Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Washington Civil War Roundtable to discuss local General, Porter Alexander on June 27th

Below is information on the next Washington Civil War Round Table meeting scheduled for this Monday evening, June 27th.  The group meets on the third Monday of every month.  Reservations for the dinner and meeting can be made by e-mailing claibourne@darden-atlanta.net or calling (404) 210-5811. 
Brig. Gen. Porter Alexander (CSA), The Brilliant Warrior from Washington, GA

Mr. Jack Travis, from Wilmington, NC, will present "Brig. Gen. Porter Alexander (CSA), The Brilliant Warrior from Washington, GA" at the Washington Civil War Round Table meeting on Monday evening, June 27, at 6:00 P.M., at the Talk of the Town Café in the historic Fitzpatrick Hotel on The Square in Washington, GA.

Edward Porter Alexander was born May 26, 1835, in Washington, GA. After growing up in Washington, he went to the West Point Military Academy, graduating in 1857. Upon graduation, he joined the elite U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. After Georgia succeeded from the Union, Lt. Porter Alexander was appointed a Captain in the Confederate Corps of Engineers in April, 1861. After receiving this appointment, he then formally resigned from the United State Army.

Captain Alexander, in short order, became Chief of the Confederate Signal Corps, where he developed a significant breakthrough system of signaling. In August, 1861, he became Chief of Ordinance of the Army of Northern Virginia.
Right before the Battle of Gettysburg, Col. Alexander, at age 28, was brought over the top of a senior ranked officer to become Chief of Artillery of Lt. Gen. Longstreet’s 1st Corps. He was in command of the artillery barrage before Pickett's charge up Cemetery Ridge. Here he placed 75 guns along a line 1,300 yards long, with 8 others on his right flank. On the left and rear of Alexander's main line were 60 guns from Lt. Gen. A.P. Hill’s Corps, and behind them were 24 of Ewell's guns. In total, there were 167 pieces of artillery involved. Although Col. Alexander drove the Union artillery from the hill, the results of the charge is history.
For outstanding performance, Col. Alexander was soon promoted to Brig. General. He accompanied Lt. Gen. Longstreet to Chickamauga and Knoxville and also was actively engaged in the battles of Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg. After The War, Brig. Gen. Porter Alexander distinguished himself and became a professor of engineering, President of a railroad, a prominent rice planer and an author. He was the last surviving Confederate General from Wilkes County when he died on April 28, 1910.

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