If you are a Civil War historian, this historic site is a must see. The Bloomfield Civil War Cemetery is located on County Road 517 in beautiful Stoddard County, near Bloomfield, Missouri.
According to visitmo.com, "This cemetery holds 150 markers of soldiers who died during the Civil War. Each marker includes a brief account of where, when and how that soldier died."
Larry Arnold is caretaker of the cemetery. He says there are 156 Confederate soldiers buried at the site. One hundred eighteen soldiers came from Stoddard County. All of the soldiers died between 1861-65.
Soldiers killed had served in Richmond, Virginia; Granada, Mississippi and as far away as Kansas.
He says there are 23 soldiers who are not from Stoddard County who are buried at the cemetery. The soldiers were killed or wounded at the Battle of Fredericktown in Madison County, Mo.
Arnold says this is the only cemetery in North America that has a synopsis of how each soldier died on the back of every gravestone.
There is a poem dedicated to the south there, and two 20-foot flagpoles at the site that is lighted at night.
Arnold says it took him and others 9 1/2 years to fix up the cemetery for the public, and it was, and is a labor of love.
The cemetery is open free to the public year round from dawn to dusk.
For travelers with disabilities, the grounds are partially wheelchair accessible.
Service animals are welcome, as well as pets on a leash.
For more information, please call 573-624-5447.
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