Source: Buffalo Courier
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Gen. Lew Wallace Talks of His Friend, M’Kinley”
City of publication: Buffalo, New York
Date of publication: 26 September 1901
Volume number: 66
Issue number: 269
|“Gen. Lew Wallace Talks of His Friend, M’Kinley.” Buffalo Courier 26 Sept. 1901 v66n269: p. 6.|
|Lew Wallace; Lew Wallace (public statements); McKinley assassination (personal response); William McKinley.|
|James A. Garfield; Abraham Lincoln; William McKinley; Henry Lane Wallace [middle initial wrong below]; Lew Wallace.|
Gen. Lew Wallace Talks of His Friend, M’Kinley
WELL-KNOWN ARMY OFFICER AND AUTHOR IS IN BUFFALO
TO SEE THE EXPOSITION.
There arrived at the Broezel House Tuesday Gen.
Lew Wallace and his wife, his son, Henry W. Wallace, and his wife. The author
of “Ben-Hur,” one of the famous old generals of the Civil War, is here to see
the Exposition. Yesterday he visited the Temple of Music and saw the spot where
the late President was shot. The tears came into his eyes as he leaned heavily
on the seat against which he stood.
The old General does not often leave his home in Crawfordsville, Ind., where he is looked up to as one of the patriarchs.
Speaking to a Courier reporter Gen. Wallace said: “I have lived to see three men I loved stricken down by the hand of a murderous assassin. Old as I am I would take my sword down from the wall and, ferreting out these fellows, split them open from forelock to chop.
“I admired and honored Lincoln because I knew him comparatively intimately, and to do that was to realize his incomparable worth. Garfield and I were friends. We served in the same command.
“President McKinley I loved and revered as the highest type of American citizenship we have as yet had presented to us. It is with a glad heart I look into the future and know that in years to come there will be no more illustrious name in American history than that of William McKinley. We need the retrospect of a decade to fully appreciate it.”