13. Fort Leavenworth Cemeteries

Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, 1880. Frontier Army Museum collection.

Due to military tradition at the time, two cemeteries were originally established on the fort grounds: one for enlisted soldiers and one for officers. 

In 1858, the remains from both post cemeteries were re-interred into a single site on the military reservation. When Congress approved the creation of national cemeteries in 1862, the Fort Leavenworth cemetery became one of 14 national cemeteries to be designated or established as such that year. Of the original 14 national cemeteries, Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery was the largest and contained 36.10 acres.  

For more information about national cemeteries: https://www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/ftleavenworth.asp

Notable Burials at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery

Medal of Honor recipients

  • Captain Harry Bell, for action in the Philippine–American War
  • Captain Thomas W. Custer, brother of George Armstrong Custer, two time recipient – the first for action at the Battle of Namozine Church, the second for action at the Battle of Sayler's Creek, both during the Civil War
  • Lieutenant Junior Grade William E. Hall, for action in World War II
  • Corporal John Kile, for action in the Indian Wars
  • Private Fitz Lee, for action in the Spanish–American War
  • Private George Miller, for action in the Indian Wars
  • Private Edward Pengally, for action in the Indian Wars
  • First Sergeant Joseph Robinson, for action in the Indian Wars


  • Lieutenant Colonel David Hillhouse Buel, Chief of Ordnance of the Army of the Tennessee
  • Brigadier General Henry Leavenworth, namesake of Fort Leavenworth
  • Sergeant Donald Walters, Silver Star recipient killed in action in the Iraq War
  • Captain George Wilhelmus Mancius Yates, 7th Cavalry under Lt. Col. George Armstong Custer, killed in action at the Battle of the Little BigHorn, Montana

Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, 1960. Frontier Army Museum collection.