This is the fourth in a 12-part series, "Illinois and the Civil War." The series is sponsored by the Civil War Roundtables of Springfield and Macoupin County, and is an officially endorsed event of the Illinois Bicentennial.
Dr. Samuel Wheeler, Illinoisan State Historian, will offer an overview of the role played by the state of Illinois in recruiting its citizens for enlistment to fight in the Civil War and the contributions of those soldiers toward winning it. He will then trace the sentiments that followed after the sudden assassination of Springfield's Lincoln soon after Appomattox, the years of Grand Army of the Republic gatherings, the continued racial sentiments of parts of Illinois and more as he brings us to the point at which Illinois stands more than 150 years since the war between the states ended.
Dr. Samuel Wheeler is the tenth State Historian in Illinois History. He specializes in the history of the Prairie State, the Civil War Era, and the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. He has devoted much of his professional career to the field of Public History assisting museums, historic sites, historical societies, documentary editing projects, libraries, and archives execute their missions effectively and efficiently. As the Illinois State Historian, Dr. Wheeler serves as the Director of Research, Collections, and Library Services at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, is the historian of record for the state's 56 historic sites, and is a member of the state's Bicentennial Commission.