Wheeler Rifles

Wheeler Rifles (HMLVI)

Location: Florence, AL 35630 Lauderdale County
Country: United States of America
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N 34° 47.992', W 87° 40.586'

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~Organized 1888~

Prior to the repeal of the Militia Act in 1902, states maintained their own militia. One of the last militia in Florence and Lauderdale County was the Wheeler Rifles. Organized in 1888, under the command of Captain Julian Fields, it was named for U.S. Congressman Joseph Wheeler, a Confederate hero who later commanded the U.S. Cavalry in Cuba. The Wheeler Rifles, under the command of Captain William Martin, was the first militia company in Alabama to volunteer for service in the Spanish-American War, although the war ended while they were undergoing training in Florida.
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HM NumberHMLVI
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Placed ByFlorence Historic Board Florence Alabama
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Date Added Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 6:19am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 438123 N 3851057
Decimal Degrees34.79986667, -87.67643333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 47.992', W 87° 40.586'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 47' 59.52" N, 87° 40' 35.16" W
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Area Code(s)256
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-199 Short Ct St, Florence AL 35630, US
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