The web of life oft seems tangled, the warp and woof of fate fickle and arbitrary. But sometimes the backstory, forgotten in the bright light of the present, provides an unmistakable glimpse of providence at work. And thus one good story begets another.

The son of an Indiana State governor, Lew Wallace began professional life as a lawyer and state senator. He'd even joined the Union Army during the Civil War, rising to the rank of major general.