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ALEXANDER, Edmund Brooke, soldier, born in Hay Market, Prince William County, Virginia, 2 October 1802; died in Washington, District of Columbia, 3 January 1888. He was graduated at the United States military academy, in 1823. After twenty years of frontier and garrison duty he had an opportunity for service in Mexico, where he won a major's brevet at Cerro Gordo (18 April 1847), and a Lieutenant-Colonel's at Contreras and Churubusco (20 August 1847). He became major of the 8th infantry, 10 November 1851, and colonel of the 10th infantry, a new regiment, 3 March 1855. In 1857-'58 he commanded the Utah expedition until relieved by General Johnston. During the civil war he was retained at St. Louis on provost marshal's duty, involving delicate and responsible administration of important matters. He was also superintendent of the volunteer recruiting service, and chief mustering and disbursing officer for Missouri. He was brevetted Brigadier-General, 13 March 1865, and commanded his regiment at Fort Snelling till retirement, 22 February 1869, by operation of law.
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