Raynors 2020-05 Putnal
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ALEXANDER, George W (1829-1895) Before the war he was appointed an assistant engineer in the United States navy, October 31, 1848, and remained in the service till April 5, 1861, when, after several promotions, he resigned. On the 15th of June of that year he became lieutenant of a company of Marylanders, which, with great difficulty, came to Virginia and offered its services to Governor Letcher for the Confederacy. During an adventurous career Alexander was once captured and confined in Fort McHenry, charged with piracy. He escaped, and a reward of $10,000 was offered for his arrest. He made his way to Richmond, and was soon afterward appointed provost marshal of the Eastern District of Virginia, where he did good service in preserving order in the Confederate capital. Among his various duties was the management of Castle Thunder, which he brought into the best condition the resources of the Confederacy would permit. Colonel Alexander's talents as an executive were here admirably exhibited, and President Davis on more than one occasion owed his safety to the vigor and foresight the "provost marshal of Richmond" brought to his office. Document Signed "G.W. Alexander" 8-1/2"x2-1/2", September 1, 1860, United States Navy Yard, New York, being a receipt for pay of Charles Murrary, Purser United States Navy. Fine condition.
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