The national crisis surrounding the Civil War dominated life in Allen County and the city of Fort Wayne during the decade of the 1860s. During the war, 4,103 Allen County men marched off to fight; 489 did not return. At the same time, the home front saw its own battles—battles over politics, urban growth, social reforms, issues of race and class, and economic change, all driven in new directions by the war. And perhaps most pressing was the question of the public’s responsibility for those most directly affected by the war—the families left behind to support themselves, the widows, the orphans, and the returning soldiers injured in body or mind. This talk will explore what life was like for the people of Fort Wayne and Allen County during this decade of crisis and change.
Jane Gastineau is Lincoln Librarian at the Allen County Public Library. She works exclusively with the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection there—all Abe, all the time. She was the collections manager at the Lincoln Museum before moving to the library with the collection in July 2009.
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This program received funding from a Humanities Initiative Grant