This image is one of Richard J. Oglesby as Colonel for the Eighth Illinois Infantry. As Colonel, Oglesby was unlike many political appointees that President Lincoln commissioned during the War because Oglesby was an effective leader of his troops. He saw much combat, being critically wounded in the Battle of Corinth. When informed of Oglesby's reported death, President Lincoln became visibly upset, thinking his friend had been killed. Oglesby ultimately recovered from his wounds but carried pieces of the bullet in his body for the rest of his life.The two photographs show the homes that Richard Oglesby owned while living in Decatur. The first was built in the 1850's, and it was here that Abraham Lincoln would visit Oglesby in Decatur. In this home Oblesby hid the two Lincoln and Hanks fence rails the night before the 1860 State Republican Convention. The second mansion is the one still in existence. Governor Oglesby had the Mansion built around 1875, based partially on plans of the Chicago architect William LeBaron Jenny. The Mansion's history included a visit by Civil War General and former President Ulysses S. Grant in 1880. From a veranda he spoke to a crowd during a veterans' reunion. The photo (right) shows the 1st mansion attached to the 2nd. Oglesby sold it all in 1882, moving to Lincoln, Illinois.
|Series||This marker is part of the Illinois: Looking for Lincoln series|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 11:26pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 332236 N 4412217|
|Decimal Degrees||39.84341667, -88.96083333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 50.605', W 88° 57.65'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 50' 36.30" N, 88° 57' 39.00" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 401-461 W William St, Decatur IL 62522, US|
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