Alexander, Edmund B., born in Prince William county, Virginia, October 2, 1802; graduated at West Point in 1823.
He served on the frontier and on garrison duty for twenty years. In the Mexican war he won distinction at Cerro
Gordo, Contreras and Cherubusco, and was brevetted major and lieutenant-colonel. He was afterward major of the
Eighth Infantry, November 10, 1857, and colonel of the Tenth Infantry, March 3, 1855. He commanded the Utah expedition
of 1857-58 until relieved by Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston. In the civil war he was provost marshal of St. Louis,
chief disbursing officer for Missouri, and superintendent of the volunteer recruiting service at St. Louis. He
was brevetted brigadier general March 13, 1865, and commanded at Fort Snelling, Minnesota, until February 22, 1869,
when he was placed on the retired list after fifty years' service. He removed to Washington, D. C., where he died
January 3, 1888.
Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography
By: Lyon Gardiner Tyler, LL. D.
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
New York 1915
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