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Annual General W. H. L. Wallace memorial weekend scheduled for Aug. 26-27

OTTAWA — The sixth annual General W. H. L. Wallace Memorial Weekend, titled “LaSalle County Civil War,” will be happening at the FFA Land Lab in Seneca (2667 East 28th Road, Marseilles) on Saturday, Aug. 26, and Sunday, Aug, 27.

This year’s living history program will include two battle re-enactments, coopering and blacksmith demonstrations, historical presentations, and, a new addition this year, the First Brigade Band, from Watertown, Wis. The band, composed of approximately 30 re-enactors, including musicians, color guard and costumed ladies, will present period brass band music performed on antique instruments. They will perform three times on Saturday — 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and in parade formation at 2:45 p.m. (after the battle re-enactment).

The 17th Corps Field Hospital, a favorite from previous years, will be back again this year, demonstrating Civil War era hospital and surgical techniques throughout the two days.

Saturday’s events (camp opens at 10 a.m.) will include Union and Confederate encampments, training and military drills. Period demonstrations, sutlers, vendors and food booths will also be set up. After the battle re-enactment at 2 p.m., the field hospital workers will deal with the injured and the dead, followed by a parade presentation reviewed by General Grant and General Sherman. On Saturday at approximately 8 p.m., a cannon night fire demonstration will light up the night.

Sunday, the camp opens to the public at 9 a.m. The day will begin with a non-denominational church service, followed by breakfast prepared by Seneca’s FFA students. The public is invited to the service and to breakfast ($4 per person). Sunday’s activities will again include period demonstrations by soldiers, hospital workers and craftsmen. The battle re-enactment will be at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission, which includes both days, is $7 per person, with a family rate of $20. All money raised throughout the weekend will be used for the restoration and upkeep of the Dickey-Wallace Cemetery.

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