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Obituary of Alexander Wood, Brownsville, Texas.

Alexander Wood, oldest son of Capt. D. G. Wood, C. S. A., and Harriet Parrat Wood, was born in Darlington District, S. C., November 23, 1844. When the War between the States came on, he offered his himself to his country's cause; but on account of his youth and small stature he was four times refused. In April, 1863, he was accepted and served to the end of the war. He was a member of Hart's Battery, Hampton's Legion, and participated in more than one hundred hard fought battles. For his bravery and personal courage he was several times praised by general officers. He received his parole at Greensboro, N. C., May 3, 1865, and immediately set out fir his home to find devastation, destruction, and ruin stamped upon the whole country Sherman had passed through. The West offered a more promising field to the man who must start life anew, and in 1867 he went to Texas, settling near Brenham, and later moved to Burleson County.

In December, 1874, he was united in marriage to Amelia Elizabeth Love, a most beautiful Christian character. In 1886 he moved his family to San Marcos, Tex., and a few years later cast his lot with the pioneers of the lower Rio Grande Valley. Seven sons and six daughters came to bless his home, twelve of whom, with the good mother, survive him. His death occurred at Mission Tex., May 15, 1915, and this noble son of the Old South was laid to rest in Buena Vista Burial Park, at Brownsville, Tex.

After returning from the Reunion at Chattanooga in 1913, acceding to the request of his children, Comrade Wood began writing the story of his life in the Confederate army, and a few days before his death he completed a most graphic and thrilling account of his service with the Horse Artillery of the Army of Northern Virginia, under Stuart, Hampton, and Lee.

In private life the same cheerful, brave, and manly spirit that distinguished the soldier characterized the citizen, Christian, friend, husband, and father. Truly may it be said of him that he fought life's battles cheerfully, nobly, and religiously and by his spotless example as an upright man indelibly stamped the good influence of his life not only upon those who were dearest to him, but upon all who knew him.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, February, 1916.

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