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LYSANDER WHEELER was born in Fultonville, New York in 1837. In August of 1862, he left his job as a ship carpenter in DeKalb County, Illinois, to enlist in the 105th Illinois infantry. He would be promoted to first corporal in the late summer of 1864 and then assume the rank of sergeant that same December, just as his regiment completed the “March to the Sea” under the direction of General William T. Sherman. The following letter describes his celebratory victory march through Washington D.C. following the Confederate surrender and the end of the Civil War. Wheeler died of heart failure in 1903, the day after his 66th birthday. Get transcript

Abraham Lincoln entering Richmond, April 3, 1865. Engraving by J. C. Buttre, 1866 (GLC 05866p1)

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