South and West sides of the Jacksonville Public Square from an 1861 lithograph by H. G. Haerting printed in St. Louis. These sections of the square were closest to the Morgan County Court House, which was then located in the interior of the park, at the southwest corner of the square. It was in this Court House building that Douglas received his nickname, "The Little Giant," while living in Jacksonville, just beginning his political career.Three weeks before Mr. Lincoln's campaign appearance in Jacksonville, Douglas made an impressive stop here. At 10 A.M., Monday, September 6, he arrived by railroad, greeted at the depot by leading Democrats, bands, and semi-military companies which accompanied him to the Dunlap House Hotel on West State Street. According to the Jacksonville Sentinel, "The speaker's stand was erected on the east half of the Court House, and immediately over it, extending the entire length of the building, a canvass was stretched bearing the large letters, the inscription, 'Old Morgan for the Union and Down on Negro Equality.'" The banner exemplified the division then existing in Jacksonville. Nearly 10,000 people heard Douglas speaking about his 1834-1837 stat in Jacksonville and the "falsehoods" of Lincoln.
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|Series||This marker is part of the Illinois: Looking for Lincoln series|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 6:22pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||15S E 737445 N 4401941|
|Decimal Degrees||39.73431667, -90.22920000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 44.059', W 90° 13.752'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 44' 3.54" N, 90° 13' 45.12" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 202 N Sandy St, Jacksonville IL 62650, US|
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