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“Illinois in the Civil War”
June 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
How Illinoisans Remember The Civil War
Dr. Samuel Wheeler, Illinoisan State Historian, will offer an overview of the role played by the state of
Illinois in recruiting its citizens for enlistment to fight in the Civil War and the contributions of those
soldiers toward winning it. He will then trace the sentiments that followed after the sudden assassination
of Springfield’s Lincoln soon after Appomattox, the years of Grand Army of the Republic gatherings, the
continued racial sentiments of parts of Illinois and more as he brings us to the point at which Illinois
stands more than 150 years since the war between the states ended.