Wheeler, Victor M.
Age: 0, credited to Caledonia County, VT
Unit(s): 146th IL INF
Service: Co. B, 146th IL INF
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Birth: 09/10/1847, Caledonia County, VT
Burial: Greenwood Cemetery, Rockford, IL
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Findagrave Memorial #: 0
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Alias?: None noted
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: WI
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Greenwood Cemetery, Rockford, IL
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Tomorrow the Grand Army will follow to the grave a comrade known to all the older generation of Rockford, one of the oldest citizens of this city and one of the most popular members of G. L. Nevius post.
Victor M. Wheeler went from Rockford with one of the last volunteer regiments, when not yet 17 years of age. The services he gave were those that were asked, as his regiment never was called into active campaigning. His experiences, however, left him a cherished memory of the final honors paid to our martyred president, Abraham Lincoln.
Comrade Wheeler stood guard at the bier of Lincoln during the time when thousands of former friends came to pay their last farewell to one who seemed a brother to all men. With others, he draped in mourning the large frame house where Lincoln lived so many years before being called to Washington for the crowning work of his life.
In these events the Rockford boy was an active worker and there was no citizen or soldier who mourned more sincerely at the grave. Early in life he came face to face with one of the greatest tragedies of our national life and with his death has gone another link between our day and that of the greatest man our state has given to the world.
And so the Boys in Blue will match again, paying the last token of respect to one, youngest among them, who has gone to that last bivouac, and perhaps the Great Emancipator whose call they answered long ago will march in spirit at their side.
Rockford Republic, Rockford, IL, December 27, 1928
Courtesy of Heidi McColgan