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Wheeler Rifles ~Organized 1888~ - Florence, AL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Lat34North
N 34° 47.990 W 087° 40.586
16S E 438123 N 3851054
Quick Description: The marker to "Wheeler Rifles" is located at the intersection of East Tennessee Street (U.S. 72) and Short Court Street, Florence, Alabama.
Location: Alabama, United States
Date Posted: 7/8/2013 12:09:11 PM
Waymark Code: WMHG9Z
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Thorny1
Views: 1

Long Description:


Wheeler Rifles
~Organized 1888~


Prior to the repeal of the Militia Act in 1902, states maintained their own militia. One of the last militia in Florence and Lauderdale County was the Wheeler Rifles. Organized in 1888, under the command of Captain Julian Fields, it was named for U.S. Congressman Joseph Wheeler, a Confederate hero who later commanded the U.S. Cavalry in Cuba. The Wheeler Rifles, under the command of Captain William Martin, was the first militia company in Alabama to volunteer for service in the Spanish-American War, although the war ended while they were undergoing training in Florida.

Erected by Florence Historic Board Florence Alabama.


More information:
Wikipedia: Joseph Wheeler
Marker Name: Wheeler Rifles

Marker Type: Urban

Addtional Information::
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Date Dedicated / Placed: Not listed

Marker Number: Not listed

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