Friday, February 3, 2012

If, In Springfield, Illinois

If you're looking for some non-Lincoln, well, kind of non-Lincoln, Civil War stuff, go to the Lincoln Presidential Library, across from the more famous Lincoln Presidential Museum, and check out the new "Illinois Answers the Call: Boys in Blue" exhibit.

This is not the one from last year, I saw that one and it was worth the trip. This one is all new, drawing on the library's vast collection. It is open seven days a week during the day.

From the Jan. 19-25, 2012 Illinois Times, "The vast collection features artifacts, letters, diaries, sketches, songs and the faces of Illinois soldiers including African-American regiments.  Highlights are an original battle flag from the Battle of Corinth and an enormous awe-inspiring photo of area soldiers by 19th century photographer Matthew Brady."

Make sure you check out that over sized Brady photo of the 7th Illinois Infantry, raised from the Springfield area.  They have a dog in the picture who was captured from a Confederate regiment.

You can find out more information at http://www.presidentlincoln.org/.

Also, the Battle flag of the 95th Illinois Infantry, the regiment from the area where I live, is hanging in the Old State Capitol in Springfield.

Definitely on My List of Things to Do.  --Old Secesh

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