EIU Teaching with Primary Sources
A look at some events that took place during the run of the Railway Post Office. Images and links take you to information and resources on EIU TPS, Library of Congress, National Postal Museum Railway Mail Service and other sites.
First mail is sorted in converted baggage cars on Hannibal to St. Joseph, Missouri railroad line.
Postmaster General Blair establishes the first Railway Post Office cars.
At this time...
- American Memory Timeline -National Expansion and Reform (1818-1880)
- America's Library Jump Back in Time - Civil War (1860-1865)
- President Abraham Lincoln. (photo from By Popular Demand: Portraits of Presidents and First Ladies, American Memory)
Illinois Historical Events:
- President Lincoln's son Willie dies.
- State Constitution Convention.
- Seventy-Sixth Illinois Volunteer Infantry was organized.
U.S. Historical Events:
- President Lincoln signs Homestead Act.
- Civil War Battle of Antietam.
- President Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation.
U.S. Cultural Events:
- Cornelius Alexander McGillicuddy, professional baseball catcher was born.
- Julia Ward Howe publishes Battle Hymn of the Republic.
- Internal Revenue Service is created.