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Pvt Basil R. Alexander

Pvt Basil R. Alexander

Loudoun County, Virginia, USA
Death 18 Aug 1864 (aged 25–26)
Maryland, USA
Burial Scotland, St. Mary's County, Maryland, USA
Memorial ID 17263967 · View Source
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U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles
Name: Basil Alexander
Occupation: Farmer
Age at enlistment: 23
Enlistment Date: 23 Apr 1861
Rank at enlistment: Private
Enlistment Place: Fairfax Court House, VA
State Served: Virginia
Survived the War?: No
Service Record: Enlisted in Company F, Virginia 5th Cavalry Regiment on 23 Apr 1861. Mustered out on 05 Feb 1863. Transferred to Company I, Virginia 11th Cavalry Regiment on 05 Feb 1863. Mustered out on 18 Aug 1864 at Point Lookout, MD.
Description: height: 5 ft. 3 in., fair complexion, blue eyes, dark hair.
Birth Date: abt 1838
Sources: The Virginia Regimental Histories Series

Basil R. Alexander was born about 1838 in Loudoun County, Virginia, the son of William Alexanders (b.1810) and Elizabeth Hawse (b.1814). A younger brother, William, was born about 1840, also in Loudoun County.

When the Civil War broke out, Basil R. Alexander enlisted on April 25, 1861 in Ball's Fairfax Cavalry, which was later re-organized as Company F, 5th Virginia Cavalry and even later as Company I, 11th Virginia Cavalry. His physical characteristics in April 1861 were listed as: height 5'3"; complexion fair; hair dark; eyes blue. He appears on a muster roll for the period 1 January 1863 to 28 February 1863 as "absent-POW". The details of his capture, imprisonment and exchange are unknown.

Upon his release from prison, he did not return to his old cavalry regiment but chose to join the 43rd Virginia Cavalry. William Alexander enlisted on June 19, 1861 in Company I, 8th Virginia Infantry at Mt. Gilead, Loudoun County, Virginia. He was detailed as a cook in May 1863. He appears as AWOL on the July 1863 muster roll. It is believed he had joined his brother who was serving in Mosby's Command.

On November 20, 1863, a 300-man force of Union cavalry led by Colonel Charles Russell Lowell of the 2nd Massachusetts Cavalry Regiment, came to "Mosby's Confederacy" with the intent of "capturing guerillas". They were guided by Alexander "Yankee" Davis and recent deserter from the 43rd, Charles Binns.

The Union Cavalry found success that night and early the next day in the area between Middleburg and Mountville in Loudoun County. According to Old Capital Prison records, 24 soldiers and citizens were captured. Of the total, twelve indicated affiliations with "Mosby's Battalion". Six indicated membership in other Confederate units although some of them were carrying passes from Mosby. Both Basil R. and William Alexander were captured by the Federal raiding party near Mountville in southern Loudoun County. Also captured was a third Alexander brother, David, who was absent from the 11th Virginia Cavalry, serving with Mosby's Command. Basil Alexander indicated affiliation with the 11th Virginia Cavalry while William noted his unit as being the 8th Virginia Infantry.

It is believed that most of the rangers including the Alexander brothers were captured at their homes or boarding places. In the case of the Alexander brothers, they were likely boarding in the area as their home in Belmont was outside the boundaries of "Mosby's Confederacy".

The three Alexander brothers were received at Old Capital Prison on November 24, 1863 and transferred to Point Lookout (Maryland) Federal Prison on February 3, 1864.

Basil R. Alexander died on August 18, 1864 of unknown causes and was buried in the prison cemetery. William Alexander died ten days later on August 28, 1864 from acute diarrhea. He was likely also buried in the prison cemetery although there is no record of his burial location or status.

1850 United States Federal Census
Name: Barrie Alexander [Basil Alexander]
Age: 12
Birth Year: abt 1838
Birthplace: Virginia
Home in 1850: Loudoun, Virginia, USA
Gender: Male
Family Number: 149
Household Members - Name/Age
A F Osborn 28
Eliza Osborn 23
Wm Alexander 40
Elizabeth Alexander 36
Jno Alexander 17
Barrie Alexander 12
Wm Alexander 10
Daniel Alexander 8
Mary Alexander 6
Egar Alexander 4
Joseph Alexander 0

(special thanks to Bev for the following info)
Residence was not listed; a 23 year-old Farmer.
Enlisted on 4/23/1861 at Fairfax Court House, VA as a Private.
On 4/23/1861 he mustered into "F" Co. VA 5th Cavalry
He was transferred out on 2/5/1863
On 2/5/1863 he transferred into "I" Co. VA 11th Cavalry
He died of disease as POW on 8/18/1864 at Point Lookout, MD
He was listed as:
POW 5/24/1861 Alexandria, VA (Exchanged but not returned)
Released 6/7/1861 (place not stated)
Absent 10/15/1861 (place not stated) (Behind enemy lines)
Returned 12/15/1862 (place not stated)
POW 11/30/1863 Mountsville, VA (Captured with Mosby)
Confined 12/15/1863 Old Capitol Prison, Washington, DC (Estimated day)
Confined 1/15/1864 Point Lookout, MD (Estimated day)
He was described at enlistment as: 5' 3", fair complexion, blue eyes, dark hair.

(special thanks to bonedigger for the following info)
Virginia Death and Burial Gives his death as Aug 6 1864
Name: Basil Alexander
Birth Date: abt 1839
Birth Place: Fauquier County
Death Date: 6 Aug 1864
Death Place: Loudoun, Virginia
Death Age: 25
Occupation: Soldier
Race: White
Gender: Male
Father Name: Wm. Alexander
Mother Name: Eliz. Alexander
FHL Film Number: 2048576





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  • Originally Created by: Bev
  • Added: 2 Jan 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17263967
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Basil R. Alexander (1838–18 Aug 1864), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17263967, citing Point Lookout Confederate Cemetery, Scotland, St. Mary's County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Cousins by the Dozens (contributor 46904925) .