On this day in Alabama history: ‘Fighting Joe’ Wheeler was born in Georgia

On this day in Alabama history: ‘Fighting Joe’ Wheeler was born in Georgia
Photo of the staff of the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment, the Rough Riders, in Tampa, Florida. Included in the photograph is Gen. Joseph Wheeler (front, center) and Lt. Col. Theodore Roosevelt (far right). The photo was taken just before the regiment embarked for Cuba during the Spanish-American War, c. 1898. (U.S. National Archives, Wikipedia)

September 10, 1836

Gen. Joseph “Fighting Joe” Wheeler was born in Augusta, Georgia. Wheeler served as commander of the cavalry for the Confederate Army of Tennessee during the Civil War and, later, as a general in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War. In between wars, Wheeler served as a multi-term U.S. representative from Alabama as a Bourbon Democrat. A statue of Wheeler is one of two representing Alabama in the National Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Wheeler was inducted into the Alabama Hall of Fame in 1968, and his plantation home in Hillsboro, named Pond Spring, is maintained by the Alabama Historical Commission.

Read more at Encyclopedia of Alabama.

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