New Mexico USA
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This cemetery was opened in 1847, and the most modern burials found are dated 1957. A monument outside the gate at the north end of the cemetery gives this history: "The original cemetery was established in 1847 when Dona Teodora Martinez Romero donated land for the burial of American soldiers and civilians killed during the Taos Rebellion of 1847. The cemetery was 1st called El Cemeterio Militar. In 1852, additional land was purchased to enlarge the cemetery which was then the only burial ground for non-Catholics, and was known as the American Cemetery. In May, 1869, when the bodies of Kit Carson and Mrs. Carson were buried here, the cemetery was called the Kit Carson Cemetery. There are soldiers buried in this small cemetery who served during the Mexican War of 1846, the Taos Rebellion of 1847, the Indian Campaigns of the 1850's, the Civil War, the Spanish American War, World War I and World War II. Many of the early Taos traders, merchants, and members of old Spanish, French and American families are buried here."