{⋆★⋆} LG Stewart, Alexander P.

Alexander Peter Stewart


Born: October 2, 1821

Birth Place: Rogersville, Tennessee

Father: William Alexander Stewart 1791 – 1870

Elizabeth Decherd 1796 – 1847

Wife: Harriet Byron Chase 1823 – 1898
(Buried: Bellefontaine Cemetery, Saint Louis, Missouri)​


Robert Caruthers Stewart 1846 – 1922​
(Buried: Valhalla Cemetery, Bel – Nor, Missouri)​
Lt. Alphonso Chase Stewart 1848 – 1916​
(Buried: Bellefontaine Cemetery, Saint Louis, Missouri)​
Dr. Alexander Peter “Alex” Stewart 1859 – 1937​
(Buried: Southern Memorial Park, Biloxi, Mississippi)​


1842: Graduated from West Point Military Academy (12th in class)​

Occupation before War:

1842 – 1845: 2nd Lt. in United States Army, 3rd Artillery​
1842 – 1843: Garrison Duty at Fort Macon, North Carolina​
1843 – 1845: Assistant Mathematics Professor at West Point​
1845: Resigned from United States Army on May 31st
1845 – 1849: Math & Philosophy Professor Cumberland University​
1849 – 1850: Math & Philosophy Professor, University of Nashville​
1850 – 1854: Math & Philosophy Professor, Cumberland University​
1854 – 1855: Math & Philosophy Professor, University of Nashville​
1855: City Surveyor for the City of Nashville, Tennessee​
1856 – 1861: Math & Philosophy Professor, Cumberland University​

Civil War Career:

1861: Major of Tennessee State Militia, Artillery​
1861: Major of Confederate States Army, Artillery
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1861 – 1863: Brigadier General, Confederate Army Infantry​
1863 – 1864: Major General, Confederate Army Infantry​
1863: Participated in Tullahoma Campaign​
1863: Wounded during the Battle of Chickamauga​
1864: Participated in the Atlanta Campaign​
1864 – 1865: Lt. General, Confederate Army Infantry​
1864: Wounded during the Battle of Ezra Church​
1864: Led the Third Corps during Franklin-Nashville Campaign​
1865: Participated in the Carolina's Campaign​
1865: Paroled at Greensboro, North Carolina​

Occupation after War:

1866 – 1869: Professor of Mathematics & Philosophy, Cumberland University​
1869 – 1874: Merchant in Saint Louis, Missouri​
1874 – 1886: Chancellor of University of Mississippi​
1891 – 1908: Commissioner of Chickamauga National Battlefield​

Died: August 30, 1908

Place of Death: Biloxi, Mississippi

Age at time of Death: 86 years old

Cause of Death: Organic heart failure

Burial Place: Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri
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Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
He was stationed at Columbus, Kentucky and witnessed the Battle of Belmont. He then led a brigade at Island #10. He suceeded command of Charles Clarks division after Clarks wounding at Shiloh. He also led a brigade at Cornith, Perryville, and Murfreesboro. Stewart led a division in the Campaign Tullahoma and at Chickamauga and Chattanooga. As Lt. General he was assigned to replace Leonidas Polk. In the final stages of the war Stewart was in charge of the infantry and artillery in the Army of Tennessee.
Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
A biography that's about Stewert states that he commanded a brigade in the 1st Geographical Division Department #2. Could someone explain what a geographical division is?


Brigadier General
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Apr 11, 2016
South Carolina
Happy Birthday (October 2nd) Lt. General Alexander P. Stewart! Salutes remembering General Stewart on his birthday weekend.


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Luke Freet

First Sergeant
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Nov 8, 2018
Palm Coast, Florida
I recently got Sam Davis Elliott's biography. I came across an anecdote of him at Belmont. Stewart was commanding the Columbus batteries under Polk. His largest piece was a naval gun called the "Lady Polk", which he used to stop and repulse Grant's attack at Belmont. When the battle was over, his crew "requested permission to fire a load left in the gun at the close of the battery. Stewart denied the request, feeling it would be better to draw the load out , and Stewart left for his tent outside the fort. Polk then came by on a tour of inspection. The crew made the same request to Polk, who agreed, asking that it be fired up the river so he could see its range. As Stewart was entering his tent, he heard a loud explosion. Looking toward the bluff, he could see a dense cloud of black smoke rising from the gun position, and correctly surmised that the gun had exploded. The explosion killed eleven, and injured three others, including Polk, who was incapacitated for some time afterward". (Elliott, 23)

I've also heard from a friend who read through the book already, he got into riding bicycles in his later life. That's what he was doing when he got hit by that train. When asked why he had acted so carelessly around the railroad, he claimed it was because his wisdom teeth were coming out (probably a self deprecating joke referring to the fact he was an old dog getting into something usually learned by youngster).

Also, apparently, his last words were directed towards his pet dog: "Well, Duke, are you here?"
Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
Several months after Stewart became a brigadier (Nov.8, 1861) him and his brigade joined John McCown's division. On April 1 Stewart's men joined Gen.Charles Clark's division in Polk's Corps. And later in Benjamin Cheatham's division (also in Polk's Corps)
Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
In the Carolina Campaign Gen. Johnston placed the Army of Tennessee under Stewart's temporary command. In the final reorganization on April 9, 1865 Stewart reverted back to commanding Polks Old Corps, sometimes called the Army of Mississippi. Someone please correct me on this as I'm not real sure of the events.
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