Monticello in Piatt County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
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Lincoln, Judge David Davis, and other members of the Bar were trying to reach Monticello in the spring of 1852, having ridden from Clinton in the rain. When they arrived at the ferry across the Sangamon River, about one mile west of town, there was no ferryman. After waiting for two hours, they swam their horses and straddled the buggy on a canoe to float across. Lincoln, the Judge, and others then rode comfortably in another canoe. In 1856, when Lincoln came to speak, he encountered many Virginians who were opposed to him and his stand on slavery. Emotions ran high that day, and many men came in order to stop the speech. Lincoln had only two escorts - - his old friend Ezra Marquiss and Mr. Guy. Lincoln and his escorts were followed by jeering men ready to throw eggs at the slightest provocation. He turned to them, and in his inimitable manner started telling stories and jokes, making them forget their prejudices against them.
Ezra marquiss lived out his life in Goose Creek Township, playing a great part in its development. His daughter Clarinda married William H. Piatt, who also was one of the countyís early leaders. Ezra was “Mr. Republican” of his day, being the first person
While court was recessed, lawyers often found many ways to entertain themselves. One such story involves Lincolnís prowess as an athlete. Lincoln, Squire Wiley, and John McDougal were entertaining themselves and a crowd of loafers by seeing who could throw an old ax the farthest. They were standing on the southwest corner of the square throwing west. After each had made several trials, Lincoln swung the meat ax around his head and sent it westward into Lizard Run. When McDougal saw the ax fall so much farther than any of the other throws he realized that Lincoln had been baiting them and said: “Why didnít you do that in the first place? Here Iíve been almost throwing my arm off trying to beat you.” The image shows the southwest corner of the Square near the area of the competition.
Erected 2009 by City of Monticello and Monticello Chamber of Commerce.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Looking for Lincoln marker series.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Monticello IL 61856, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lincoln in Monticello (approx. 0.2 miles away); Piatt County Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Trail of Death (approx. ľ mile away); Potawatomi Trail of Death (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lincoln - Douglas (approx. 1.4 miles away); Railroads Bring Change (approx. 2 miles away); Bement Goes to War (approx. 7.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monticello.
More about this marker. The marker is located at the West end of the "Wabash Depot - Monticello Railroad Museum". Take North Independence Street and enter property. The "Wabash Depot" is straight ahead with the marker on the left end of the depot.
Also see . . .
1. Looking for Lincoln. Many resources for the Tracking of Lincoln through History and Illinois. Aimed at all ages. (Submitted on October 29, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
2. 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 October 29, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
3. Travel with Lincoln. Climb into Lincolnís 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 October 29, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 29, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 863 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on October 29, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.