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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.

Politics in Illinois During the Civil War, Part II
John Y. Simon of the Ulysses S. Grant Association discusses Illinois politics during the Civil War.
Politics in Illinois During the Civil War, Part I
John Y. Simon of the Ulysses S. Grant Association discusses Illinois politics during the Civil War.
Deployment of Illinois Troops
John Y. Simon of the Ulysses S. Grant Association discusses the various regiments in which Illinois soldiers served and what it meant for them.
Campaign of Vicksburg
John Y. Simon of the Ulysses S. Grant Association discusses Grant's leadership in the Campaign of Vicksburg.
Battle of Shiloh, Part II
John Y. Simon of the Ulysses S. Grant Association discusses Grant's leadership in the Battle of Shiloh.
Battle of Shiloh, Part I
John Y. Simon of the Ulysses S. Grant Association discusses Grant's leadership in the Battle of Shiloh.
Campaign for Forts Henry and Donelson, Part II
John Y. Simon of the Ulysses S. Grant Association discusses the campaign for Fort Henry and Fort Donelson.
Campaign for Forts Henry and Donelson, Part I
John Y. Simon of the Ulysses S. Grant Association discusses the campaign for Fort Henry and Fort Donelson.
Grant Seizes Paducah
John Y. Simon of the Ulysses S. Grant Association discusses Ulysses S. Grant's leadership in the siege of Paducah.
Defense of Cairo
John Y. Simon of the Ulysses S. Grant Association discusses Ulysses S. Grant's defense of Cairo.
Ulysses S. Grant's First Command
John Y. Simon of the Ulysses S. Grant Association discusses Ulysses S. Grant's first command.
Ulysses S. Grant's Early Years
John Y. Simon of the Ulysses S. Grant Association discusses Ulysses S. Grant's life from childhood to his first command.