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

Wheeler Rifles

~Organized 1888~

Wheeler Rifles Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, July 25, 2009
1. Wheeler Rifles Marker
Inscription. Prior to the repeal of the Militia Act in 1902, states maintained their own militia. One of the last militia in Florence and Lauderdale County was the Wheeler Rifles. Organized in 1888, under the command of Captain Julian Fields, it was named for U.S. Congressman Joseph Wheeler, a Confederate hero who later commanded the U.S. Cavalry in Cuba. The Wheeler Rifles, under the command of Captain William Martin, was the first militia company in Alabama to volunteer for service in the Spanish-American War, although the war ended while they were undergoing training in Florida.
Erected by Florence Historic Board Florence Alabama.
Location. 34° 47.992′ N, 87° 40.586′ W. Marker is in Florence, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. Marker is at the intersection of East Tennessee Street (U.S. 72) and Short Court Street, on the left when traveling west on East Tennessee Street. Touch for map. Located at entrance behind Florence Utilities Building. Marker is in this post office area: Florence AL 35630, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Founding of Florence (within shouting distance of this marker); Downtown Florence Historic District (within shouting distance of this marker); Dred Scott (within shouting distance of this marker); Southall Drugs (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); City of Florence (about 500 feet away); Lauderdale County (about 700 feet away); Karsner-Kennedy House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Justice John McKinley Federal Building (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Florence.
Also see . . .  Times Daily May 4, 1895. Wheeler Rifles Reception. A Brilliant Social Event Long to be Remembered. (Submitted on July 7, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 
Categories. War, Spanish-AmericanWar, US Civil
Credits. This page was last revised on July 25, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 7, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 1,208 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on July 7, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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