The Life of Lew Wallace:
Soldier, Statesman & Scholar

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Anyone looking to do serious, scholarly research about Lew Wallace should look at this bibliography. It contains books, journal articles, and other references about Lew Wallace which cannot be found online. Your local library can help you find these items.

Lew Wallace's Poetry
To say that Wallace dabbled in poetry would be an overstatement. He wrote one poem during the Civil War, three for inclusion in Ben-Hur, and one after the Civil War. This page has the text of his poems and images of the sheet music which composers published using the three poems from Ben-Hur.

Ben-Hur Musuem
The Ben-Hur Museum in Crawfordsville, Indiana, is a great place to start your research. The musuem was once the private study of Lew Wallace and it contains many of his personal items. The coordinator/historian is Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko. Tell her I sent you if you contact her.

The Wallace Papers
This project of the Indiana Historical Society is attempting to microfilm all of the pertinent manuscripts of Lew & Susan Wallace, including their correspondence, literary works, personal papers, and official records.

The Test Family Genealogy and History
Lew Wallace's mother, Esther French Test Wallace, died in 1834 when Lew was only 7 years old. This site has a nice biography of Lew, an image of his statue in the U.S. Capitol, and links to other sites of Lew Wallace material. Be sure to look at the pages which deal specifically to Lew's genealogy.

11th Indiana Infantry, Regimental Colors / Reenactment Unit
Wallace began his career as the colonel of this Zouave regiment. Their distinctive Zouave uniforms were quite unusual for Western troops.

Lew Wallace in Film
Lew Wallace has been portrayed (to date) fourteen times for film and television, as early as 1930 and by such noted actors as Jason Robards and Wilford Brimley.

The Curse of Lew Wallace
A terrific article by William P. Barrett adapted from an earlier article published in Crosswinds, New Mexico's largest alternative newspaper.

Biography in Polish
Just in case your Polish is rusty and you need some reading material.


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Last modified: May 10, 2006