Date of Birth: September 10, 1836
Hometown: Augusta, GA
Final Wartime Rank: Major General
Final Peacetime Rank: Brigadier General
Date of Death: January 25, 1906
Place of Death: Brooklyn, NY
Arlington National Cemetery
Campaign, Stones River,
Chattanooga Campaign, Atlanta Campaign, Carolinas
Interesting Fact(s): After graduating West Point, in
1859, and would become 2nd lieutenant, in the Mounted Rifles. He would
resign his U.S. Army commission, in April 1861. After initially being
an artillery lieutenant, he would be promoted to colonel, of the 19th
Alabama Infantry. He would lead this regiment at the bloody battle, of
Shiloh. Soon after,
Braxton Bragg would make him chief of cavalry, of
the Army of the Mississippi. His record in battle was second to none.
He would be wounded three times, he would have 16 horses shot out from under
him and 36 of his staff officers would be wounded - while they were near
him. Wheeler would enjoy very rapid advancement, as he would become
brigadier general, in October 1862, and major general in January, 1863.
He would lead Bragg's cavalry in most of its major engagements: Kentucky
Campaign, Stones River and
Chattanooga. He would fight under
Johnston, during the Atlanta campaign and would finish the war with the
Carolinas Campaign. After the war, he would reside in New Orleans, and
then Alabama. He would serve eight terms in the U.S. Congress.
One of the few Confederate generals, to reenter the U.S. Army, he would
become major general, volunteers, during the Spanish American War, with a
regular army rank of brigadier general.