Alexander Hunter – Confederate States of America Army


Birth Date: 4 Jun 1843
Birth Place: Norfolk, Virginia
Death Date: 2 July 1914 Age: 71
Death Place: Silver Springs Maryland
Burial Place: Arlington National Cemetery
Occupation: Author
Military: CSA
Father: Lt. Bushrod Washington Hunter U.S.N. & C.S.N. (1807-1888)
Mother: Mary Frances (“Molly”) Blow (1816-1880)

Misc Notes:

Alexander, Born in Norfolk Virginia, on Sunday 4th of June 1843. Christened by Mr. Talbot, chaplain of the U.S. ship
Macedonian. married in Richmond Virginia, June 22nd 1882, by Rev Mr. Armstrong, to Alice Swain. She died 18__2
Christened by Mr. Talbot, Chaplain of the U.S. Ship Macedonian.

Parent’s plantation “Abingdon” is now D.C. National (Ronald Reagan) airport. Museum in old main terminal.
Alexander Hunter's writing (see research) provides valuable reference to the Blow family and Tower Hill during and
after the Civil war. In “Women of the Debatable Land” he writes of John H. Waller (pp. 60-66) and of the Hunter
family in Northern Virginia. He also wrote of Tower Hill in “Johnny Reb and Billy Yank” (pp 578-85) and in “The
huntsman in the South” (pp 82-101). Member of Mosby's Rangers and The Black Horse Cavalry.
Member of the Legislature of 1879; buried with full military honors in Arlington Cemetery, Confederate Section;
For forty years an employee of the General Land Office, Washington. Married first Alice Swain, second Mrs. Filah
Saunders. No children.
Married 2nd Mrs. Filah Saunders No issue


Title: Johnny Reb and Billy Yank, by Alexander Hunter; illustrated by Harold Macdonald and R. O. Tolman.
Imprint: New York and Washington, The Neale publishing company, 1905. Description: 720 p. front., plates, ports.
23 cm. Subject: United States — History — Civil War, 1861-1865 — Personal narratives, Confederate. CALL
NUMBER: E605 H94 Locations: VIC VLC VWM

Title: The huntsman in the South, by Alexander Hunter … Volume I, Virginia and North Carolina … Imprint: New
York, Neale Pub. Co., 1908. Description: 318 p. front., plates, ports. 19 cm. Note: Half-title: The huntsman of the
South. Note: No more published? Subject: Hunting — Virginia. Subject: Hunting — North Carolina. CALL
NUMBER: SK137 H9 Locations: VIC

Title: The women of the debatable land, by Alexander Hunter … Illustrated by Elizabeth C. Harmon. Imprint:
Washington, D. C., Cobden Publishing Company, 1912. Description: viii, 261 p. front., illus., plates, ports., fold.
map. 20 cm. Note: The region comprises the counties of Fairfax, Prince William, Culpeper, and Fauquier, Va.
Subject: Women — Confederate States of America. CALL NUMBER: E581 H94 1972 Locations: VNS

Title: The Ancient Iron Pot
Title: The Old National
Alice Swain
Marriage Date: 22 Jun 1882
Marriage Place: Richmond, Virginia


1. Sidney Methiot Culbertson, The Hunter Family of Virginia, Denver Colorado 1934.
2. Blow Family Bible (the “Saloon” Bible) Oxford 1715 ; College of William & Mary, Swem Library Special
Collectons; copies at Library of Virginia and Virginia Historical Society. From back of first leaf: “This family
Bible of the Blows was carried off by the Yankees from the residence of George Blow Sr. in James City County
[Wheatland] … in the summer of 1862. Found by a soldier in a drinking saloon, … who offered it for sale for $25.
$5 was subsequently paid… Written by me this 4th day of 1865, Fannie Blow Hunter”
3. Cargil-Blow Family Bible; Lippincott, Grambo & Co. Philadelphia 1853; At Special Collections, Swem Library,
William & Mary College Williamsburg Va.

Last Modified: 21 May 2006
Created: 17 September2006
Prepared by: John M. Blow


  • DATE OF DEATH: 06/30/1914



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