Near Petersburg in Menard County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Dr. Benjamin Franklin Stephenson
1823 - 1871
He originated the G.A.R. name, ritual and constitution of Post No. 1, Decatur April 6, 1866, called First National G.A.R. Convention and was its First Adjutant General.
Erected 1955 by Illinois State Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Illinois State Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is April 6, 1863.
Location. 40° 0.783′ N, 89° 49.719′ W. Marker is near Petersburg, Illinois, in Menard County. Marker is on Sangamon Avenue (Illinois Route 123) west of Curtis Black Top, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Petersburg IL 62675, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lincoln in Petersburg (approx. 1.1 miles away); Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District (approx. 1.1 miles away); Peter McCue (approx. 1.1 miles away); Lincoln the Surveyor (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Survey of Petersburg (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Frackelton State Bank (approx. 1.1 miles away); R & D Frackelton General Store (approx. 1.1 miles away); The New Salem Lincoln League (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Petersburg.
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