Alexander W. Davis
6th Vermont Infantry
Alexander W. Davis was born about 1842, in Wheelock, Vermont, the son of Samuel and Mary Davis.
He enlisted 25 September 1861, and mustered in as corporal, Co. D, 6th Vermont Infantry, on 15 October 1861. He was present in action at Lee's Mill, Williamsburg, and Golding's Farm, and was wounded in the left foot and taken prisoner at Savage's Station, on 29 June 1862, and paroled on 5 August. While confined in Libby Prison, a few days later, he learned through one of the guards, a private of the 7th Louisiana Infantry, that his cousin Dr. James B. Davis, (a son of Hon. Bliss N. Davis, of Danville, Vt.,) who was residing in Louisiana when the war broke out, was the surgeon of that regiment, then stationed near Richmond.
He wrote to Dr. Davis, and as a result of the latter's kind offices, was not only soon exchanged, on 5 August, but furnished with a horse to ride from Richmond to Aiken's Landing, where the prisoners were transferred to transports-being the only man in a cartel of 1100& exchanged prisoners who was so favored. He subsequently spent some time on recruiting duty in Brattleboro.
Davis was present in action at Marye's Heights and Bank's Ford. After Gettysburg, he was in action at Funkstown, Md. He re-enlisted 16 December 1863, and was promoted to Sergeant. On 1 April 1864, he was commissioned 1st Lieutenant in the 39th U.S. Colored Infantry, which regiment was assigned to General Edward Ferero's 4th Division, IX Army Corps. He saw action at Petersburg, Weldon Railroad, Poplar Spring Church, and Hatcher's Run. On 31 December, he participated in Butler's expedition at Fort Fisher, N.C., and on 4 January 1865, in Terry's expedition against the same fort, which was captured on that date. He was at Sugar Loaf, N.C., on 11 February, and was promoted to Captain on 22 February 1865.
Davis was present in action at the capture of Wilmington, N.C., and at the skirmish of North East Station, a few miles north of Wilmington. Captain Davis' regiment now became a part of General John Schofield's army, and marched direct to Goldsboro, N.C., to meet Sherman's Army, which they joined on 23 March. On 15 April his regiment reached Raleigh, N.C., where they heard of the death of President Lincoln. Davis was present at the surrender of General Johnston's Army.
Captain Davis mustered out on 4 December 1865, having served over four years and two months continuously.
Captain Davis' name is inscribed on the African American Civil War monument in Washington D.C., plaque C-54.
Sources: Revised Roster, George G. Benedict, "Vermont in the Civil War," (Free Press Association, Burlington, 1888), i:216.
Native of Hardwick, Dead;
Captain Alexander W. Davis, one of the best known Grand Army men of Vermont, and one of the oldest mail clerks in New England, died at his home in Glover, Saturday, May 28 of a complication of Brights disease and valvular heart trouble.
Captain Davis was born in Hardwick, March 9, 1842, and enlisted September 25, 1861. He soon became first sergeant was very active during the whole war, reenlisting in the field in December, 1863. He was wounded at Savage Station, captured by the Confederates and imprisoned Libby Prison and at Belle Isle, but exchanged, April 11, 1864 he was commissioned first lieutenant in the 39th regiment, a regiment of negro volunteers. Later he became a captain and remained in the service throughout a part of the reconstruction period.
During a proffered commission in the regular army, Captain Davis returned to Vermont, and in 1882 entered the postal service, having at first the now obsolete run from Concord, N. H. to Richford, and afterward becoming transfer clerk at White River Junction. In 1889 he was appointed post master in White River Junction, holding the position for four years. He then returned to the railway mail service and for several years had the run from Newport to Richford. About one month ago he retired and purchased a house in Glover, the scene of his boyhood days.
A wife, Mrs. Caroline Davis, two sisters living in Iowa and one son President Oscar S. Davis of the Chicago Theological Seminary survive him.
June 9, 1910 Hardwick Gazette:
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