Joseph Wheeler, Jr. was the eldest son of Joseph and Daniella Wheeler. Like his other siblings, his life was framed by life in rural Northern Alabama on the one hand, and facets of life associated with Joseph Wheeler's congressional career in Washington, D.C. on the other.
Joseph Wheeler was born in Augusta, Georgia, on September 10, 1836, the youngest of four children. His mother died in 1842, and shortly thereafter his father lost his fortune. Wheeler's father decided to take the children and return to his home state of Connecticut.
[Editor: Wheeler Plantation curator, Melissa Beasley, discovered a number of hand written pages within Miss Annie’s small desk. They tell the story of her involvement in the Spanish-American War. 1998 was the 100-year anniversary of the conflict, and it was felt that the reprinting of these pages would be appropriate. The manuscript has been reproduced without editing; cross-outs, underlines, and original spellings are preserved.]
The following account describes the story of Colonel Benjamin Sherrod’s monumental achievement toward establishing a modern commercial transportation system within the Tennessee Valley, and it was a success that has extended its reaches to this very day.
A set of 1901 Artillery Corps Dress Uniform Knots and Helmet have resided at the Wheeler Home since Joseph Wheeler, Jr's death in 1938. LTC (Ret) William K. Emerson researched the uniform items owned by Colonel Wheeler.
Annie Early Wheeler, second of General Wheeler's children, was born on July 31, 1868. Her love of beauty and nature, coupled with a compassion for suffering people, were her trademarks throughout her life.