150th Anniversary of Gen. Sherman's 4th of July Speech in Illinois

On July 4, 1866, General William Tecumseh Sherman joined Illinois Governor Richard J. Oglesby, General John A. Logan, and others in Hulls Grove (now William Jennings Bryan Memorial Park) for a grand celebration of America's Independence. In his speech, Gen. Sherman defended his military strategy in his capture of Atlanta and the subsequent "March to the Sea."

On Monday, July 4, 2016, 150 years to the day later, the City of Salem with the help and organization of local organizations and volunteers, sponsored a re-enactment of the speech with General Sherman portrayed by Kaskaskia College English professor Clint Stevens. Here are some of hte photos of the day's activities.

Rep. Cavaletto firing a cannon used at the Battle of Shilo. Photo provided by Bruce Kropp of WJBD Radio.
KC English professor Clint Stevens with Rep. Cavaletto
Danny Tolka - Civil War Reenactors of Marion Co.

Luke Purcell welcomes the visitors as Mayor Rex Barbee prepares to open the ceremonies.

Reenator soldiers mix and mingle with attendees.

Independent Order of Odd Fellows serve "Smoked Meats & Cabbage" and "Melon Slices."

Michael Mullen prepares the audience with some history to introduce "General Sherman."

Civil War Reenactors of Marion County set up camp in Bryan Memorial Park with military artifacts.
Dr. Mark Murfin displays his collection of portraits/art of Gen. Sherman, Lincoln and other historical people.

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