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 Alexander Pierre “Little Fatty” Allain

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Alexander Pierre “Little Fatty” Allain

Birth
West Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, USA
Death 30 May 1910 (aged 66)
St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, USA
Burial New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
Plot Army of Tennessee tomb - Crypt 37
Memorial ID 134410333 View Source
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Served in the 5th Co., Battalion Washington Artillery, US Civil War; Corporal

(Military information provided by Sons of Confederate Veterans)

Philip D. Stephenson writes in his memoirs;

'In one of our artillery duels, Alex Allain did an act which stirred the admiration of us all. The saplings which formed the sides of our embrasures began to give way under the impact of shots, and the dirt behind them fell forward into it, threatening to fill it and so block the line and sweep of our fire. We were in the midst of a particularly fierce fight and would be practically muzzled by that bank of dirt forming fast before our gun.
Alex jumped up into the embrasure, into that focus of the shot and shell of the opposing battery and the bullets of the sharp-shooters and proceeded to repair it. He asked for an axe, straightened and drove down the upright posts, replaced the saplings behind them, and with a spade removed what dirt he could, and jumped down and resumed the sighting of our piece. I recall as though yesterday how cool he was, how calm and pleasant his voice sounded as he gave directions to those of us who waited on him, and how unconcernedly he turned his back upon the enemy when the work required it. He was not touched.
He was there only a few moments, but every second brought deadly peril. It was in a position where three out of our four guns were disabled in the three weeks time and ours among them. It was in that very occasion indeed that ours was knocked to pieces a short while afterwards, a shell exploding just under the mouth of the gun, sending us all right and left, stunned and wounding five out of the eight of us, Alex and his brother among them!'

(Information provided by member Travis Holt #48272081)

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