Gettysburg soldiers honored with memorial


Bement (AP) -- A central Illinois historic site is honoring Illinois soldiers who fought in the battle of Gettysburg.


The Bryant Cottage State Historic Site in Bement will display 140 small flags throughout much of the month of November to mark the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.


About 140 soldiers from Illinois were dead, wounded or missing after the historic battle.


The state's Historic Preservation Agency notes that an Illinois cavalry unit was one of the first involved in combat in Gettysburg and a general from the state was among the last to die.


The tribute is part of the Preservation Agency's commemoration of the Gettysburg Address. The commemoration also includes events at the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the Old State Capitol and the Lincoln Log Cabin.

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