Eureka group works to restore Civil War monument

April 30, 2012

Associated Press

A dilapidated Civil War monument in central Illinois is getting a much needed face-lift.

The Peoria Journal Star reports that a Eureka rotary club is raising money to restore a rundown Civil War monument and uncover the stories hidden below the decay.

The names of more than two dozen Union Army soldiers from Woodford County are inscribed on the monument, which has stood in the Olio Township Cemetery for nearly 144 years. Erosion and moss have rendered many of the soldiers' names illegible.

Organizers say their $6,700 restoration effort will provide an opportunity to blast the moss off the memories and shed light on the men who served in Company A of the 86th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment.

The group is nearing its fundraising goal.