Rock Island National Cemetery

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Rock Island National Cemetery
RockIslandArsenalCemetery.jpg
Rock Island National Cemetery is located in Illinois
Rock Island National Cemetery
Location 0.25 mi N of southern tip of Rock Island
Nearest city Moline, Illinois
Coordinates 41°30′46″N 90°31′32″W / 41.51278°N 90.52556°W / 41.51278; -90.52556Coordinates: 41°30′46″N 90°31′32″W / 41.51278°N 90.52556°W / 41.51278; -90.52556
Built 1863
Governing body U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
MPS Civil War Era National Cemeteries MPS
NRHP Reference # 97000560[1]
Added to NRHP June 13, 1997

Rock Island National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located within Rock Island Arsenal near the city of Rock Island, Illinois. It encompasses 66 acres (27 ha), and as of the end of 2006, had 24,525 interments.[2] The cemetery is also nearing compliance with the National Shrine guidelines, due to its use of college students during the summer to reset and realign stones. When looking from any one stone there should be seven lines visible and all should be straight.

History[edit]

The cemetery was established in 1863 as a place to inter the remains of American Civil War Union army soldiers. Its initial placement interfered with expansion of the Arsenal's facilities, so it was moved to a location on the northern end of the island. Civil War veterans who were interred in Oakdale Cemetery in Davenport, Iowa, were later disinterred and moved to the National Cemetery. Property transfers from the Arsenal in 1926, 1936, and 1950 increased the cemetery's area. There are plans for further expansion of this cemetery including an addition pavilion, more land, and a wall for cremations near the tank track.

A second, 2-acre (0.81 ha) cemetery was established near Rock Island National Cemetery to bury Confederate prisoners of war, nearly two thousand of which would die while in captivity on the island, primarily from the harsh living conditions.

Notable interments[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-11-03. 
  2. ^ Cemeteries - Rock Island National Cemetery - Burial & Memorials
  3. ^ "Gene Baker". retrosheet.org. Retrosheet, Inc. Retrieved October 21, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Jeff Pfeffer". retrosheet.org. Retrosheet, Inc. Retrieved October 21, 2010. 

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