MAJOR GENERAL JOSEPH "FIGHTIN' JOE" WHEELER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/11/1905 - HFSID 322759
Sale Price $510.00
JOSEPH "FIGHTING JOE" WHEELER
Letter from the Confederate General to his daughter on his trip to Mexico, saying he bought her a silk cloak and that he was fortunate enough to meet actress Cora Urquhart Brown-Potter
Autograph letter signed: "Joseph Wheeler", 2 pages, 8½x11. January 11, 1905. Mexico City, Mexico. Accompanied by original mailing envelope. In part: "My dearest darling, I have bought for you a beautiful African silk opera cloak. I know you will like it. I think I got it cheap + am quite certain if I can get it over the border without duty. I met Mrs. James Brown Potter yesterday as I I write you + to day I called + sent to her with my card a beautiful bouquet of flowers. It cost me 37½ cents sold + it would have cost probably five dollars in New York". A Confederate Major Generaland senior Cavalry General of the Confederate Armies, Joseph "Fighting Joe"Wheeler (1836-1906, born near Augusta, Georgia), by his own account, fought in 400 battles, was wounded three times and had 16 horses shot out from under him. After the war, he lived in New Orleans for two years before settling in Wheeler, Alabama, named in his honor. There, he practiced law and engaged in cotton planting before representing his adopted state as a Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives (1881-1882, 1883, 1885-1900). He later served as Major General of Volunteers in the Spanish American War and was the Commander at the Battle of Las Guasimas, Cuba, the first United States Army victory on foreign soil. Multiple folds. Toned. Light surface creases. Pencil notes on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.
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