It is really extraordinary to find such nerve and genius in a mere boy. With a Pelham on each flank I believe I could whip the world.
Lt. General Stonewall Jackson. -
John Pelham revolutionized the usage of light artillery as a mobile arm of the cavalry while serving as an artillery officer for the Confederate Army under the direct command of General J.E.B Stuart during the American Civil War.
The Gallant Pelham, he rose to the rank of Major before dying on the battlefield at Kelly's Ford on March 17, 1863.
He was posthumously awarded the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Pelham Training is a family owned business that is named after our late brother, Stuart Pelham Wheeler, who was, in turn, named after The Gallant Pelham.
At the time of our brother's birth, our father, Dr. Barth E. Wheeler, was reading The Killer Angels, a Pulitzer prize winning book about the battle of Gettysburg, written by Michael Shaara.
Although Pelham died before Gettysburg, our father had always been impressed by the accounts of Pelham's bravery and cunning in battle.
Thus captivated by the Civil War, our father named our brother after Lieutenant Colonel John Pelham.
We can think of no better or fitting name for our training facility than Pelham:
A name that embodies the ideal of the daily call of duty of our brave and heroic service men and women in the military and in out EMS, fire-fighting and law enforcement agencies across the country and around the world.