Westerly Granite in Indiana

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Individuals of the Civil War in Indiana

Lew Wallace Monument, Crawfordsville, IN


Contractor: Joseph Newall & Company of Westerly, RI. for Sidney Speed of Crawfordsville. IN
Material: Westerly Granite
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Height: 30 feet
Base: 7 feet 6 inches square
About the Monument: Speed speaks of the work as follows: "The work is excellent. The three bases and die and plinth are a copy and enlargement of the monument erected by the sculptor Storey to his wife at Rome, with the wreath of immortelles and the garland of flowers left out and the figure of Grief replaced with a draped obelisk." Mr speed stats that he modelled the drapery and carving, which was criticized by Loreedo Taft, the eminent sculptor of Chicago before the models were sent to Joseph Newall & Co.
About the Man:
Lewis Wallace was born April 10, 1827. He was raised in a home that was politically inclined, his father David J. Wallace, being the sixth governor of the state of Indiana. It was during the Civil War the Lew Wallace began to enter his own right to fame. Initially he was appointed by Governor Oliver P. Morton as adjutant general for the purpose of organizing the volunteers across the state into assigned divisions of troops. He was later given a commission and led troops into battles at Fort Donelson and Fort Henry. He also had a significant role to play in the Battle at Shiloh. By the end of the war he had reached the position of Major General.
After the war, he was involved in the commission that tried the Lincoln assassination conspirators. From 1878-1881 he served as Territorial Governor of New Mexico, and was the U.S. minister to the Ottoman Empire from 1881-1885. However, what he is best known for was his literary contribution to history. In 1880 he completed Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, a novel that has been reprinted many times and was considered the best-selling novel in America in the 19th century. It inspired at least two Hollywood productions, one in 1925 and the other in 1959.


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