12 April 1865: “Owing to events in his own country Genl Alexander desires to exercise his talents in some other”

Item Description: Letter dated 12 April 1865 from William Nelson Pendleton to the Emperor of Brazil. He writes regarding Edward Porter Alexander’s abilities and recommending him for the service in the Brazilian army following the defeat of the Confederate Army.


Item Citation: Folder 22b, Edward Porter Alexander Papers, #7, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Item Transcription:

Hd. Qr. Arty. Corps. Ar. N. Va

Confed. States of America

April 12th 1865

To His Highness

The Emperor of Brazil


Permit me to introduce to you and commend to your confidence Brig. Genl. E.P. Alexander for the last four years an active & efficient officer in the armies of the Confederate States.

Owing to events in his own country Genl Alexander desires to exercise his talents in some other, and he selects your as presenting important advantages.

I can confidently recommend the General as an officer of very superior ability and merit. You will find him full of intelligence, scientific culture, & practical skill. He has here commanded with eminent success a large force of artillery, and is capable of directing in the most distinguished manner that branch of service. He is also sagacious and trained engineer, and qualified for great usefulness in that capacity. Indeed, both as a soldier, a man of genius & service worthy of honorable employment + entitled to your fullest confidence.

I have the honor to be

very respectfully yr. Obd. Servt.

W. N. Pendleton

Brig. Genl. & Chief of Artillery.

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