May 27, 2017

News

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

Battlefield

Saturday, August 26th and Sunday, August 27th will be the sixth Annual General W. H. L. Wallace Memorial Weekend, entitled “La Salle County CIVIL WAR: WHL Wallace” will include several new features this year. The encampment located at the FFA Land Lab in Seneca, IL. For Event, Participant and Vendor information, please go to the Wallace drop down at the top of the page to see more or follow this link here. Join us this year with General Sherman for battle, military drill formations with weapons demonstrations, Officer’s action reports, period medical demonstrations, coopering and blacksmith demonstrations. There will also …continue reading

Civil War Artifact and Weapon Display

Ottawa Illinois - Wallace camp tent and drum

On Saturday, October 1st, from 11am-3pm, the Reddick Mansion will have two of the area’s largest personal collections of Civil War artifacts and weaponry on display. Bob Deipen of Seneca has been collecting Civil War artifacts for many years. His weapons collection includes saddle guns, pocket pistols and naval guns from the Civil War.  On display, he will have one of only a thousand rifles issued to the Union Navy during the War.   His collection also includes cannon balls, swords, and bayonets.  Diepen will also display two sets of slave shackles and slave identification artifacts. One of his more recent …continue reading

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

Ottawa Illinois - Wallace camp tent and drum

Saturday, August 27th and Sunday, August 28th will be the fifth Annual General W. H. L. Wallace Memorial Weekend, entitled “La Salle County CIVIL WAR: A PATRIOTIC APPEAL!” will include several new events this year and a new encampment location at the FFA Land Lab in Seneca, IL. For Event, Participant and Vendor information, please go to the Wallace drop down at the top of the page to see more or follow this link here. Join us this year with General Sherman for military drill formations with weapons demonstrations, Officer’s action reports, period medical demonstrations, coopering and blacksmith demonstrations. There …continue reading

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

Ottawa Illinois - Wallace camp tent and drum

Saturday, August 29th and Sunday, August 30th will be the fourth Annual General W. H. L. Wallace Memorial Weekend, entitled “La Salle County at Peace: The Public & Soldiers Speak,” will include several new events this year and a new encampment location at Pitstick Pavilion, in Ottawa, IL. See more at the event page here. This year’s new events will include military drill formations and weapons demonstrations, musicians, coopering and blacksmith demonstrations, a vintage base ball game, cooking, Bishop’s Religious Debate, and Bonfire Ceremony. Saturday will feature and period bonfire ceremony and an artillery night fire demonstration. In addition to …continue reading

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

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

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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