Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Civil War Comes to Galena-- Part 3

The Celebration.

"Every bell in the city was soon set into motion...huge bonfires were built at the intersections of streets, the cannon was got out and reverberated from hill to hill...the excitement ran so high that no one could sleep nor was anyone inclined to."

Sadly, several days later on April 15th, the Gazette reported: "We announce with grief inexpressible the occurrence of events that fill all loyal hearts with deeper and more poignant sorrow that ever before weighed them down with great calamity--The Assassination of President Lincoln."

This news had been sent to Galena by telegraph and only a small group in the telegraph office and later the Gazette office.

The War Comes to a Small Illinois Town. --Old B-Runner

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