Famous Illinoisians with Civil War Ties
A request for information about John A. Logan, an Illinois Civil War General
& Statesman, prompted a discussion of Illinoisians who are widely-associated
with the American Civil War. We were surprised at the number we could name in
just a few minutes. The idea of this page is to disseminate information about
those famous Illinoisians.
Bickerdyke, "Mother" Mary Ann Ball
- 1817-1901. Born in Knox County, Ohio. At beginning of the Civil War, she lived in
Galesburg, Illinois. She moved to Cairo, Illinois to treat wounded soldiers.
After the war, she was instrumental in obtaining pensions for veterans
and for other Civil War nurses. A monument in her honor stands at her burial
site in Galesburg, Knox County, Illinois.
- Black, Greene, Vardiman
- Father of Modern Dentistry. Served in Company D of the 129th Illinois Infantry. More Details.
- Douglas, Stephen A.
Lawyer - Orator - Political Leader. Famous for debates during 1858 US Senate
Campaign against Abraham Lincoln. Supported Popular Sovereignty (Right of
residents of a state to vote for or against slavery within the bounds of the
- Grant, Ulysses S.
Union General during Civil War. Became 18th US President.
- Grierson, Benjamin H.
- General. Commanded Illinois Cavalry.
- Hay, John
Raised in Warsaw, Illinois. Private secretary
to President Abraham Lincoln. Secretary of State under Presidents McKinley
and Roosevelt. Poet, Novelist, Biographer of Lincoln. [Suggested by Norm Winick]
- Haynie, Isham N.
- Mexican and Civil War soldier - Lawyer - Judge - Legislator. Major General.
- Lawler, Michael Kelly
- Mexican and Civil War soldier. Brigadier General from southern Illinois.
- Lincoln, Abraham
After all my car license plate says Illinois is
the "Land of Lincoln" He was born in Kentucky, but became an adult in
Illinois. He was the 16th President of the United States during the Civil War.
Some Lincoln Web Sites: Abraham Lincoln Online,
- Logan, John A.
A statesman and
became a general during the Civil War.
- McClernand, John A.
Brigadier General promoted to Major General. He resigned in November 1864.
Photo of John A. McClernand from
- Oglesby, Richard J.
Colonel and Major General. Governor of Illinois and US Senator following the Civil War.
- Schofield, John McAllister
- graduate of West Point Military Academy. Brigadier General
- Wilson, Robert L.
- Lawyer and statesman in Illinois. A member of the "Long Nine". One of
Cassius Clay's "Clay Guards" who protected Washington, D.C. immediately after the
incident at Fort Sumter. Paymaster for the US Army.
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