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The 92nd Illinois Infantry formed
in Stephenson, Ogle and Carroll counties in the fall of 1862, after
President Abraham Lincoln had announced his plans for emancipation
but before the proclamation was formally issued. That created a
murky situation for soldiers who encountered slaves trying to escape
from states like Kentucky, which never seceded.
The regiment's leader, Col. Smith D. Atkins, ultimately decided
his men would not return escaped slaves to their owners. When locals
tried to seize former slaves who were traveling with the regiment,
Atkins ordered his men to fight back if attacked.
"It is not necessary for Illinois soldiers to become
slave-hounds," Atkins declared.
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The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency operates all state-owned
historic sites and memorials, as well as the Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Library and Museum. On the agency's list of Civil
War-related sites are the Ulysses S. Grant Home and the Elihu
Washburne House in Galena; the Stephen A. Douglas Tomb in Chicago;
the David Davis Mansion in Bloomington; the Metamora Courthouse; and
the Old State Capitol, Lincoln Tomb, and Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield. For more
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