Clinton in Dewitt County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
War on the Horizon
Looking for Lincoln
When Lincoln called for troops to defend the Union, the men and boys of DeWitt County heeded his urgent request. Some who volunteered were from families who had know and befriended Lincoln during his days as a prairie lawyer and politician, for Lincoln practiced both occupations here.
Others, like German-born twenty-eight-year-old shoemaker Martin Mohrle, were foreign-born DeWitt County residents who answered the call just the same. Some lost their lives on the battlefields were brought back to DeWitt County for interment on this hill, which became a soldiers’ burial ground.
Veterans who took their ‘final furlough’ after the Civil War’s conclusion were laid to rest here as well. Martin Mohrle was one of the many who did not make it home. His comrades witnessed his being shot on the battlefield near Atlanta, Georgia, and reported his death; but it is unknown what became of Mohrle’s remains.
There is record of his hasty burial on the field, but not his final interment site, nor a government-issued stone with his name upon it. Mohrle is one of the thousands of Union dead who never returned
Color Bearer Corporal Martin Mohrle, 20th Illinois Volunteer Infintry, Company E, mustered in June 13, 1861. In April of 1864, Mohrle returned home to DeWitt County on a brief furlough (granted for re-enlisting for an additional term of service) and married his sweetheart, Mary Robinson. Before he left his new bride to return to the battlefields, Morhle gave her a piece of the tattered flag he so proudly waved. Mohrle was killed in action July 21, 1864, near Atlanta, Georgia, the battle flag captured by Rebels.
Abraham Lincoln first met George B. McClellan in a small, rustic DeWitt County courtroom. At the time, Lincoln, a prairie lawyer, was representing the Illinois Central Railroad. McClellan was an Illinois Central Railroad executive called to testify on the company’s behalf.
Waiting for McClellan to arrive, someone in the courtroom asked who he was, to which Lincoln replied that he only knew McClellan to be an Illinois Central Railroad officer. As political upheaval and war clouds loomed on the horizon, Lincoln and McClellan’s paths crossed once more. Lincoln was elected President of the United States, and McClellan rose to be Union General-in-Chief.
It began as a favorable arrangement, but ultimately failed. Greatly
Erected 2009 by Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau, Lincoln Heritage of DeWitt County.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Government & Politics • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Looking for Lincoln series list.
Location. 40° 9.605′ N, 88° 57.732′ W. Marker is in Clinton, Illinois, in Dewitt County. Marker is on Woodlawn Street west of Quincy Street, on the right when traveling west. located at the Entrance of "Woodlawn" Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Clinton IL 61727, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Friends To The End (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lincoln's Hat (approx. 0.3 miles away); Warner's Memories / Lawyers and Book Lovers (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lincoln and The Law (approx. 0.4 miles away); “You can fool all the people part of the time . . .” (approx. half a mile away); Lincoln at Work and Play DeWitt County War Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clinton.
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1. Looking for Lincoln::. Many resources for the Tracking of Lincoln through History and Illinois. Aimed at all ages. (Submitted on November 8, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
2. Travel with Lincoln ::. Climb into Lincoln’s buggy and take a trip with Lincoln and his fellow lawyers on the job traveling Illinois as Circuit Lawyers. See all the Lincoln Circuit Markers (and a surprise or two), in the order of his travels while a member of the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District (of Illinois) during 1847-1857. Use the “First >>” button in the upper right to see these markers in sequence, starting from Springfield. (Submitted on November 8, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
3. Looking for Lincoln Video - on P. B. S. Follow Henry Louis Gates, Jr. "...from Illinois, to Gettysburg, to Washington, D. C., and face to face with people who live with Lincoln every day...". (Submitted on November 8, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
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