Springfield National Cemetery

Matt Campanelli / KSMU

Cars race by along Glenstone Avenue along the cemetery’s eastern boundary. Half a block to the west, where Seminole Street intersects Glenstone, you’ll find the cemetery’s main entrance. When closed, its two black gates read “U.S. National Cemetery.”

Inside, hundreds of Union and Confederate soldiers, many of whom were killed during the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, are buried here. Many of these soldiers share the same name: Unknown.

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The History of Springfield National Cemetery

May 28, 2008

About 15 hundred people attended a ceremony on Memorial Day at Springfield National Cemetery. As part of KSMU’s ongoing local history series “A Sense of Place,” KSMU’s Missy Shelton visited the cemetery to find out what it can teach us about the past.

The history of Springfield National Cemetery is apparent when you first pull up to the narrow black gates at the cemetery’s entrance.

And changing those narrow gates is impossible given that the cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.