The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa Saturday, January 5, 1905
WM. L. ALEXANDER, of this city has been retired.
Such has been the message from Washington and comes with a little surprise. His friends wondering whether he has been promoted and retired on account of age or under the act relative to volunteers in the Civil War who are in the Army retiring when he assumes the higher rank.
GENERAL ALEXANDER has been assistant commissary general of the subsistence department of the Army ever since the Spanish-American War with the rank of Colonel. The rank of Brigadier General is the highest in the subsistence department and he was one of the three Colonels who have acted as assistants. He was made Colonel in 1899 and assistant commissary general in 1903.
The Lucas County man was very popular. He was a veteran of the Civil War, and was severely wounded at the battle of Arkansas Post. He was Adjutant General of Iowa eleven years and during this time his work was above reproach.
While it is to be regretted that he is leaving the active life of the Army it should be a matter of pride that he has done his duty and earned the honor of being on the retired list of the Army of the United States.