Bellefontaine Cemetery
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 38° 41.440 W 090° 14.124
15S E 740451 N 4286078
Large cemetery located in north St Louis is the final resting place from many Civil War veterans and other Civil War notables.
Waymark Code: WMA3A
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 04/08/2006
Published By:Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 52


Bellefontaine Cemetery

The 330 acre, Bellefontaine Cemetery was begun in 1849 in response to the existing city cemeteries filling up due to cholera epidemics. It has become the final resting place for many of the city's notables.

Among the Civil War notables buried in the cemetery are several generals for both the Union and Confederate Armies. Other Civil War era notables include Edward Bates, Lincoln's attorney general; Confederate senator and later U.S. senator George Graham Vest; unionist provisional governor Hamilton Gamble; and ironclad boat builder James B. Eads.

Major General Sterling Price, CSA

One of the Confederate Generals buried at Bellefontaine is Major General Sterling Price. (Grave located at N38 41.673 W090 13.800 ) He was a former U.S. Congressman and Governor of Missouri (1853-1857). During the Civil War he headed the Confederate Missouri State Guard and later after its merger in the the Confederate Army of the West he served as a Major General. His unit saw considerable action in battles in Missouri, Kansas, and Arkansas. To explore more about Sterling Price see here.

Major General Don Carlos Buell, USA

One of the Union Generals buried at Bellefontaine is Major General Don Carlos Buell. (Grave located at  N38 41.698 W090 13.728) He was the commander of the Army of the Ohio which he lead into Tennessee. He led the takeover of Nashville. He unit saw further action in the Battles of Shiloh, Corinth & Perryville. He was relieved of his command for his failure to pursue the retreating enemy after the Battle of Perryville. To read further on General Buell see here.

Type of site: Cemetery

4947 West Florissant
St Louis, Missouri USA

Phone Number: 314-381-0750

Admission Charged: No Charge

Website: [Web Link]

Driving Directions:
From I-70: take West Florissant exit (exit 245B) and proceed north approximately .7 mile to cemetery (next to Calvary Cemetery).

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