Stephen Bauer, I saw your query on the Alexander pages of GenForum.I = am writing a book on George W. Alexander, and have uncovered the information you provided. However, I cannot learn who his parents were, when he married Susan Ashby, when she died, or if they had any children.Any help with these questions would be appreciated.
I contacted the National Archives & Records Administration and got a listing of the his Naval record.He was warranted Oct. 4, 1848. Ships assigned to: USS Mississippi on Nov. 21,, 1848, and the USS Susquehanna on March 31, 1856.
The years 1849-1855 he was an engineer on the Mississippi, and since that was Commodore Perry's flagship on the mission to open the doors of Japan, I am assuming the Alexander was one of the crew.The ships he served on were coal-burning steam ships, with side wheels.
The narrative of the expedition to Japan has some pictures of the Mississippi, but Alexander wasn't mentioned.He was only a Second Assistant Engineer at that time.
On May 4, 1859, he was detached to the USS Fulton, and on March 1, 1860 to the USS Seminole. He resigned on April 5, 1861, just 2 months after he received permission to take another promotion exam.
Several sources incorrectly state that this G. W. Alexander was born in Georgia, but on his acceptance of his naval commission, he stated that he was born in Francisville, PA.
There were several by the name who served both the CSA and in the Union army during the War.
I would also like to know when he returned from Canada.He is listed in the 1880 census in Baltimore, and on it he stated that his parents were born in Scotland.
He is certainly a very interesting character - sailor, pirate, playwrite, songwriter, prison commandant, and teacher.My book is shaping up nicely, if only I could get some of the little details about his family filled in.
Mrs. Frances H. Casstevens Yadkinville, North Carolina