James L. Wheeler Letter
Kentucky Historical Society. Special Collections & Archives.Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-1931
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[Identification of item], James L. Wheeler Letter, 1864, 93SC07,Library Special Collections and Archives, Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort.
This is a photostatic copy of a Civil War letter written by James L. Wheeler from the Ashland General Hospital to his brothers.
The letter was written August 18, 1864, with the salutation "Dear Brothers." It was specifically addressed to F. M. Wheeler. James Wheeler wrote the letter while recuperating from wounds received in battle.
James Wheeler was a soldier in an unnamed Kentucky regiment then fighting in Georgia. His letter described his departure for Georgia on May 25, marches by his unit, and skirmishes and other actions in which his unit met Confederate forces. Wheeler was wounded in the thigh and rescued from the battlefield by his comrades. He reported that his wound was not dressed until the next evening. He said he traveled in ambulances for eight miles in seven days and thought the jolting would kill him.
A note on the last page of the photostat stated the photostat was made in June 1928 for Grace Muncey Masters, first vice-president of the Kentucky Division of the United Children of the Confederacy (U. C. C.). The copy was made for the Quill Club of the Kentucky Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (U. D. C.). This note identified the Wheeler brothers as residents of Lawrence County. The location of the original letter is unknown.
Variant Name: F. Wheeler Letter
County: Boyd; Lawrence
Creator's Occupation: U. S. Army soldier.
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