(1833–1903) U.S. army officer. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Frank Wheaton obtained a commission as a first lieutenant in the 1st Cavalry in 1855. When the Civil War began he joined the 2nd Rhode Island Volunteers, succeeding in command of that regiment after distinguishing himself at First Bull Run (1861). He fought in all the Army of the Potomac's battles from 1862 to June 1864, rising to command of a brigade. He was leading a division in the Shenandoah Valley in July when he rushed to defend Washington from Jubal Early, repulsing him at Fort Stevens. Wheaton finished the war at Petersburg as a brevet major general. He served as commander of the Departments of Texas and Colorado before retiring as a major general in 1897.
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.