's field, also known as the potter's field, an area for
the poor was also included. It is noted that all the remains were consolidated into the
soldiers' lot in the 1870s.
Civil War, the Allegheny County Ladies Memorial Association commissioned a local
artist Fred Mayer to sculpt a monument for the soldier's Lot. It was erected in 1876,
the 16-foot-tall limestone monument was dedicated in memory of those who died
during the Civil War. The figure of a woman holding a wreath with her head
bowed sits atop the monument, with four sculpted cannons located on the
monument base. Two small cannons mounted on concrete bases mark the front of
the soldiers' lot. Allegheny Cemetery, including the National Cemetery
Administration's soldiers' lot, was listed on the National Register of Historic
Places in December 1980.