New Historical Marker Approved for Portsmouth

Cedar Grove Cemetery in Portsmouth is already on the National Register of Historic Places, and soon there will be a marker for the world to see the rich history of this 5.25 acre cemetery.

The sign was one of 11 new historical highway markers approved by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources to go up around the state.

According to the DHR, burials in the cemetery include veterans of the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Civil War, and the grave of John Luke Porter, co-designer of the Civil War ironclad C.S.S. Virginia.

The proposed text for the new marker will read:

“The Town of Portsmouth established Cedar Grove Cemetery just outside town limits in 1832. A trove of 19th-century funerary art, the cemetery contains monuments and statues handcrafted in the Victorian, Greek Revival, and Egyptian Revival styles, many bearing symbolic motifs. Buried here are at least 10 veterans of the Revolutionary War and 47 veterans of the War of 1812, including Capt. Arthur Emmerson, a hero of the Battle of Craney Island. Also interred here are John Luke Porter, co-designer of the ironclad C.S.S. Virginia, and many Confederate soldiers and sailors. The cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.”

The marker was proposed by the Cedar Grove Cemetery Foundation and will be located on Fort Lane outside cemetery in Portsmouth.