John J. Hardin was killed on February 23, 1847, at the battle of Buena Vista in the Mexican War. His funeral in Jacksonville attracted 15,000 mourners, one of the largest gatherings in Illinois before the Civil War. Speaking at the loss of Hardin, Lincoln stated, we sent Marshall, Morrison, Baker and Hardin; they all fought but one fell; and in the fall of that one, we lost the best Whig man."
John J. Hardin and Mary Todd Lincoln were cousins and friends. Abraham Lincoln became engaged to Mary Todd in 1840, but they decided to call off their engagement on New Year's Day 1841. Abraham and Mary both accepted invitations to a wedding in Jacksonville in late September 1842, without knowing that the other one would be present. John and Sarah Hardin used this wedding as an occasion to become matchmakers. After the ceremony, they gave Mary and Abraham separate invitations to their house on East State Street. Both Abraham and Mary came to the Hardin home without realizing that they would see each other. They talked with one another, reconciled their differences and on November 4, 1842, Abraham and Mary wed.
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|Series||This marker is part of the Illinois: Looking for Lincoln series|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 4:03am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||15S E 738155 N 4401961|
|Decimal Degrees||39.73430000, -90.22091667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 44.058', W 90° 13.255'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 44' 3.48" N, 90° 13' 15.30" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 501 E State St, Jacksonville IL 62650, US|
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