• Rock Island Confederate Cemetery - Rock Island, Illinois

      Roadtrip Attraction
      During the Civil War, Rock Island was home to one of the largest POW camps in the Union. More than 12 thousand Confederate soldiers were stationed here, and nearly 2000 died. The cemetery is the only remaining piece of the prison. A cemetery for Union soldiers was also opened a short distance away for the Union Guards who died at the camp. It remains an active National Cemetery, where 25,000 American veterans are buried.

      Photo by Michael Roth

      If you go:
      The cemeteries are located within the grounds of the Rock Island Arsenal, an active military facility. All visitors are required to present ID, and Non-US citizens should contact base security at least one week prior to visiting.


      3900 Rodman Avenue
      Rock Island, Illinois 61201 USA

      Mailing address:
      Rock Island National Cemetery
      Bldg 118, Rock Island Arsenal
      Rock Island, IL 61299 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      Rock Island National Cemetery
      +1 (309) 782-2094

      Rock Island Arsenal Security
      +1 (309) 782-0484