Camp Butler National Cemetery

Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield

Camp Butler National Cemetery

Camp Butler National Cemetery
4.5
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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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Lorin G
Saint Louis, MO1,854 contributions
Stunning Tribute To Veterans
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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723leishac
Dunkirk, IN175 contributions
Beautiful!
Oct 2020
We just happened to pass by here coming into Springfield. We turned around and went back to it. It is beautiful, peaceful and well worth a stop.
Written November 1, 2020
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James W
Sebring, FL2 contributions
Peaceful and Heartache
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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Birthday-Gal
Springfield, IL935 contributions
Every time I go here...
Aug 2019
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 buried here I believe in the Eastern section.
Written August 6, 2019
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Susan S
Weston, WI17 contributions
Visit to Camp Butler
Jun 2019
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 say he served with the Illinois 46th Company C . The information available was such a fascinating read and I am most appreciative.. thank you.
Written July 2, 2019
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interceptpubs
Columbus, IN1,004 contributions
Peaceful resting place, former Civil War camp
Jun 2019 • Solo
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 housed Confederate POWs captured at Fort Donelson. Conditions weren't always the best and several hundred troops and prisoners died while here, most from diseases like small pox, typhoid, etc.

These were the first soldiers to be buried here - the Confederate graves, located near the front of the cemetery, are marked with distinctive pointed tombstones. They also are set apart as they are not arranged in neat rows like the rest of the graves. In the early days, graves were not so carefully arranged. While all of the Union soldiers were eventually reinterred in the conventional rows, the Confederates were not, leaving them in their original somewhat haphazard arrangement.

After the Civil War, the camp became a national cemetery and today servicemen from all subsequent wars are also buried here. The cemetery today covers some 50 acres. There are relative few monuments - a small one near the Confederate graves, and a larger one in the "new" section honoring all of the U.S. military services. Near this are some small monuments to LST sailors, Seabees, and a RCT from the Korean War.

There is at least one Medal of Honor winner buried here - a sailor (Seaman John Catherwood for actions in the Philippines in 1911). While walking around, we came across a section with memorials for servicemen whose remains were never recovered, who were buried at sea, or who were cremated and their ashes scattered. Here, we found two more Naval personnel of particular - one lost on USS Utah during the Pearl Harbor attack and another lost when USS Scorpion was lost at sea in 1968. Of course, all servicemen are important, but these were two particularly well known historic incidents.

We found the cemetery very well maintained and a fitting tribute to these American heroes.
Written June 8, 2019
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slynz2221
Springfield, IL10 contributions
National Cemetery
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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Rose
Springfield, IL31 contributions
"Bivouac of the Dead"
Dec 2018 • Family
A final tribute to those that served in our military service and their spouse. My husband is buried there. I have participated in Wreaths Across America and Patriot Guard honors here. Our National cemeteries are treasures. The people connected to them do a great job. Always stop in the office and tell them "Thank You".
Written March 19, 2019
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LCH
61 contributions
Beautiful
Jan 2019 • Solo
This is where we just buried our father. A very beautiful cemetary. And very professionally staffed. Thank you so much.
Written February 12, 2019
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Bob B
Springfield, IL12 contributions
Impressive display of our nation’s heroes
Dec 2018 • Solo
Camp Butler is a well manicured facility that provides honor and dignity to our fallen heroes. Veterans dating back to the Civil War are buried in this military cemetery.
Written December 11, 2018
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