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Murphysboro in Jackson County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Israel Blanchard

 
 
Israel Blanchard Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, November 26, 2020
1. Israel Blanchard Marker
Inscription.  In August 1862, federal authorities detained Israel Blanchard, John A. Logan's brother-in-law, as he walked near the court house. Blanchard was subsequently taken to the Logan Hotel, and arrested on vague charges related to alleged anti-war activities. This was Blanchard's second wartime arrest.

Blanchard's arrest, one of many taking place across Illinois and the nation, raised serious questions about the nature of civil liberties during wartime. The constitutional system of checks and balances was particularly strained during this period as the President, the Congress, and the federal courts struggled to balance individual liberty and national security.
 
Erected 2014 by Preston Michael and Sharon Ward Jones, the General John A. Logan Museum & the Illinois State Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Illinois State Historical Society series list. A significant historical month for this entry is August 1862.
 
Location. 37° 45.854′ N, 89° 20.127′ W. Marker
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is in Murphysboro, Illinois, in Jackson County. Marker is at the intersection of Walnut Street (Illinois Route 149) and South 11th Street, on the right when traveling east on Walnut Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1101 Walnut Street, Murphysboro IL 62966, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dr. John Logan (here, next to this marker); Logan Day 1914 (a few steps from this marker); Conrad Will of Brownsville (within shouting distance of this marker); Jackson County, Illinois (within shouting distance of this marker); Company H 27th Illinois Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); First Coal Mine in Illinois (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Elizabeth Jenkins Logan (approx. 0.2 miles away); Major General John A. Logan (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Murphysboro.
 
More about this marker. Marker was dedicated on May 24, 2014, along with five other markers from the ISHS.
 
Also see . . .  Murphysboro makes history with markers. Published by The Southern: on May 24, 2014, six historical markers were dedicated in Murphysboro. All were erected by the Illinois State Historical Society (this one, Company H 27th Illinois Infantry, Logan Day 1914, Dr. John Logan, Colonel Lindorf Osborn and Major General John
Israel Blanchard Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, November 26, 2020
2. Israel Blanchard Marker
Marker (partially obscured by the sign) is on the corner of the Murphysboro administration building, near the Dr. John Logan marker.
A. Logan). (The Colonel Lindorf Osborn marker was not there as of November 2020.) (Submitted on November 28, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 28, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 163 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 28, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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