Joseph Wheeler letter to a Confederate Captain

Joseph Wheeler letter to a Confederate Captain

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Wheeler, Joseph, 1836-1906
Title: Joseph Wheeler letter to a Confederate Captain
Dates: 1864 August 8
Quantity: 0.1 Linear feet (1 portfolio)
Abstract:The collection consists of a letter from General Joseph Wheeler, dated Headquarters Cavalry Corps, Covington, Georgia, August 8, 1864, to a Confederate Captain. Wheeler states he has heard from Generals Iverson and Allen who are moving toward his position, requests horse shoes to be ready for movement, and states his command has been successful at foraging for food. This letter was written on the eve of Wheeler's Atlanta Raid (Aug. 10 - Sept. 10, 1864).
Coll. Number: ms2121

Biographical/Historical Note

Joseph Wheeler was born in 1836 and died in 1906. He was a Confederate Major General in the Civil War. In July of 1863, he commanded all cavalry for the Army of the Mississippi. He commanded U.S. volunteers in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. Wheeler also served during the Civil War and the Philippine Insurrection, and authored several books on military and civil subjects. Wheeler County, in central Georgia, is named in his honor.

Index Terms

Allen, William Wirt, 1835-1844
Atlanta Campaign, 1864.
Confederate States of America. Army. -- Officers
Confederate States of America. Army. Cavalry.
Generals--Confederate States of America.
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns.
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Cavalry operations.
Iverson, Alfred, 1829-1911

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

Portions of this collection have been digitized and are available online as part of America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Joseph Wheeler letter to a Confederate Captain. MS 2121. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

1Letter, 1864 August 8 View online.