By Isabel Wallace
Originally released in 1909, this biography through Isabel Wallace recounts the lifetime of her adoptive father, the little-recognized William Hervy Lamme Wallace, the highest-ranking Union officer to fall on the conflict of Shiloh.
Born in 1821 in Ohio, Wallace and his family members moved to Illinois in 1834, the place he used to be trained at Rock Springs Seminary in Mount Morris. On his strategy to research legislations with Abraham Lincoln in Springfield in 1844, Wallace was once persuaded by means of neighborhood legal professional T. Lyle Dickey, an in depth pal of Lincoln, to affix his perform in Ottawa as an alternative. Wallace finally married Dickey’s daughter, Martha Ann, in 1851.
When the Civil warfare broke out, either Wallace and Dickey instantly volunteered for provider with the 11th Illinois, which assembled in Springfield. Wallace used to be elected because the unit’s colonel; a profitable legal professional, a pal of President Lincoln, a iteration older than so much privates, and an officer with Mexican conflict adventure, he used to be completely fitted to such command. Wallace was once appointed brigadier common for his functionality at fortress Donelson, the 1st striking Union victory within the Civil conflict. Wallace’s troops had stored the day, even supposing the 11th Illinois had misplaced approximately two-thirds of its males. He then moved together with his troops to Pittsburg touchdown, Tennessee, the place Confederates introduced a shock assault at the forces of significant common Ulysses S. provide at Shiloh Church on Sunday, April 6, 1862. Wallace, who held basically transitority command of 1 of Grant’s six divisions, fought bravely yet was once mortally wounded as he started to withdraw his males at the afternoon of the conflict. His spouse, who had arrived at Pittsburg touchdown by way of steamer at the day of the conflict, used to be at his part whilst he died 3 days later. supply praised Wallace in 1868 as the equivalent of the simplest, if now not some of the best, of the Volunteer Generals with me on the date of his death.”
Isabel Wallace lines her father’s lifestyles from his upbringing in Ottawa via his schooling, his provider within the Mexican conflict, his legislations perform, his courtship of and marriage to her mom, and his carrier within the 11th Illinois until eventually his mortal damage at Shiloh. She additionally info his funeral and her and her mother’s lifestyles within the postwar years. in line with the copious letters and kin papers of the overall and his spouse, the biography additionally presents ancient details on federal politics of the interval, together with statement on Lincoln’s crusade and election and on kingdom politics, particularly relating to T. Lyle Dickey, Wallace’s spouse's father and legislations associate, sought after Illinois baby-kisser, and affiliate of Lincoln. it's illustrated with fifteen black-and-white halftones.
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But I've no doubt he overestimates the extent of this feeling; if we should meet with any reverses these very fellows who are now so kind and so full of professions of friendship, would be the first to cut our throats. Treachery is a characteristic of the race, and after getting all our money I've no doubt they would shoot us for the sake of our clothes. I don't think they will ever fight us with anything like equal numbers. Taylor's victory at Monterey over a superior force, and that force entrenched, has frightened them.
Wallace! At the mention of thy name a flood of old associations and memories come thronging to the hearts of many who knew thee in young manhood at Mount Morris. "He fell on Shiloh's field while facing fearful odds. " After the Northwestern University at Evanston was established, the old Seminary did not have its former patronage and did not pay expenses, and was finally sold on a mortgage. Robert R. Hitt bought it in, at the earnest desire of his mother, and afterwards sold it to the Dunkard denomination, and it is now called the Mount Morris College.
Life and Letters of General W. H. L. Wallace by Isabel Wallace