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The Sangamo FrontierHistory and Archaeology in the Shadow of Lincoln$
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Robert Mazrim

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226514246

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226514239.001.0001

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Lincoln's New Salem

Lincoln's New Salem

History and Archaeology

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(p.275) Chapter Fifteen Lincoln's New Salem
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The Sangamo Frontier
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226514239.003.0016

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

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