Alexander Hunter(1843 - 1914)
Home State: Virginia
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 17th Virginia Infantry
Before the Antietam Campaign:
He enlisted in Company A, the Alexandria Riflemen at age 17 in April 1861. He was captured in action during the Seven Days on 30 June 1862 and held at Fort Columbus, NY, transferred to Fort Warren, MA, then to Fortress Monroe, VA for exchange on 31 July 1862. He was wounded in action at Second Manassas in August 1862.
In the Antietam Campaign:
He was captured in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862. On Sunday 21 September 1862 he wrote his family about the campaign:
The remainder of the War:
He was paroled for exchange on 22 September 1862. He transferred to Company H (Black Horse Troop), Fourth Virginia Cavalry in July 1863. He was captured again, at Warrenton, VA on 8 January 1864, and held at the Old Capitol Prison, Washington and Point Lookout, MD. He escaped but was recaptured at Point Of Rocks, MD and sent to Antheneum Prison, Wheeling, WV. He was exchanged 24 February at Camp Chase, OH. He was wounded, at Todd's Tavern, VA 7 May 1864 and in Richmond's Chimborazo Hospital.
After the War:
He was an employee of the US General Land Office, Washington, DC for about 40 years. He was the author of Johnny Reb and Billy Yank (1905), and Women of the Debatable Land (1912).
References, Sources, and other notes:
Basic information from Ray Fincham1. Lifedates and further details from his gravesite on Findagrave, source also of his photograph. The letter here as excerpted by the staff of the Antietam National Battlefield in a packet for teachers.
More on the Web:
His 1903 description of his part in the battle is online from the Encyclopedia of Virginia.
|Place of Birth: Norfolk, VA |
Death Date: 06/30/1914 Death Place: Warrenton, VA Burial Place: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA
1 Fincham, Jr., Ray, Artillery, Cavalry, Infantry Regimental Histories - Virginia, Published 2005, <http://www.ranger95.com/civil_war/virginia/index.html>, Source page: /virginia/infantry/rosters/17th_inf_regt_roster_a.html [AotW citation 13520]
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