Born: May 26, 1835 Died: April 28, 1910
It is one of the greatest oppurtunities of my life to have
the honor of portraying a man as impressive as Edward Porter Alexander, especially within a living history group of the caliber of Lee's Lieutenants.
Porter, to those that knew him, was truly an extraodinary man in an extraodinary age. The War Between the States was described as the last of the old style of war and the first of the new style and as such produced many innovations in the art of warfare.
Porter was involved in many of these innovations, such as being the first aeronaut in Confederate Army to ascend in a hot air baloon that was specifically used as a military observation platform and the first signal officer to use the soon to become indespensible wig-wag system, a form of flag signaling communications known as aerial telegraphy, using a binary coding system in the War Beween the States for the Confederacy.
Serving as a Captain in the soon to be developed Confederate Signal Corps, he was instrumental in developing and training that branch of the Confederate Army under the command of General Beauregard. Through the use of the new wig-wag system, and with the help of his six foot astronomical telescope, he was instrumental in keeping the Confederate left flank from being turned at the battle of First Manassas.
Among his many assignments while serving with the Confederate Army, he not only served as a signal officer and engineer but as a spy master for Washington City, an ordnance officer for General Johnston and Lee, and an artillerist for which he became most famous as well as an author and well respected military historian on the officers and Army of Northern Virginia after the war.