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Wabash Valley Civil War Sesquicentennial Project

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Civil War Locations in Montgomery County, Indiana

Montgomery County's Tribute to her Heroic Dead

Erected in 1906, this memorial is a tribute to the Montgomery County soldiers that were killed all wars throughout history and is located at the County Courthouse. Additional plaques was added to the memorial to honor the significance of Montgomery County soldiers involved in United States wars since 1906. [1]


Major General Lew Wallace
Lew Wallace, 1827-1905, grew up in Covington, Indiana and is famous for his writing career and talent. However, he also held an active career in the military. At a young age, he became interested in the military by watching his father train local people with military drills.

In 1846, Wallace joined the 1st Indiana Volunteer Infantry during the Mexican-American War. During the Civil War, he became the Colonel of the 11th Indiana Volunteer Infantry and helped Governor Morton to prepare troops for fighting in the war. He earned a promotion to be the Major General of the U.S. Volunteers. Wallace was a significant figure involved in battles such as Fort Donelson, Shiloh and the Battle of Monocracy during the Civil War. In 1865, as a second officer of the military court, Wallace was involved in the court trial concerning the assassination plot against President Abraham Lincoln.

Following his retirement from the military, Wallace became interested in political and writing careers. Wallace authored seven major works, including "Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ", which is considered the best-selling novel of the 19th century. His political interests including holding a number of posts during the 1870s and 1880s. From 1878 to 1881, he served as governor of the New Mexico Territory and served as U.S. Minister to the Ottoman Empire from 1881 to 1885. With a desire to serve in the Spanish-American War in 1898, General Lew Wallace attempted to re-enlist in the military, but he was turned down on account of his advanced age. [2]

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Wabash College

In 1832, Wabash College was founded by the Methodist Church with the goal for equal education opportunities for its students. Soon after its founding and according to rumor, the college accepted an African-American student for admission.

To signify the heroism of the school's students in the Civil War, Wabash College has placed a plaque in Center hall on the east exterior wall. [3]

See the following link for more information about Montgomery County and the Wabash Valley’s involvement in the Underground Railroad.

Speed Cabin
Speed Cabin was a site that was reputed to have served a 'station' on the Underground Railroad. The present location is a reconstructed cabin, which was owned by John Allen Speed, is now located on the grounds of the Lane mansion. Speed, active in the abolitiionist movement, served as mayor of Crawfordsville from 1868-1869. [4]

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Montgomery County's Tribute to her Heroic Dead Inscription
Meet Lew Wallace 
Lew Wallace
Photo: Brady-Handy Collection Prints & Photographs Division, Courtesy of the Library of Congress, LC-DIG-cwpbh-00934
Walkin' the Wabash: An exploration of the Underground Railroad in west central Indiana
Wabash College Students who served in the Civil War
Speed Cabin