Historic Civil War books to be digitized


CLINTON, Ill. (WAND) - The Vespasian Warner Public Library's digital archives are growing. 

Thanks to a grant form the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation. The funding will allow the library to take three handwritten books and digitize them. 

Two of the books are muster roll books from the 20th Illinois Regiment, Company E. The book recorded the names of the men who served in the company, where they fought, who was wounded, killed or deserted. The third book is personal experiences created in 1891 by the local chapter of Grand Army of the Republic. These are first-hand accounts of the contributions DeWitt County made to preserve the Union, which do not exist elsewhere. 

The library said that three books are rare and irreplaceable. Because of that these books are not accessible to the public. However, soon they will be with the digitizing process. 

Transcription of the books has already been started and the final digitized items will be uploaded to the archive in the spring of 2019. For more information, please call 217-935-5174. For more information, visit www.ilprairiecf.org.

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