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Boys In Blue III

Boys in Blue III: When Will this Cruel War be Over? is the third installment of a four part exhibit about the Illinois soldiers who served in the Civil War.   1863 was an exceptionally eventful year as this exhibit highlights.  The Emancipation Proclamation and the Battle of Vicksburg are just two of those major events.  You can read the soldiers’ responses, some very negative and others very supportive, of President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. You will meet the soldiers that served in the Battle of Vicksburg through their photographs and letters home.  You will learn about the suffering endured by these men, not only in battle, but also the prison camps where so many were incarcerated. 

Many who valiantly served were immigrants who had come to Illinois only a few years before the war started.  These men from Ireland, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, Prussia, England and Canada willingly took up arms to defend their new homeland.  You will be introduced to them here. 

Lastly, you will meet one of Illinois’ most famous Boys in Blue: General Ulysses S. Grant, through newspaper articles, photographs and orders.

The exhibit is free and open to the public from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday and weekends through December 2013.