Macon County History Museum to host Civil War program

DECATUR – The Macon County History Museum will host a special program entitled “How Railroads Cost the Confederacy the Civil War” on Saturday, December 3 at 1:30 p.m.

Guest speaker at the event is Don Chamberlain.

A flag carried by the 116th Illinois during the Civil War, composed primarily of Macon County residents, was donated to the Macon County Historical Museum.

According to Macon County History Museum executive director Nathan Pierce, the speakers will focus on the influence of US railroads on combat tactics and strategy during the war.

“Problems with railroad size, railroad gauge, railroad management and railroad location, and shortages of railroad spares and railroad workers have all contributed to the South’s defeat,” Pierce said in a media release.

The museum is located at 5580 North Fork Road in Decatur.

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