Illinois Monument Closure - Wednesday, September 24, 2014
The Illinois Monument and immediate area will be closed to all visitors and tour traffic beginning at 8:00 a.m. and remain closed until contractors and lift equipment operators complete necessary measurements required for bat exclusion project work.
70th Ohio Infantry
Monument is located at the junction of Union Avenue and Grant Avenue. This unit was attached to Col. Joseph R. Cockerill's 3d Brigade, of Brig. Gen. William Sooy Smith's 1st Division, Maj. Gen. Cadwallader C. Washburn's XVI Army Corps (Detachment), and commanded by Maj. William B. Brown.
Did You Know?
President Abraham Lincoln, in speaking of Vicksburg's importance, is reputed to have stated early during the Civil War, "See what a lot of land these fellows hold, of which Vicksburg is the key, the war can never be brought to a close until that key is in our pocket."