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ALEXANDER, Barton Stone, soldier, born in Kentucky in 1819; died in San Francisco, California, 15 December 1878. He was appointed to the United States military academy from Kentucky, was graduated in 1842, and became lieutenant in the corps of engineers. He superintended the repairs at various fortifications, and also in the erection of Minor's ledge lighthouse, at the entrance of Boston harbor. During the civil war he served as engineer in the construction of the defenses of Washington. took part in the Manassas campaign of 1861, and was brevetted major for gallant and meritorious services in the battle of Bull Run. He continued with the army of the Potomac, rendering important aid at the siege of Yorktown, for which he was brevetted Lieutenant-Colonel in 1862. In 1864 he was consulting engineer with General Sheridan's army, and in 1865 was made brevet Brigadier-General for meritorious services during" the war. For the next two years he had charge of the construction of most of the public works in Maine, when he became senior engineer with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and member of the Pacific board of engineers for fortification.
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