Fort Leavenworth Cemetery is located just north of Leavenworth, Kansas. It is the resting place for many soldiers who served this country, many buried there are unknown. The cemetery is also home to its namesake, Brigadier General Henry Leavenworth, who was later re-interred there in 1902.
Fort Leavenworth Cemetery sits on roughly 36 acres of land. It is one of many cemeteries that were created during the civil war when soldiers were dying in high numbers, cemeteries were created near battlefields and wartime camps to bury the many dead. Fort Leavenworth is one of the largest cemeteries that was created, and in 1973 it officially received its title as a National Cemetery. In true military tradition it was originally divided into separate burial areas for enlisted personnel and officers, but in 1858 all the remains were re-interred into a single area. Following the Civil War, bodies of many Union soldiers were re-interred in the cemetery. By 1870 there were over 1,000 Union soldiers, roughly 170 civilians and 7 Confederate prisoners of war buried at the cemetery, and following the Indian Wars after many Army outposts were closed which led to around 2,000 remains being re-interred at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery. This cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and also is the final resting home of 8 Medal of Honor recipients.
Take a walk back in time and take in the immense loss of life our country suffered centuries ago during wartime with a stop at this peaceful and respectful resting place for many who lost their lives defending their rights and homes. This walk through the history of our nation and those who helped shaped it is a wonderful way to grasp the loss and tumultuous nature of our country as she formed herself into one nation. Don't miss this walk through history, head to Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery near Leavenworth, Kansas today.