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.
During 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.
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  • Every time I go here it is so serene and beautiful. I have been twice this year. But really next time want to go visit the Civil War Confederate graves. This was at one time a prison camp so some are ...  more »
  • I was so priviledged to be able to come to the cemetery. It was somber, respective and historic. My ancestor trained there prior to joining up with the Union out of Stephenson County. I am so proud to...  more »
  • Camp Butler was established in 1861 as a training base for Illinois recruits joining the Union Army. It grew to become the second largest camp in Illinois (after Camp Douglas in Chicago). It also hous...  more »
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  • Well kept great staff honorable treatment of our military. There is a section of civil war era graves is interesting for those who love history. It is open 7:30 to sunset and is easily accessible throughout the year. One of the finest institutions in the US that cares from our Veterans at the end of their lives.
  • Pristine Grounds , well maintained .
  • Both parents interred here. Couldn't ask for a more beautiful place for them to be. Very well maintained.
  • The upkeep of the area is perfect. Our fallen loved ones have a beautiful place to rest.
  • 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.
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