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Author reading at Reddick Mansion

Published: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 1:00 p.m. CST

OTTAWA — The Reddick Mansion Association, along with the Book Mouse, will present the second in a series of readings by the author at 7 p.m. May 31, with “Ragman’s Roll” by Jon Neal Wallace.

Wallace wrote “Ragman’s Roll” about his relative, Gen. William H.L. Wallace. The main storyline of the novel follows two men, William and Tom, who are aides to President Lincoln. They helped Lincoln win the nomination for president in 1860. The men were involved with the security of the Lincoln family on their train ride into Washington, D.C.

When the Civil War breaks out, the men enlist. Tom becomes a scout for Wallace, while Wallace is promoted throughout the war. As a hero of two battles at Fort Donelson and Shiloh, Wallace is responsible for saving Grant’s army at Shiloh despite being fatally injured.

A secondary plot focuses on the Wallace’s dreams while he is dying from his wounds at the Battle of Shiloh. Mother Africa appears to Wallace and reminds him the true reason for his sacrifice.

Christ Episcopal Church will be open from 6:30 to 7 p.m. for anyone who would like to view the stained glass window dedicated to Gen. Wallace. Al Krammerer, a member of the church, will be on hand to talk about the window and answer any questions.

After the presentation, Wallace will sign his book. The Book Mouse will have copies available for sale.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served and donations will be accepted. The Reddick Mansion is located at 100 W. Lafayette St., Ottawa.

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