Established in 1849, Carrollton Cemetery in East Carrollton is owned by the city of New Orleans. Originally, it was divided into two sections: colored and white. The "colored" section or "potter's field" consists of mostly in ground graves which may explain the scattered human bones throughout this part of the cemetery, especially after Hurricane Katrina. Some of the headstones are wooden and hand written with many personal items such as teddy bears and toys. The 5 sections that contain above ground graves consists of many elaborate tombs and copings. There are many Woodmen of the World members buried here as well, with extremely impressive grave markers.
Of the 567 Veterans buried here, the following were killed overseas.
LT Charles Woodward Nelson, USNR, was Killed In Action at the Battle of the Philippine Sea on June 20, 1944 and was awarded the Navy Cross.
PFC Andrew Authement was killed in Germany in 1945, non-battle.
1LT Ray Frank Long was Killed in Action on November 29, 1969 in North Vietnam.
There are 10 Civil War veterans buried at Carrollton Cemetery No. 1. 9 of them were members of the U.S. Colored Infantry. During the Civil War, freed slaves wanted to fight in the war, but the U.S. Army would not let them because of the color of their skin. There were so many that wanted to fight for their country, the United States was forced to create their own Army, the U.S. Colored Infantry.
There are 6 Spanish-American War veterans buried at Carrollton Cemetery No. 1.
There are 7 veterans buried at Carrollton Cemetery No. 1 that were involved in multiple wars.
There are 110 World War I veterans buried in Carrollton Cemetery No. 1. One of those, Private F. B. Romagosa, was killed in France in 1918. He was buried in Paudy, France, where he remains to this day. He has a memorial marker at Carrollton Cemetery No. 2 stating this fact.
There are 268 World War II veterans buried at Carrollton Cemetery No. 1.
There are 38 Korean War veterans buried in Carrollton Cemetery No. 1.
Carrollton Cemetery No. 1 is divided into 6 sections. Sections 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6 are typical for New Orleans cemeteries, with the graves above ground. Section 6 is designated as an "Indigent Section" and those buried there are below ground.