Wheeler, Henry Orson
Age: 20, credited to South Hero, VTVITALS
Birth: 1841, UnknownADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Lakeview Cemetery, Burlington, VT
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Henry O. Wheeler
HENRY O. WHEELER, son of Rev. O.G. Wheeler, enlisted with his friend, Zebina Landon. He was a member of the University, and left college at the country's call, enlisted in the Vermont Cavalry, Co. A.; He was reported, during Banks retreat, but was separated from his company, and concealing himself, after a few days wandering, rejoined his regiment, and found his horse and baggage had been recovered and brought in. He was again reported killed when Kilpatrick was driven out of Hagerstown. He, upon the contrary, succeeding in eluding the enemy, and was protected by Union friends and helped take care of a wounded comrade, Homer Bliss, who died afterwards of his wounds, and after six days Wheeler again joined his regiment; participated in the various engagements of his regiment of the campaign, was promoted 1st Lieutenant, and afterwards captain by brevet, for meritorious conduct. Captain Wheeler was wounded in the Wilderness the first day of Gen. Grant's advance; was shot through the lungs; shared in the suffering of the wounded on that memorable and finally reached Seminary Hospital, Georgetown. After a time he was brought home, but before his wounds were healed, returned to the field under Sheridan; shared in the victories of the Shenandoah Valley and was taken prisoner Oct.7th. The rebel officer with his accustomed epithets leveled his revolver and threatened his life, after he had surrendered. He was plundered; all his clothes taken off but his undershirt and drawers, and marched without food three days in this condition, and finally lodged in Libby prison. Less fortunate was his comrade, Jones, who was taken prisoner at the same time, and while being conducted to the rear, was wantonly sobered by a rebel, without his giving the least provocation. Captain Wheeler was with him and received his dying message to his young wife, he left at home but a few months before, and succeeded in obtaining hir miniature he had worn with him in the field, and brought it home to his comrade's widow.
Captain Wheeler was fortunate enough, when stripping off his clothes, to slip $50 in greenbacks down his drawers undiscovered, and this procured him better fare than he otherwise would have been able to obtain. His wounds breaking out afresh, he was removed to more comfortable quarters, but could hear the tramp, tramp, tramp, of his fellow prisoners who were so naked and cold, they could not sleep, and were obliged to keep in motion, to keep from freezing. After a few months Wheeler was exchanged and came home. He re-entered the University of Vermont and graduated in 1867.
Some others were wounded, and died from disease, or wounds and some returned and recovered. Charles Landon, Peter Troville, Noah Martelle, David Mayo. Mayo lost an arm. These all draw pensions, according to their disabilities. Albert Taylor died of his wounds, Bartomy Lawrence, wounded, died in Andersonville prison. Albert > Martin, wounded at Gettysburg, died of his wounds, Proctor Landon, Antoine died from disease, at Washington. Winfield Scott Fletcher, severely wounded at Savage Station as to be discharged. Fredrick Keeler died of disease near New Orleans. Edwin Phelps was wounded in the Shenandoah Valley; was taken prisoner, and with others put into a meeting-house under guard. He concealed himself under the pulpit, and was not discovered when the other prisoners were taken away and got back to our lines. This was the engagement when our forces had been driven back in the absence of Gen. Sheridan, who, returning in the afternoon, rallied our men and gained one of the most splendid victories during his campaign.
Hemenway's Historical Gazetteer, 1871, ii, 576
Submitted By: Deanna French.