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Coles County Markers
Illinois (Coles County), Charleston — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial DistrictCharleston, Illinois — County-Seat Marker
Abraham Lincoln traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District ···1847 - 1857 — Map (db m10938) HM
Illinois (Coles County), Charleston — Coles County - - Civil War Memorial
(Upper Portion):Tribute of Coles County in Honor of her Sons who fought for The Union 1775 - - 1781 1812 - - 1815 1846 - - 1848 1861 - - 1865 1898 - - 1898 (Lower Portion):A house divided against its self cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free. — Map (db m11122) HM
Illinois (Coles County), Charleston — Coles County War Memorial
This Memorial is dedicated to the men and women of the Armed Forces in all wars for the United States of America. — Map (db m11000) HM
Illinois (Coles County), Charleston — Rally After the Debate / Lincoln in Coles County — Looking for Lincoln
Side One Top Section Nineteenth-century Illinois political campaigns and rallies were raucous affairs, part entertainment and part serious politics. The candidates were often accompanied or preceded by marchers, fireworks, flag bearers, musicians, and- - -in the case of Stephen A. Douglas- - -volleys of cannon fire. This photo shows a procession of oxen in a political rally in 1860 and in the only known photo of Charleston square of this time period. The drum (below) is a . . . — Map (db m30866) HM
Illinois (Coles County), Lerna — Lincoln's Care for His Family — Looking for Lincoln
Left Section Abraham Lincoln was a frequent visitor to Cole County in the 1840's, traveling on the judicial circuit. In Charleston, according to Amanda Hanks Poorman (the daughter of Dennis Hanks), Lincoln would use the Hanks’s horse and wagon, and, with some of the Hanks children, visit his father’s farm. Amanda recalled: “He was very generous with us, and was also to his father and stepmother, giving them $10 or $15 every time we went down there with him.” In the . . . — Map (db m30847) HM
Illinois (Coles County), Lerna — Moore House
Here on January 31, 1861, President-Elect Abraham Lincoln visited his stepmother, Mrs. Sarah Bush Lincoln and her daughter Mrs. Reuben Moore (Matilda Johnston). This was his last visit to Coles County before leaving Illinois for his inauguration. Mrs. Lincoln returned with him to Charleston that night and their farewells were said the next morning. — Map (db m30888) HM
Illinois (Coles County), Lerna — The Last Lincoln Farm
In 1837 Thomas Lincoln erected a cabin on a tract of land situated one-half mile to the east. Here he resided until his death in 1851. Abraham Lincoln visited here frequently, and after 1841 held title to forty acres of land on which his parents lived. The State of Illinois now owns most of the Lincoln Farm. — Map (db m30933) HM
Illinois (Coles County), Lerna — The Reuben Moore Home
Left Panel: “This will certify that the foregoing plot of the town of Farmington laid by me as proprietor is correct. Witness my hand and seal this 30th day of April 1852.” J. J. Adams John Adams laid out this land in Pleasant Grove Township in 1852 hoping to build a town. Lots were available to anyone who could afford them. First named Farmington after Mrs.Adams’ Tennessee birthplace, this name was not officially . . . — Map (db m30979) HM
Illinois (Coles County), Mattoon — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial DistrictShelby / Coles Counties — County Line Marker
Abraham Lincoln traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District 1847 - 1859 — Map (db m10989) HM
Illinois (Coles County), Mattoon — General U. S Grant took Command
General U. S Grant near this spot on June 15, 1861 took command of his first troops in the Civil War 21st Ill. Inf. — Map (db m30903) HM
Illinois (Coles County), Mattoon — Lincoln's Last Visit / The Debaters in Mattoon — Looking for Lincoln
Side One Top Section Abraham Lincoln’s last visit to Cole County was indeed of a personal nature. Lincoln was described as he left Springfield by Henry C. Whitney, who accompanied him part of the way on the train: “. . . [Lincoln wore] a faded hat, innocent of nap; and his coat was extremely short, more like a sailors pea-jacket than any other describable garment. It was the same outer garment that he wore from Harrisburg to Washington when he went to be . . . — Map (db m30840) HM
Illinois (Coles County), Mattoon — Site of The Village of RichmondFounded August 27, 1836
On this spot stood the Clapboard Inn, General Store, and Post Office of the early settlers, including the Lincoln family. The survey of the Village shows thirty-seven lots. Main Street, sixty feet wide, ran immediately with the State Road and was crossed by Mulberry, Sycamore, and Cottenwood streets. The State Road extended from Paris via Charleston to Shelbyville, and on to Vandalia, Illinois, the Old State Capitol. A conch shell blown at a distance announced the arrival of the . . . — Map (db m10991) HM
Illinois (Coles County), Oakland — Civil War Memorial
1861 - - - - 1865 In Grateful remembrance of the Civil War Veterans — Map (db m30880) HM
Illinois (Coles County), Oakland — Gristmill Stone Recovered from the Little Embarras River
Gristmill Stone Recovered from the Little Embarras River South of Oakland about 1936. Donated to the City of Oakland by the Curtis Family in memory of Walter A. and Georgia (Swinford) Curtis. Mill was in use about 1850. — Map (db m30885) HM
Illinois (Coles County), Oakland — Home of Dr. Hiram Rutherford
This was the home of Dr. Hiram Rutherford, who was involved in 1847 in a case in which Abraham Lincoln represented a slaveholder. Rutherford and Gideon Ashmore harbored a family of slaves who had sought their help. The slaves belonged to Robert Matson, a Kentuckian, who had brought them north to work on his farm. While the slaves were being sheltered in Ashmore’s Tavern, Matson obtained a Court Order to have the slaves jailed. Rutherford and Ashmore sued out a Writ of Habeas Corpus for their . . . — Map (db m30877) HM
Illinois (Coles County), Oakland — Oakland, Illinois Community W. W. I War Memorial
Front Section Lucy M. Reeds Red Cross Nurse Overseas Soldiers Overseas Column One George L. Adams • Samuel Adams • Floyd Annin • Harry Annin • Archie Ashmore • Frank Ashmore • Logan W. Blevins, Sergt. • Frank Brandt • George A. Brown • Paul Buckler • Barton O. Burns • Elbert Butcher • Clarence Campbell • Ray Campbell • John Chesley • Harry L. Clapp • Omer F. Clement, 1st Sergt. • Cyrus Covalt • Oharles Cossins • Don Daniels • Roy E. Daniels Column Two . . . — Map (db m30995) HM
Illinois (Coles County), Oakland — The Matson Slave Trial — Looking for Lincoln
Top Section Dr. Hiram Rutherford was a key person involved in Abraham Lincoln’s famous slave case, the only instance in his career where Lincoln represented the rights of a slave owner. Robert Matson brought slaves from Kentucky to work his farm north of Independence each year until after the harvest. By doing so, Matson was taking advantage of a common loophole in Illinois law, which allowed slaves to be held here while in transit. In 1847, one of Matson’s slaves, Jane Bryant, argued . . . — Map (db m30867) HM
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