Alexander Macomb

Bicentennial of Big Battle
4:04 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

General Macomb’s Heroics

General Alexander Macomb
Credit Wikipedia

A military historian credits General Alexander Macomb with preserving the nation’s current border with Canada.

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Hero of War of 1812
8:56 am
Tue April 17, 2012

City Celebrates General Macomb

The image of General Macomb from the Chandler Park monument

(This story was written by reporter Geoff Norfleet)

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.

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.  Each vet was eligible to receive 160 acres.

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