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Name:John Fielding Alexander
Affiliation:Class of 1856
Biography & Genealogy:John Fielding Alexander, Class of 1856. Genealogy: Born- ca. 1835. Father- John B. Alexander, a merchant, of Fredericksburg, Va. (b. Edinburgh, Scotland); Mother- name unknown (b. Leeds, England); no information about grandparents. VMI Record: Entered VMI Aug 26, 1852; Graduated July 4, 1856 standing 25th in a class of 33. Civil War Service: Entered service 1861 April 23 as 1st Lt. of Capt. J. G. Pollock's Co. Virginia Light Artillery; absent summer-fall 1861 on special duty with naval battery at Aquia Creek; transferred 1862 March 13 as Capt. to artillery company which served briefly as Co. F, 5th Alabama Battln and then became Co. M, 55th VA; praised for conduct in Seven Days' Battle; in hospital late summer 1862; resigned 1863 Feb 19. Careers: Civil and mining engineer; worked throughout the country, incl. Boston, NYC, Washington DC, Alabama, California. Marriage: Wife & daughter (names not known) died sometime before 1912. Died: April 24, 1912 at home of H.L. Clore, near Chancellorsville; buried Fredericksburg City Cemetery.
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