Alexander Gilchrist


ALEXANDER GILCHRIST, of Wells township, Lessee of the LaGrange coal mines, is a native of Jefferson county, and was born February 17, 1846. He is the son of William and Ruth Gilchrist, venerable and honored residents of the county, in which they were born. The occupation of the father was farming and coal mining. He and wife are still living, he at the age of seventy-seven and she is sixty-seven years, and both are worthy members of the Methodist Episcopal church. Fourteen children were born to these parents, nine of whom are living. When sixteen years of age, in March, 1862, ALexander Gilchrist enlisted for three years in COmpany B, Sixty-first Ohio infantry. At the expiration of two years he re-enlisted, and served until July 1865. About the close od the war his latter regiment, the Sixty-first, was consolidated with the Eighty-second. He served in all, three years and five months of active and dangerous service before he was twenty years of age, and though at Peach Tree Creek he saw seventy-five of his regiment fall in twenty minutes, he passed through all his battles without a scratch. Mr. Gilchrist participated in the following engagements among others less important: the second Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettsburg, Mission Ridge, Dallas, Kenesaw Mountain, Peach Tree Creek, the Atlanta campaign, in which he was six weeks under fire, the march to the sea and its battles ending at Bentonville, and was in the grand review at Washington. After the review he repaired to Louisville, where he mustered out July 24, 1865. On account of his brilliant service he was appointed to select the place on the battlefield of Gettysburg for the monument to the Sixty-first Ohio. His brother Thomas served from October, 1861 till December 1865 in Company E, Sixty-fourth Ohio, and his health was seriously impaired thereby. Another brother, John, served three years in Company G, of the Second Ohio. Edwin Linton, a maternal uncle died at Andersonville from starvation, and Levi Linton was killed at Dalton, Ga. It will be seen that this family contributed most heroically to the defense of the Union. After the war Mr. Gilchrist engaged in coal mining until about 1875, when he leased the LaGrange coal works. In the management of this business he has been eminently successful. He keeps a steamboat coal yard and furnishes coal for Brilliant, Wellsville, Toronto, New Cumberland and other towns along the river. He is a comrade of the G. A. R. an Odd Fellow, and he and wife and three children are members of the Disciple church. He has served three years as township trustee, two years as a member of the town council, and on the school board three years. In 1868 Mr. Gilchrist was married to Ellen J. Bucy, and they have eight children: Elmer E., William T., Alice, Maggie, Clifton, Bessie, Blaine and Theodore.

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