Mr. William Daly
is with great regret that we must report the passing of
Mr. William Daly on April 2, 2005 from Liver Cancer.
Bill was an active reenactor for 20-25 Years. He also
served in the US Army as a private between the years of
1952-1956 and will receive full military honors for his
service to our country. Bill was also a retired federal
employee and was a recruiter among other positions he
held as a civil servant. Bill was a resident of Downers
Grove, IL. and was a member of the 10th Regiment,
Illinois Volunteer Infantry (III. State Militia), a
Union Infantry Unit.
Daly held the rank of Sergeant and has over the past
years been an Officer with the Regiment, being its
Commanding Officer during
the period 1988 - 98. He had been active with the
Regiment since its inception in 1980 and had been active
in the Civil War hobby some years. Most of this time was
in the area of "Living History" presentations where one
assumes the role of an actual participant in the Civil
War and attempts to live and act as one would curing the
period 1861 - 1865. Some twenty times each year, Mr.
Daly joined with others in the hobby and presented a
living history encampment for the benefit of the general
public over a period of one to three days. He also
participated in presentations to civic groups, schools,
and community agencies, parades on national holidays,
and joined with other military units to commerate
special national events.
Daly was married, and had two grown children. He had
been certified as being of sound mind, although wearing
a wool uniform on hot summer days leads one to question
Until his death, Bill continued to bring American Civil
War History to life for students and adults alike with
his own brand of living history. His passion was
bringing history to life for all who would listen.
Some of the presentations that were available thru
- The Common Solider
(both Northern & Southern) thru His Haversack Items
- 20 Man Volunteer
Group (audience participation)
War is Hell
- The Civil War Soldier
thru items caried in his Haversack
- Joshua Taylor ('First
Person/presentation "Adventures in the Union Army"
- Major Sullivan
Ballou's love Letter to his wife Sarah (with theme music as
The family requests in lieu of flowers to make monetary
donations to the Salvation Army in Bill's name. Cards of
condolence are also welcomed and may be sent to Bill's home.
Goodbye, old campaigner. We'll all miss you.
The tale is told. The world moves on, the sun shining as
brightly as before, the flowers bloom as beautifully, the
birds sing their carols as sweetly,the trees nod and bow their
leafy tops as if slumbering in the breeze, the gentle winds
fan our brow and kiss our cheek as they pass by, the pale moon
sheds her silvery sheen, the blue dome of the sky sparkles
with the trembling stars that twinke and shine and make the
and the scene melts and gradually disappears forever....---Sam
Watkins, "Company Aytch"
Florence Avenue, Downers Grove IL 60515