Family Fact Sheets
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.
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.
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