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.Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Camp Butler National Cemetery by using our Springfield road trip site .
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 »
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 .
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