Civil War Memorial Anniversary
By Richard H. Lee, V.P. LAHS
This year is the 10th anniversary of the dedication of the Lemont Civil War Memorial in Legion Park at the east end of Main Street opposite the train station. It will be celebrated Saturday, May 19, at 3 p.m. with music, refreshments, and speeches by General Grant from Galena, IL. It has recently been updated with new names of Lemont Township volunteers. According to Sonia Kallick’s book, Lemont had a quota of 33 men but sent 293 volunteers into battle, the second highest Township in the state.
Maybe some of the volunteers were canal workers and their citizenship was not questioned. Some families had two or more brothers who all signed up and wanted to be together as buddies. One of the first Medal of Honor recipients was John Warden, who was shot in both knees but recovered with his 55th Illinois regiment marching 3340 miles. He refused to go and accept the medal in Washington. We have souvenir DVDs of the dedication event for sale from the museum archives.