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Augusta in Richmond County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Birthplace of General Joseph Wheeler

 
 
Birthplace of General Joseph Wheeler Marker Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, July 17, 2005
1. Birthplace of General Joseph Wheeler Marker
Inscription. A short distance north of this place, General Joseph Wheeler was born on Sept. 10, 1836. He graduated from West Point in 1859 and held the rank of 2nd lieutenant when the Civil War broke out. Resigning his commission in the Mounted Rifles, U.S.A., to join the Confederate Army, Wheeler was promoted within twenty-one months to major general in charge of all cavalry of the Army of Tenn. In Feb. 1865, he was commissioned lieutenant general. Wounded three times, Wheeler played prominent parts in Bragg’s invasion of Ky., and the campaigns of Chattanooga, Atlanta, Savannah, and the Carolinas. Criticized for lack of discipline among his troops, Wheeler was superseded by Lieutenant General Wade Hampton as chief of cavalry.

After the war, Wheeler lived in the town of Wheeler, Ala., which was named for him. He studied law and was admitted to the Ala. bar. Elected to Congress in 1881, he served almost continuously until his resignation in 1900. As a major general of the U.S. Volunteers in the Spanish-American War, Wheeler fought at San Juan Hill, as well as in the Philippines. He retired from the U.S. Regular Army in 1900 with the rank of brigadier general. General Wheeler died in 1906 and is buried in Arlington Cemetery.
 
Erected 1963 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 121-43.)
Birthplace of General Joseph Wheeler Marker at Aumond Road and Wheeler Road intersection Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, October 2011
2. Birthplace of General Joseph Wheeler Marker at Aumond Road and Wheeler Road intersection

 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 29.399′ N, 82° 3.075′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Georgia, in Richmond County. Marker is at the intersection of Wheeler Road and Aumond Road, on the right when traveling west on Wheeler Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Augusta GA 30906, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Joseph Wheeler (approx. half a mile away); Bobby Jones and the Beginning of the Grand Slam (approx. 1.2 miles away); Pierce Memorial Methodist Church (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Sisters of Saint Joseph In Augusta (approx. 1.7 miles away); Walker Family Cemetery (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Augusta Arsenal (approx. 1.8 miles away); Augusta State University (approx. 1.8 miles away); Stephen Vincent Benet House (approx. 1.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Augusta.
 
Also see . . .
1. General Joseph Wheeler. Wikipedia biography. (Submitted on December 29, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 

2. Major General Joseph Wheeler - the Controversy. While the marker states that Wheeler was promoted to Lieutenant General in February 1865, there is some controversy about this promotion. (Submitted on December 29, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 
 
Categories. MilitaryPoliticsWar, Spanish-AmericanWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 2,413 times since then and 141 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   2. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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