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Fort Gillem in Clayton County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Wheeler Drive

 
 
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By David Seibert, September 6, 2012
1. Wheeler Drive Marker
Inscription. Named in honor of Maj. General Joseph Wheeler (USMA 1859), commander of the 2nd Cavalry Corps, Army of Tennessee, CSA.

A renowned raider, he guarded the flanks of the Confederate Army, with headquarters near present Depot site, covering the Confederate retreat. A member of Congress 1881-1883 and 1885-1900, he was a Major General U. S. Vols. 1898, Spanish American War and the Philippine Insurrection and was appointed Brig. General, USA. He was one of the nation’s great Cavalry leaders.

Born at Augusta, Georgia, September 10, 1836. Died January 25, 1906.
 
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 031-AGD-4.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 37.657′ N, 84° 18.899′ W. Marker is in Fort Gillem, Georgia, in Clayton County. Marker is at the intersection of Wheeler Drive and Hood Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Wheeler Drive. Click for map. The marker stands in the former Fort Gillem, now owned by the City of Forest Park. The city is just beginning to redevelop the property, and most of the existing buildings will be torn down. The Executive Director of
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By David Seibert, September 6, 2012
2. Wheeler Drive Marker
the city’s Local Redevelopment Authority intends to preserve all the historical markers on the site. Fort Gillem is a restricted area. Marker is in this post office area: Forest Park GA 30297, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hood Avenue (within shouting distance of this marker); McIntosh Gate (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hardee Hall (about 400 feet away); Flankers Road (approx. 1.5 miles away); Fort Gillem (approx. 1.6 miles away); a different marker also named Hood Avenue (approx. 2.1 miles away); Iverson Gate (approx. 2.1 miles away); Stewart’s & Lee’s A.C. March to Lovejoy’s Sta. (approx. 2.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Gillem.
 
More about this marker. Fort Gillem was designated the Atlanta General Depot at the time the markers were erected, explaining the Georgia Historical Marker numbering. It was renamed the Atlanta Army Depot in 1962, and Fort Gillem in 1973.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, Spanish-AmericanWar, US Civil
 
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By David Seibert, September 6, 2012
3. Wheeler Drive Marker
Looking south on Wheeler Drive. Building 101, the former Fort Gillem headquarters, is in the distance although fenced off.
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By David Seibert, September 6, 2012
4. Wheeler Drive Marker
Looking northeast, with McIntosh Gate in the distance
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By David Seibert, September 6, 2012
5. Wheeler Drive Marker
Looking northwest across Hood Avenue at warehouses from the former Atlanta General Depot in the distance.
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By David Seibert, September 6, 2012
6. Wheeler Drive Marker
Looking north across Hood Avenue at the former Atlanta General Depot warehouses.
General Joseph Wheeler, CSA image. Click for full size.
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7. General Joseph Wheeler, CSA
 
 
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