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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1857

Vol. II
p675
1762

(Born Ga.)

E. Porter Alexander

(Ap'd Ga.)

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Edward Porter Alexander: Born May 26, 1835, Washington, GA.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1853, to July 1, 1857, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, July 1, 1857.

p676 Served: at the Military Academy as Asst. Instructor in Practical Military Engineering, Oct. 3, 1857, to Mar. 31, 1858; on Utah Expedition, Mar. 31 to Oct. 13, 1858; at the Military Academy, 1858‑60, as

(Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, Oct. 10, 1858)

Asst. Instructor of Practical Military Engineering, Oct. 16, 1858, to Oct. 3, 1859, — Asst. Professor of Engineering, Oct. 16, 1858, to Feb. 16, 1859, — Instructor of the Use of Small Arms, Military Gymnastics, etc., June 15 to Oct. 3, 1859, — and Asst. Instructor of Practical Military Engineering, June 25 to July 21, 1860; attached to Company of Engineer troops at West Point, N. Y., 1857‑58, 1858‑60, — in Utah, 1858, — and in Oregon, 1860‑61; as Member of Board for Trial of Small Arms, Feb. 1 to Mar. 8, 1860; and as Asst. Engineer in the construction of the Defenses of Alcatraz Island, San Francisco Harbor, 1861.

Resigned, May 1, 1861.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861-66 against the United States.a

Civil History. — Professor of Mathematics, and of Civil and Military Engineering in the University of South Carolina, Jan., 1866, to Oct., 1869. President of Columbia Oil Company, Oct., 1869, to May, 1871. Actuary of Policy Holders and Carolina Life Insurance Company, 1870‑72. Superintendent of Charlotte, Columbia, and Augusta Railroad, May, 1871, to Oct., 1872. President of Savannah and Memphis Railroad Company, Oct., 1872, to Sep., 1875. President and General Manager of Western Railroad of Alabama, May, 1875, to May, 1878. President of Georgia Railroad and Banking Company, 1878‑80. Vice-President of Louisville and Nashville Railroad, 1880‑82. Capitol Commissioner of the State of Georgia, 1883‑88. President of Central Railroad and Banking Company of Georgia, and Ocean Steamship Company, since Jan. 8, 1887. Author of "Railway Practice," 1887.

Vol. IV
p106
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Civil History. — President of Central Railroad and Banking Company of Georgia to May, 1892, — of Ocean Steamship Company, and various other railroad and steamship lines until June, 1892. — Member of Board of Engineers created by Congress to report a plan for overcoming obstructions to navigation of Columbia River, at the Dalles and Celilo Falls, Oreg., 1892‑93. — Member of Commission (military and civil engineers and naval officers) appointed by Congress to determine route for a canal for military and commercial purposes, to connect the waters of the Chesapeake with Delaware Bay, 1893‑94. — Appointed by President of the United States Engineer-Arbitrator of Boundary Commissions of Costa Rica and Nicaragua; engaged in location and marking of boundary between those countries, from Feb. 17, 1897 to present time. — Work still unfinished, Nov., 1899. — Post-office address, Augusta, Ga.

Vol. V
p89
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Civil History. — Appointed by President of the United States Engineer-Arbitrator of Boundary Commissions of Costa Rica and Nicaragua; engaged in location and marking of boundary between those countries, from Feb. 17, 1897 to Sept. 20, 1900. — Author of Military Memoirs of a Confederate, A Critical Narrative, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1907. — Post-office address, Augusta, Ga.

Died April 28, 1910, at Savannah, Ga.: Aged 75.

Buried, Magnolia Cemetery, Augusta, GA.


Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record. The deficiency is made good on several websites; among them, the Find-a‑Grave page linked above.


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