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Near Oglesby in LaSalle County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Fort Wilbourn

 
 
Fort Wilbourn Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, October 30, 2021
1. Fort Wilbourn Marker
Inscription.  On the eminence to the southwest stood Fort Wilbourn, where the Third Army of Illinois volunteers was mustered in for service in the Black Hawk War. Here on June 16, 1832 Abraham Lincoln enlisted as a private in Jacob M. Early's company, his third enlistment of the war.
 
Erected 1934 by Illinois State Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Wars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Black Hawk War, the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, and the Illinois State Historical Society series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is June 16, 1832.
 
Location. 41° 18.691′ N, 89° 5.267′ W. Marker is near Oglesby, Illinois, in LaSalle County. Marker is at the intersection of 2625th Road (Illinois Route 351) and East 350th Road (County Road 62), on the right when traveling east on 2625th Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Oglesby IL 61348, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cox Country Grade School (approx. 1.3 miles away); LaSalle City Hall-1906 (approx. 1.3 miles away);
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St. Roch's Bells (approx. 1.4 miles away); La Salle-Peru, Illinois (approx. 1˝ miles away); Casimir Pulaski Memorial (approx. 1˝ miles away); Oglesby/Piety Hill/Jonesville World War II Memorial (approx. 1˝ miles away); Oglesby/Piety Hill/Jonesville Korean War Memorial (approx. 1.6 miles away); Oglesby War Memorial (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oglesby.
 
Also see . . .  Abraham Lincoln in the Black Hawk War. Wikipedia entry on young Lincoln's military career. (Submitted on October 31, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
Fort Wilbourn Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, October 30, 2021
2. Fort Wilbourn Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 31, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 396 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 31, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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