Monday, May 5, 2008

April 19th Illinois Division SCV Meeting--Springfield, Illinois-- Part 2

This occurred on the same day, Saturday, that the State Journal-Register had two items about the Civil War. In keeping with the upcoming 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth, the paper has been running a daily account of what Lincoln did on that date.

On April 19, 1861, Lincoln ordered a blockade of all the ports in seceded states. At the time, that would be SC, Ga, Al, Fl, Ms, La, and Tx. "The aforesaid states are involved in an insurrection against the Government of the United States, a situation which impedes the government's ability to collect duties as required by the Constitution."

In the same paper, there was a picture of a group of fifth graders at Northpoint Elementary School in Normal, Illinois, about 40 miles north of Springfield. They were participating in the annual echoes of Blue and Gray. They dressed as Union and Confederate soldiers or in civilian costumes and saw presentations by local Civil War buffs and re-enactors.

Just a week earlier, MOLLUS, the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, a Union group had had a ceremony at the Lincoln Tomb. Thought this would ave been neat if both groups were in town the same day.

I'll Get to the Meeting the Next Entry. --Old B-Runner

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