28 October 2013

General Joe Wheeler And His Alabama Home

We visited the Wheeler homePond Springs, on October 26, 2013.  Jim and I were the only two on the tour.

An encounter between author Frances Parkinson Wheeler Keyes and General Joseph Wheeler in Washington, D.C., from my Relatively Fiction blog:

My (Frances Wheeler's) first meeting with General Joseph Wheeler, which took place at the Capitol a few days later, was less disastrous than my meeting with General Miles at the White House...  An aura of grandeur surrounded the names of the men who had fought under the Stars and Bars and who, thirty years later, volunteered to serve under the Stars and Stripes; in the case of Fitzhugh Lee and 'Little Joe' Wheeler this aura became a positive radiance.  The pint-sized cavalry officer---'a diminutive Alabamian of terrific energy'--had had twenty-four horses killed under him during the War Between the States, but undeterred had continued to go galloping onward; the greater the danger the more he seemed to thrive.  Nothing could have been better suited his tastes and talents than the charge on San Juan Hill and, in my eyes, he was the outstanding hero of the Spanish-American War. 

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