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Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield

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4.6/5 based on 55+ reviews on the web
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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  • Who have seen US only by the tv, should visit this cemetery, free and inspiring, extraordinary feel el.patriotismo of them American.
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  • I have relatives buried there but had no idea where. They have an outside kiosk where you can look up the grave and get directions. That was great, except the printer was out of paper. We went inside ...  read more »
  • A somewhat hidden gem. Most notice the "Arlington like" appearance of this beautiful national cemetery. This cemetery is a wonderful way to pay your respects to those who have served this great countr...  read more »
  • 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.
  • I love what they've done with the cemetery think you very much.
  • Most of my family has been laid to rest here it is beautiful and quiet and I too will someday be here.
  • Beautiful, peaceful place. Grounds are well-kept, the history there is incredible.
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