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National Cemetery - Springfield, Mo.
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N 37° 10.455 W 093° 15.838
15S E 476566 N 4114235
Quick Description: Springfield National Cemetery is located at 1702 E Seminole St in Springfield, Mo.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 6/20/2017 12:07:36 PM
Waymark Code: WMW094
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
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Long Description:
The National Cemetery (open), 117 m. (R), was established by the Federal Government in 1869 and improved in 1911. Here are buried 2,347 Union and 567 Confederate soldiers. This is the only place in the United States where a Union and Confederate cemetery adjoin each other. Several years ago a bill was introduced in Congress to make a gateway between the two, on the theory that there should no longer be barriers between the North and the South. Opponents of the bill argued that as the soldiers had been in life, so they should be in death -- apart. Nevertheless, the bill passed, and the gateway was opened with formal ceremony.

- Missouri, a guide to the "Show Me" state, 1941, pg. 484

Springfield National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located in the city of Springfield, in Greene County, Missouri. Administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, it encompasses 18.1 acres (7.3 ha), and as of the end of 2005, had 14,685 interments.

Established in 1867 as a place to inter only Civil War Confederate soldiers, many of whom died at the Battle of Wilson's Creek. It has since been expanded and opened to all veterans. Springfield National Cemetery now has the interred remains of soldiers from wars dating back to the Revolutionary War. The cemetery lends its name to National Avenue in Springfield, which formerly passed by the cemetery prior to the southern expansion of the city decades ago.

- Wikipedia Entry for Springfield, Missouri, National Cemetery

Book: Missouri

Page Number(s) of Excerpt: 484

Year Originally Published: 1941

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