History lecture on Civil War casualties and prisons

SYCAMORE – The Fourth of July is when we celebrate our country’s independence. In the 1860s, however, it did not look like the whole country would celebrate independence on the same date for long.

On Thursday, July 3, the Sycamore History Museum will host Dennis Maher for a Brown Bag Lunch talk, “Civil War Casualties and Prisons.”

Maher, a social studies teacher at Hampshire High School, is very knowledgeable about the Civil War. He not only teaches, he collects Civil War materials and is an active member of the Sons of Union Veterans.

“We are looking forward to Dennis’ talk about the Civil War. His knowledge will help put the experiences of the Illinois 13th and 105th, which both included men from Sycamore, into a larger historical context,” explained Michelle Donahoe, executive director of the Sycamore History Museum.

The museum’s exhibit, “General Dutton’s America,” features the story of Gen. Everell Dutton’s life from 1839 to 1900. Programs through the year will expand upon topics introduced in the exhibit. 

Brown Bag lunches are held at noon on the first Thursday of the month. They are free and open to the public. Coffee and cookies are provided; donations are welcome. The July Brown Bag lunch will be held at the Sycamore History Museum, 1730 N. Main St. in Sycamore. For more information, call 815-895-5762 or visit

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