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Obituary of Robert Fulton Alexander, San Antonio, Texas.

Robert Fulton Alexander was born April 17, 1836, at Owenton, Ky., and had reached his early manhood when the first dissensions between the North and South began, culminating early in 1861 in the call to arms of both sections of the country.

While on a business visit to Charleston, S. C., he was witness to the bombardment of Fort Sumter, beginning the four years of war in the South. He returned to his home and assisted in organizing a company of cavalry, of which he became a lieutenant. The company was embodied in the 4th Kentucky Regiment and served under Gen. John H. Morgan until the end of the war, by which time Lieutenant Alexander had attained to his captaincy. This command formed part of President Davis's escort in his flight from Richmond to Washington, Ga., when he left them, so as to facilitate his escape to the seacoast.

After a visit to his old Kentucky home, Captain Alexander went to Texas and settled near Marlin, in Falls County, and then engaged in land-surveying and farming. In the early nineties he removed to San Antonio and took up the real estate business, and, becoming interested in politics, he was a member of the city council during a reform movement at that time.

He was an active member of the Albert Sidney Johnston Camp, No. 44, U. C. V., and affiliated with the Masonic Lodge of Marlin. As his father had been one of the pioneer Baptist preachers of Kentucky, he lept up his membership in that faith during his lifetime. After a trying illness of several months he passed away on the morning of May 6, 1916, and was laid to rest among those comrades who had gone before.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, December, 1916.

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