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Joseph Wilson Alexander
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Birth: Dec. 25, 1838
Death: Jan. 4, 1898

Additional data on Confederate States Navy officer, Alexander, with sources shown:

Joseph Wilson Alexander (ORN 2, 1, 301 incorrectly shows first name as James), born North Carolina, about 1839 (age shown as 26 in 1865); original service in the United States Navy, from September 21, 1853; resigned, 1861; appointed 1st lieutenant, Confederate States Navy, July 18, 1861; commanded CSS Raleigh, James River squadron, Virginia, 1861 1862; detached from the James River Squadron, November, 1862, and ordered to Savannah, Georgia; served, as executive officer, aboard the CSS Atlanta; captured, June 17, 1863, at Wassaw Sound, Georgia; sent to Fort Lafayette, New York Harbor, then to Fort Warren, July 4, 1863; escaped August 19, 1863, but recaptured and confined at Portland Gaol; returned to Fort Warren, September 7, 1863; appointed 1st lieutenant, Provisional Navy, to rank from January 6, 1864; paroled September 28, 1864, and exchanged and sent to Richmond, from City Point, Virginia, October, 1864; ordered to report to Confederate Army lieutenant general Hardee, at Charleston, South Carolina, for special duty, November, 1864; served aboard the CSS Virginia II; later ordered to assume command of the CSS Beaufort, December, 1864; sent to hospital, sick, February, 1865; captured and imprisoned for seventeen months, then took the oath of allegiance, and applied for a Presidential pardon in November, 1865; in his application his personal details are shown as 5 feet, 10 inches in height, fair complexion, dark hair and blue eyes, and his occupation stated to be a farmer; returned to his residential home at Lincolnton, North Carolina, after the war. [ORN 1, 7, 44; 1, 11, 784; 1, 12, 182; 1, 14, 267 and 2, 1, 301; ORA 1, 35 (part 2), 648; Register1863; JCC 4, 121; CSN Register; Fort Warren; see also, his own account of his escape from Fort Warren, in the article, How We Escaped From Fort Warren, in issue 2, volume 13 (October, 1892), of the New England Magazine, published by the New England Magazine Company, Boston, Massachusetts; SHC-UNC; Daily Dispatch (Richmond, Virginia) dated October 20, 1864; Presidential pardons.]
Additional Biographical information provided by Terry Foenander
Saint Lukes Episcopal Church Cemetery
Lincoln County
North Carolina, USA
Created by: Mark & Liz Clayton
Record added: Oct 11, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 78237951
Joseph Wilson Alexander
Added by: Mark & Liz Clayton
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