Roselawn Memorial Park has a rich history that begins with a unique connection to Camp Butler. Camp Butler, a Civil War training camp for Illinois volunteers, was located in the area known today as Camp Butler National Cemetery and Roselawn Memorial Park. Operated from 1861-1866, Camp Butler was the second largest training camp in Illinois during the Civil War and also served as a prison camp for captured Confederate soldiers. The first troops arrived at Camp Butler in August 1861 and after being trained as either cavalry or infantry soldiers, boarded trains at Jimtown (now Riverton) and headed off to war. All that remains of Camp Butler today is the national cemetery, which contains the graves of more than 1,600 Confederate and Union soldiers, as well as generations of servicemen and women, and their families. Most of the land on which the camp stood was returned to cropland or occupied by private residences. Part of the south camp and its adjacent drill fields are now part of Roselawn Memorial Park.
More than 60 years later, Roselawn Memorial Park was incorporated on August 30, 1927. The founders of Roselawn included Louis E. Frost, A.E. Rouland, and R.G. Hobbs, all of Springfield. In March 1956, the cemetery was purchased by W.T. Vancil. The Vancil family, most recently represented by Bill Vancil, Jr., provided exemplary service to the community for more than 50 years.
For more than 80 years, Roselawn Memorial Park has been providing dignified care to the loved ones of the families it has served. The Butler Family is continuing this historic legacy of service and looks forward to building on the rich history of this beautiful memorial park.