Monthly Archives: December 2013

Celebrating a Pioneer Journey

By Patty Conly, Danville Historical Society A large and enthusiastic crowd enjoyed Autumn On (temporarily off) the Green, held on Sunday, October 6, despite the threatening gray skies and cool temperatures of early October. The weather, however, was not a … Continue reading

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Dec 1863–Fugitive Slave Law Schizophrenia in the North, King Cotton Implodes in the South and the Civil War is not Over

By Gary Farrow, Danville Historical Society The obligation of states to return runaway slaves was written into the Constitution; however, the issue became a bargaining chip in the great Compromise of 1850 and continued to be a lightning rod between … Continue reading

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Nov 1863–Confederate Spies Caught in a Sting, the Illinois Legislature Suspended, and the Women of Richmond Go Hungr

By Gary Farrow, Danville Historical Society Although part of the alliance of Northern states, Illinois, especially the southern portion of Lincoln’s home state, was a hotbed of rebel sentiment. Not only was it a place where plots against its sister … Continue reading

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October, 1863–Lincoln Pleads for Volunteers; Vermont Sends Blacks Back to Africa

By Gary Farrow, Danville Historical Society Danville’s son, radical abolitionist congressman Thaddeus Stevens, continued his litany of fiery rhetoric excoriating the South and the exasperated Unionist paper responded. October 3, 1863 Danville North Star Thaddeus Stevens, of Pennsylvania, recently made … Continue reading

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September 1863–New Depths of Inhumanity Attained, Southern Noose Tightens and Wiggles

By Gary Farrow, Danville Historical Society September brought news about how the Union dealt with its deserters. Two men on opposite sides, whose twisted souls were fired earlier in the cauldron that was the Kansas-Missouri Border War, led their “troops” … Continue reading

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August 1863–The North Celebrates Two Iconic Victories. Meanwhile the Draft is Running on Fumes

By Gary Farrow, Danville Historical Society Even a turn in the Union’s military fortunes could not reignite the will of men, in the likes of Danville and Cabot, to fight. Their sentiments were shared by many across the North and … Continue reading

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