Edward Porter Alexander

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Edward Porter Alexander, one of three officers who attained the rank of brigadier-general of artillery in the Confederate service, was born in Washington, Georgia, on May 26, 1835. He was graduated from West Point in the class of 1857. Resigning from the old army on May 1, 1861, he was at once appointed a Confederate captain of engineers. After serving as signal officer to General Beauregard at First Manassas, he became chief of ordnance of the Army of Northern Virginia, with rank of lieutenant colonel; then chief of artillery of Longstreet's corps; and was appointed brigadier general to rank from February 26, 1864. He participated in all the earlier battles of the army. His seventy-five guns raked the Federal line on Cemetery Ridge in preparation for Pickett's famous assault at Gettysburg. He accompanied Longstreet to Chickamauga and Knoxville, and was in the thick of the fighting at Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg. Severely wounded at Petersburg, he rejoined his command in time to make the last march to Appomattox. After the war General Alexander had an equally distinguished career as professor of engineering, rail­road president, rice planter, and author. Meantime he occupied various governmental posts of honor and responsibility. He died in Savannah, Georgia, April 28, 1910, and is buried in the City Cemetery at Augusta, Georgia.

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Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.