John B. Alexander papers
Scope and Contents
The collection is comprised of account books, journals, correspondence, memorabilia, and writings of John B. Alexander. One of the two medical journals includes detailed patient histories, primarily of women (1895-1905). Also includes Civil War-related materials, including correspondence, essays, and fictional writings.
- 1855 - 1911
- Majority of material found within 1855 - 1905
- Alexander, J. B. (John Brevard) (Person)
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John Brevard Alexander was born in Mecklenburg County, N.C., on May 27, 1834. He was the son of Robert Davidson Alexander and Abigail Bain Caldwell Alexander. He graduated from Davidson College with high honors in 1852 and from the Medical College of South Carolina at the top of his class in 1855.
He married Annie Wall Lowrie on May 18, 1858. They had six children: Robert D. (d. 1901); Dixie (d. 1909); Annie Lowrie, M.D. (1864-1929), one of the first women from the South to be graduated from the Woman's Medical College in Philadelphia and the first woman to practice medicine in the South; Lucy (d. 1919); Samuel Lowrie (d. 1887); and James Houston, a farmer in Chatham County, NC.
During the Civil War, Alexander served as a sergeant and assistant surgeon in the 37th North Carolina Infantry, Company C, out of High Point, NC. He resigned and was later appointed surgeon in the Sixty-third Battalion of the North Carolina Militia for “home defence” [see North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865: A Roster, vol. 9 and folder 1:1]. Following the Civil War, Alexander remained a lifelong supporter of the Confederacy and wrote numerous racist essays.
After the war, Alexander returned to Mecklenburg County to resume his medical practice. He also managed a pharmacy throughout his career. In 1890, due to his declining health, Alexander and his wife moved in with their daughter, Dr. Annie L. Alexander. He was an elder at Bethel Presbyterian Church, and after he moved to Charlotte, he became active in the First Presbyterian Church there. Alexander briefly served as a justice of the peace in Charlotte (ca. 1895; see box 1, volume 5). In 1898, he retired.
Alexander authored three books: Biographical Sketches of the Early Settlers of the Hopewell Section (1898); The History of Mecklenburg County from 1740 to 1900 (1902); and Reminiscences of the Past Sixty Years (1908). He also compiled a sketch of local church history, “Presbyterianism, How and Where It Was First Planted in Mecklenburg County.” John B. Alexander died in Charlotte on June 24, 1911 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.
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Language of Materials
Papers of a Mecklenburg County physician. Includes account books, medical journals, correspondence, memorabilia, and writings. Also documents his services as a surgeon in the 37th North Carolina Regiment of the Confederate Army, as well as his general interest in the Civil War.
The collection is arranged into three series, one of which (Account Books, Ledgers and Assorted Volumes) is further divided into a subseries (Medical Journals, 1855-1871, 1895-1905). The three series are: Account Books, Ledgers and Assorted Volumes, Civil War Documents (1862-1864) and Correspondence (1860-1909).
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gifts of Selby Daniels in 1995 and 2003. Some material was purchased from the estate of Selby Daniels in 2009.
A portion of the John B. Alexander papers have been digitized and are available online: http://digitalcollections.uncc.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/p16033coll6
Processed by Jeff Forret, Joanna Goltzman, 1998 and Robert A. McInnes, 2008.
- Alexander, J. B. (John Brevard)
- Confederate States of America. Army. North Carolina Infantry Regiment, 37th
- Lemley (N.C. : Township) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Mecklenburg County (N.C.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Medical care -- North Carolina -- History -- 19th century Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- North Carolina -- Civil War, 1861-1865 Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Physicians -- North Carolina -- History -- 19th century Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- John B. Alexander papers
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