PEORIA, Ill. — A team of history enthusiasts in central Illinois is hunting for a Civil War memorial that went missing more than half a century ago.

Peoria’s Civil War monument was taken down during a construction project, but it was never returned, the Journal Star reported .

Local historian Norman Kelly, a group member who has written about the disappearance, said he believes the monument “wasn’t lost, it was thrown away.”

The group in search of the Peoria’s Civil War monument also includes former Peoria City Councilman Bruce Brown and retired Caterpillar Inc. employee and amateur historian Bob Hoffer.

The group recently found a few pieces that could be from the monument during a recent day’s search near the playground at Detweiller Marina. But the whereabouts of a substantial portion of the monument are still unknown.

Kelly and Brown hope that the ornamental eagle that capped the monument can be found.

“It’s not that somebody purloined a piece of a Civil War monument for something else,” Brown said. “It’s that they don’t know what they are.”

The monument was dedicated in front of an audience of more than 30,000 just 18 months after the peace at Appomattox.

Another search is planned for the fall.

The group has made their efforts public in the hopes of finding more people who may know where some the monument’s pieces are.

“I’m confident that, for example, if the eagle that topped it off is on any kind of display in the area, we’ll find it in a couple months from people looking,” Brown said.


Information from: Journal Star, http://pjstar.com

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