C234 - General Joseph Wheeler Post-War Letter

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C234 - General Joseph Wheeler Post-War Letter

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Written 13 February 1905 from the American Club in Mexico City (on letterhead stationery) to his daughter, this is a one page letter informing her that he is sending her a check and assuring her she should write to him any time she needs funds. He also mentions 12 boxes of books which he has sent to her and asks to be notified of their arrival and their condition upn arrival. Wheeler had a most interesting story. Born in Georgia, he was raised by relatives in Connecticut and received an appointment to West Point. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he returned to the South, joined the Confederate Army and rose rapidly through the ranks. He was promoted to Brigadier General in 1862 and led the Army of Tennessee's cavalry during the last months of that year. He and his troops fought at Chickamauga, with Longstreet at Knoxville and with Hood against Sherman during his advance on Atlanta. Lee considered him to be one of the two most outstanding cavalry leaders in the Confederate army. After the war, he was elected as an Alabama delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives and there he did much to champion economic policies that would rebuild the South. He rejoined the ranks of the Union Army and fought in both the Spanish American War and the Philippine-American War. He is also credited with authoring several books. A noteworthy letter, fully signed in a clear hand and totally written by a Confederate general. Most desirable and in excellent condition.
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