“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Coles County, Illinois

Clickable Map of Coles County, Illinois and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Coles County, IL (17) Clark County, IL (14) Cumberland County, IL (6) Douglas County, IL (2) Edgar County, IL (11) Moultrie County, IL (5) Shelby County, IL (13)  ColesCounty(17) Coles County (17)  ClarkCounty(14) Clark County (14)  CumberlandCounty(6) Cumberland County (6)  DouglasCounty(2) Douglas County (2)  EdgarCounty(11) Edgar County (11)  MoultrieCounty(5) Moultrie County (5)  ShelbyCounty(13) Shelby County (13)
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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1Illinois (Coles County), Charleston — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial DistrictCharleston, Illinois — County-Seat Marker —
Abraham Lincoln traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District···1847-1857Map (db m10938) HM
2Illinois (Coles County), Charleston — Coles County War Memorial
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
3Illinois (Coles County), Charleston — Rally After the Debate / Lincoln in Coles CountyLooking for Lincoln
Side One Top Section 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
4Illinois (Coles County), Charleston — Tribute of Coles County in Honor of Her Sons Who Fought for the Union
(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
5Illinois (Coles County), Lerna — Lincoln's Care for His FamilyLooking for Lincoln
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
6Illinois (Coles County), Lerna — Moore House
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
7Illinois (Coles County), Lerna — The Last Lincoln Farm
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
8Illinois (Coles County), Lerna — The Reuben Moore Home
Left Panel: “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
9Illinois (Coles County), Mattoon — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial DistrictShelby / Coles Counties — County Line Marker —
Abraham Lincoln traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District 1847 - 1859Map (db m10989) HM
10Illinois (Coles County), Mattoon — General U. S Grant took Command
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
11Illinois (Coles County), Mattoon — Lincoln's Last Visit / The Debaters in MattoonLooking for Lincoln
Side One Top Section 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
12Illinois (Coles County), Mattoon — Site of The Village of RichmondFounded August 27, 1836
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
13Illinois (Coles County), Oakland — Civil War Memorial
1861 - 1865 In Grateful remembrance of the Civil War Veterans Map (db m30880) WM
14Illinois (Coles County), Oakland — Gristmill Stone Recovered from the Little Embarras River
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
15Illinois (Coles County), Oakland — Home of Dr. Hiram Rutherford
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
16Illinois (Coles County), Oakland — Oakland, Illinois Community W. W. I War Memorial
Front Section Lucy M. Reeds Red Cross Nurse Overseas Soldiers Overseas Column One George L. Adams • Samuel Adams • Floyd Annin • Harry Annin • Archie Ashmore • Frank Ashmore • Logan W. Blevins, Sergt. • Frank . . . Map (db m30995) WM
17Illinois (Coles County), Oakland — The Matson Slave TrialLooking for Lincoln
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
May. 13, 2021