Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield

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Camp Butler National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located a few miles northeast of Springfield and a few miles southwest of Riverton, a small town nearby to Springfield, in Sangamon County, Illinois. It was named for Illinois State Treasurer at the time of its establishment, William Butler. Administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, it occupies approximately, and is the site of 19,824 interments as of the end of 2005. Camp Butler National Cemetery was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.HistoryDuring the Civil War, Camp Butler was the second largest military training camp in Illinois, second only to Camp Douglas in Chicago. After President Lincoln's call for troops in April, 1861, the U.S. War Department sent then Brigadier-General William T. Sherman to Springfield, Illinois to meet with Governor Richard Yates for the purpose of selecting a suitable site for a training facility.Since Governor Yates was unfamiliar with the land around Springfield, the state capital of Illinois, he enlisted the aid of then-State Treasurer William Butler, who along with Oziah M. Hatch, Secretary of State of Illinois, took a carriage ride with William T. Sherman to examine land about 5 and 1/2 miles northeast of downtown Springfield. An area near Riverton, Illinois (then known as "Jimtown", short for Jamestown) was selected, and named in honor of William Butler. A Union training facility was officially established there on August 2, 1861. By the war's end, over 200,000 Union troops would pass through Camp Butler.
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  • well-maintained, peaceful, reverent. Hard to write this since most of my family is buried there but I am always so proud to walk among the headstones and pay tribute to all the brave veterans who serv...  more »
  • Very memorable area. Very heartfelt and important. I have learned and appreciated more about war history since moving here 2 years ago. I am thankful to those that serve our country.  more »
  • Camp Butler final resting Place to many Veteran from IL. Very well Maintained Facility with A very nice staff to answer all you questions about Burial of Honorably discharged Vet and their family's  more »
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  • My Mother and Her Parents Are Buried here. I have a Sweet Little Nephew Buried here as Well. And they are Always Remembered. There are other Friends and Family here as well. So many to say. I come to visit each time I am in Illinois as are Home is in Florida. It's a Peaceful Place and Always looks So Nice every time. The Name Should Stay The Same as Always. It's Well Known from Way Back. It's a Name Well Given. Miss you all and Love you Deeply. Susie and Jimmy.
  • Great place , soldiers laid to rest that died for our freedom. I salute you and thank you all god bless and your family's.. My grandpa and grandma are laid to rest together and now they are both with Jesus Amen.
  • Most of my family has been laid to rest here it is beautiful and quiet and I too will someday be here.
  • I love what they've done with the cemetery think you very much.
  • A beautiful place

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