New York USA
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This is a Cheektowaga Historical Cemetery site.
Soldiers who died in the military hospital were buried in the cemetery on Aero Dr. which was located in Amherst until the New York State Thruway was built nearly 150 years later, when the cemetery became part of the Town of Cheektowaga.
Graves are not individuality marked, there are small white wooden cross's scattered throughout the cemetery.
Established: 1814 - 1815
aka Old Military Cemetery
aka Garrison Road Cemetery
aka Creek Road Cemetery
Address & Location:
Located on the south side of Aero Rd., between Transit Rd. and Wehrle Dr., west of Youngs Rd. (North of Buffalo International Airport).
The Town of Cheektowaga, maintains the cemetery.
A Tablet erected by the Buffalo Historical Society at Main St. and Garrison Rd. reads "U.S. Barracks of 1812". Along Garrison Rd. to Creek and extending southeast were log barracks of General Smyth's army during the winter of 1812. these buildings later were used as hospitals.
Buried in the one acre cemetery, 205 soldiers who died in the United States Military Hospital at Williamsville, New York (1814-1815) were from Connecticut, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia and Great Britain.
-Mary Holtz, Cheektowaga Town Historian
-National Archives Records, War of 1812
M233 Register of Enlistments in the U. S. Army, 1798-1914,
Roll #5, Entry 958.
-"A History of the Town Of Amherst, New York" by Sue Miller Young 1965.