January 23, 2018

Author: ohadmin

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The Greatest Honor is showing in Ottawa on May 9th and 10th.

John Amm

We are proud to announce the film, The Greatest Honor has a special engaement at the Roxy Cinemas at 827 La Salle St, Ottawa, IL 61350  on May 9th and May 10th. The Saturday the 9th showings are at 6:30 pm and 9:00 pm. The Sunday the 10th showings are at 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm. After each screening, there will be a Q & A with the director Kane Farabaugh and producer Roger Amm. See the full trailer of the film here: For the Facebook page click here: The Greatest Honor. “The Greatest Honor” is the story of a …continue reading

Ottawa celebrates the 150th end of the Civil War with bell ringing.

Lee surrenders to Grant

  On April 9, 1865, Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant met Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee to set the terms of surrender of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia at the Appomattox Court House located in Appomattox, VA 24522. The Civil War did not officially end that day or in that place, but it did start the dissolution of the southern Confederacy. April 26, 1865, saw the surrender of Joe Johnston with 30,000 troops at Bennett Place, N.C. In Ottawa, Illinois, Judge John Caton had private army telegraph equipment and line in his home. Caton had received the news of Lee’s …continue reading

WHL Wallace – The Dickey Family Cemetery tours


The Dickey Family Cemetery is located on a small plot of landlocked space in unincorporated north Ottawa, IL. It was set aside from a large landholding of T. Lyle Dickey to the west of his home, Valleyview for his family’s final resting place. It was set aside in the early 1840’s and the first known burial was that of his 5 year old daughter Mary Jane in 1842. This was followed by another 5 year old daughter Kitty Emma in 1853. Dickey, himself was a highly respected Ottawa Lawyer and circuit judge, later to become a Supreme Court Justice. His …continue reading

Third Annual General W. H. L. Wallace Memorial Weekend

Ottawa Illinois - Wallace camp tent and drum

Friday, September 19th through Sunday, September 21st will be the third Annual General W. H. L. Wallace Memorial Weekend, entitled “Civil War ‘64,” will include several new events this year and a new encampment location at Fox River Park, in Ottawa, IL.   This year’s new events will include two battle re-enactments, wandering musicians, coopering and blacksmith demonstrations, a vintage base ball game, and two very pertinent program speakers, Amanda Fesperman and John Heider. Friday evening will feature an Open House at the Reddick Mansion from 6pm-9pm focused on women in the Civil War.  At 7:00pm, Amanda Fesperman, historian and instructor …continue reading

2014 WHL. Wallace Memorial Event Civil War ’64


Ottawa, Illinois – September 19, 20, & 21, 2014 The Ottawa Avenue Cemetery Association in Ottawa, Illinois is presenting a weekend of events honoring the life and death of General WHL Wallace (July 8, 1821 – April 10, 1862), in which the net proceeds go to the restoration and maintenance of the Dickey Cemetery; the resting place of Gen Wallace. To see more follow these links. For information about the event go here. For participant (reenactor / sutler) information go here. For vendor information go here. WHL. Wallace William Hervey Lamme Wallace planned to study law with Abraham Lincoln in …continue reading