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The McLean County Regiment: A History

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The McLean County Regiment: A History

Author and historian William Iseminger presents his newest book, From McLean to Mobile: A History of the 94th Illinois Infantry Regiment Volunteers, 1862-1865, The McLean Regiment. Attend this program in person in the Museum’s second floor courtroom and or watch it live-streamed through the Museum’s YouTube channel at McLean County Museum of History - YouTube.

Iseminger’s book follows the McLean County Regiment from their August 1862 commissioning in Bloomington, Illinois, through their three years of service in the Union Army. They mustered out of service in Galveston, Texas, in 1865. They fought in several battles - most notably the siege of Vicksburg.

Two of the author's great-grandfathers served in the Regiment. Using diaries, letters, and oral histories, Iseminger has written a day-by-day account of the regiment’s journey, including battles, travels, health, and weather, plus thoughts and observations along the way from the regiment's members. 

This book is a personalized history of the Regiment, from the soldiers' own views and mostly in their own words. It offers 100+ full-color and black-and-white illustrations, photos, and maps, and includes a roster of the Regiment's soldiers.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase the night of the program for $35 plus tax, and a book signing will immediately follow the program. Books may be available for purchase in advance of the program. For more information, please contact or 309.827.0428.

This program is presented in partnership with the McLean County Genealogical Society and the McLean County Museum of History.


About the author

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 has participated in excavations in South Dakota and several locations in Illinois.