Alexander Macomb en General Macomb’s Heroics <p>A military historian credits General Alexander Macomb with preserving the nation’s current border with Canada. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:04:09 +0000 Rich Egger 55518 at General Macomb’s Heroics City Celebrates General Macomb <p><em>(This story was written by reporter Geoff Norfleet)</em><br /><br />This year marks the beginning of the War of 1812, and Western Illinois Museum curator Sue Scott says although there were no major battles in what was then known as the Illinois Territory, the area does have its connections to the War.<br /><br />For example, Western Illinois was known as the Military Tract. Millions of acres of land had been set aside to be given to the veterans of the War of 1812.&nbsp; Each vet was eligible to receive 160 acres.<br /> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 13:56:30 +0000 Rich Egger 13615 at City Celebrates General Macomb