MAJOR GENERAL JOSEPH "FIGHTIN' JOE" WHEELER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 251519
Sale Price $637.50
JOSEPH "FIGHTING JOE" WHEELER
Rare undated letter from Joseph Wheeler to a colonel regarding possibly illegal tickets from an election. Accompanied by a small b/w photo of a painting of Wheeler on horseback. This letter is possibly from his 1880 election campaign for U. S. Congressman, which he won after 601 Republican ballots were declared to be illegal.
Autograph letter signed "J Wheeler" in purple ink. Pencil notations on back of letter in unknown hand. 3 pages, 7¾x8½, 1 sheet folded, front and verso, on ruled paper with embossed logo in upper left corner. Addressed to Col. George C. Almer. In full: "Dear Sir I enclose [illegible] showing number of ille tickets at each box which have the word 1st District 2nd District etc in them & which an illegal plen we will prove by one of the Inspectors or clerks how many void tickets [illegible] & counted at each precinct I enclose some of the tickets of each kind. Please keep them clean in an envelope & when you take the evidence of you Inspector or clerk to prove them please let him make one the enclosed tickets on exhibit to his deposition He can mark on the top of the ticket with the must a pencil the enitials [sic] of is name and make the ticket an exhibit to his deposition, by [illegible] the ticket to the paper with a pencil a pin or with a little [illegible] on one end the back of one end Please be careful of the tickets and as I only have these few few. I enclose two kinds of H on each [illegible] tickets as I dont [sic] know which kind were used in Franklin Courts of the [illegible] will know however I allege in my answer that illegal arty we or figured ballots were [illegible] and counted in Franklin as stated above Please prove it as least in the boxes when the great number over cast for certain at [illegible] N Pleasant [illegible] Franfurt & Newbury Keep account of all expenses and charge of interview or congress with [illegible] item dont [sic] touch any these concerning McNain box Your friend". Lightly toned, soiled and creased. Light show-though touches handwriting but not signature. Folded twice and unfolded. Light burn hole along top fold. Otherwise in fine condition. Accompanied by: Unsigned book photo. B/w, 3x4 overall, 2½x3 image, one surface. Captioned: "21 x 25 unframed/C-1 MAJOR GENERAL JOSEPH WHEELER/Battler of Chickamauga, September 19, 1863". Lightly toned. Irregular top, left and bottom edges. Otherwise in fine condition. This letter is possibly from Wheeler's 1880 campaign against Republican William Lowe to be elected U. S. Congressman from Alabama's 8th Congressional District. Wheeler initially lost the campaign, but he contested the results. 601 Republican ballots were determined to be illegal, and Wheeler eventually won the campaign by 43 votes out of a total of 24,773 votes cast - a margin of victory of less than one percent. 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.
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