General Benjamin Grierson Mansion

Civil War hero General Benjamin Grierson once called this large brick house home. In the mid-1850s, while living in Meredosia, Grierson joined the new Republican Party and became friends with one of its leaders, Abraham Lincoln. In 1860, Grierson, an accomplished musician, wrote campaign music for Lincoln’s first presidential campaign. The following year found Grierson answering his friend President Lincoln’s call to arms. Grierson’s actions during the four bloody years of the Civil War transformed the musician and bandleader into a nationally known cavalry commander for the Union Army.

Visitor Information


852 East State Street
Jacksonville, Illinois 62650



Tours of inside the mansion are by appointment only.