William Hervey Lamme Wallace was a Union officer at the battle of Shiloh. After performing well during the northern victory at Ft. Donelson in February of 1862, Wallace more or less chanced into his command at Shiloh when another officer, Major General Charles Smith, was injured and was forced to turn over his command to Wallace. Years earlier, Wallace married the young daughter of the Dickey family whom Wallace had befriended for years. The daughter’s name was Ann, and Will Wallace was eleven years her senior. However, the years didn’t seem to matter in their relationship. In the months leading up to Shiloh, Will and Ann wrote a series of letters that are nothing if not romantic. This romance brought Ann Dickey Wallace to Pittsburg Landing at Shiloh when she became aware Will wasn’t feeling well. The trip was unknown to Wallace, and the very morning Ann arrived, the Shiloh battle began. Engaged in heavy combat at a battlefield location that came to be called the Hornet’s Nest, Will Wallace never knew his wife was nearby. As his men retreated, Wallace was struck in the head by a bullet. Left for dead during a hasty Union retreat, Wallace was on the field all night, and it was only discovered the next day that he was still alive – although his wound would prove to be mortal. Ann accompanied her wounded husband to a house in nearby Savannah, Tennessee. She stayed at Wallace’s side until he passed away on April 10, 1862.