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Confederate (CSV)

Private

Alexander Madison Erskine

(1831 - 1917)

Home State: Texas

Education: University of Virginia

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 4th Texas Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

Born in Alabama, he went to Texas with his family in 1839 at about age 8. In April 1862, by then a 30 year old working on his father's very large ranch "El Capote" at Seguin in Guadalupe County, Texas, he enlisted with his brother Andrew in Company D, 4th Texas Infantry. He was wounded at Gaines' Mill, VA in June 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the left arm and side in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He may have been home on furlough to as late as January 1863.

After the War

By 1870 and to at least 1880 he was a surveyor in Seguin and by 1910 he was a civil engineer there.

References & notes

Basic service information from Davis1 and Polley.2 Details from Susannah J. Ural's Hood's Texas Brigade (2017), quoting from his wartime letters and other family records, and from family genealogists online and the US Census for 1860-1910. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Elizabeth Maney (1832-1921) and they had 5 children between 1861 and 1871.

Birth

11/29/1831 in AL

Death

01/23/1917 Seguin, TX; burial in Riverside Cemetery, Seguin, TX

Notes

1   Davis, Rev. Nicholas A., The Campaign from Texas to Maryland, Houston: Telegraph Book and Job Establishment, 1863, pp. 154-155  [AotW citation 1729]

2   Polley, Joseph Benjamin, Hood's Texas Brigade, New York: The Neale Publishing Company, 1910, pg. 319  [AotW citation 25583]