Although Illinois sent 239 regiments and batteries into the Union Army during the Civil War, IL was represented at the Battle of Gettysburg by one infantry regiment and one complete and five companies of a cavalry regiment, 1000 soldiers. Approximately 140 became casualties.
To honor veterans everywhere stick flags will line the Path of Information on the East edge of the property known as the Bryant Cottage State Historic Site. Beginning the first week of November and displayed through November 19, 140 flags will remind us of Illinois casualties at Gettysburg as well as sacrifices made everyday by members of the United States military.
The Bryant Cottage State Historic Site is the spot where Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas agreed on the historic Lincoln-Douglas debates. It is administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency as an example of middle-class life in the 19th century.
Visit the Bryant Cottage State Historic Site Thursday-Sunday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., November – February and 9 -5 the remainder of the year.
A lantern exhibit is also on display at the Bryant Cottage State Historic Site throughout November. Please see the attached media advisory.