News From Terre Haute, Indiana

March 21, 2013

Speaker to tell history of 1864 Charleston riot


News Release

CHARLESTON, Ill. — Peter Barry, author of “The Charleston, Illinois, Riot, March 28, 1864,” will speak at the Marshall Public Library at 6:30 p.m. March 28. The free event is sponsored by the Clark County Historical Society.

Barry, who is from the Charleston area and is a descendant of some people involved in the riot, was a professor at the University of Illinois for 26 years.

While there have been numerous references to the skirmish in which pro-South Copperheads clashed with Union soldiers, leaving nine dead and 12 wounded, Barry’s book is the first to provide extensive background information, details on the riot itself and results of the confrontation.

Two soldiers from Martinsville were killed in the riot, and several civilians from Charleston, Marshall, Paris and the surrounding area were involved.