Lincoln's military legacy continues today with the Illinois National Guard State Headquarters located at Camp Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois. Named for Abraham Lincoln, Camp Lincoln was purchased in 1886 for the sum of $18,100 and was set up as a permanent facility for large-group training. The Camp Lincoln Commissary Building, or "Castle," as it is commonly known, is the oldest permanent building remaining on the grounds of Camp Lincoln. It was constructed in 1903.The most distinguished veteran of the Blackhawk War was Captain Abraham Lincoln. In 1832, the volunteer soldiers of Illinois left their homes and families to defend against Indians, see the countryside, and earn money. In June of 1860, Abraham Lincoln asserted that "not since had any success in life afforded me such satisfaction" as having served as Captain in the Blackhawk War.
In 1863, during the height of the Civil War, President Lincoln test-fired a Spencer Repeating Rifle in front of the White House, placing seven shots in a pine board. The inscription on the board reads, "7 consecutive shots made by the President of the United States with Spencer at a distance of forty yards Washington, DC August 18, 1863/" Impressed with the rifle, Lincoln authorized its manufacture for Union forces.
|Series||This marker is part of the Illinois: Looking for Lincoln series|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 7:26pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 271576 N 4411213|
|Decimal Degrees||39.82023333, -89.66885000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 49.214', W 89° 40.131'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 49' 12.84" N, 89° 40' 7.86" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1555-1599 N MacArthur Blvd, Springfield IL 62702, US|
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