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Illinois During the Civil War

In the winter of 1861 Abraham Lincoln left his home in Springfield, Illinois to become President of the United States. Southern states reacted to the election of a Republican president by seceding from the Union, and the nation descended into Civil War. Although the combatants fought no battles on Illinois soil, the Civil War defined an era in the state. Illinoisans shaped the war's course and felt its effects. This digital collection presents primary source material from the Civil War era in Illinois. These materials include letters, diaries and reminiscences of Union soldiers, as well as important documents, images, and other resources from the home front. For more information, including historical themes, narrative essays, and lesson plans. see the main page for Illinois During the Civil War.

Portrait of Rt. Rev. Dennis Dunne
Cook, Frederick Francis. Bygone Days in Chicago. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1910., Northern Illinois University
Portrait of Rev. Robert Collyer
Cook, Frederick Francis. Bygone Days in Chicago. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1910., Northern Illinois University
Portrait of Rev. W. H. Ryder
Cook, Frederick Francis. Bygone Days in Chicago. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1910., Northern Illinois University
Portrait of Rev. William W. Everts
Cook, Frederick Francis. Bygone Days in Chicago. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1910., Northern Illinois University
The Soldiers' Memorial in St. James's Church
Cook, Frederick Francis. Bygone Days in Chicago. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1910., Northern Illinois University
Interior of the "Wigwam" during the Republican Convention of 1860
Cook, Frederick Francis. Bygone Days in Chicago. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1910., Northern Illinois University
The "Wigwam," where the Republican National Convention of 1860 Challenged Slavery by the Nomination of Abraham Lincoln
Cook, Frederick Francis. Bygone Days in Chicago. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1910., Northern Illinois University
Portrait of Deacon Philo Carpenter
Cook, Frederick Francis. Bygone Days in Chicago. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1910., Northern Illinois University
Portrait of Dr. N. S. Davis
Cook, Frederick Francis. Bygone Days in Chicago. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1910., Northern Illinois University
The Court House in 1860
Cook, Frederick Francis. Bygone Days in Chicago. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1910., Northern Illinois University
Plat of Camp Douglas
Cook, Frederick Francis. Bygone Days in Chicago. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1910., Northern Illinois University
Portrait of Hon. Buckner S. Morris
Cook, Frederick Francis. Bygone Days in Chicago. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1910., Northern Illinois University
Portrait of Col. (later Gen.) Benjamin J. Sweet
Cook, Frederick Francis. Bygone Days in Chicago. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1910., Northern Illinois University
Confederate Prisoners at Camp Douglas
Cook, Frederick Francis. Bygone Days in Chicago. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1910., Northern Illinois University
Old Building of the First Baptist Church
Cook, Frederick Francis. Bygone Days in Chicago. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1910., Northern Illinois University
St. Paul's Universalist Church
Cook, Frederick Francis. Bygone Days in Chicago. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1910., Northern Illinois University
First Congregational Church
Cook, Frederick Francis. Bygone Days in Chicago. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1910., Northern Illinois University
The Lake Front — Park Row and the "Marble Terrace"
Cook, Frederick Francis. Bygone Days in Chicago. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1910., Northern Illinois University
Views on the Lake Front
Cook, Frederick Francis. Bygone Days in Chicago. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1910., Northern Illinois University
"Old Abe," the Eighth Wisconsin's War Eagle
Cook, Frederick Francis. Bygone Days in Chicago. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1910., Northern Illinois University
Portrait of Wilbur F. Storey
Cook, Frederick Francis. Bygone Days in Chicago. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1910., Northern Illinois University
Portrait of Hon. Isaac N. Arnold
Cook, Frederick Francis. Bygone Days in Chicago. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1910., Northern Illinois University
Portrait of Leonard Swett
Cook, Frederick Francis. Bygone Days in Chicago. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1910., Northern Illinois University
Portrait of Charles H. Reed
Cook, Frederick Francis. Bygone Days in Chicago. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1910., Northern Illinois University
Arrival of Lincoln's Body in Chicago
Cook, Frederick Francis. Bygone Days in Chicago. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1910., Northern Illinois University