2015 marks the sesquicentennial of the Civil War's end and Abraham Lincoln's death. On April 9, 1865, Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered his Confederate Army to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at the village of Appomattox Court House in Virginia. Ahead are 14 columns by McLean County Museum of History Archivist and Librarian Bill Kemp.

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SAYBROOK - In the fall of 1862, a Union soldier, delirious with fever, stumbled into the eastern McLean County community of Saybrook. Recogniz…

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BLOOMINGTON — Felled by tuberculosis at the age of 34, William Ward Orme's life is better framed by unfulfilled promise than by accomplishment…

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BLOOMINGTON — Erected in 1869 and originally located in the center of Franklin Park, the old soldiers' monument featured the names of some 700…

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Next year, the nation begins a four-year celebration marking the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. In Central Illinois alone, thousands of me…

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