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Conyers in Rockdale County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

“Fightin’ Joe” Wheeler

 
 
“Fightin’ Joe” Wheeler Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 6, 2009
1. “Fightin’ Joe” Wheeler Marker
Inscription.  Near this spot, May 9, 1865, Major General Joseph Wheeler, C.S.A., and part of his staff were captured by Federal troops who were pursuing President Jefferson Davis. Gen. Wheeler was released at Athens but, later, was again arrested and sent north with Pres. Davis. He was imprisoned at Fort Delaware, Del., until June 8, 1865, when he was released. Gen. Wheeler fought more battles than any other cavalryman in the War Between the States. Wounded 3 times, he had his horse shot out from under him 16 times. In the U. S. Army in the Spanish-American War, he served with equal honor and distinction.
 
Erected 1956 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 122-3.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, Spanish-AmericanWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 33° 39.919′ N, 84° 1.059′ W. Marker is in Conyers, Georgia, in Rockdale County. Marker is on Green Street SW 0 miles east of Travis Street
“Fightin’ Joe” Wheeler Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 6, 2009
2. “Fightin’ Joe” Wheeler Marker
Looking toward Green Street from the Conyers-Rockdale library. The "Fightin' Joe" Wheeler marker is to the right; the marker to the left is "Sherman at Conyers."
SW, on the right when traveling east. The marker is located in the median of the drive entering the Conyers-Rockdale Library. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 864 Green Street, Conyers GA 30012, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sherman at Conyers (a few steps from this marker); Conyers Station (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rockdale County (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rev. Henry Quigg, D.D. (approx. 0.2 miles away); Conyers Methodist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hightower Trail (approx. 5.3 miles away); The March to the Sea (approx. 6.8 miles away); Rebecca Latimer Felton (approx. 8.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Conyers.
 
More about this marker. The marker has been moved at least twice from its original location on US 278. When Interstate 20 was built it was moved to a small rest area; when that rest area was closed in the late 1990s it was moved to the present location.
 
Also see . . .
1. Joseph Wheeler. Biography at the Wheeler Plantation site. Of note, there is some controversy over Wheeler's final rank in the Confederate Army. (Submitted on June 10, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 

2. Joseph Wheeler. More details of Wheeler's military career. (Submitted on June 10, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 
 
The Conyers-Rockdale Library image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 6, 2009
3. The Conyers-Rockdale Library
Looking toward the library (under renovation), the "Fightin' Joe" Wheeler marker is to the left; the Sherman at Conyers marker to the right.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 9, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,612 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 9, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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