Charleston, Illinois: 1864 Riot Mural

A downtown mural depicts the March 28, 1864 gunfight and riot between Copperheads (Confederate sympathizers) and Union troops. Nine killed, 12 wounded. Lincoln eventually pardoned the offending Copperheads.
Address:
520 Jackson Ave., Charleston, IL
Directions:
6th street and Jackson Ave.
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1864 Riot Mural

Street parking is pretty easy. There are a couple of civil war monuments and Lincoln historical markers kitty corner to the mural.

[Joannah Soderborg, 08/16/2017]

The mural is based on a March 28, 1864, Civil War riot in Charleston between Union soldiers and "Copperheads," who opposed the war. Nine men were killed, 12 injured. The man screaming in the foreground of the mural is a Copperhead, identified by the tiny copper pin on his shirt collar.

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