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MASCOUTAH, Ill. (AP) - One hundred and fifty years after the Mascoutah area sent 464 men to fight in the Civil War, the Mascoutah Heritage Museum has opened an exhibit honoring them and the families, friends and neighbors they left behind.
“Mascoutah in the Civil War,” will run through Nov. 16 at the museum at 306 W. Main St.
Tom Snyder, a retired Air Force historian, helped set up the exhibit, along with Kathi Bell.
Unlike some broader Civil War exhibits, this one concentrates specifically on what the local men did in the war.
They were donated to the University of Kansas and the museum was allowed to use copies of them. The letters’ details of everyday life in the military as well as battles are invaluable to historians.
Snyder said the area was 80 percent to 85 percent German in heritage and language.
“The town was strongly Republican and for Lincoln,” he said.
When Lincoln issued a call for volunteers, locals rallied in response and before long were at Camp Yates in Springfield and then guarding Cairo with little equipment.
The local ladies sewed a battle flag for their new company. The exhibit has a replica of that flag.
The town and the farms around it organized five separate companies for the Union.
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