William Hervy Lamme Wallace could have begun the practice
of law with a Springfield lawyer, Abraham Lincoln. Instead,
while traveling to Springfield, he met Ottawan T. Lyle
Dickey, and established a successful law practice here.
Dickey and Wallace were to enjoy a long and close relationship,
first as law partners, then as soldiers in the Mexican
War, then as father- and son-in-law after Wallace married
Dickey’s daughter, Ann. On politics they did not
see eye-to-eye, but when the Civil War came, they were
again fighting on the same, the Union, side.
Even as Wallace was lying wounded on the Shiloh battlefield,
his wife was struggling to reach her husband in Tennessee.
She was to spend the final moments of Wallace’s
life at his bedside.
Wallace, his wife Ann, and their daughter Isabelle are
shown in the mural. The faces of several of the soldiers
who surround the painted general are Ottawa soldiers.
Wallace now lies in a family cemetery on Ottawa’s
north bluff. Honored by military historians for withstanding
a Confederate onslaught at the Battle of Shiloh, he was
nearly forgotten in his adopted home until the mural brought
him and his heroism to life again.