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2nd Brigade 6th Division Illinois State Militia

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2nd Brigade 6th Division Illinois State Militia

Upon the election of Abraham Lincoln in November of 1860 the hopes and fears of a young nation were starting to be realized. Across the North and the South in cities and towns preparations were being made for the anticipated unplesantries that may occur and when the news was received about the traitorous actions in South Carolina, the military spirit became freshly aroused across the country. Old Militia companies revived, and new ones were forming rapidly. During the first week of February, a meeting of the citizens and the authorities of Chicago was held for the purpose of obtaining arms from the state, and making preparations for the Highland Guards to be made ready for active service, if required.

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