Camp Butler: Training Grounds, Prison, Cemetery (IL & the Civil War Series)


Information


Dates/Times:
6/7/2018, 6:30 pm

Admission:
Free

Contact:
217-965-5443


Location:
Books on the Square, 427 E. Washington St. Springfield, IL 62701

Description:
Historian and author Kathleen Heyworth will discuss Camp Butler as a Civil War training camp and Confederate Prisoner of War Camp. Because so many soldiers died there, President Lincoln declared Camp Butler a National Cemetery in 1862. Also included in the presentation will be how Camp Butler National Cemetery progressed in the aftermath of a bitter Civil War, from haphazard war-time burials and the national dilemma on how to honor Confederate dead, to the beautiful cemetery it is today.

An optional auto caravan will travel to Camp Butler after a 45 minute presentation for a brief tour of the site.