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Lew Wallace’s beard is as illustrative and multi-pointed as his Postbellum career.

As a General in the Union Army, Wallace fought under Grant at Forts Henry and Donelson. Following a controversial command at Shiloh, he was reassigned to the garrison at Washington, D.C where he successfully repulsed Jubal Early’s raid in 1864. After the war, Wallace served as Governor of New Mexico during the Lincoln County War, U.S. Minister to the Ottoman Empire, and also authored best-selling historical novel, Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ.