Author to share Wallace’s defense of Cincinnati


Under the threat of Confederate invasion in September 1862, panic gripped the streets of Cincinnati, Ohio. It was the sixth largest city in the United States and was not only strategically important, but had ample resources to resupply the Confederate ranks. Furthermore, the city lacked quality fortification and was ripe for the taking. In stepped Union Major General Lew Wallace who declared martial law and organized the citizenry. Regardless of race, class, or creed, the city rallied under Wallace’s leadership to defend against a potential attack.

Join author Peter Bronson at the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum for a discussion of his new book “The Man Who Saved Cincinnati” on General Lew Wallace’s role in the defense of America’s Queen City. The talk is the second of the museum’s 2024 Dr. Howard Miller Lecture Series and will be held in the Carriage House Interpretive Center at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Bronson is a newsman, editor, magazine writer, author and owner of Chilidog Press publishing. He has written eight books, including “The Man Who Saved Cincinnati” (2023), “Not in Our Town” (2022) and “Forbidden Fruit” (2020). He was editorial page editor and columnist for The Cincinnati Enquirer for nearly 20 years. Under his leadership the Enquirer was judged Best Editorial Page in Ohio four years in a row. Before coming to Cincinnati in 1992, he was editorial page editor and columnist at The Tucson Citizen in Tucson, Arizona. He started his career in Michigan after graduating from Michigan State University in his hometown of East Lansing.

Limited seats are available for this event, so make a reservation by contacting Museum Associate Director Thomas Meeks at 765-362-5769 or

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