MAJOR GENERAL JOSEPH "FIGHTIN' JOE" WHEELER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 12/12/1904 - HFSID 261546
JOSEPH WHEELER Joseph Wheeler wrote this letter to one of his daughters from Mexico in 1904 about artillery tests before the President of Mexico and meeting an acquaintance of hers. Autograph letter signed "Joseph Wheeler.
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Joseph Wheeler wrote this letter to one of his daughters from Mexico in 1904 about artillery tests before the President of Mexico and meeting an acquaintance of hers.
Autograph letter signed "Joseph Wheeler." 3 pages, 5½x8½, 1 sheet folded, front and verso, on stationery of The American Club in Mexico City, Mexico. Written in "Mexico", Dec. 12, 1904. In part: "My darling A lady called on me & said she knew you at the Bancroft hotel & that you knew her uncle Mr Nevill and her aunt Mrs Nevill Her name is Miss Strong about 35 years old. She wanted to do type writing for Doctor McClean and he [illegible] her [illegible] - I could not recall her Our test before the President was a wonderful success. It will do us good No letter today in [illegible] I expect you think me on en-route home The wether is magnificent It is warm but we look out upon mountains covered with snow. You dont [sic] speak of Annie How she got home. With all my love Devotedly your father". A Confederate Major General and 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. Lightly toned. Light show-through touches handwriting and signature. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.
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