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Pvt Alexander Hunter
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Birth: 1843
Norfolk City
Virginia, USA
Death: Jun. 30, 1914
Fauquier County
Virginia, USA

Son of Lt. Bushrod Washington Hunter [U.S.N. & C.S.N.] (1807-1888) and Mary Frances ("Molly") Blow (1816-1880).

Parents' plantation "Abingdon" is now D.C. National (Ronald Reagan) airport; museum is in old Main Terminal. During the war, a New Jersey regiment occupied the property, naming it "Camp Princeton". The U.S. Govt then confiscated Abingdon under tax laws enacted to finance the war and sold the property at auction. After the war, Alexander sued the Federal government for his land. Future President James A. Garfield argued his case before the Supreme Court, which ruled in Hunter's favor and restored Abingdon to him.
Postwar he wrote "Women of the Debatable Land", "Johnny Reb and Billy Yank" and "The Huntsman in the South".
Member of the Legislature of 1879; 40 years employment at General Land Office, Washington.
Married first Alice Swain, second Mrs. Filah Saunders; no children.

Company A "Alexandria Riflemen", 17th Virginia Infantry, Corse's Brigade, Pickett's Division, 1st Corps, Army of Northern Virginia, C.S.A.

Residence Alexandria, VA.; 5' 8", light hair, light complexion, gray eyes; 17 year-old Student.
The Enlisting Officer refused his initial enlistment but close Hunter family friend General Robert E. Lee requested approval.
Enlisted for 12 months' service on 4/17/1861 at Alexandria, VA., he was mustered into Captain Morton Marye's Company "Alexandria Riflemen", 17th Virginia Infantry on 5/21/1861 in Alexandria as a Private. This Company was redesignated Company A, 17th Virginia Infantry.
His father requested 8/1/1861 for Alexander to be appointed 2nd Lt. in field artillery; cited son's Commanding Officer's statement of Alexander's gallantry in Battle of Bull Run and pointed out "Few families have suffered more from the enemy than mine."
Hospitalized with typhoid fever 11/12/1862 - 12/18/1862 and for fatigue 3/81-23/1863 in C.S.A. General Hospital, Orange Court House, VA.
POW 6/30/1862 in the Battle of Frayzer's Farm, Glendale during the Seven Days' battles; confined Fort Columbus, NY City Harbor; transferred to Fort Warren, MA 7/8/1862; sent to Ft. Monroe, VA 7/31/1862 to be exchanged; present July & Aug 1862 Roll.
POW 9/17/1862 in the Battle of Sharpsburg/Antietam, MD.; paroled 9/20/1862 and exchanged.
AWOL Nov & Dec 1862 Roll; present Jan & Feb 1862 Roll.
Transferred 4/27/1863 into Company H "Black Horse Cavalry", 4th Virginia Cavalry.
POW 1/8/1864 Warrenton, VA.; confined 1/16/1864 in Old Capitol Prison, Wash., D.C.; transferred 2/3/1864 to Pt. Lookout, MD., but escaped; recaptured at Point Of Rocks, MD.; sent 2/22/1864 to Antheneum Prison, Wheeling, WVA.; sent 2/24/1864 to Camp Chase, Ohio; exchanged.
Wounded 4/1864 in right leg.
Wounded, gunshot flesh wound in leg, 5/7/1864 Todd's Tavern, Spotsylvania County, VA.; hospitalized 5/15/1864 Chimborazo Hospital #3, Richmond; transferred 5/19/1864 to Robertson Hospital; given on 5/26/1864 a 60-day Medical Furlough.

The 17th Infantry Regiment was organized at Manassas Junction, Virginia, in June, 1861, using the 6th Battalion Virginia Infantry as its nucleus. Men of this unit were recruited in the counties of Warren, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, and Fauquier.

 (bio by: BigFrench) 
Family links: 
  Bushrod Washington Hunter (1807 - 1888)
  Mary Frances Blow Hunter (1816 - 1880)
  Alice A. Swain Hunter (1856 - 1898)
  Fanny Blow Hunter (1839 - 1927)*
  Eliza Waller Hunter (1841 - 1862)*
  Alexander Hunter (1843 - 1914)
  Bushrod Washington Hunter (1847 - 1848)*
  Monimia Fairfax Hunter (1850 - 1853)*
  Jane Hunter (1853 - 1899)*
  Belle Waller Hunter (1854 - 1938)*
*Calculated relationship
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Maintained by: BigFrench
Originally Created by: Scott Hutchison
Record added: Aug 15, 2005
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