In 1907 the legislature of the State of Illinois authorized a monument in memory of the state's 889 known dead at Andersonville.
The final design was the result of a collaboration between sculptor Charles Mulligan and state architect Carbys Zimmerman. The monument features a base and pedestal of Montello granite. The monument commission described the monument as consisting of:
On December 20, 1912 the Illinois monument was dedicated in the southwest portion of Andersonville National Cemetery.
Did You Know?
The earliest commemorative service in the National Cemetery was held on Emancipation Day, January 1, 1869. Teachers and students of the Freedman's school, along with the Rev. Dr. Hamilton Pierson held memorial services and superintended the decoration of the the National Cemetery.