Camp Butler National Cemetery is located between Springfield and
on "old Route 36" about six miles northeast of Springfield.
See link at the bottom of this webpage for a map to the Camp.
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Camp Butler was originally established in 1861 as a Civil War U.S. Army rendezvous and training camp for Illinois' soldiers.
Camp Butler National Cemetery was officially designated as one of the 16 original National Cemeteries by an Act of July 17th, 1862 by President Abraham Lincoln.
"In this place we have come to associate with the quiet of death, the memories of loved ones speak to us so strongly that when we stop and listen, we can't help but hear life."
Quote from then-Senator Barack Obama on Memorial Day 2005
THE WEBSITE AUTHOR 'S STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
My efforts, energies and time invested in the research necessary to author a history of Camp Butler National Cemetery and the subsequent results will be outlined on this website. The website's purpose is three-fold:
To acknowledge and honor all persons who have served our country that have been associated with the Camp's long history, both as a training camp and a National Cemetery for veterans and their dependents
To celebrate the long, storied history of the Camp, and its vital contribution in helping the great state of Illinois channel its priceless investments of the blood and lives of its citizens, committed towards achieving the eventual outcome of the worst experience our Country has ever been subjected to.
To promote the distribution of the final end product of my years of research, namely a thorough, accurate, detailed and thoughtfully written history of the Camp, from its founding in 1861 until the present day
This website has no official connection with the U.S. government, the Veterans Administration, or any other governmental body. This website's statements, opinions and content are strictly the creation and property of the site's author, and neither the Veterans Administration nor Camp Butler National Cemetery has approved or sanctioned this content.
This website, its original text and images are copyright ã 2010 by Jeffrey P. Johnson, who is solely responsible for its contents.