“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Rogersville in Lauderdale County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

General Joseph Wheeler

Soldier • Statesman • Patriot

General Joseph Wheeler Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, April 10, 2010
1. General Joseph Wheeler Marker
Inscription. (plaque)
"Trusted, honored, and loved by the people of Alabama for his splendid character and distinguished service as a citizen and soldier." Born September 10, 1836, in Augusta, Georgia, Joseph Wheeler graduated from West Point in 1859, and was commissioned a 2nd Lt., U.S. Army. In 1861, he resigned his commission and offered his services to the Confederate States of America. His devotion to duty and tireless efforts resulted in rapid promotion from 1st Lt. to Colonel of the 19th Alabama Inf., to command of the Cavalry of the Army of the Mississippi, with the rank of Brigadier Gen., by July 1862. At age 27, "Fighting Joe" Wheeler was promoted Major Gen. and given command of the Cavalry Corps of the Army of Tennessee. He was constantly engaged in battle, wounded 3 times, and had 16 horses shot from under him. He was promoted to Lt. Gen. on February 28, 1865. Following the War Between the States, Wheeler married and settled in Alabama. He was elected to the House of Representatives ten times by the people of the Eighth District and served with distinction. Because of his Allegiance to the country, Wheeler's offer of military service in the war with Spain resulted in a commission as Major General Commanding the U.S. Volunteer Cavalry. He fought in Cuba and in the Philippines. He retired as a Brigadier Gen. of the Regular
General Joseph Wheeler Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, April 10, 2010
2. General Joseph Wheeler Marker
Army on September 10, 1900. Wheeler died on February 25, 1906, and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. He is regarded by the people of both North and South as a beloved symbol of our reunited country.

Captain Samuel L. Freeman's Battery,
commanded by Captain Amirah Huggins,
served under Gen. Joseph Wheeler from late,
1863 to the End of the War Between the States.

Erected 2006 by Freeman's Battery Forrest's Artillery Camp 1939 Sons of the Confederate Veterans.
Location. 34° 48.698′ N, 87° 19.823′ W. Marker is in Rogersville, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. Marker can be reached from McLean Drive 4.5 miles south of U.S. 72. Click for map. Located near the Lodge in Joe Wheeler State Park Resort. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4401 McLean Drive, Rogersville AL 35652, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Samuel Burney: 1763-1849 Revolutionary War Veteran / Burneys Creek/First Creek Wheeler Lake (approx. 1.5 miles away); Rogersville Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (approx. 2.2 miles away); Lamb’s Ferry Road (approx. 2.3 miles away); Heritage Park
Joe Wheeler Lodge and Pier image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, April 10, 2010
3. Joe Wheeler Lodge and Pier
(approx. 2.3 miles away); Lauderdale County High School 1912 (approx. 2.5 miles away); The TVA System of Multi-purpose Dams (approx. 3.1 miles away); Covington/Second Creek / Wheeler Dam/Lake (approx. 3.3 miles away); Elgin/Elgin Crossroads (approx. 4.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Rogersville.
Also see . . .
1. Tennesseans in the Civil War - Confederate Artillery Units. Captain Amariah L. Huggins' Tennessee Light Artillery Company. Also called Baxter's (1st Organization); Freeman's Battery; Company "B", Monsarrat's Tennessee Light Artillery Battalion (Submitted on November 2, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 

2. Arlington National Cemetery Website. Joseph Wheeler Lieutenant General, Confederate States Major General, United States Army Member of Congress (Submitted on November 2, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 
Categories. War, Spanish-AmericanWar, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 1,281 times since then and 66 times this year. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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