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|Posted: Thu May 3rd, 2007 12:50 am||
| If you want a candidate who was a Confederate general but who might be honored by the US Government with a statue in WDC, why not the tiny but mighty Joseph Wheeler? He was one of two Confederate generals allowed to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery (The other being Marcus Wright).
Wheeler was an 1859 graduate of West Point who commanded a corps of Confederate cavalry and became a lieutenant general at the age of 28. After the war, he served in the US Congress for several terms (He was Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, among other things).
When the Spanish-American War broke out, he was commissioned a major general of volunteers. He commanded a cavalry division in Cuba (Which included a future president). His son, Joseph, Jr. (West Point Class of 1895) served on his staff. There is an amusing story that at San Juan , Cuba, the general reportedly exclaimed to his men: "Give those yankees hell now, Boys!"
From Cuba he went to the Phillippines, where he commanded a brigade. He was made a brigadier general in the Regular Army, and later commanded the Department of the Lakes, before being retired in September of 1900.
Here is more info on him:
Joseph "Fightin' Joe" Wheeler (1836 - 1906) - Find A Grave Memorial
Joseph Wheeler, Lieutenant General, Confederate States of America