At War and at Home About


Bloomington Republican

This project is part of the Indiana Memory Digital Library and is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Indiana State Library.

On this the anniversary of the Civil War, Monroe County Public Library and the Monroe County History Center, together with the IU Lilly Library and the Wylie House Museum, announce the launch of At War and At Home: Monroe County Timeline 1855 - 1875.

This new digital collection examines how Bloomington and Monroe County were affected by the events before, during, and after the Civil War.

Through this collection we learn what it was like at war: how Milton M. Nichols fought tempo

rary blindness, homesickness, and harsh military camp conditions, as well as rebel soldiers.

And, we learn what it was like at home: how teachers D.E. Hunter and Margaret McCalla worked to establish more structured, graded schools, and how others fought for a safer, more secure jail.