Wheeler, Charles Willard
Age: 23, credited to St. Albans, VTVITALS
Birth: 04/13/1839, Enosburgh, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Cenotaph at Irasburg Cemetery, Irasburg, VT
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Wheeler, Charles Willard, of Irasburg, son of Willard and Maria (Page) Wheeler, was born in Enosburgh, April 13, 1839.
Obtaining his education in the common schools and academy at Enosburgh, he first engaged in mercantile pursuits in St. Albans, and later in Burlington.
In obedience to his patriotic impulses, he enlisted in Co. I, 10th Regt. Vt. Vols., went at once to the field in the summer of 1862, being actively identified with its movements in the campaigns of 1862 to 1865. In the midst of the most exacting duties of field service, which had become to be attended with great privation and peril, he declined to accept the proffer of a year's service at home as a recruiting officer, choosing to remain at the front.
After five months' service in the adjutant-general's office, and nine months in the division commissary department, with offers for a discharge from the service and employment as a civilian with lucrative pay, he obtained his release from these positions and joined his regiment when General Grant took command of the Army of the Potomac, and from the commencement of that officer's campaign he participated in every battle to the close of the war; was promoted through the grades of corporal, sergeant, orderly sergeant, second lieutenant, first lieutenant, to regimental quartermaster. He was wounded at Cedar Creek, and on account of his injuries was absent forty days from military duty. He received an honorable discharge at the close of the war, and came to Irasburg, where he opened a general store, in which he has since continued, and at the same time operated in real estate.
He has been a Republican since the formation of the party, and has been honored with many official positions in Irasburg.
Mr. Wheeler represented Irasburg in the Legislature in 1886, and in 1890 was elected from Orleans county to the Senate, in which body he introduced the secret ballot act, and labored hard for its enactment.
He is a successful man, and always relied on his own resources, never receiving help from others.
He is a Congregationalist in creed, and a member of George G. Meade Post, No. 99, GAR
He was united in marriage, June 7, 1871, to Louise E. Nichols, daughter of Levi N. and Elizabeth Dow of Enosburgh. The issue of this union were: George E. (deceased), May L., and Lucy H.
Source: Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part II, p. 426.
Hon. Charles W. WheelerOrleans County Monitor, September 23, 1908, pp. 1 and 6.
The funeral for Honorable C. W. Wheeler was held Wednesday, Sept .26,at Irasburg.The service was held in the Congregational Church, of which he was a member, and were conducted con-jointly by Pastor Rev. Josiah Poeton, and a former pastor Rev. E. P. Treat now of Richmond. The large church was filled to the utmost capacity. In addition to the relatives of the deceased, and the citizens of the town, were many from surrounding towns, including a body of the Grand Army . The trustees of the Barton bank attended in a body, as also the children of the public schools, each of the last carrying a large bouquet of flowers.
Prayers were made at the house by the pastor. Services were at the church begun at 2 o'clock, with a solo, "Father I Bend to Thee", which was beautifully sung by M. Atanasoff, who had been Mr. Wheeler's nurse. Other selections by the church choir were "Crossing the Bar" and "How Firm A Foundation," the last being Mr. Wheeler's favorite hymn. Rev. J Poeton gave a short sketch of Mr. Wheeler, and a characterization of the man, which in part follows:
Charles Wheeler was born in Enosburg April 18, 1839, and spent his early life in that town, receiving his education at the academy here. Later he engaged in business successively in St. Albans and Burlington.
In 1862 he enlisted in the 10th Regt of Vols, Co I, and served until the close of the war, at first in the commissary department, and later, at his own request, in the ranks. From private he was promoted six times until he went beyond the grade of First Lieutenant to that of regiment Quartermaster. From the time Grant took charge of the Army of the Potomac Mr. Wheeler was with that Army in every battle until the close of the war, being wounded once.
Since then he has lived in Irasburg engaging in the business of general store. He has served the town in many capacities, giving it much of his great service. Most conspicuous has been his work on the school committee, in the work that he took very great interest. He represented Irasburg in the State Legislature in 1886, and was a member of the same in 1890. He has been a member of the Congregational Church for many years, and one of its most efficient helper and supporter. He died Monday morning, Sept. 14, at the age of 69 years. Such is the bare record of Charles W. Wheeler.
His extremely long obituary continues for 2 ½ newspaper columns and can be read here
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