Trifling Words

Thanks to Will and his study of the Civil War this past quarter, I found a touching quote by Lew Wallace. I’ll share it in a minute.

But first, let’s learn about Lew.

Lew Wallace was born in 1827. His father was the Governor of Indiana.

A proud Hoosier, his time as a Civil War Union General proved disastrous for him. Through a series of miscommunications, he failed to lead his men to Shiloh where Union soldiers were slaughtered by Sherman and his men. By the time, Wallace arrived on the scene, there was little he could do and his military career was essentially over.

Devastated, he resolved to study theology.

Gen. Lew Wallace, circa 1861.

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In a satisfying turn of events, Lew Wallace ended up becoming a writer and enjoyed a celebrated place in history as the author of Ben-Hur.

Wallace was a man who knew both public shame and admiration during his lifetime. Sadly, he endured more than just trifling words as a result of his actions in the battle of Shiloh. Indeed, the shame from that experience stayed with him to the end of his days. 

Here’s his quote:

Trifling Words



 Trifling words, according to, would be:

1. insignificant or petty

2. frivolous or idle. 

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