Send a soldier a Civil War postcard this holiday season

Staff Writer
Chillicothe Times-Bulletin

Postcards showing Illinois Civil War soldiers can be sent to the state’s current fighting men and women courtesy of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.

Starting on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, and continuing through Dec. 7, the ALPLM’s “Boys in Blue” postcards will be available at both the Library and Museum reception desks. There, for a $1 suggested minimum donation, visitors may obtain a postcard and write a general holiday greeting for an Illinois soldier.  The postcards will be collected and mailed to three Illinois units serving in Afghanistan – the 1-14th Agribusiness Development Team, 1644th Transportation Company, and the 661 Engineer Co. Postcards will not be addressed to specific soldiers.

The postcard promotion complements the Presidential Library’s “Letters to Soldiers” holiday tree that will showcase the beautifully crafted and emotional letters written to and from Illinois soldiers during the Civil War.  

The “Boys in Blue” postcards were produced from images in the ALPLM’s collections and are part of the exhibit of the same name in the Presidential Library. The exhibit features the faces, letters, sketches and songs of the men who fought in Illinois regiments during the Civil War. Original materials from the Presidential Library’s vast Civil War collections cover select members from Illinois units and include original albumen prints, lithographs, tintypes, cabinet cards, and cartes-de-visite. Original letters, sheet music, artifacts (including a cannon), diaries and sketches created by the soldiers themselves are also displayed. The exhibits present an individual, human side to the conflict that forever changed the course of United States history.

For more information about the ALPLM, “Boys in Blue” or the postcard promotion, visit www.presidentlincoln.org.