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Bellefontaine Cemetery I

"Union Officers Buried at Bellefontaine Cemetery"

Bellefontaine Cemetery was established in 1849, the city needed another cemetery to accommodate the deceased of the cholera epidemic of 1849. It was built outside the city at the time. The cemetery was designed by Alermin Hotchkiss in the period of a year. If you visit this site you will find out why the city hired him to design it. Although today it is set in the interior of the city. When you drive into the cemetery you will find a quiet setting, with the roads traveling over rolling hills, in almost a rural setting even today. This Cemetery is where many Civil War soldiers and officers were buried including Sterling Price, Don Carlos Buell, Francis P. Blair and many others. There are many more than I have posted on this site. But I personally believe if you have the time to visit St. Louis, this is one stop you wouldn't want to miss. One thing I noticed about the cemetery was that usually with a large family there is one large central monument surrounded by the individuals. Next to Bellefontaine Cemetery is Calvary Cemetery where William T. Sherman is buried.


From Interstate 70 turn north on West Florissant Avenue, it is about .3 miles on the right hand side.


NOTE: Almost all the narratives on these pages are credited to William Winter's "The Civil War in St. Louis."  As these pages could not have been accomplished without this guide to St. Louis history.  The book is a necessity to any person who wants to visit St. Louis, as it sets the stage for the cities major contribution to helping keep Missouri in the Union.
Also credit for the picture on Frederick Fout wasn't possible without Connie Nisinger's picture from, as I must have searched for this one at least five different trips.


Bellefontaine Cemetery Entrance


Maj. Gen. Don Carlos Buell, U.S.A.

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Bvt. Brig. Gen. Richard B. Mason, U.S.A.


Bvt. Maj. Gen. John McNeil, U.S.A.

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