Themes with Lew Wallace

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Study General Lew Wallace Study and Museum Crawfordsville
Architect General Lew Wallace Study and Museum Crawfordsville
1827/00/00 Lew Wallace is born in Brookville, Indiana Born Lew Wallace's Birthday
1862/00/00 Union commander Fort Donelson National Battlefield Dover Battle of Fort Donelson
1862/02/16 The first Union general to reach the hotel, Lew Wallace, instructs Capt Frederick Knefler to tell the brigade commanders "to move the whole line forward, and take possession of persons and property . . . but not a word of taunt-no cheering." Union General Dover Hotel (Surrender House) Dover Battle of Fort Donelson
1862/04/00 Union commander Shiloh National Military Park Tennessee Battle of Shiloh
1864/07/09 Lew Wallace and 5800 Union soldiers battle 15000 Confederate soldiers led by General Jubal Early Union commander Monocacy National Battlefield Frederick Battle of Monocacy
1865/06/29 Military tribunal finds Lincoln conspiritors guilty Military commissioner Fort McNair Washington, DC Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
1865/11/00 Henry Wirz found guilty of War Crimes against Union troops at Andersonville Presider of Military Tribunal United States Capitol Washington, DC Andersonville Trial
1878/00/00 Governor Lew Wallace stays at Fort Stanton while negotiating peace in the The Lincoln County War Peacemaker Fort Stanton Fort Stanton
1880/11/12 "Ben-Hur" is published. Author Ben-Hur (novel)
1895/00/00 Blacherne Apartments Building is built Developer Blacherne Indianapolis
1905/00/00 Dies Died

History

Union army officer, diplomat and best-selling author, Lewis Wallace joined the Union army as colonel of the 11th Indiana Infantry in April 1861. Wallace initially served with his unit in the Department of Western Virginia. After advancing to the rank of brigadier general in September 1861, he played a key role in the capture of Fort Donelson. Wallace was promoted to major general in March 1862. In command of a reserve division under Grant at the Battle of Shiloh, he may have misinterpreted Grant's orders to move his division up in support of Gen Sherman's troops at Shiloh Church. By the time Wallace's division arrived on the scene, the fighting had virtually ceased for the day. Although, Union forces carried the battle the next day, the casualty toll was horrific. Wallace received the lion's share of the blame from his superiors and was eventually reassigned to a regimental command protecting the city of Cincinnati during Kirby Smith's invasion of Kentucky.

Wallace's greatest battlefield contribution may have been in the defense of Washington, when he cobbled together a force of 5800 men and checked the advance of Gen Jubal Early's 15000-man Confederate army at the Battle of Monocacy on July 9, 1864. In 1865 he served on the military tribunal that tried those charged with the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Later that year, Wallace presided over the military tribunal that condemned Confederate Major Henry Wirz, commandant of the notorious Andersonville prison camp.

After the war, Wallace served as governor of the New Mexico Territory from 1878 to 1881. In 1881 he accepted an appointment as US Minister to the Ottoman Empire, serving until 1885. Today, Wallace is perhaps best remembered as a novelist, especially for his work Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, which became a stage play and a major motion picture and is to this day the best selling American novel of all time (from the date of its publication). - NPS

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Ben-Hur (novel) Author Book 1880/11/12
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Union army officer, diplomat and best-selling author, Lewis Wallace joined the Union army as colonel of the 11th Indiana Infantry in April 1861. Wallace initially served with his unit in the Department of Western Virginia. After advancing to the rank of brigadier general in September 1861, he played a key role in the capture of Fort Donelson. Wallace was promoted to major general in March 1862. In command of a reserve division under Grant at the Battle of Shiloh, he may have misinterpreted Grant's orders to move his division up in support of Gen Sherman's troops at Shiloh Church. By the time Wallace's division arrived on the scene, the fighting had virtually ceased for the day. Although, Union forces carried the battle the next day, the casualty toll was horrific. Wallace received the lion's share of the blame from his superiors and was eventually reassigned to a regimental command protecting the city of Cincinnati during Kirby Smith's invasion of Kentucky.

Wallace's greatest battlefield contribution may have been in the defense of Washington, when he cobbled together a force of 5800 men and checked the advance of Gen Jubal Early's 15000-man Confederate army at the Battle of Monocacy on July 9, 1864. In 1865 he served on the military tribunal that tried those charged with the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Later that year, Wallace presided over the military tribunal that condemned Confederate Major Henry Wirz, commandant of the notorious Andersonville prison camp.

After the war, Wallace served as governor of the New Mexico Territory from 1878 to 1881. In 1881 he accepted an appointment as US Minister to the Ottoman Empire, serving until 1885. Today, Wallace is perhaps best remembered as a novelist, especially for his work Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, which became a stage play and a major motion picture and is to this day the best selling American novel of all time (from the date of its publication). - NPS

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