Lincoln’s Daughters of Mercy

During the Civil War the number of men lost by disease was appalling, but it would have been even larger had it not been for the women whose work is described in Lincoln’s Daughters of Mercy by Marjorie Barstow Greenbie. These were the women who, first organizing...

State Bank of Illinois at Shawneetown

The first bank in the Territory of Illinois was established at Shawneetown, of Gallatin County, Illinois the act authorizing its establishment having been approved December 28, 1816. It was named the Bank of Illinois; its capital was not to exceed $300,000, one-third...

The 1849 Cholera Epidemic in Illinois

The first record of cholera in the United States is believed to have begun in the summer of 1832, making it’s appearance first in the town of Plattsburg, New York. It would last this first time through 1834, a total of 3 years. The second infestation would last...

Illinois History

Register of membership of the General Society of the War of 1812 by IlGenWeb SC | Sep 16, 2016 | History Project | 0 CommentsThe Constitution and register of membership of the General Society of the War of 1812 https://archive.org/details/constitutionreg1908soci June...

Black Hawk and the Black Hawk War

Black Hawk (1767-1838). The American Indian chief of the Sauk tribe, Black Hawk was the leader of the last war against white settlers in the Northwest Territory. He had a band of about 1,000 followers, many of whom were women, old men, and children. Black Hawk was...

Points of Interest

State Historic Sites Bishop Hill Black Hawk Bryant Cottage Cahokia Courthouse Cahokia Mounds Carl Sandburg Birthplace Dana-Thomas House David Davis Mansion Douglas Tomb Fort de Chartres Fort Kaskaskia Jubilee College Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices Lincoln Log Cabin...

About Illinois

Illinois is composed of about 60% prairie, 30% hills with prairie, and 10% hills. The prairies cover central, northeastern, eastern, and south central Illinois; hills with prairie are found in northwestern, western, and southern Illinois; hills characterize the...

Illinois Photos

The following photos have been donated to the Illinois History Project. State Capitol—Springfield Amish Neighbors Chicago Highrises Beautiful Galena – U. S. Grant Home Illinois-Michigan Canal Lincoln’s Springfield Home Lincoln’s Parents’ Last...

Illinois History Links

The following links may take you to offsite locations. General: “Illinois in 1818” Illinois Newspaper Project Illinois Fact Sheet Illinois’ State Symbols – song, flag, seal, slogan, etc. Lyrics of State Song At Home in the Heartland –...