November 15, 2022 – 6:30 p.m., Tuesday
The McLean County Genealogy Society General Meeting and Election of Officers
Meeting ID: 837 5020 9521
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Bill Iseminger, 6:30p.m. November 29, 2022
Live at the Musuem and live streamed via the History Museum YouTube Channel.
“From McLean to Mobile” The story of the 94th Illinois Infantry from McLean County
Annoucement at the McLean County Muesem of History webpage is here: LINK
Join us for this presentation jointly sponsored by The McLean County Museum of History, the Bloomington Public Library, and The McLean County Genealogical Society.
William Iseminger has written a book available at the presentation and Amazon, From McLean to Mobile: A History of the 94th Illinois Infantry Regiment Volunteers, 1862-1865, “The McLean Regiment.” .
His research for the book began many years ago when he transcribed the letters and diaries of two of his great-grandfathers who were in the Regiment, Tubal Wile Iseminger of Heyworth and Harrison H. Clark of Randolph Station. Over the years, he located 8 more diaries and 257 letters from 22 additional soldiers in the 94th, as well as 2 oral histories by soldiers, and other sources.
This link will take you to the Museum YouTube Channel. Once the presentation begins, you should be able to select the live broadcast: https://www.youtube.com/user/mchistorymuseum
From McLean to Mobile: “The McLean County Regiment”
The Museum, in partnership with the McLean County Genealogical Society and Bloomington
Public Library, are pleased to host author and historian William Iseminger, for a presentation on
his newest book, From McLean to Mobile: A History of the 94 th Illinois Infantry Regiment
Volunteers, 1862-1865, “The McLean Regiment” on Tuesday, November 29 at 6:30 p.m. This
free, hybrid program will be held in the Museum’s second floor courtroom and live streamed
through the Museum’s YouTube channel.
Iseminger’s book follows “The McLean County Regiment” from their commissioning in
Bloomington, Illinois, in August 1862, through their three years of service in the Union Army.
They began training and skirmishing in Missouri, participated in the Battle of Prairie Grove,
Arkansas, the siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi, conflicts in Louisiana, garrison duty in
Brownsville, Texas, and finally the sieges and battles of Fort Morgan and Spanish Fort in Mobile
Bay, Alabama. They mustered out of service in Galveston, Texas, and returned home to McLean
County in August 1865.
Iseminger’s research for the book began many years ago when he transcribed the letters and
diaries of two of his great-grandfathers who were in the regiment; Tubal Wile Iseminger of
Heyworth and Harrison H. Clark of Randolph Station. Over the years, Iseminger located eight
more diaries and 257 letters from 22 additional soldiers in the 94 th , as well as two oral histories
by soldiers, and other sources. Using all of these, he has written a day-by-day account of the
regiment’s journey, using the diary entries to create a daily narrative of their activities, battles
and encounters, travels, health, the weather, and their thoughts and observations about the people
and places they saw. The narrative is enhanced by inserting the transcriptions of their letters on
the days they were written, providing more details about their experiences.
William 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 participated in excavations in South
Dakota and several locations in Illinois. Bill began working in Illinois archaeology in 1967 when
he began his career on a crew at Dickson Mounds. In 1971, he began a 48 ½ year career at
Cahokia Mounds as an archaeologist and was instrumental in the research, planning, and
implementation of the exhibits of both the on-site museum in the 70s and the Interpretive Center,
which opened in 1989. He retired as Assistant Site Manager in December 2019. In addition to
this publication, he is the author of numerous magazine articles, book chapters, and Cahokia
Mounds: America’s First City (2010) and Identifying and Understanding Artifacts from Illinois
and Neighboring States (2014).
Rather than being a detailed military history of the unit, the book is more of a personalized
history of the Regiment, from their own views and mostly in their own words. The book has over
100 full-color and black-and-white illustrations, photos, and maps, and includes a roster of all the
soldiers in the Regiment. Copies of the book will be available for purchase for $35.00 plus tax,
and book signing will immediately follow the program. For more information, please contact
email@example.com or 309-827-0428.