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Joseph Wheeler

Date of Birth:      September 10, 1836
Hometown:         Augusta, GA
Education:           West Point, 1859
Final Wartime Rank:    Major General
Final Peacetime Rank:  Brigadier General

Date of Death:     January 25, 1906
Place of Death:    Brooklyn, NY
Buried At:            Arlington National Cemetery

Major Battles:       Shiloh, Kentucky Campaign, Stones River, Chattanooga Campaign, Atlanta Campaign, Carolinas Campaign

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 Joseph 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.

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