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From McLean to Mobile: A History of the “The McLean County Regiment”

The Museum, in partnership with the McLean County Genealogical Society and Bloomington Public Library, are pleased to host author and historian William Iseminger, for a presentation on his newest book, From McLean to Mobile: A History of the 94th Illinois Infantry Regiment Volunteers, 1862-1865, “The McLean Regiment” on Tuesday, November 29 at 6:30 p.m. This free, hybrid program will be held in the Museum’s second floor courtroom and live streamed through the Museum’s YouTube channel

Iseminger’s book follows “The McLean County Regiment” from their commissioning in Bloomington, Illinois, in August 1862, through their three years of service in the Union Army. They began training and skirmishing in Missouri, participated in the Battle of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, the siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi, conflicts in Louisiana, garrison duty in Brownsville, Texas, and finally the sieges and battles of Fort Morgan and Spanish Fort in Mobile Bay, Alabama. They mustered out of service in Galveston, Texas, and returned home to McLean County in August 1865.

Iseminger’s research for the book began many years ago when he transcribed the letters and diaries of two of his great-grandfathers who were in the regiment; Tubal Wile Iseminger of Heyworth and Harrison H. Clark of Randolph Station. Over the years, Iseminger located eight more diaries and 257 letters from 22 additional soldiers in the 94th, as well as two oral histories by soldiers, and other sources. Using all of these, he has written a day-by-day account of the regiment’s journey, using the diary entries to create a daily narrative of their activities, battles and encounters, travels, health, the weather, and their thoughts and observations about the people and places they saw. The narrative is enhanced by inserting the transcriptions of their letters on the days they were written, providing more details about their experiences.

William Iseminger was born in Bloomington, Illinois, and grew up in Arlington, Virginia. He majored in anthropology in college, receiving his BA from the University of Oklahoma and his MA from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He participated in excavations in South Dakota and several locations in Illinois. Bill began working in Illinois archaeology in 1967 when he began his career on a crew at Dickson Mounds. In 1971, he began a 48 ½ year career at Cahokia Mounds as an archaeologist and was instrumental in the research, planning, and implementation of the exhibits of both the on-site museum in the 70s and the Interpretive Center, which opened in 1989. He retired as Assistant Site Manager in December 2019. In addition to this publication, he is the author of numerous magazine articles, book chapters, and Cahokia Mounds: America’s First City (2010) and Identifying and Understanding Artifacts from Illinois and Neighboring States (2014).

Rather than being a detailed military history of the unit, the book is more of a personalized history of the Regiment, from their own views and mostly in their own words. The book has over 100 full-color and black-and-white illustrations, photos, and maps, and includes a roster of all the soldiers in the Regiment. Copies of the book will be available for purchase for $35.00 plus tax, and book signing will immediately follow the program. For more information, please contact education@mchistory.org or 309-827-0428.

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