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Edward Porter Alexander

Date of Birth:      May 26, 1835
Hometown:         Washington, GA
Education:           West Point, 1857
Final Wartime Rank:    Brigadier General
Final Peacetime Rank:  N/A

Date of Death:     April 28, 1910
Place of Death:    Savannah, GA
Buried At:           Augusta, GA

Major Battles:        First Manassas, Peninsula Campaign, Seven Days, Second Manassas, Antietam Campaign, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Chickamauga, Knoxville Campaign, Overland Campaign, Siege of Petersburg, Appomattox Campaign

Interesting Fact(s):    Alexander, would become a fixture, in the Army of Northern Virginia, during the Civil War.  Prior to the war, he graduated from West Point, in 1857.  He would resign from the U.S. Army in May of 1861, and would be appointed captain of engineers in the Confederate Army.  He would go on to become chief of ordnance, in the C.S.A. and would later become chief of artillery in James Longstreet's 1st Corps.  He would be one of three officers, in the C.S.A artillery, who would attain the rank of brigadier general.  His artillery would rake Cemetery Ridge, prior to Pickett's Charge, at Gettysburg.  Porter would be severely wounded during the Siege of Petersburg.  When Robert E. Lee questioned his lieutenants about the necessity of surrendering, at Appomattox Court House, Alexander proposed that they splinter the army, and continue a guerilla style war.  Lee did not concur.  Porter would have a distinguished career, after the war teaching engineering, farming and as president of a railroad.

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