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Annie Early Wheeler scrapbook

Identifier: MSS-2890

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Extensive scrapbook concerning the life and home of Annie Wheeler, daughter of "Fighting" Joe Wheeler. Scrapbook created by Lena Mills in conjunction with a manuscript concerning the life of Annie Wheeler (manuscript located in the Alabama Collection).


  • 1950

Biographical / Historical

Annie Early Wheeler was born on July 31, 1868 to General Joseph "Fighting Joe" Wheeler and Daniella Jones Wheeler. In 1898, Annie Wheeler followed her father, who had been appointed Major General of volunteer units, to Cuba in the Spanish-American War. Clara Barton put Annie in charge of a newly organized hospital for sick and wounded soldiers, and Annie earned the title "The Angel of Santiago" for her care of the wounded and yellow fever victims. She also followed her father to the Philippines where he was commissioned a brigadier general in the Philippine-American War. She served in a hospital there as she did in Cuba. During World War I she served in England and France as a Red Cross volunteer. Her work near the front trenches in France earned her the nickname "Miss Sunshine" from the soldiers.

Annie Wheeler spent the rest of her life in Wheeler, Alabama, where she established schools and worked with the poor, sick, and disabled. She died April 10, 1955, and is buried in the family graveyard behind the Wheeler home.


3 Linear Feet (Oversize Scrapbook)

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Extensive scrapbook concerning the life and home of Annie Wheeler, daughter of "Fighting" Joe Wheeler.




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Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266