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Lew WallaceLewis Wallace (April 10, 1827February 15, 1905) was an American lawyer from Indiana, Union general in the American Civil War, governor of the New Mexico Territory, politician, diplomat, and author. Among his novels and biographies, Wallace is best known for his historical-adventure novel, ''Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ'' (1880), a bestseller that also has been called "the most influential Christian book of the nineteenth century."
Wallace's military career would include service in the Mexican–American War and then in the Civil War of the early-to-mid- 1860s. He was appointed Indiana's adjutant general, and commanded the 11th Indiana Infantry Regiment. Wallace, who would eventually attain the rank of major general, participated in the battles of Fort Donelson, the Shiloh, and the Monocacy. After the Civil War's end in 1865, he also served on the military commission for the trials of the Lincoln-assassination conspirators, and presided over the corresponding trial of Henry Wirz, the Confederate commandant of the Andersonville, Georgia prison camp. Wallace resigned from the United States Army in November 1865, and briefly served as a major general in the Mexican military, before returning to the United States. He was appointed governor of the New Mexico Territory (1878–81), and served as U.S. minister to the Ottoman Empire (1881–85), eventually retiring to his home in Crawfordsville, Indiana -- where he continued to write -- until his death in 1905. Provided by Wikipedia
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