Gallatin City Cemetery gravestones span nearly 200 years—Ireland born Neal McAulay who died in Gallatin in 1818 has the cemetery’s earliest tombstone. The burial ground is the final resting place of fallen Civil War soldiers, Mexican War heroes and notable U.S. political figures.
Cemetery Tour. Come join us for our annual fall cemetery tour. Guides will lead you through a candlelit nighttime tour complete with re-enactors who portray some of those at rest in the Gallatin City Cemetery. The Sumner County Museum organizes the tour. Visit their website here for ticket information.
Points of Interest in Gallatin City Cemetery
Mexican War Memorial. Located at the west end of the main drive is a 24-foot limestone monument that honors 55 Sumner Countians who died defending the flag in the Mexican War. Of the 55 soldiers honored, three are buried beneath the structure. The monument was erected in 1850 and was restored in 2000 by the Sumner County Historical Society.
Confederate Circle. Also off the main drive is large monument encircled by numerous headstones that mark the resting places of several Sumner County Confederate soldiers. Although many Confederate soldiers are buried throughout the Gallatin City Cemetery, the Confederate Circle marks a designated area that harkens Gallatin’s Civil War history.
Names of Interest in Gallatin City Cemetery
- Peter Vertrees. Black Confederate soldier and Gallatin minister.
- Governor William Trousdale. Tennessee Governor and “War Horse of Sumner County.”
- Eliza Allen. Sam Houston’s (American politician and soldier) first wife and Gallatin native.