General Joseph Wheeler
Born:September 10,1836 in Augusta, Georgia
Died:January 25,1906 at his sister's home in Brooklyn, New York
He was admitted to West Point Military Academy at the age of seventeen and graduated with honors in 1859.
In September of 1861 he was appointed Colonel of the 19th Alabama Infantry. In July of the same year he was given command of the Calvary in General Braxton Bragg's Army of the Mississippi.
During the war he was wounded three times and had 16 horses shot out from under him. He was promoted to Brigadier General of the CSA at the end of October 1862. In January,1863 he was promoted to Major General in February 0f 1865 at 28 years old, he was promoted to Lieutenant General.
He held a seat in a Congress after the war from 1881 until he resigned in 1900.
He served in the Spanish-American war in 1898 as Major General of U.S. Volunteers and commanded a Cavalry Division in William R.Shafters V Corps. Troops, under his command were famous men in history such as Leonard Woods and Theodore Roosevelt's "Rough Riders". He was mustered out of service and was appointed Brigadier General in the United States Army in June of 1900. He commanded the Department of the Lakes until his retirement in September of 1900.
He is buried in Section 2 of the Arlington National Cemetery. One of only two former Confederate Generals that are buried at Arlington.
Special thanks to the Alabama Dept. of Archives & History