Fort Leavenworth is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The cemetery was established in 1827 due to the deaths of the soldiers who died of maleria and other deseases while assigned to Cantonment Leavenworth. It was declared a National Cemetery by Abraham Lincoln in 1862.
Buried there are seven Confederate prisoners, the Fort’s namesake Henry Leavenworth, thousands of soldiers, many civilians and my grandfather-in-law Luther Wright.
Luther Wright fought in the Spanish American War in the Phillipines under Teddy Roosevelt.There are two cemeteries. One is the National Cemetery and one is Fort Leavenworth. Luther is at Fort Leavenworth on the base. My husband, who is the one that went there for me, said he passed through gates that MPs guarded. It made the cemetery feel more like a military base than the other Veteran Cemeteries that are just opened. If it had been a stage set it would give the feeling of military ambiance.
Luther is buried among thousands of other veterans. Rows upon rows. Just looking at the pictures all the stones look alike, except Luther stands out to me because I know Luther’s story. Each veteran has a story to tell. Will we ever be able to tell all the stories??