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Lew Wallace
L173
1848 – 1885
1 mss box
Manuscript & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library
Processed by: Brent Abercrombie, June 2011
                          

Biographical Note:

Lew Wallace was born April 10, 1827 to former Indiana Governor David Wallace and Esther French Test Wallace. Prior to the Civil War, Wallace worked as an attorney in Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, IN. On May 6, 1852, Lew Wallace married Susan Arnold Elston, with whom he had one son, Henry Lane Wallace. During the Civil War, Wallace rose to the rank of Major General. Following the war, Wallace became Territorial Governor of New Mexico, where he wrote his epic novel, Ben-Hur. Wallace died February 15, 1905.

Source: Lew Wallace: An Autobiography (New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers), 1906.

Scope and Content Note:

The collection primarily consists of Wallace’s military papers from September 1862, relating to the defense of Cincinnati and northern Kentucky. Included is correspondence from Wallace and his staff regarding the defense and administration of the area, report on the defense of the Ohio River, and additional reports and official papers. The collection does contain some miscellaneous letters following Wallace’s armed service and a fragment of his memoir.

Photocopying Policy:

Manuscript materials CANNOT be photocopied or digitized in their entirety. Photocopies and/or digital images cannot exceed 25% of a collection or a folder within a collection. In some cases, photocopying may not be permitted due to the condition of the item. Check with a Manuscript Librarian for other options.

Box and Folder Listing:

Box 1.  Folder 
1. February 16, 1848
2. January 1861 – August 1862
3. September 1 – 2, 1862
4. September 3, 1862
5. September 4 – 5, 1862
6. September 6 – 7, 1862
7. September 8 – 9, 1862
8. September 10 – 11, 1862
9. September 12 – 13, 1862
10. September 14, 1862
11. September 15 – 17, 1862
12. September 18 – 30, 1862
13. September 1862
14. September 1862
15. September 1862
16. September 1862
17. October 1862 – 1885
18. Fragment of Memoir

Collection Information

Size of Collection: 1 mss box, 18 folders
Collection Dates: 1848 – 1885
Provenance: Unknown; A.C. Miller Aug. 18, 1931
Access : The collection is open for research use
Restrictions: None
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript and Rare Books Division, Indiana State Library.
Language: Materials are entirely in English
Alternate Formats: None
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