“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 Charleston, 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 (45) Clark County, IL (31) Cumberland County, IL (12) Douglas County, IL (5) Edgar County, IL (18) Moultrie County, IL (5) Shelby County, IL (18)  ColesCounty(45) Coles County (45)  ClarkCounty(31) Clark County (31)  CumberlandCounty(12) Cumberland County (12)  DouglasCounty(5) Douglas County (5)  EdgarCounty(18) Edgar County (18)  MoultrieCounty(5) Moultrie County (5)  ShelbyCounty(18) Shelby County (18)
Charleston is the county seat for Coles County
Charleston is in Coles County
      Coles County (45)  
      Clark County (31)  
      Cumberland County (12)  
      Douglas County (5)  
      Edgar County (18)  
      Moultrie County (5)  
      Shelby County (18)  
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1 Illinois, 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
2 Illinois, Coles County, Charleston — Coles County Courthouse
On December 25, 1830, the Illinois General Assembly created Coles County. At this time, Charleston became the county seat and was just a hamlet called "Coles Courthouse." In 1831, a log-cabin courthouse was constructed. About four years later, a . . . Map (db m188293) HM
3 Illinois, 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
4 Illinois, 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
5 Illinois, Coles County, Charleston — The Charleston Riot
On March 28, 1864, a gunfight erupted here between Union soldiers and Civil War opponents known as "copperheads." In eastern Illinois the Republicans were uniformly pro-Union, but many Democrats were pro-Southern. Disturbances had occurred . . . Map (db m188295) HM
6 Illinois, Coles County, Charleston — The Lincoln-Douglas Debate at Charleston
On September 18, 1858, Springfield attorney and former U.S. Congressman Abraham Lincoln debated U.S. Senator Stephen A. Douglas at the Coles County Fairgrounds during the senatorial campaign of that year. The Charleston debate was the fourth of . . . Map (db m184632) HM
7 Illinois, 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
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Feb. 26, 2024