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Lew Wallace in 1863 during Civil War
Lew Wallace, 1861 at start of Civil War
Wallace - Author
Buried Oak Hill Cemetery, Crawfordsville, Indiana
Photo by: Seth Musselman via findagrave.com - could run out and take it myself but too lazy and too allergenic :(
Born: April 10, 1827 Father later became the governor of Indiana. 1st Lieutenant of the 1st Indiana in the Mexican War, but never saw combat. 1849: Admitted to the bar association. 1856: Elected to the State Senate. Appointed State Adjutant General upon the bombardment of Fort Sumter. April 25, 1861: Became Colonel of the 11th Indiana. September 3, 1861: Became Brigadier General of Volunteers. March 21, 1862: Became Major General (after taking part in the capture of Fort Donelson). April, 1862. Participated in the battle of Shiloh March 1864. Assigned by President Abraham Lincoln to command the Middle Department and 8th Army Corps in Baltimore, Maryland. July 9, 1864. Commanded Union troops at the Battle of Monocacy. Known as the "battle that saved Washington," Wallace and his troops slowed Early's advance on the Capital, thus gaining time for Federal troops to reinforce the city defense. 1865: Member of the military commission which tried Lincoln conspirators Later became president of the court martial which tried and condemned Henry Wirz (commandant at Andersonville). Wrote Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ Became U.S. minister to Turkey. Became governor of the New Mexico territory. Died: February 15, 1905. Buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Crawfordsville, Indiana.
Source: Crawfordsville Daily Journal Friday, August 18, 1916
W.W. Elliott who farms the late General Lew Wallace's farm on the cooperative basis, retains a portion of the herd of Herefords that was originally started by General Wallace himself. The foundation of the Wallace herd consisted of six cows which were purchased in Iowa. At times the herd has contained as many as 30 head, but Mr. Elliott directs his energies principally to grain farming he now has but six head of cows. These cows all have calves at side. While Mr. Elliott does not class his heard as fancy stock cattle, they are nevertheless a nice lot, and he states that they are far ahead of any other cattle he has ever had, as beef producers. During the summer months he keeps them entirely on grass and thru the winter feeds them only roughness, yet they are always in good shape. Mr. Elliott considers that the cooperative method of farming is entirely practical and for the repter is practically as good as owning the farm. He is also a believer in alfalfa and says that it has no equal for building up the land.
Source: Waveland Independent newspaper, Wveland, Montgomery County, Indiana Dec 2, 1898
Gen. Wallace is now busy writing his autobiography, and he is convinced that this work will be one of the most interesting of his literary productions, says the Crawfordsville Journal. He will not incorporate in the work a single speech or letter, but for all that the work will be voluminous. Gen. Wallace has had a varied career. He was a prominent leader in the civil war and was conspicuous in the days of reconstruction. He was on the commission that tried Lincoln's assassins, and also the chief of the court martial that tried the keepers of Andersonville prison. He was some years in the diplomatic service and as minister to Turkey attained quite a unique distinction. He was governor of New Mexico in her wildest days, and had some interesting experiences with some of the roughest frontier characters. His literary life has brought him many experiences worth chronicling. He states that in this work he will deal particularly with famous men and women he has met.
Source: (The Political Graveyard)
Lewis Wallace (1827-1905) -- also known as Lew Wallace -- Son of David Wallace; nephew of Charles H. Test, Benjamin Franklin Wallace and William Henson Wallace. Born in Brookville, Franklin County, Ind., April 10, 1827. Served in the U.S. Army during the Mexican War; member of Indiana state senate, 1857-59; general in the Union Army during the Civil War; candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana, 1870; Governor of New Mexico Territory, 1878-81; U.S. Minister to Turkey, 1881-85; candidate for U.S. Senator from Indiana, 1897. Disciples of Christ. Member, Grand Army of the Republic; Freemasons. Author of Ben-Hur. Died of stomach cancer at Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Ind., February 15, 1905. Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery.
Source: Crawfordsville Saturday Journal 1-29-1887
The Milwaukee Sunday Telegraph of the 16th says: "Milwaukee has not for a number of years, perhaps never, turned out such an audience to a lecture, as was given to Gen Lew Wallace, at Immanuel Church Tuesday evening. The large church was filled by an attentive and interested audience. Gen Wallace's subject was 'Turkey and the Turks,' and he handled it in a masterly way, mostly from a personal standpoint. He understands his subject and the people well, and before he had finished speaking many had gained a higher idea of the Turks and their country."
Source: WALLACE MSS. The Wallace mss., 1865-1949, consist of letters and papers of Lewis Wallace, 1827-1905, lawyer, soldier, diplomat, and author, commonly known as Lew Wallace.
Career: born at Brookville, Indiana, April 10, 1827; son of David Wallace, governor of Indiana, and Esther French (Test) Wallace; before he was sixteen he began to support himself by copying records in the county clerk's office; reported the proceedings of the Indiana House of Representatives for the Indianapolis Daily Journal, 1844- 1845; soon afterwards began study of law in his father's office; in Mexican war raised a company of which he became a second lieutenant and which was assigned to the 1st Indiana Infantry; admitted to the bar in 1849; began practice in Indianapolis; soon moved to Covington; in 1850 and 1852 elected prosecuting attorney there; in 1852 married Susan Arnold Elston, 1830-1907; moved to Crawfordsville, Indiana, 1853; elected to Indiana State Senate, 1856; after the firing on Fort Sumter, Governor Oliver P. Morton appointed him adjutant-general of Indiana; went to the front as a colonel of the 11th regiment; rose to the rank of major-general; following the war returned to law practice in Crawfordsville; governor of New Mexico, 1878-1881; minister to Turkey, 1881- 1885; died in Crawfordsville, February 15, 1905. Author of: The Fair God, 1873; Ben-Hur, 1880; The Life of Benjamin Harrison, 1888; The Boyhood of Christ, 1888; The Prince of India, 1893; The Wooing of Malkatoon, 1898; Commodus, ; Lew Wallace, An Autobiography, 1906. Included in the collection are an illuminated manuscript of the Koran presented to Lew Wallace by Abdul Hamid II, Sultan of Turkey; a draft in Wallace's hand of that portion of The Fair God which appears in the published work as book 7, chapters XII and XIII and part of chapters XI and XIV; a copy of Wallace's inscription in the copy of Ben-Hur presented to Abdul Hamid II, Sultan of Turkey; correspondence of Lew Wallace, 1865-1904; correspondence and contracts relating to the film rights of Ben-Hur, 1899-1934; a photograph of Lew Wallace; and a printed copy of Nat Ward Fitzgerald's Ben-Hur: A Poem Written on the Play. Correspondents represented in the collection include George Brown, Daniel Butterfield, Jose M.J. Carvajal, Will I. Cunningham, Porfirio Diaz, Frederick Temple Hamilton-Temple Blackwood, marquis of Dufferin and Ava, Winfield Taylor Durbin, Charles Warren Fairbanks, Marcus Alonzo Hanna, William Henry Hurlbert, Samuel B. Lawrence, Benson John Lossing, Charles Major, Mavroyeni Bey, Weir Mitchell, A. Rocoffort, Prince Rudolph, William Tecumseh Sherman, Philippine von Struve and John Virtue. Collection size: 106 items
For more information about this collection and any related materials contact the Manuscripts Department, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405 -- Telephone: (812) 855-2452.
Source: WALLACE MSS. II The Wallace mss. II, 1847-1938, are literary papers of Lewis Wallace, 1827-1905, lawyer, soldier, diplomat, and author.
They consist primarily of manuscripts of his writings, correspondence, and other papers. Included also are some letters and papers of his wife, Mrs. Susan Arnold (Elston) Wallace, 1830-1907, poet; their son, Henry Lane Wallace, 1853-1926; and their grandson, Lewis Wallace, 1891- 1949. The collection is divided into four sections:  Manuscripts of writings of Lewis Wallace, 1827-1905 and Mrs. Wallace. For Wallace these include his Autobiography, An American Duchess, Ben Hur, The Boyhood of Christ, Commodus, The Fair God, Our English Cousin, The Prince of India, The Wooing of Malkatoon, and five readings from Ben Hur; for Mrs. Wallace, To Bethlehem, and a notebook of her poems. See the Manuscripts Department catalog for further information on the writings of Wallace and Mrs. Wallace.  A chronological file of correspondence and other papers of Lewis Wallace, 1827-1905, Mrs. Wallace, Henry Lane Wallace, and Lewis Wallace, 1891-1949, being principally correspondence and papers of the elder Lewis Wallace. Most of this correspondence is with novelists, poets, dramatists, editors, journalists, lawyers, theatrical managers, politicians, and publishers. Among the correspondents represented in the collection are Henry Mills Alden, John Berry Alden, Thomas Bailey Aldrich, Lawrence Patrick Barrett, Rex Ellingwood Beach, Whitman Bennett, John Charles Black, James Gillespie Blaine, Clinton Tyler Brainard, Anne Marie Hampton Brewster, William Harlowe Briggs, Joseph Brooks, Nathan Burkan, Noble C. Butler, Walter C. Clark, Joseph Ignatius Constantine Clarke, Edmund Vance Cooke, Benjamin Crane, Crane & Anderson, Crane & Lockwood, Francis Marion Crawford, John Wallace Crawford, Samuel R. Crocker, Charles Bancroft Dillingham, William Dulles, Jr., Frederick Atherton Duneka, Bruce Edwards, William Henry Elder, Isaac Compton Elston, Abraham Lincoln Erlanger, Edward Huntington Fallows, David Gerber, Ira B. Goodrich, Ferris Greenslet, Edwin Augustus Grosvenor, Augustus T. Gurlitz, Benjamin Bowles Hampton, James Thorne Harper, Joseph Henry Harper, Harper, firm, publishers, Paul Hamilton Hayne, Edgar Eugene Hendee, Albert Tyler Houghton, Houghton Mifflin company, Henry Hoyns, Francis Janssens, Fred Bates Johnson, Robert Underwood Johnson, Charles Johnston, Edgar Stillman Kelley, Marc Klaw, Klaw & Erlanger, William James Lampton, Mrs. Joanna M. (Elston) Lane, John Larkin, Will H. Latta, Frederick W. Lawrence, Abraham Lincoln, John McCoy, Kenneth Macgowan, Elisabeth Marbury, Isaac Markens, William Alexander Miller, William Webster Mills, David Alexander Munro, Henry Thayer Niles, Henry Pettit, Gilbert Ashville Pierce, George Haven Putnam, Mrs. Harriet Denison (Butler) Read, Thomas Buchanan Read, Laura Ream, Paul Revere Reynolds, Joseph Hamblen Sears, Cuthbert Arundell Shoolbred, Lee Shubert, Howard H. Spellman, Oscar Solomon Straus, Maurice Strauss, Booth Tarkington, Mrs. Alice (Lee) Thompson, James Maurice Thompson, Benjamin H. Ticknor, Mrs. Julia (Abbott) Van Dyck, Frederick Warne & Co., and Thomas Bucklin Wells. Papers other than correspondence in the chronological file include royalty statements for Wallace's Autobiography, Ben Hur, The Boyhood of Christ, The Chariot Race, The Fair God, The First Christmas, The Prince of India, The Wooing of Malkatoon; and Mrs. Wallace's Storied Sea and Travel Sketches; royalty statements for the dramatization of Ben Hur, 1899-1917, and The Prince of India, 1906-1907; financial reports on Ben Hur in Tableaux and Pantomine, 1892, 1897; agreements for the publication and dramatization of Wallace's books, 1873-1904; papers on infringement of copyright, 1886- 1922; dramatizations of The Prince of India, 1904, Ben Hur, and The Fair God; a libretto for an opera modeled after The Fair God; and a typescript of a motion picture, Woman Whom God Forgot, based on The Fair God, 1918.  Box office statements, 1899-1917, for the motion picture Ben Hur, and 1906-1907, for the motion picture The Prince of India.  A thousand still photographs from the motion picture Ben Hur and a colored picture of Wallace's study in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Collection size: 3000 items For more information about this collection and any related materials contact the Manuscripts Department, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405 -- Telephone: (812) 855-2452.
Source: The New York Times New York, New York Feb 19, 1905 Crawfordsville Indiana - Feb 18 -
The funeral service of Gen. Lew Wallace this afternoon were private in accordance with his wishes. Only the family and a few intimate friends attended. Until noon the body lay in the library building and was viewed by thousands. Business was suspended while the city did honor to the memory of the dead. The coffin was draped with a flag given Gen. Wallace by the women of Evansville at the beginning of the civil war. On the breast of the dead soldier was the order bestowed upon him by the Sultan of Turkey. Resting on the coffin was page No. 699 of Gen. Wallace's autobiography, the last page written by him. The services were simple Following the Lord's Prayer and Scriptural reading, the choir of the First Methodist Church sang, Jesus Lover of My soul, Dr. E.A. Schell read extracts from Ben Hur, showing Gen. Wallace's religious attitude. President Kane of Wabsh College offered prayer and the choir sang, Face to Face. The body was place in a temporary vault. The pall bearers included Judge A.B. Anderson of the US District Court and 7 prominent residents of the city.
Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Indiana Saturday June 13, 1891
"All Very True" Company I, of the State Militia of Indiana, organized at Crawfordsville is the finest drilled company in the state, and as a mark of special favor will be nicely uniformed in time for the 4th of July celebration in that place, the State paying the bill. Crawfordsville has always enjoyed the proud reputation of having the best drilled military companies and the prettiest girls in the state and we believe it is still entitled to this distinction. The gallant 11th Indiana with Gen. Lew Wallace as its commander, was the outgrowth to the old Montgomery Guards, a military organization second to none in the country in its time. Gen. Lew Wallace was its commander and from its ranks during the rebellion were recruited generals, colonels, majors, captains and lieutenants all of whom proved their loyalty to their country by gallent service. [Danville Ill Commercial]
Source: Argus News Monday 1-11-1886
Gen. Lew Wallace has the following to say in the Cincinnati Commercial Gazette concerning his literary work: "I am amusing myself with writing two books and two plays. I write awhile on one until I get tired and then I turn to the other. It would hardly be right to give you anything of the characters of the works. One of my books is a tale of the capture of Constantinople [Istanbul] by the Turks, and the other is wholly American. I may never finish either of them. One of my plays is an attempt at the classical, while the other is of America during the late war. I tell you I am having lots of fun in writing them, even if they should prove to be flat failures."
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