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Few places offer such a powerful story of sacrifice and history as the Mound City National Cemetery. Situated on fourteen acres at the junction of two historic roads in southernmost Illinois, the cemetery offers a direct link to the region’s Civil War heritage. Of the more than 8,000 buried here, greater than half – including more than 2700 unknowns – served during the Civil War.

The Mound City National Cemetery Preservation Commission invites you to explore this hallowed ground. We’re volunteers dedicated to the preservation of this site and all for which it stands. We encourage you to visit and learn from those at rest here. They speak to us about sacrifice and history in a way that words alone cannot.

Directions

GPS Coordinates: 37.087475 -89.177999

The Mound City National Cemetery is located northwest of Mound City at the Junction of State Highways 37 & 51.

From I-57 – Exit 8 and turn east for 1.7 miles to the stop sign at Route 37. Turn right and go three miles to Mound City where the road becomes Main Street. Continue through town to a sharp turn and continue for a half-mile. You’ll see the national cemetery on the right.

POINTS OF INTEREST

There are several places to learn more about Mound City’s role during the Civil War. Click on the numbers to the right to learn about each location.MOUND-CITY-MAP029

Memorial Day

We observe Memorial Day on the Saturday of the Memorial Day weekend – everyone memorial_dayis welcome.

The ceremony begins at 10 o’clock and includes the Call to Order, Presentation of Colors, Laying of the Wreaths, and the Roll Call of Honorees. The ceremony also includes a guest speaker and music.

The Mound City National Cemetery Memorial ceremony is among the oldest in the region and dates to the years right after the Civil War.

Please refer to this page in the coming months for information about our next Memorial Day ceremony scheduled for Saturday, May 23, 2015.

Visit our Facebook page to view images from 2014 Memorial Day ceremony.

About us

The Mound City National Cemetery Preservation Commission is a non-profit, charitable organization with 501 (c) (3) status. It was incorporated in 1994. Below you will find our purpose and aims as written in our Articles of Incorporation.

The Mound City National Cemetery Preservation Commission, Incorporated is a patriotic dedicated to the carl_claypreservation and expansion of the Mound City National Cemetery with specific aims:

organization To encourage, in keeping with the policies of our Government, the establishment of a concrete plan to provide for the restoration and maintenance of existing structures located on the premises of the Mound City National Cemetery.

To help provide for the expansion of the lands for interment of future generations of veterans at the Mound City National Cemetery.

To help unify divergent groups in the overall preservation and expansion of the Mound City National Cemetery.

To cooperate with all duly recognized existing organizations in the preservation and expansion of Mound City National Cemetery.

To act as a liason between concerned citizens and the Government in accomplishing the purposes of this organization.

The Mound City National Cemetery Preservation Commission meets the first Monday of the month in the Superintendent’s Lodge starting at 6:00 pm. If the meeting falls on a holiday, the commission usually reschedules for the next first Monday of the following month. Visitors are welcome.

Wreaths Across America

What began in 1992 with a trailer load of wreaths, decorated by volunteers and laid at the grave of fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery has now become a new mission to Remember – Honor – Teach the values freedom in the world today.

In creating Wreaths Across America, it was the wish of Morrill and Karen Worcester to bring children and veterans together, as the ideal way of expressing appreciation for the past, present, and future sacrifices our veterans ( and their families ) make for this country.

Wreaths Across America’s mission is to remember, honor and teach.  Wreaths Across America is committed to teaching younger generations about the value of their freedoms and the importance of honoring those who sacrificed so much to protect those freedoms.  The wreath laying ceremony is held on a specified Saturday in December at 11:00 a.m. Central Standard Time, at National cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond.  This year’s ceremony at the Mound City National Cemetery will be held December 12, 2015.  The goal of Mound City National Cemetery Preservation Commission is for every grave at the cemetery to have a wreath.  (Note: wreaths can also be purchased and placed on a veteran’s grave that is not located at Mound City National Cemetery.) 

The wreaths can be purchased up until November 30, 2015.  You can purchase a wreath(s) by Clicking Here  and filling out the information on the order form, along with a check or money order made payable to MCNCPC  and mailing to the address shown on the form.  Please note on the form if a volunteer needs to place your wreath at the Mound City National Cemetery

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Life Membership in the Mound City National Cemetery Preservation Commission and Quiet Acres: The Story of the Mound City National Cemetery DVD – $25.00

 

 

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Quiet Acres: The Story of the Mound City National Cemetery DVD – $20.00 
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Handy, sturdy canvas tote – $12.00

 

 

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History

Located on the National Register of Historic Places, the Mound City National Cemetery is a burial place for both Union and Confederate soldiers, as well as soldiers from nearly every  war.  The walkway through the grounds is lined with markers inscribed with verses from the famous poem “Bivouac of the Dead.” The army negotiated the purchase of the 10 acre site for $750.00.  The Authority to Establish National Cemeteries was granted through a Congressional Act authorizing President Lincoln to purchase cemetery ground for those ” who shall die in the service of the country”.  Today Mound City honors the sacrifice of 9,000 veterans.  Every episode of American War and Peace since the Mexican American War (1846-1847) is represented among those at rest here.  The cemetery was placed on the National Register of HIstoric Places in 1997.  A beautiful monument, which was donated by the State of Illinois and erected in 1874,  towers majestically from the center of the grounds.  The newly renovated Caretakers Lodge at the cemetery provides Civil War history and area information.

Contact Us

Let Us Hear from You

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Email: bekec12@gmail.com

Phone: 618.521.5228

Mailing Address:

Mound City National Cemetery Preservation Commission, Inc.
PO Box 45
Mound City, Illinois 62963-0045