Lincoln Telegram

Cornelius Scranton Bushnell At the Madison Historical Society’s Allis-Bushnell House, we keep a strange old document we call the Lincoln Telegram. Addressed to Madison native Cornelius Scranton Bushnell, the hand-written message arrived while he was living in New Haven in 1863. Cornelius, a railroad magnate by that time, had promoted

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Civil War Monuments

We may think that arguments about Civil War monuments are something new, but right here in Madison, 123 years ago, a controversy developed over whether a planned memorial to the town’s Civil War soldiers should be in the form of a monument or a building with public meeting spaces. Only

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