Confederate Private Alexander Bailus West married my 4 x 1st cousin, Nancy Land in Wilkes County, NC; Feb.4, 1857. On November 26, 1858, their son, Thomas Harvey West was born. Alex mustered into Company K 53rd NC Infantry on 4/30/1862. His Captain and 1st Lieutenant were his cousins, William J., and Thomas C. Miller. His 2nd Lieutenant, his brother-in-law, Thomas C. Land. William Miller was killed on the 1st day at Gettysburg. Thomas C. Miller was captured. Alex received a severe wound on July 3rd. He returned to service in September. He was killed at 3rd Winchester. On March 17, 1862, perhaps because of a premonition he wouldn't come home, he wrote a very long letter to his very small son.
Thomas Harvey West lived until 1949. Pictured with his wife, America Ann McNeil.