QUINCY – A new information marker and a tour of the Woodland Cemetery will highlight the Quincyan Edward Prince Civil War service.
The dedication of the marker will take place in the middle of the afternoon on Saturday, October 9, after the end of the Symposium on Civil War III, with the visit of the cemetery that evening.
Prince was the second in command of General Benjamin Grierson, who led what would come to be known as the Grierson Raid across the Mississippi in 1863.
Prince’s Grave Marker in Woodland “highlights not only the history of the Civil War, but its history in Quincy.” He was one of the actors who helped shape Quincy after the Civil War, âsaid Dr. Tim Jacobs, commander of the Tri States Civil War Round Table.
The Round Table and the Quincy and Adams County Historical Society are sponsoring the Marker Dedication Program to find and highlight the graves of area residents who played a significant role in the Civil War effort.
âThere are a lot of Civil War people buried in Woodland, but looking at the stones you don’t know the story,â said Beth Young, an organizer of the marker dedication. âSome stories are really, really interesting. This Prince Edward is just one.
According to an October 2016 “Once Upon a Time” column provided by the Historical Society, Prince was born in New York City in 1832 and his family moved to Payson in the fall of 1835. Prince graduated from Illinois College in 1852 , and that fall he came to Quincy and read the law in Archibald Williams’ office. He was called to the bar in 1853, first associated with Abraham Jonas and later with General James W. Singleton.
Prince was appointed lieutenant-colonel of the 7th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry on September 8, 1861 and promoted to colonel of the regiment on June 1, 1862, depending on the column, and Prince quickly developed an aptitude for cavalry tactics and maneuvers.
Prince has a “fairly significant burial place” and a military stone, but the new marker “will be telling the story,” said Historical Society executive director Rob Mellon. âDecades from now people will be able to browse and see Edward Prince’s story and it is because of this program. Our mission is to educate people.
Since 2016, the project has highlighted the service of William A. Richardson, William Dallas and his wife Virginia Winn Dallas Trevan, Martin Hawkins, General James Morgan and Louise Maertz. The TriStates Civil War Roundtable previously added an informational marker for Dr. Samuel Everett, a Quincy native who was the first Union medic to be killed in action during the Civil War.
Private and commercial donations support the marker program, with additional help provided by Harrison Monuments and American Legion Post 37.
The visit to Woodland Cemetery is part of the annual program sponsored each October by the Historical Society.
A tour of the Underground Railroad will be offered on October 2 and 16. A Civil War-themed tour, featuring Prince, will be offered on October 9 and 31, and a Quincy Golden Age tour will be available on October 23 and 30. .
Tickets are $ 15 for tours offered at 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. each evening.
Reservations and more information are available by calling the Historical Society at 217-222-1835.