Although of New England ancestry, Joseph Wheeler was born on September 10, 1836 near Augusta, Georgia and spent most of his early life growing up with relatives in Connecticut.

He has the rare distinction of serving as a general during war time 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.

Joseph Wheeler's Family Tree