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Capt Thomas Nelson Alexander
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Birth: Dec. 13, 1844
McDowell County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Jan. 12, 1940
Mecklenburg County
North Carolina, USA

Married Elizabeth Winget

Volunteer Co. I, 37th N.C. Infantry,
C.S.A., Lane's Brigade, Jackson's Corps

name: Tom N Alexander
event type: Death
event date: 12 Jan 1940
event place: Steel Creek Tnsp, Mecklenburg, North Carolina
birth year: 1845
burial date: 14 Jan 1940
burial place: Pleasant Hill
residence place: Charlotte, NC
address: Rt 3
gender: Male
age: 95
marital status: Widowed
race (original): White
occupation: Farmer
birth date: 13 Dec 1845
birthplace: Mcdowell County, Nc
father's name: Lee Alexander
father's birthplace: Nc
mother's name: Rosana Blanchard
mother's birthplace: Nc
reference id: fn 2159 cn 320
gs film number: 1943179

Click on a links below to hear the Rebel Yell from:

Pvt. Thomas N. Alexander of the 37th North Carolina Troops

Rebel Yell

""Records (in the North Carolina Soldiers book series tracing the history of Tar Heels in The War Between The States) are confusing on this old soldier because there appears to have been four different Thomas Alexanders with four different middle initials in four different companies of the 37th North Carolina Regiment. Based on family stories and newspaper accounts of the enlistment of this Thomas N. Alexander, it seems that the North Carolina series could have mixed the biographies because of the four men sharing the same name in one regiment.

This Thomas N. Alexander of Co. I was reported in newspapers to have joined in Charlotte in Feb. 1862 though the North Carolina Soldiers book shows him joining in 1864 at Liberty Mills, near Orange, Va. (perhaps rejoining after a furlough?). The book says Thomas N. of Co. I suffered an unspecified wound at Fusel's Mill in 1864, while Thomas R. of Co. C was wounded in the leg at Gettysburg. Thomas N.'s obituary reports that he was wounded in the leg in 1864. Thomas N. Alexander lived to be 95 years old and was quite active in the Sons of Confederate Veterans up until the time of his death in 1940, the last surviving Mecklenburg County veteran of the war.

The audio files accompanying this page were recorded by the general manager of WBT radio at a Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting in 1935 when Alexander was 90 years old. The interviewer spends several minutes with Alexander asking for the history of the Rebel Yell. Alexander, whose age makes it hard to understand him, replies that he first heard the yell at "Cold Harbor", apparently meaning the 1862 Seven Days Battle of Gaines Mill, which was sometimes called First Cold Harbor, which was his first battle. Alexander then says whenever the Yankees heard the Rebel Yell, "they would fly," meaning run away. The interviewer then asks all of the veterans in attendance to give the yell. They give several, controlled monosyllabic calls. Apparently, at some point later in the meeting, perhaps in a more private room as the sound quality seems to improve, the interviewer asks Alexander to give his own version of the yell.""
Family links: 
  Thomas Taylor Alexander (1889 - 1975)*
*Calculated relationship
Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church
Mecklenburg County
North Carolina, USA
Plot: Section H
Maintained by: Michael
Originally Created by: LoRetta Hughes
Record added: Jan 14, 2009
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