Edwin Saxton Wheeler (1844-1924) was just 18 years old when he enlisted as a Private August 1862. He mustered in to Company G of the 21st Connecticut Infantry and soon caught the notice of Colonel Arthur H. Dutton who recommended him for an appointment at West Point. Wheeler served as a clerk throughout the war and worked closely with General Benjamin “The Beast” Butler. He was promoted to Quartermaster-Sergeant in October of 1864 and mustered out with the regiment in June, 1865.
Wheeler married Ella Marian and had two children. He worked as an iron merchant in the postwar years and died in North Stonington, Connecticut in 1924.