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Civil War Soldiers - Wheaton

Wheaton, Frank, brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Providence, R. I., May 8, 1833. He received his early education at the public schools of Providence and became a surveyor. He went to California in 1850 and was employed as a civil engineer on the Mexican boundaries. In 1855 he was commissioned first lieutenant in the 1st U. S. cavalry, serving in Kansas and Missouri. He was in the engagement with the Cheyenne Indians at Wood's river, near Fort Kearny, Neb., in 1855, at Solomon's fork in 1857, and in the expedition against the Mormons in 1858. In March, 1861, he received promotion to the rank of captain. He was on recruiting service in the East when the 2nd R. I. infantry was mustered into the U. S. service in July, 1861, and he accepted a commission as lieutenant-colonel of the regiment, being in the same month made colonel. He fought in the first battle of Bull Run, served during the Peninsular and Maryland campaigns, and was promoted brigadier-general of volunteers in Nov., 1862. He commanded a brigade in the Army of the Potomac in 1863-64, and a division of the 6th corps up to the surrender of Lee at Appomattox. He received the brevet of major-general of volunteers for gallant and meritorious service at the battles of Winchester, Fisher's hill, and Middletown, Va., and brevets in the regular army to the grade of major-general for the battles of the Wilderness, Cedar creek and Petersburg, respectively. Gen. Wheaton was promoted in the regular army to major of the 2nd cavalry Nov. 5, 1863; lieutenant-colonel of the 39th infantry July 28, 1866; transferred to the 21st infantry March 15, 1869; colonel of the 2nd infantry Dec. 15, 1874; brigadier-general in 1892 and assigned to the command of the Department of Texas with headquarters at San Antonio. He was retired May 8, 1897, and died at Washington, D. C., June 18, 1903.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

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