Histopolis features a different cemetery, town, county or other place every day on the Place-of-The-Day.
Friday, October 22, 2010
The Histopolis Place-of-the-Day for Friday, October 22, 2010 is the Danville National Cemetery in Danville Township, Vermilion County, Illinois.
"Danville National Cemetery is located in Vermilion County, Ill., at the eastern side of the VA Illiana Health Care System. This area once belonged to the Miami, Kickapoo and Pottowatomie tribes of the Algonquin Indians. Salt deposits located on the Vermilion River attracted a variety of wildlife that served as a constant food supply for the local Native Americans; they later attracted the first white settlers to the region. In 1818, the Kickapoo ceded a large area of land to the federal government, including what is now Vermilion County. In the mid-1800s, coal miners settled in the Danville area, and soon the region ranked as Illinois’ top coal producer. From 1841 to 1859, Abraham Lincoln practiced law in Danville; in 1852, he established a law practice with Ward Lamon. This was Lincoln’s only permanent law office in the Illinois circuit.
"Although no Civil War battles occurred here, many men from Danville volunteered for the Union. The men who returned home were often sick, wounded or disabled. In 1897, Congress authorized the establishment of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in Danville. The next year, a small plot of land was set aside as a burial site; it was subsequently designated a national cemetery in 1898. In 1901, the present cemetery was plotted and the remains of those buried in the old cemetery were reinterred at the new site.
"In 1930, the Soldiers Home was transferred to the Veterans Administration (VA), and the cemetery became part of the VA Cemetery System. An internal study of the VA Cemetery System in 1948 recommended that the cemetery be transferred to the Department of the Army. No action was taken, however, and in 1973 when the National Cemetery System was reassigned from the Department of the Army to the Veterans Administration, it was merged into the National Cemetery System. Danville National Cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992."
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|1||Whatcom County, Washington|
|2||Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington County, Virginia|
|3||Barrancas National Cemetery, Escambia County, Florida|
|4||Calverton National Cemetery, Suffolk County, New York|
|5||Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, Denver County, Colorado|
|6||Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, San Mateo County, California|
|7||Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, East Hanover Township, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania|
|8||Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, San Diego County, California|
|9||Houston National Cemetery, Harris County, Texas|
|10||Alexandria National Cemetery, Pineville, Rapides Parish, Louisiana|
|11||Alton National Cemetery, Alton, Alton Township, Madison County, Illinois|
|12||Balls Bluff National Cemetery, Leesburg, Loudoun County, Virginia|
|13||Baltimore National Cemetery, Baltimore County, Maryland|
|14||Bath National Cemetery, Steuben County, New York|
|15||Beverly National Cemetery, Edgewater Park Township, Burlington County, New Jersey|
|16||Black Hills National Cemetery, Unorganized Territory of Southwest Meade, Meade County, South Dakota|
|17||Cave Hill National Cemetery, Cave Hill Cemetery, Jefferson County, Kentucky|
|18||City Point National Cemetery, Hopewell, Hopewell City, Virginia|
|19||Cold Harbor National Cemetery, Hanover County, Virginia|
|20||Corinth National Cemetery, Corinth, Supervisor District 3, Alcorn County, Mississippi|
|21||Crown Hill National Cemetery, Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Center Township, Marion County, Indiana|
|22||Danville National Cemetery, Danville Township, Vermilion County, Illinois|
|23||Fayetteville National Cemetery, Fayetteville, Fayetteville Township, Washington County, Arkansas|
|24||Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kansas|
|25||Togus National Cemetery, Chelsea Town, Kennebec County, Maine|
|26||Fort Meade National Cemetery, Unorganized Territory of Southwest Meade, Meade County, South Dakota|
|27||Old Fort Winnebago Cemetery, Fort Winnebago Town, Columbia County, Wisconsin|
|28||Long Island National Cemetery, Suffolk County, New York|
|29||National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona|
|30||Fort Scott National Cemetery, Fort Scott, Bourbon County, Kansas|
|31||Fort Gibson National Cemetery, Fort Gibson, Muskogee County, Oklahoma|
Note: The first Place-of-the-Day was in September 2010