Keokuk National Cemetery
The Keokuk National Cemetery
located at 1701 J. Street is one of twelve original national cemeteries designated by the U.S. Congress.
During the Civil War, the presence of the College of Physicians and Surgeons caused the federal government to
locate a military hospital in Estes House (formerly at 500 Main Street), and four other sites in Keokuk. The sick and wounded were transported to the hospitals in Keokuk by riverboats on the Mississippi River. Many soldiers, from the North and South, died at the hospitals in Keokuk during the Civil War, and were buried in what became Iowa’s only National Cemetery.
The cemetery is currently the final resting place for the remains of over 4,000 American soldiers. In 1997 the Cemetery was added to the National Register of Historic Places.