After the war, Wheeler was a planter and practiced law in Alabama, where he also married and raised family. In 1880, As an Alabama Democrat, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, serving several terms until 1900.
Gen. Wheeler had the rare distinction of serving as a general officer during war time for 2 opposing forces. He was a celebrated cavalry general in the Confederate army, but during the conflict with Spain in 1898 (Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars), he was a general in the United States Army. Below, at 61 years of age, Gen. Wheeler is pictured with a future president serving under his command, Col. Theodore Roosevelt.
|Gen. Joe Wheeler (front) and Col. Theodore Roosevelt (right)|
in Cuba during the Spanish-American War, 1898