'Lincoln and his Generals: LaSalle County at War'
OTTAWA — “Lincoln and his Generals: LaSalle County at War,” three days of Civil War Living History, will be presented April 19-21 throughout Ottawa.
Several new events have been added this year including a military battle and parade, a performance by the 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band, a display of Civil War era clothing and the keynote address by Rob Girardi, Civil War historian and author.
Friday evening will feature the presentation of “Shiloh: The Devil’s Own Day,” a 30-minute video by the Tennessee Renaissance Center about the Battle of Shiloh and the last days of Gen. W. H. L. Wallace. In the video, Ottawa historian, Mollie Perrott, reads several of the love letters written between Wallace and his wife, Ann. People who attend the movie are then invited to the Reddick Mansion for a reception complete with Abraham Lincoln, Gens. Grant and Wallace, and several other historical and local dignitaries. Also, on Friday evening, 810 luminaries will be lit in Washington Park, at the Civil War Memorial monument, dedicated to the 810 LaSalle County soldiers who paid the ultimate price.
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