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Northern Illinois Civil War


Rosehill Cemetery
5800 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago IL 60660
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   Sixteen Union generals, six drummer boys and 350 Union soldiers are buried here with a “Who’s-Who” list of Chicago residents.

St. Charles

St. Charles Heritage Center / History Museum
215 E Main St, St. Charles IL 60174
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   St. Charles was home to John Farnsworth, a founder of the Republican Party, a friend of Lincoln and a Civil War general. The town also was a hotbed of anti-slavery activity and home to a large training ground and recruitment center during the war. Exhibits in the museum display items relating to Camp Kane, Farnsworth and other Civil War material. Note: Langum Park is the site of Camp Kane.
    Museum open Tuesday–Saturday 10 am–4 pm, Sunday noon–4 pm (June–August). Closed Monday, Sunday other times. $2/adult.


U.S. Grant Home
500 Bouthillier St, Galena IL 61036
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   U.S. Grant left a modest life in Galena in 1861 to rejoin the army. He returned home in 1865 a national hero. His homecoming, Aug 18, 1865, was a grand affair highlighted by the presentation of this house from the citizens of Galena to Grant and his family. Grant left the house when he became president in 1868 and visited occasionally. The home has been restored to its 1868 appearance. Open Wednesday–Sunday 9 am–4:45 pm. $5/adult.

Rock Island

Rock Island Arsenal Museum
Rock Island Arsenal
Building 60 (North Avenue side), Rock Island IL 61299
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   Exhibits here trace the history of the arsenal, established in 1863, and show a large collection of Civil War-era small arms. The arsenal also was the site of the Rock Island Barracks prisoner-of-war camp (1863–1865). The history of the camp and its more than 12,000 prisoners is told through photographs, documents and artifacts. Open Tuesday-Saturday noon–4 pm. Free.

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