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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.

Letters and Diary of Enos Cook Kennedy
Joiner History Room, Sycamore, Illinois Public Library
Mary J. Blackmer Diary
Joiner History Room, Sycamore, Illinois Public Library
Diary of Franklin Blanchard, Company K, 13th Illinois Infantry
Joiner History Room, Sycamore, Illinois Public Library
Letter of December 10, 1861 from Enos Cook Kennedy to Panlina. Page 1
Kennedy, Enos Cook and Abner Hard. Letters and Diary of Enos Cook Kennedy. Unpublished., Joiner History Room, Sycamore, Illinois Public Library.
Muster Roll, July and August 1863, Enos Cook Kennedy.
Kennedy, Enos Cook and Abner Hard. Letters and Diary of Enos Cook Kennedy. Unpublished., Joiner History Room, Sycamore, Illinois Public Library.
Telegraph from General Grant Revoking His Order to General Logan to Relieve General Thomas
Logan, John A., Mrs. Reminiscences of a Soldier's Wife. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1913., Northern Illinois University
Letter of General Logan to General Grant After General Thomas's Victory at Nashville
Logan, John A., Mrs. Reminiscences of a Soldier's Wife. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1913., Northern Illinois University
The Order from General Grant Directing General Logan to Relieve General Thomas
Logan, John A., Mrs. Reminiscences of a Soldier's Wife. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1913., Northern Illinois University
Letter of President Lincoln to General Logan in 1864
Logan, John A., Mrs. Reminiscences of a Soldier's Wife. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1913., Northern Illinois University
Letter of General Joseph Hooker to General Logan
Logan, John A., Mrs. Reminiscences of a Soldier's Wife. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1913., Northern Illinois University, Letter informing him of General Hooker's Resignation because of the appointment of General Howard to the Command of the Army of the Tennessee
Lincoln Letter to Hoarce Greeley
Lincoln, Abraham. Complete Works. New York: Francis D. Tandy, 1905., Northern Illinois University
A letter of Condolence Written by Abraham Lincoln to Mrs. Bixby
Lincoln, Abraham. Complete Works. New York: Francis D. Tandy, 1905., Northern Illinois University
Emancipation Proclamation, July 22, 1862
Lincoln, Abraham. Complete Works. New York: Francis D. Tandy, 1905., Northern Illinois University
Copy of Emancipation Proclamation, Prelimnary
Whitney, Henry Clay. Life on the Circuit with Lincoln. Boston: Estes and Lauriat, 1892., Northern Illinois University
Copy of Emancipation Proclamation, Preliminary
Whitney, Henry Clay. Life on the Circuit with Lincoln. Boston: Estes and Lauriat, 1892., Northern Illinois University
Copy of Emancipation Proclamation, Jan. 1, 1863
Whitney, Henry Clay. Life on the Circuit with Lincoln. Boston: Estes and Lauriat, 1892., Northern Illinois University
Copy of Emancipation Proclamation, Jan. 1, 1863
Whitney, Henry Clay. Life on the Circuit with Lincoln. Boston: Estes and Lauriat, 1892., Northern Illinois University
Autograph Speech at Gettysburgh Battle Ground (2 nd page)
Whitney, Henry Clay. Life on the Circuit with Lincoln. Boston: Estes and Lauriat, 1892., Northern Illinois University
Autograph Speech at Gettysburgh Battle Ground (1st page)
Whitney, Henry Clay. Life on the Circuit with Lincoln. Boston: Estes and Lauriat, 1892., Northern Illinois University