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Creator Wheeler, Marcus, 1837-1928
Title Wheeler Family papers.
Dates of Creation 1863-1919.
Physical Description 1 folder.
Language of Material English
Scope & Content The Marcus Wheeler Papers contain three Civil War pocket diaries of Wheeler while sergeant of Co. G, 29th Wisconsin Infantry, detailing regimental movements from the siege of Vicksburg through Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Texas. The diaries also document the many facets of everyday life as a soldier, including medical ailments, weather conditions, available food, relationships with fellow soldiers, and correspondence with friends and family in Wisconsin. Also included is an essay titled "Ella Wheeler Wilcox -- The Woman," written by her personal secretary after her death in 1919, and an undated letter from Louis Karberg of Sauk City, Wis. on religious faith.
Admin/Biographical History Marcus Pratt Wheeler was born April 28, 1837 at Thetford, Vt. to Marcus Hartwell Wheeler and Sarah Pratt Wheeler. Marcus had three siblings: Sarah Ann Wheeler Bond (1842-?), Edward Wheeler (1846-?), and Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919). The Wheelers moved to the Rock Prairie, Wis. area in 1849, and eventually built their family farm near Westport, Wis.

During the Civil War, Marcus enlisted in the Wisconsin Volunteers, and was mustered into Company G of the 29th Regiment as a sergeant on September 28, 1862 at Camp Randall. His Civil War experiences are well documented by letters he sent home, his diaries, and by various sketches and drawings. In 1864 he became a war correspondent for the "Wisconsin State Journal," writing under the pseudonym "Scribus."

After returning from the war, he busied himself with work on the family farm. On March 19, 1873 he married a dressmaker and milliner named Lois Ann "Lottie" Couillard of Dane County, Wis. The couple had two sons: Francis Marcus (1874-?), and Leslie Couillard (1877-?).

In 1880, he sold his land in Dane County, Wis. and headed west to homestead in Hanson County, S.D. The Wheelers returned in 1894 and built the Wheeler home in Windsor, Wis. Lois Wheeler passed away on May 10, 1907. At this time, Marcus' son Leslie and his family moved to the family farm to help care for him.

Marcus kept busy in his old age. He was avidly interested in astronomy, electricity, language, law, and inventions. He was among the first in the area to have his house wired for electricity. Like his well-known sister Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Marcus liked to write and published several works including: "Hash" (1908), "Beyond the Earth's Gudgeons" (undated), and "The Evolution of Ella Wheeler Wilcox and Other Wheelers" (1921).

Marcus Wheeler died on November 28, 1928.
Archival History Presented by Glen W. Wheeler, Windsor, Wisconsin, Sept. 14, 1971. M71.002
People Wilcox, Ella Wheeler, 1850-1919
Wheeler, Sarah Pratt, 1814-1906
Bond, Sarah Wheeler, 1842-
Wheeler, Marcus H., 1808-1899.
Wheeler, Edward, 1846-1926
Wheeler, Marcus Pratt, 1837-1928
Subjects Religion
Civil wars
Places1 Westport (Dane County, Wis. : Town)
Places2 Windsor (Dane County, Wis. : Town)
Object Name Papers
Call Number ARM 71-02
Catalog ID Number M1971.002.0001