A series of letters written by Nellie
F. Stanley to her sweetheart, United States soldier, Nathaniel S. Wheeler.
Nellie F. Stanley (1843-1909) lived in Enfield, New Hampshire, where she worked as a
seamstress in a shop. She married Nathaniel S. Wheeler in April 1868 in Enfield; by the 1880
Census, the couple had four children.Nathaniel S. Wheeler (1832-1904) enlisted in the 11th Regiment of New Hampshire Infantry in
1862 and served three years. After the war, Wheeler received a Lieutenant's commission with
the 125th Regiment of the United States Colored Troops and was sent west to fight the Plains
Native Americans; in April 1866, he was promoted to Captain. From 1866 to 1867 he served in
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and Fort Craig, Fort Bliss, and Fort Union, New Mexico. Wheeler
mustered out of the service in December 1867, shortly before the regiment was disbanded. He
married Nellie F. Stanley in April 1868, and in the 1870 Census his occupation is listed as
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