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Edward Porter Alexander
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Military Personnel
    (May 26, 1835-April 28, 1910)
    Fought in the Civil War
    Was Chief Engineer and Signal Officer of the Army of Northern Virginia
    Was artillery chief for the First Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia
    Author of 'Fighting for the Confederacy: The Personal Recollections of General Edward Porter Alexander' and 'Military Memoirs of a Confederate: A Critical Narrative'
    He fought for a state which supported slavery.
    Following the decisive Confederate defeat at Appomattox Court House, he suggested Lee instigate guerrilla warfare rather than surrender to the union.
    He owned slaves.
    Duck hunting was among his hobbies.
    He was heavily involved in developing the United States Railways.
    He was an expert fencer.
    He made history by transmitting the first message in combat using signal flags over a long distance.
    He was a pioneer of aerial reconnaissance in battle, having used hot air balloons for surveillance.
    He was wounded in battle at the seige of Petersburg.
    Post Civil War, he settled a boundary dispute between Nicaragua and Costa Rica.
    His memoirs are considered by many historians to be one of the most objective and detailed accounts of the Civil War.

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