County ties to Civil War sequicentennial
One hundred and fifty years ago, about 2,000 DeKalb County residents enlisted in the Union Army were engaged in important battles of the Civil War.
“The county had been drained of its able-bodied men,” said Rob Glover, volunteer archivist at the Sycamore History Museum. “So many people had volunteered that they didn’t need to have a draft here until July of 1864.”
Many area families had difficulty harvesting their crops because so many men had gone off to war. Jim Lyon of Sycamore, a member of the Sons of Union Veterans, said that Illinois had the fourth-highest number of soldiers who fought for the Union.
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