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SGT. LUCIEN WHEATLEY OF LEXINGTON SURVIVED PRISON CAMP, DIED ON WAY HOME

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Debbie Griswold of Nicholasville knelt Sunday before a memorial headstone for Sgt. Lucien Wheatley during a memorial service in the Old Episcopal Burying Ground for the Union soldier. Photo by Whitney Waters
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Debbie Griswold of Nicholasville knelt Sunday before a memorial headstone for Sgt. Lucien Wheatley during a memorial service in the Old Episcopal Burying Ground for the Union soldier. Photo by Whitney Waters
Sgt. Lucien Wheatley Rod and Iline Gronlund, descendants of Sgt. Lucien Wheatley, looked at a plaque that was given to them by a Civil War veterans group. Photo by Whitney Waters

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.

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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.

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