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Lewis "Lew" Wallace

Date of Birth:      April 10, 1827
Hometown:         Brookville, IN
Education:           N/A
Final Wartime Rank:    Major General
Final Peacetime Rank:  N/A

Date of Death:     February 15, 1905
Place of Death:    Crawfordsville, IN
Buried At:           Crawfordsville, IN

Major Battles:        Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Battle of Monocacy

Interesting Fact(s):    Wallace, was the son of an Indiana governor.  While an able leader, and brave soldier, Wallace would gain everlasting fame, as the author, of the classic book, Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ.  Wallace would be appointed colonel of the 11th Indiana Infantry and would be promoted rapidly, to brigadier general.  After his service at Fort Donelson, Wallace would be promoted to major general.  In April 1862, his missteps, at Shiloh, nearly lead to the defeat of U.S. Grant's army.  Wallace, bivouacked at Crump's Landing, north of Pittsburg Landing, was ordered by Grant to march quickly, to relief of his army, near Shiloh Church, falling into Albert Sidney Johnston's Confederate Army's left flank.  Unfortunately, Wallace took the wrong turn, and ended up arriving at Shiloh, too late for the first day's fighting.  Wallace would provide excellent service, to the country, when he was sent, by Grant, to stop CS Lieutenant General Jubal Early's approach on the Washington D.C. defenses, in the summer of 1864.  Far outnumbered, he would hold Early, near Fredericktown, MD, at the Battle of Monocacy, while Horatio Wright's VI Corps marched to the relief of Washington D.C.  

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