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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Coles County, Illinois
Adjacent to Coles County, Illinois
► Clark County (14) ► Cumberland County (6) ► Douglas County (2) ► Edgar County (11) ► Moultrie County (5) ► Shelby County (13)
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traveled this way as he rode
the Circuit of the Eighth
Judicial District···1847-1857 — — Map (db m10938) HM|
This memorial is dedicated to
the men and women of the Armed Forces
in all wars for the
United States of America.
— — Map (db m11000) WM|
| Side One
Nineteenth-century Illinois political campaigns and rallies were raucous affairs, part entertainment and part serious politics. The candidates were often accompanied or preceded by marchers, fireworks, flag . . . — — Map (db m30866) HM|
|(Upper Portion):Tribute of Coles County
in Honor of her Sons who fought for
The Union 1775 - - 1781 1812 - - 1815
1846 - - 1848 1861 - - 1865 1898 - - 1898 (Lower Portion):A house divided against its self cannot stand. I believe . . . — — Map (db m11122) HM|
| Left Section
Abraham Lincoln was a frequent visitor to Cole County in the 1840's, traveling on the judicial circuit. In Charleston, according to Amanda Hanks Poorman (the daughter of Dennis Hanks), Lincoln would use the Hanks’s horse . . . — — Map (db m30847) HM|
|Here on January 31, 1861, President-Elect Abraham Lincoln visited his stepmother, Mrs. Sarah Bush Lincoln and her daughter Mrs. Reuben Moore (Matilda Johnston). This was his last visit to Coles County before leaving Illinois for his inauguration. . . . — — Map (db m30888) HM|
| In 1837 Thomas Lincoln erected a cabin on a tract of land situated one-half mile to the east. Here he resided until his death in 1851. Abraham Lincoln visited here frequently, and after 1841 held title to forty acres of land on which his parents . . . — — Map (db m30933) HM|
“This will certify that the foregoing plot of the town of Farmington laid by me as proprietor is correct.
Witness my hand and seal this 30th day of April 1852.”
J. J. . . . — — Map (db m30979) HM|
traveled this way as he rode
the Circuit of the
Eighth Judicial District
1847 - 1859 — — Map (db m10989) HM|
|General U. S Grant
near this spot on June 15, 1861
took command of his first
troops in the Civil War
21st Ill. Inf. — — Map (db m30903) HM|
| Side One
Abraham Lincoln’s last visit to Cole County was indeed of a personal nature. Lincoln was described as he left Springfield by Henry C. Whitney, who accompanied him part of the way on the train: “. . . . . — — Map (db m30840) HM|
|On this spot stood the Clapboard Inn, General Store, and Post Office of the early settlers, including the Lincoln family.
The survey of the Village shows thirty-seven lots. Main Street, sixty feet wide, ran immediately with the State Road and . . . — — Map (db m10991) HM|
|1861 - 1865
In Grateful remembrance
Civil War Veterans
— — Map (db m30880) WM|
|Gristmill Stone Recovered from the
Little Embarras River South of Oakland
about 1936. Donated to the City of Oakland
by the Curtis Family in memory of Walter A. and
Georgia (Swinford) Curtis.
Mill was in use about 1850. — — Map (db m30885) HM|
| This was the home of Dr. Hiram Rutherford, who was involved in 1847 in a case in which Abraham Lincoln represented a slaveholder. Rutherford and Gideon Ashmore harbored a family of slaves who had sought their help. The slaves belonged to Robert . . . — — Map (db m30877) HM|
| Front Section
Lucy M. Reeds Red Cross Nurse Overseas
George L. Adams • Samuel Adams • Floyd Annin • Harry Annin • Archie Ashmore • Frank Ashmore • Logan W. Blevins, Sergt. • Frank . . . — — Map (db m30995) WM|
| Top Section
Dr. Hiram Rutherford was a key person involved in Abraham Lincoln’s famous slave case, the only instance in his career where Lincoln represented the rights of a slave owner. Robert Matson brought slaves from Kentucky to work his . . . — — Map (db m30867) HM|