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  1. April 4, 2011 at 12:50 am

    To whom it may Concern,
    My name is Al Plocher. I am a member of the California Historical Artillery Society (CHAS)and Re-enact portraying the position of Artificer in the 3rd US Artillery battery L with Same in California. I am also the club’s current Historian. Recently, I Heard someone say that they had an ancestor in a CW Artillery unit with the position of “Wheelman” and as historian, asked if I knew of such a term. I had not heard of this before then. The only thing I could come up with was possibly the driver on the Wheel team pulling the limber/cannon. Can you please define or clarify the term “Wheelman”. Thank you in advance for any help with this question.
    Your obedient servant, Al Plocher
    Artificer, 3rd US Artillery, Battery L&M

    California Historical Artillery Society
    http://www.warhorse.org
    hardtack@hughes.net

  2. April 12, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Mostly called “iron riders” than “wheelmen” or “wheelman”.

    http://marshalltaylor.blogspot.com/2007/07/buffalo-soldier-bicycle-corps.html

    That would be more often that not, a buffalo soldier who rode a bicycle-a few exampls you may be interested in reading more about are in the links below:

    Photos on link below:

    http://tubulocity.com/?p=64

    http://www.magarena.com/Iron-Bicycles-Buffalo-Soldiers-7898/

    Posted above a website regarding The League of American Wheelmen.

    You can read another accounting of it here:

    http://www.historynet.com/us-armys-25th-infantry-bicycle-corps-wheels-of-war.htm

    http://www.buffalosoldiers-lawtonftsill.org/bike.htm

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