MAJOR GENERAL JOSEPH "FIGHTIN' JOE" WHEELER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 12/11/1904 - HFSID 250742
Sale Price $467.50
Joseph Wheeler wrote this letter to his children in 1904 about an artillery test carried out in front of Mexican President Porfirio Diaz.
Autograph letter signed: "Joseph Wheeler". 2 pages, 5¼x8¼, single-sided sheets, on stationery of the Hotel Sanz. Dec. 11, 1904. In full: "My darlings I have been out since early this morning but I cannot go to bed without saying a word to you. The firing this morning in the presence of President Diaz was a perfect success. Two or more of his Cabinet were with him & many officers including his General of Artillery. I will send you pictures. I did not like to fire Sunday but it is the custom in Mexico & Catholic countries. I expect to start back about Thursday. With all my love Your devoted father" Former Alabama Congressman "Fighting Joe" A Confederate Major Generaland senior Cavalry General of the Confederate Armies, 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.PORFIRIO DIAZ (1830-1915, born in Oaxaca, Mexico) was President of Mexico from 1877 to 1880 and 1884 to 1911. Lightly toned and creased. Random ink stains. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.
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