The Alabama Historical Commission is hosting a birthday celebration for General Joe Wheeler at Pond Spring—his home in Hillsboro—on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
According to the General Joe Wheeler Birthday Celebration Facebook page, visitors will be able to sample a Wheeler family cake recipe. The cake recipe came from Miss Annie Wheeler and was said to be a favorite of the General’s.
Throughout the day’s celebrations, re-enactors will demonstrate the firing of a working Civil War cannon and Calvary re-enactors will perform drills on their horses.
Lunch will be available for purchase.
There will be live music from the front porch of the Pond Spring Museum beginning at noon. The concert and re-enactments are sponsored by the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
The grounds of Pond Spring are open to the public and the event is free to attend.
Tours of the museum inside the Wheeler home will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors, college students and members of the military, and $3 for children ages six to 18 years old. Children under six are admitted for free.
Joseph Wheeler was promoted to major general in 1862 at the age of 26. He became the only Confederate corps commander to hold the same position in the U.S. Army after the Civil War when he became a general during the Spanish-American War as well.
Born on Sept. 10, 1836, Wheeler moved to his wife’s home, Pond Spring, after the Civil War, where they had seven children. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1880 and again in 1885.
Pond Spring was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. In 1993, the home was donated to the Alabama Historical Commission by Wheeler’s relatives.
The Museum now holds approximately 10,000 items such as furnishings and clothing that were associated with the family.
For more information, call 256-637-8513, or visit the Pond Spring website at https://ahc.alabama.gov/properties/pondspring/pondspring.aspx.