Vintage Book True Stories of Great Americans: John Hancock, inscribed with the name, date “Lavinia CHARDAVOYNE, November 20, 1905” and including a pasted-in paper with the signature of Confederate General Joseph WHEELER. Book is in poor condition with warped, creased and stained boards and cracked binding. The signature of General WHEELER is crisp and could be removed as a stand-alone item.

5.25” x 7.5”, hardcover, ill., 116 pp.

Lavinia B. (Harris) CHARDAVOYNE (1839 – 1926) was the wife of William V. CHARDAVOYNE, a lawyer and merchant in Courtland, Lawrence County, Alabama. Joseph "Fighting Joe" Wheeler (September 10, 1836 – January 25, 1906) was an American military commander and politician. He has the rare distinction of serving as a general during wartime for two opposing forces: first as a noted cavalry general in the Confederate States Army in the 1860s during the American Civil War, and later as a general in the United States Army during both the Spanish–American War and Philippine–American War near the turn of the twentieth century. For much of the Civil War he served as the senior cavalry general in the Army of Tennessee and fought in most of its battles in the Western Theater. After the war, Wheeler married Daniella Jones Sherrod, a widow whom he had met while fighting in northern Alabama. She brought six children to the union. He tried his hand at business in New Orleans, working as a partner in a carriage and hardware operation. When that failed, he moved to Lawrence County, Alabama, where his wife had a home known as Pond Spring.  In 1897, Wheeler became a crusader, pushing the United States toward war with Spain. In 1898, he volunteered for military service and rejoined the U.S. Army at the outset of the Spanish-American War. Initially a major general of volunteers, he earned a regular army commission as a brigadier general. Although sick at the outset of the Battle for San Juan Hill in Cuba, the sound of battle proved irresistible, and Wheeler went to the front. The division he commanded included Theodore Roosevelt's Rough Riders and his orders led to the dramatic operations that resulted in the taking of the hill. Later, during the Philippine-American War, he served under Gen. Arthur MacArthur in the Philippines. Wheeler died in New York City in 1906, a symbol both of the Old South and the New South, but also of the Civil War, the Lost Cause, and Reconciliation and Reunion. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. His home was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1977 and was donated to the Alabama Historical Commission by his descendants in 1993.

General WHEELER’s signature is well-known and can be confirmed through an online search.

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