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Historic site marks Lincoln’s role in 1832 war

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

ELIZABETH – A historic site in northwestern Illinois is highlighting Abraham Lincoln’s role in an 1832 conflict.

The Apple River Fort State Historic Site in Elizabeth will focus on Lincoln’s involvement in the Black Hawk War and mark the day when men of the Illinois militia were released from service.

Lincoln was part of the militia. While he didn’t participate in any battles, he had a leadership role as a militia captain and formed relationship that later helped him enter politics.

Historian Mark Johnson with the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency will speak about Lincoln on Thursday evening at the site’s interpretive center. On Saturday there will be a recreation of the ceremony that released soldiers from active duty in the militia.

The Black Hawk War of 1832 lasted three months.

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