DescriptionConfederate Joseph Wheeler Archive. A three piece archive consisting of two autograph letter signed and one unsigned eight-page autograph manuscript. The first ALS, dated April 14, 1903, reads: ...I will start at work & do best I can on sketch of Gen. Polk. How many words would you recommend...Joseph Wheeler". The second letter, dated April 16, 1903, states: "I have drawn off a little about Gen. Polk. I regret I could not make it better...". The final item is an eight-page handwritten essay on Confederate Lieutenant-General Leomideus Polk. It reads, in part: "On November 7th his troops crossed the Mississippi river and fought the battle of Belmont Missouri the opposing force being commanded by General U. S. Grant. The advance of the federal forces from Paducah compelled the retirement of Gen. Polks troops from Columbus...At the battle of Shiloh Gen. Polk commanded the First Army Corps...troops under this gallant leader did most effective service..."
Nicknamed "Fightin' Joe", Wheeler fought for the Confederacy, entering as a second lieutenant and twenty months later was a major general in command of all the cavalry in the Army of Tennessee. He was almost constantly engaged in battle, wounded three times. He was elected to Congress from Alabama, and served from 1881 to 1897. All documents in this archive are in extremely fine condition.
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