Who was Lew Wallace?
Lew Wallace was an American lawyer from Indiana; a Union general in the American Civil War, governor of the New Mexico Territory (1878-81) and U.S. minister to Turkey (1881-85), and author. His book, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, became a best-selling novel. The book has never been out of print since it was first published in 1880, and has been translated into nearly every major language. A Civil War General, Wallace commanded federal troops during a battle which slowed the Confederate advance on the capital and came to be known as the battle that saved Washington, D.C.