Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Remembering the Civil War in the Land of Lincoln-- Part 2

***  Cairo, at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers where Grant started his thrust south.

***  Fort Defiance State Park was a massive camp south of Cairo at the actual confluence.

***  Mound City National Cemetery is three miles north of Cairo and where both Confederate and Union soldiers are buried.  This is also where some of the river ironclads were built, including the one nearing the name.

***  Alton--  Confederates held at an infamous prison (that most have never heard of) where many died and are buried.

***  Rock Island--  another Confederate prison where some 12,000 were held and many died.

***  Wauconda--  the museum had a technology exhibit until last summer.  Every year during the summer a huge re-enactment is held there.

Old Secesh

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