For $35, a brick from the chimney of the Brig. Gen. William Hervy Lamme Wallace house in Ottawa, Ill. can be yours. It comes with a brass identification plaque and a letter verifying its authenticity. Wallace, who died at the Battle of Shiloh on April 6, 1862, preferred to be known by his initials.
The Wallace home, known as The Oaks, is privately owned but when Chuck Sanders, president of the WHL Wallace Memorial Committee, heard of a chimney reconstruction project at the house, he approached the owners about salvaging the bricks. He has retrieved and cleaned more than 300 of them.
“Some are simply removed with traces of original mortar and others show external erosion,” he said in an e-mail. “All bricks are reddish and hand pressed as per the period. No two are the same dimension. The average weight of a brick is about 3.5 pounds.”
He has sold six so far.
The shipping fee outside the immediate area of Ottawa is $15, Sanders said.
Contact Sanders at Chuck@charlesasanders.com.