1955: Miss Annie Wheeler Obituary

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THE FLORENCE TIMES | April 11, 1955

1955: Miss Annie Wheeler Obituary

Miss Annie Wheeler, 86, one of the most famed women in Alabama died Sunday at a hospital in Richmond, VA.

Miss Wheeler, a resident of Wheeler and daughter of the Confederate General Joseph Wheeler, had been hospitalized since breaking her hip in a fall at a Richmond bus terminal more than a week ago.

During almost every war of her lifetime, Miss Wheeler had done Red Cross Work. In the Spanish-American War, she worked under the direction of Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, in Santiago, Cuba, at the time of the yellow fever epidemic.

In the Philippine Insurrection, Wheeler worked With her father nursing the sick and wounded. She rejoined the Red Cross as a hospital worker when World War I began and went to France where she worked in hospitals near the front trenches. During this war the Doughboys gave her the title "Miss Sunshine".

In the years since World War II she became the driving force behind the hundreds or garments that were made by the Lawrence County Red Cross chapter.

Her father, one of the Confederate cavalry commanders, was a major general in the Spanish American War also His War Between the States activity included the command of cavalry attached to the armies of Generals Braxton Bragg and Joseph E. Johnston.

Wheeler's cavalry was virtually the only opposition faced by Union General William T. Sherman in this march to the sea following the fall of Atlanta in 1864.

Wheeler was elected to Congress after the Civil War but resumed his military duties during the Spanish American War.

Wheeler Dam was built near the Wheeler Home, one of the most famous homes in Alabama and is named for the Confederate general.

She is survived by a sister, Mrs. William J. Harris, Wheeler and several nieces, grandnieces and grandnephews.

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