Looking for information on the following man and wife. Would like to know what ships he served on during his time in the US Navy if any. Also any genealogy on him and his wife and any children.
Thanks Stephen B.
Colonel George W. Alexander born about 1829 at Francesville, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On October 31, 1848, he was appointed assistant engineer in the United States Navy, and remained in the service until April 5, 1861, when he resigned. During that time he was stationed for a long time at the Portsmouth, NH, Navy Yard, and in that city he married a Virginia lady, Miss Susie Ashby.
On the 15th of June 1861, he became a First Lieutenant and Adjutant of the 1st Maryland Zouaves (CSA). With great difficulty, the company made their way to Richmond and offered their services to Governor Letcher for the Confederacy He was captured and imprisioned at Fort McHenry he later escaped and made his way back to Richmond.
General Winder, the military commandant of Richmond soon afterwards appointed him assistant provost marshal of Richmond and gave him the command of the Confederate prisons. His various duties were the management of Castle Thunder, and Libby Prison, later he was commander of the prison at Salisbury, N. C.
At wars end he was paroled at Appomattox. He obtained transportation by sea to New Orleans, thence he went up the Mississippi to Canada, where for some time he taught the French language to French children. When the war feeling had subsided and it was safe to return to the United States Captain Alexander came back and settled in Baltimore, where he was occupied in the business of sanitary engineer, in which he acquired a competency.
He died at age 66 years, in Laurel, Prince George, Maryland, and was buried from St. Phillip’s Protestant Episcopal Church, Laurel, Prince George, Maryland at Ivy Hill Cemetery, Sandy Hill road, near the end of Nichols Drive, Laurel. (West Side section 109) . His wife survived him.