Fort Scott National Cemetery, Fort Scott

Fort Scott National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located near Fort Scott, in Bourbon County, Kansas. Administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, it encompasses, and as of 2014, had more than 7,000 interments.HistoryFort Scott was established in 1842, on what was known as Military Road, between Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and Fort Gibson, Oklahoma. It was named for Lieutenant General Winfield Scott. During the initial years, a small plot on the west side of the fort was used as a cemetery. In 1861, a new plot was purchased, and named Presbyterian Graveyard as it was maintained by the Presbyterian Church. During the American Civil War, it was used to inter soldiers who died in battles near in the area. The plot and an adjacent tract of land became Fort Scott National Cemetery on November 15, 1862. One of the twelve original United States National Cemeteries designated by Abraham Lincoln, it has the distinction of being listed as U.S. National Cemetery #1.At the end of the Civil War, the original fort cemetery interments were moved into the National Cemetery, as well, at the close of the Indian Wars, many frontier posts, such as Fort Lincoln, were abandoned and had their cemeteries transferred to Fort Scott.
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  • While this is not the largest of National Cemeteries, IT is very historic with memorials to before the Civil War. Well laid out and well cared for.  more »
  • Interesting place. We took the trolley tour and they drove us through here. Good bit of history to be learned here.  more »
  • Go pay your respects to the people who fought for our country. So that we could have the freedoms we do. Beautifully taken care of.  more »
  • A very special location as I have at least 10 family members buried in Ft Scott National Cemetery. It's one of the original National Cemetery from 1860's & has a some confederate markers. As a child, I'd go with my grandmother to "decorate the graves" & it was amazing driving up to the gates & seeing all the white markers. Sadly, the cemetery has grown, but it's beautiful & serene. Never forget.
  • Thank you for my freedom.
  • Beautiful well kept. The very First National Cemetery.
  • Such a beautiful tribute to our service men and women who have passed on. They're treated with so much honor and respect here, it's very touching.

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