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Civil War woodcuts, posters on display in Illinois

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METAMORA -- Woodcut images, prints and posters from early in the Civil War will be on display at the historic courthouse in Metamora.

The images are from a book produced by noted publisher Frank Leslie entitled, "The Pictorial History of the War of 1861."

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The book is from the early months of the war when it was misnamed by optimists who thought the four-year conflagration would only last a few months.

The book was given to the state historic site by the Peoria Public Library.

Many of its images have deteriorated but the best -- large woodcuts, double-page prints and even posters -- will be on display in the site's main display room.

The courthouse is one of two surviving in which Abraham Lincoln practiced law during his circuit-riding days.

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