SGT. LUCIEN WHEATLEY OF LEXINGTON SURVIVED PRISON CAMP, DIED ON WAY HOME
By John Cheves
Sgt. Lucien Wheatley had a very bad Civil War.
Wheatley, the son of a notable Lexington family, fought with the Union Army until Confederates captured him at the Battle of Chickamauga in 1863.
He spent the next 18 months enduring brutal conditions at the notorious prison camp in Andersonville, Ga. Finally freed at war's end, Wheatley boarded the steamboat Sultana on the Mississippi River for the trip home -- and died when it exploded and sank near Memphis. His body was never found. He was 22.
With more information about Wheatly and the Sultana, as well as the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, this article is of interest to Civil War enthusiasts and Genealogists.