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Camp Butler National Cemetery
Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois

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Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield, IL

GPS: 39.83218, -89.55828

5063 Camp Butler Rd
Springfield, IL 62707

Published: July 2000, last updated: December 31, 2020
Total records: 29,247

Camp Butler National Cemetery is owned and operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Cemetery History

Camp Butler was the site of a training facility for Union soldiers. It opened in August 1861. There had been a site set aside for a cemetery at the time the camp first opened. By February 1862, after Fort Donelson was surrendered to the Union, approximately 2,000 Confederate soldiers arrived at Camp Butler for imprisonment.

Almost immediately, the POWs began to die at a rapid rate. The heat of the summer combined with the severe winter cold, as well as diseases such as smallpox, typhus and pneumonia, decimated the prisoner population. Roughly 700 POWs died in the smallpox epidemic of summer 1862.

The cemetery at Camp Butler took on remains from both the Union and Confederate sides. Veterans of other wars eventually were interred here, including the Spanish American War, WWI, WWII, Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Today, Camp Butler continues to take on new burials.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Records
December 2020 Update

Links below take you to burial records we received from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. These records were compiled by the Department on December 28, 2020, and include dates of death up through December 16, 2020. Total records: 29,247.

U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs Records
July 2000 Update

Records of burials were provided to this website by the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs, on July 2, 2000. These records do not necessarily represent the complete list of burials, only those that are on file with the VA. Total records: 18,000

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