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Camp Ground Cemetery
Union County
Illinois  USA

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In the early 1800s, this area was wooded and known as a camp ground by settlers and travelers, who took advantage of the five springs nearby.

Camp Ground Cemetery began as the family cemetery of George Hileman. In 1834, Hileman took a land patent on the acreage that now includes the church and cemetery. When two of his children died in 1838, they were buried in "the field out from the house."

In the winter of 1838-1839, the Cherokee were making their forced trek west and traveled along the main road - today's Tunnel Lane. Several detachments, as many as 10,000 people, camped on Hileman's land and the neighboring property on their way west. It is unknown how many Cherokee died while camping here, but family history relates that those who died were buried in the field next to Hileman's children.

(Information taken from interpretive sign at the cemetery.)
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