Rock Island County
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Fort Armstrong was a U.S. Army outpost on Rock Island (now Arsenal Island) in the early 1830's. There may have been anywhere from thirty to forty graves in the Post Cemetery at the time the Fort was abandoned. When the railroad embankment was built for the Government Bridge (1872), six graves were moved to the Rock Island National Cemetery, and the rest were lost. Also at this time, two boulders that marked the graves of two Army surgeons were removed from the cemetery, and placed near the western tip of the island. These two surgeons, along with two soldiers who were among the six moved to the National Cemetery, are the only known "residents" from the Post Cemetery. Today, the only visible signs of the old Post Cemetery is a fenced-in area which holds the two boulders, and has a sign giving a very brief history, located only a few feet from the Davenport Gate of the Rock Island Arsenal, alongside the road that runs outside the Arsenal, from the Government Bridge to the Rock Island Viaduct, and a small piece of fence just inside the Rock Island Gate of the Arsenal, which marks the original location of the cemetery.