2024 WHL Wallace Memorial Event - May 18 & 19

Participant information

Civil War reenactors and living historians are invited to participate in the Wallace’s Old 11Th Illinois Regiment camping and other activities on Mansion grounds in Ottawa, Illinois. This is an even for period Civil War Federal reenactors only. Camp life and drills will be conducted on Saturday only. Sunday public interprestation will be at the museum.

Information must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the event for early registration. Enter early registration, avoid the possibility of losing event benefits or bounties, if applicable. On-site sign in and Release and Indemnity Agreement form completion required for all participants.


Summary of reenactor amenities 

Water, firewood, and facilities will be provided for all. Registrants that sign up for the deadline above, will receive bounty in the way of donations and vouchers. Not to worry, if you sign up when you arrive, you will still be able to purchase food from food vendors.

Summary of guidelines -see participation form for more detail 

The principles for the event are established for western Civil War theater impressions, specifically early war before or including the Shiloh campaign, based on the historical data for the particular historical units portrayed. Local historical impressions are welcome and favored, but authenticity must be properly documented.


The reenactor schedule(s) are as list below. Please see the full program posted soon for all weekend events. This schedule is subject to change.

Please complete this form :

Living Historian application and waiver


Email completed form to:

Email address listed on form


Or mail completed & printed form to:

“WHL Wallace Memorial Event” C/O Wallace-Dickey Cemetery Preservation Association NFP; P.O. Box 392, Ottawa, Illinois 61350

 Saturday, May 18, 2024

9:00 am – Registration open and participants arrive

10:00 am - Civil War Encampment Opens to the Public

10:00 am - Camp demonstrations start

4:00 am - Event Concludes

 Sunday, May 19, 2024

10:00 am - Event Opens to the Public

WHL Wallace Display Table and period museum displays

Guided bus tours past Wallace’s home “The Oaks”

Guided bus tours to the Wallace Dickey Cemetery where the General is Buried

Civil War Period Museum Displays

4:00 pm – Event Concluded