Major General Benjamin H. Grierson's Family Home
852 East State Street
Jacksonville, IL 62650
The Grierson Home is part of the Looking For Lincoln audio tour. lincolninjacksonville.com There is a plaque with information about the home and history on display, but it is a private residence and is NOT available for public tours.
Civil War hero General Benjamin Grierson once called this large brick house home. In the mid-1850s, while living in Meredosia, Grierson joined the new Republican Party and became friends with one of its leaders, Abraham Lincoln. In 1860, Grierson, an accomplished musician, wrote campaign music for Lincoln’s first presidential campaign. The following year found Grierson answering his friend President Lincoln's call to arms. Grierson's actions during the four bloody years of the Civil War transformed the musician and bandleader into a nationally known cavalry commander for the Union Army.
For more information on Grierson's Music Click Here.
Grierson Home in 1863. Photo courtesy of John Power
Grierson Home in 2012. Photo courtesy of Cheri Fry