Edward Porter Alexander graduated from West Point (1857) and served as an engineer and officer in the U.S. Army. When the war broke out, he was just 25 years old. After his home state of Georgia seceded, Alexander resigned his commission (May 1861) to join the Confederacy. He spent 1861 as an intelligence officer, and served as part of a signal guard, but E Porter Alexander is probably best known for his role as Chief of Artillery for Longstreet's First Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia.
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