Camp Butler National Cemetery

Camp Butler National Cemetery

Camp Butler National Cemetery
4.5
Monday
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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James W
Sebring, FL2 contributions
Dec 2019 • Solo
I Have Several Loved Ones Buried At Camp Butler. And Miss them All So Very Much. I Like to take my time when I am there. It’s So Very Peaceful. The Grounds are Well taken care of. And if some one comes by they speak. If workers are around they try to let you have your time to yourself. I have been coming to Camp Butler since I was a child with my Grandma after my Grandpa Passed away. That was so many years ago. I Enjoy Seeing all the Graves During the Hoildays. The Wreathes are so Pretty. I want to Say a Big Thank You To Everyone that Works At Camp Butler. God Bless You All. Susie Weitzel Larson
Written July 9, 2020
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Debbie A
Girard, IL1 contribution
May 2014
Buried my mother with my father and sister 4 years ago ! To this date not one blade of grass grows in the area where they are buried, The ground is hard and has deep cracks in the ground, When my sister passed away we bought a brass vase that is placed at the grave and is anchored at the grave site, The Vase was destroyed when my father was buried next to my sister, Staff was made aware and was replaced. When my mother was buried there 4 years ago, the 2nd vase was destroyed and to this day has not been replaced!!
My parents were involved in several veterans groups and spent both Memorial and Veterans Day at Camp Butler, Mother organized the avenue of flags. As a child was instructed this is where they wanted to be buried it WAS such a beautiful place. It saddens me to see what has become of Camp Butler National Cematary
Written May 12, 2014
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Lisa W
Illinois39 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
We visit here regularly as we live in the area and have a grandparents and father buried here. You can feel the history and patriotism in the air as you walk or drive through the pristine cemetery. You can easily look up a person you may have known with the computer system near the office. Restrooms are available. Memorial Day is a great time to bring the family and teach your children about our veterans as it is beautifully decorated with flags at each stone. Memorial Day service is always wonderful.
Written April 20, 2016
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Cherie O
Springfield, IL1 contribution
Dec 2012 • Solo
I am so disappointed in the cemetery, this cemetery is suppose to honor our fallen soldiers and their families. My mother is at Camp Butler, her grave is a mess, the cemetery is putting in a new water faucet next to her grave, the dirt is loose and dangerous for an older person to stand on. Apparently the job has not been completed, the dirt should have been smoothed out, but is not. Her grave has had grass one time in 10 years, I understand last summer was way too hot and the grass died, but this is a National Cemetery and should be kept up better than it is now. I pray that maybe someday soon, her grave will look nice, we do put flowers on her grave every Sunday.
Written December 3, 2012
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL8,120 contributions
Jun 2015 • Couples
Once you have visited Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington, D.C., all other cemeteries pale in comparison. But Camp Butler National Cemetery reminded us of Graceland in Chicago and Andersonville in Georgia, beautiful and serene and historic, certainly a must-see for anyone who craves Civil War history. Some visitors have described it as "a small Arlington." Located a few miles northeast of Springfield and a few miles southwest of Riverton in Sangamon County, Camp Butler was once the site of a Union Army training camp and a Confederate prison. Today, it is a national cemetery for veterans and their dependents. More than 25,000 veterans are buried there, including over 1,600 Union and Confederate soldiers. Named for William Butler, the Illinois State Treasurer at the time of its establishment in 1865, it occupies about 53 acres. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997. Along with the soldiers who fought on both sides in the Civil War, veterans who died in the Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War also are buried at Camp Butler. Among the most notable interments are Seaman John H. Catherwood, a Medal of Honor recipient for action in the Philippine-American War who died in 1930, and Colonel Otis B. Duncan, the highest ranking African American officer during World War I who died in 1937.
Written June 28, 2015
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Jan P
Springfield, IL2 contributions
Aug 2013 • Solo
My husband was buried here in April, 2013. His marker was installed with in 30 days with all information correct, sod was laid within the past 60 days and is watered frequently. I will join him when my time comes. This is one of the best military cemeteries in the US the only one that is better is Arlington.
Written August 14, 2013
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hemingwayscantina45
indiana146 contributions
May 2013 • Solo
I had heard so may pleasant things about this cemetery I had to check it out..I ended up staying here for almost 3 hours..The Confederacy graves...The medal of honor site..The war vets honored from all wars were powerful..I learned a lot on my walks So many young lives dead for some reasons I cant always comprehend..I chatted w a caretaker or 3..Only vets r hired in national cemeteries..Great idea..
Written May 13, 2013
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Lorin G
Saint Louis, MO1,945 contributions
Oct 2020
Stunning tribute to veterans. If peaceful and very beautiful as a final resting place. The cemetery is easy to access from either 1-55 or !-72.
Written November 15, 2020
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slynz2221
Springfield, IL10 contributions
Mar 2019 • Family
This cemetery contains Veterans of all wars including graves of Confederate Soldiers. It is on the outskirts of Springfield and easy to get to.
Written April 13, 2019
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johnspears2
Springfield, IL17 contributions
Oct 2017 • Friends
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 served.
Written October 19, 2017
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  • Mon - Fri 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM