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William "W.H.L." Wallace

Date of Birth:      July 8, 1821
Hometown:         Urbana, OH
Education:           N/A
Final Wartime Rank:    Brigadier General
Final Peacetime Rank:  N/A

Date of Death:     April 10, 1862
Place of Death:    Savannah, TN
Buried At:           Ottawa, IL

Major Battles:        Fort Donelson, Shiloh

Interesting Fact(s):    Wallace, volunteered, during the Mexican War, as a private.  He would rise to first lieutenant during the conflict.  After the war, he would be elected district attorney, in Illinois.  With the outbreak of the Civil War, he volunteered his services and became colonel of the 11th Illinois.  He would command a brigade at Fort Donelson, for which he received promotion to brigadier general.  He would lead a division, of U.S. Grant's army, at Shiloh, where he would have command of the Union position at the "Hornet's Nest."  He would receive a mortal wound, to the head, while leading his troops at Shiloh.  Thinking he was dead, he would be left on the field.  He was found still breathing, the next day.  Fearing for her husband, prior to the battle at Shiloh, his wife would make her way to Pittsburg Landing, and would stay by his bedside, until he died after four days, at Grant's headquarters, in Savannah, TN.

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