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Charles DeForest Fredricks, 11 Dec 1823 - 25 May 1894  Search this
Lewis Wallace, 10 Apr 1827 - 15 Feb 1905  Search this
Albumen silver print
Image/Sheet: 9.2 × 5.6 cm (3 5/8 × 2 3/16")
Mount: 10.1 × 6.3 cm (4 × 2 1/2")
c. 1862
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Born Brookville, Indiana
A practicing lawyer in Indiana at the start of the Civil War, Lew Wallace volunteered his services to the Union cause and rose to the rank of major general. In July 1864, he commanded the federal forces that deterred Confederates under General Jubal Early from encroaching upon the U.S. capital. At war’s end he represented the government at the court-martials of the Lincoln assassination conspirators, as well as that of Henry Wirz, the commander of the Union prison camp at Andersonville, Georgia.
Wallace, however, is best remembered as the author of Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1880), which was one of the best-selling novels of the nineteenth century. The book has never gone out of print and has inspired two movie versions, the last in 1959 featuring Charlton Heston as Ben Hur.
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
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Lewis Wallace: Male  Search this
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Lewis Wallace: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Civil War\Union Army  Search this
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Mrs. F.B. Wilde
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