After our summer sabbatical, our general meetings and programs start up again on Wednesday, September 18, 2013. This program is a joint presentation by DCGS and the DuPage County Historical Museum held at the Museum, 102 E. Wesley St., Wheaton, IL. Our social time starts at 6:30pm and the meeting starts at 7:00pm. Consider spending the afternoon at the museum, in the research library, viewing exhibits, or maybe book a guided tour.
Exhibits on special loan from the Illinois State Military Museum include:
36th Illinois Infantry Regiment National Colors
Infantry Regiment of the Civil War, also known as the Fox Valley Regiment was organized in Aurora in September of 1861. According to the Adjutant General’s Report, the Regiment included 965 officers and enlisted men, forty-seven being from DuPage County. Officers from Cook, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lawrence, McHenry, and Warren Counties completed the regiment.
8th Illinois Cavalry Guidon
The guidon flag was carried by the soldiers of the 8th Regiment of the Illinois Volunteer Cavalry during the Civil War. Beginning in early 1862, the 8th Illinois was stationed in Washington D.C. and attached to the Army of the Potomac, fighting in their first battle at Williamsburg. The unit also fought in a number of engagements including Mechanicsville (Seven Days Battle), Hanover Court House, Seven Pines, Brandy Station, Middleburg, Upperville, and Gettysburg.
[Excerpted from Exhibits -DuPage County Historical Museum]