Civil War Veterans Buried In Washington State - Frederick Alexander

Frederick A Alexander

Representing: Union

G.A.R Post

  • C. M. Kellogg Post #58 Ferndale, Whatcom Co. WA
  • James Blair Steedman Post #24 Bellingham, Whatcom Co. WA

Unit History

  • 18th New York Cavalry A

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Frederick  Alexander
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Organized: Summer, 1863 New York, NY
Mustered In: 7/8/1863 – 2/3/1864 Ft. Columbus Staten Island and Elmira, NY
Mustered Out:  5/31/1866 Victoria, TX

Regimental History


The 18th – also known as the Corning Light Cavalry - was a three year regiment. Although primarily recruited in New York, NY, other counties also contributed men. Its period of service was primarily in the western theater of the American Civil War (ACW).

Leaving the state by detachments between 7/18/1863 and 2/3/1864 the regiment was first stationed within the defenses of Washington City. In 2/1864 it was ordered to the far south’s Department Of The Gulf.

During the Red River Campaign (fall, 1863) the unit was repeatedly in action. Its severest losses came at Sabine Crossroads (9/18) and at Yellow Bayou (5/18/1864). At the former place the 18th lost twelve (12) wounded and missing while at the latter a loss of forty (40) was sustained. Of those, thirty three (33) went missing.

Stationed in Louisiana from late 1864 until early ’65 the regiment was dismounted. It then performed duties in Mississippi and Texas until receiving final muster.

Officers Killed Or Mortally Wounded:  1; Officers Died Of Disease, Accidents, Etc.:2; Enlisted Men Killed Or Mortally Wounded:  10; Enlisted Men Died Of Disease, Accidents, Etc.:   203.

Soldier History

Residence: Inf. Not Avail.  Age: ca. 18 yrs.
Enlisted/Enrolled: 12/31/1863 Brownville, NY Rank:  Pvt.
Mustered In: 12/3/1863 Brownville, NY
Mustered Out: 5/31/1866 Victoria, TX
Highest Rank: Pvt.
Rank At Discharge: Pvt.


Family History


Frederick A. Alexander was born in 1846. His place of birth was within the State of New York.

In the 1910 census of Whatcom Co., Washington, Frederick, age 64, was noted as living in Bellingham with wife Annie, 54, and son Roy A. who was 24. Annie had been born in England, and Roy A. in Nebraska. Frederick and Annie had been married for 35 years at the time.  He was a furniture storekeeper.

1920 census. Frederick 75, Annie 63, and Roy A. were again listed as living in Bellingham.

U.S. Census records for 1930 enumerated Frederick, 83, and Annie, 74 still in Bellingham.

Frederick died 5/30/1933 at the age of 86 years. He was/is buried in Greenacres Cemetery in Whatcom Co.

Veteran is Called

A few hours after he was to have given an address at the Memorial day exercises at Bay View cemetery Tuesday afternoon, Frederick A. Alexander, retired furniture dealer, who served four years and nine months in the Civil War as a member of the Eighteenth New York cavalry, died Tuesday evening at his home, 2101 Alabama street. He was 86 years of age and had lived here thirty years. He retired twelve years ago. Mr. Alexander was a member of the Eureka M.E. church and was a past commander of J.B. Steedman post No. 24 G.A.R. filling the post of commander four times and holding other offices in the organization. When he died he was officer of the day.  He had been ill a month.

Mr. Alexander was so eager to enlist in the Civil war that he ran away from his home in Watertown, New York, to do so. He was wounded once, a bullet leaving a scar beneath his right ear.

Relatives surviving are the widow, Mrs. Annie Alexander, one son, Roy Alexander, Bellingham, and a daughter, Mrs. J.W. Foster of Corvallis, Ore. Funeral announcements will be made by the Harlow – Hollingsworth funeral home.

Newspaper notice of Annie Alexander’s death:

A resident here the past forty years, Annie Alexander, aged 86 years, of 2101 Alabama street, passed away at a local hospital Monday. She was a member of the Eureka Methodist church and the Women’s Relief Corps. Surviving are a son, Roy, of Seattle, and one daughter, Mrs. Lora C. Foster of Corvallis, Ore., two grandchildren and one great grandchild.  Funeral services will be conducted by the Rev. Frank R. Gillett, assisted by the Women’s Relief Corps, Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the Harlow – Hollingsworth funeral home. Interment will follow in Greenacres Memorial Park.

NOTE: The preceding courtesy of the Whatcom County Genealogical Society. For additional information see our Links page for the download Civil War Veterans of Whatcom County (with June, 2014 update).

Posted: 12/18/2023


Buried at Greenacres Memorial Park

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