General John A. Logan museum raises funds for Civil War plaque | Community Spirit
MURPHYSBORO, IL (KFVS) - The General John A. Logan Museum in Murphysboro has found a new way to raise funds and awareness on Facebook.
The 1,665 strong members of the “Murphy” page on Facebook is being asked to contribute $2 each to raise funds for a bronze historical plaque.
The total charge to place the plaque is $3,000. With each member of the page donating just $2 the project will be paid for and placed in the community.
The plaque will be entitled “Company H 27th Illinois Infantry” and will read:
“In July 1861, J. D. Wheatley of Du Quoin wrote Illinois Gov. Richard Yates that a Confederate company was drilling in Murphysboro. A Union officer sent to investigate discovered a group of men in uniforms made of red and white bed ticking drilling on the Court House square with broomstick muskets and an American flag. The “Confederate company” raised by attorney McHenry Brooks mustered into the Union Army August 28, 1861, at Camp Butler as Company H 27th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. The 27th fought in the Battles of Belmont, Island No. 10, Stones River, Chickamauga, Mission Ridge and the Atlanta Campaign.”
The museum says this plaque and several others, that already have sponsorship, will dot the county seat in several historic locations, including around the courthouse at the center of Murphysboro.
They say it will give visitors to the city a historical context to the community and citizens a point of pride.
If you would like to contribute for the plaque project please contact the General John A. Logan Museum at 618-684-3455, stop by the museum at 1613 Edith Street in Murphysboro or visit them on line at www.loganmuseum.org.
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