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McHistory: Civil War Letter Home After Battle

And now, one of GLT's recurring features during Sound Ideas using letters, articles, and diaries from McLean County citizens written in times gone by. Today's McHistory is about the Civil War Battle of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, which took place December 7th, 1862.

Hear the audio here

G.W. Howser died about a year and a half after writing the letter, on July 29th 1864 when the regiment was in Brownsville, Texas. Contributors to this episode of "McHistory' include Museum Archivist Bill Kemp and Director Greg Koos and was produced by GLT's Charlie Schlenker.

"McHistory" is a co-production of WGLT and the McLean County Museum of History.

Torii Moré

Torii Moré

Curator of Digital Humanities


Paul Garling2/13/14 6:24pm

Where Comlara Park is was there a battle there during the Cival War? And if so what was the name of the battle

Bill Kemp, McLean County Museum of History librarian2/19/14 3:46pm

In response to the comment about COMLARA Park, the Museum can answer with certainty that there was never a Civil War battle at that location, let alone anywhere else in McLean and / or Woodford counties. If you have further questions, do not hesitate to contact me via email or by phone at 309-827-0428. Although there were no battles in McLean County, there were plenty of men who participated in the war. Our Museum has plenty to look at and read with regards to the Civil War. Come and visit!