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Lincoln's New Salem

in The Sangamo Frontier

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780226514246
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226514239 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226514239.003.0016
Lincoln's New Salem

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The town of New Salem was platted in 1829. Reverend John Camron and his uncle James Rutledge built a mill on the Sangamon in early 1829, and had the town surveyed that fall. Both men built homes in the new town, and Rutledge's would also serve as the village tavern. This was only the third town to be platted within the heart of the Sangamo Country. Like Sangamo Town, most of what has been remembered and preserved of New Salem is due to the former presence of Abraham Lincoln. New Salem was an important place in Lincoln's life. It was his first home apart from his parents, and it was here that he began piecing together a professional career. This chapter discusses archaeology at New Salem, forgotten roads and houses, excavations at area CC, area CC and New Salem's first store.

Keywords: New Salem; Abraham Lincoln; John Camron; James Rutledge; mill; Sangamo Country; archaeology; excavations; area CC

Chapter.  8079 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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