|Birth: ||Apr. 5, 1829|
|Death: ||Jul. 23, 1864|
Company H; 2nd Kentucky Cavalry (Duke's)
The Confederate Monument located at the entrance to Spring Hill Cemetery depicts Captain Gabe S. Alexander. The monument was dedicated on September 16, 1902.
** A note about Captain Alexander's death date:
Captain Alexander's tombstone and the Kentucky Adjutant General's Report give the date of death of Captain Gabe Alexander as July 23, 1863.
It appears that the death date inscribed on the tombstone is incorrect.
Other documentation, including Captain Alexander's service records, show that Captain Alexander was actually killed one year later, on July 23, 1864, near the Miller Spring, below New Hope, Kentucky. Captain Alexander was killed by a detachment of Company A, 12th Ohio Cavalry, under Capt. Franklin A. Dubois. He was buried either at the place he ws killed and/or in the Rolling Fork Baptist Church Cemetery at Gleanings, Larue County, Kentucky, which is south of New Hope. In 1895, E.W. Lyen, former first sergeant of Alexander's company, located Alexander's remains and had them reinterred in Harrodsburg on October 26, 1895.
There is but one Gabe S. Alexander listed as serving in Duke's Second Cavalry.
According to service records, a G.S. Alexander, 2nd Lt., Company E, 1st Regiment Morgan's Cavalry* appears on a company muster roll for June 1 to October 31, 1862. He is listed as having enlisted on June 1, 1862, at Chattanooga, Tennessee. Lt. Alexander is listed as absent, as he raised another company in September.
*Company E, 1st Regiment Morgan's Cavalry subsequently became Company E, 2nd Regiment (Duke's) Cavalry.
A G.S. Alexander, 2nd Lt., Company E, 2nd Regiment Kentucky Cavalry appears on a register containing rosters of Commissioned Officers, Provisional Army Confederate States, as being appointed June 1, 1862. The record then notes that he was elected Captain, Company H, on September 1, 1862.
A G.S. Alexander, Captain Company H 2nd Regiment Kentucky Cavalry appears on a roster of Commissioned Officers, Provisional Army Confederate States, as being appointed on September 1, 1862.
A G.S. Alexander, Captain, Company H, 2nd Regiment Kentucky Cavalry appears on a company muster roll for September 1 to November 1, 1862, as present.
On November 3, 1862, at Gallatin, Tennessee, G.S. Alexander, Captain Company H, Duke's Regiment, acknowledged receiving $200 from William Wilson, to be used for clothing for his Company.
A G.S. Alexander, Captain, Company H, 2nd Regiment Kentucky Cavalry appears on a company muster roll for November and December 1862, as present.
On December 13, 1862, Captain G.S. Alexander, of Company H Dukes Regiment, Morgan's Brigade, was paid $690 for his service from June 1, 1862 to December 1, 1862. The Pay Account shows that G.S. Alexander was a 2nd Lt. from June 1 to September 1, 1862, and then a Captain from September 1 to December 1, 1862.
On February 19, 1863, G.S. Alexander, Captain, of Company H, Dukes Regiment, Morgan's Brigade, was paid $280 for his service as a Captain from December 1, 1862 to January 31, 1863.
A G.S. Alexander, Captain, Company H, 2nd Regiment Kentucky Cavalry appears on a roll of prisoners of war at the Military Prison in Louisville, Kentucky. He was captured on February 7, 1864 at Livingston, Tennessee. He was received at the prison in Louisville on February on February 18, 1864, and sent to Nashville on February 21, 1864.
On February 18, 1864, Captain S.E. Jones, Provost Marshall, sent a telegram to George Spalding. Captain Jones instructed that by order of Brig. General Granger, if Captain Gabriel S. Alexander, Company H, Second Kentucky Cavalry CSA arrived with the prisoners, Mr. Spalding was to send him back to Nashville, as Captain Alexander had been forwarded by mistake.
A G. Alexander, Captain, Company H, 2nd Regiment Kentucky Cavalry appears on a roster of officers of the 2nd Regiment Kentucky Cavalry, Morgan's Division, organized December 11, 1862. The record notes that Captain Alexander was elected in September of 1862, and that he was "Killed August 1864."
A Captain Gabe S. Alexander (killed near Bardstown, Kentucky) is included on a list of Mercer County, Kentucky CSA soldiers on file at the Harrodsburg Historical Society in Harrodsburg, Kentucky.
*The information in parenthesis was hand written in pencil.
"The Story of the Twelfth Ohio Cavalry" details the attack on Alexander's unit and Alexander's death in July of 1864. In part, the account reads as follows:
"During the summer and part of the autumn of 1864, squadron "A" under Captain Dubois was on detached duty....General Burbridge determined to drive [Morgan's Men} from Kentucky, or exterminate them. Accordingly, he scattered his troops over the State, and issued some stringent general orders on the subject of guerrillas. Captain DuBois, with his squadron, was sent to Lebanon [Kentucky] on the 26th of June, and for several weeks remained in command of that post. On the 22nd of July, a 'reliable contraband' came into camp and reported that Capt. Alexander and Lieutenant "Sue Mundy" were near Sulphur Springs, with forty men, lying in wait to capture a railroad train. Captain DuBois immediately set out with twenty-five or thirty men, for the point designated; but no enemy could be found. After scouring the country thoroughly for half a day, the Captain concluded he had been hoaxed, and was about to return to Lebanon. Coming to a fine spring he dismounted his men for a short rest. Corporal Jonathan Songer and three men were sent out a short distance as a picket, and the balance of the men lay down on the ground. Suddenly, several shots were heard, and the pickets came in on a gallop, closely followed by Captain Alexander and his rebel squad. The attack was so sudden that there was almost a stampede; but a few well-directed shots emptied several rebel saddles, Capt. Alexander himself falling with a carbine shot through his head, and pistol ball in his breast. Sue Mundy then ordered a retreat. In an instant Company A was in saddle, and followed them for five or six miles. The only casualty in Captain DuBois' detachment was that of Corporal Songer, badly wounded."
As an aside, Songer was wounded in the knee. In 1871, his wound reopened, and lockjaw set in.
Thanks for this information on the 12th Ohio goes to Brent Nimmo, #443, whose ancestor was with the 12th Ohio when Alexander was killed.
Sunday, October 27, 1895
CAPT. ALEXANDER'S REMAINS
Bones of One of Morgan's Command Reinterred at Harrodsburg
Harrodsburg, Ky., Oct. 26 - The bones of Capt. Gabriel Alexander, which were disinterred and brought here from Nelson county by a delegation of the surviving members of his old Company, H - Morgan's command - were reburied in Spring Hill cemetery this afternoon with military honors. Capt. Chas. T. Corn's company of the Second regiment of State Guards, attended and fired a salute over the grave.
While Capt. Alexander was endeavoring to make his way back into the Confederacy, after being cut off with a part of his company from Morgan's command, when he was making his famous raid through Kentucky, he was surprised and fired upon, and he and one of his men killed by a company of Federal cavalry in Nelson County. That night sympathizers buried his body on the spot where he fell. A number of ex-Confederate veterans attended the burial ceremony.
Spring Hill Cemetery
Created by: Julie
Record added: Jul 31, 2006
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