Colonel Alexander Piper
10th New York State Volunteers - Heavy Artillery - Civil War 1862 to 1865
Painted by Théodore Gégoux (1850-1931). Completed at Watertown , New York
Measuring 20 inches by 16 inches, dated 1897, signed T. Gegoux.
Photo Courtesy of Jefferson County Historical Society © - All rights reserved.
"Remember me most kindly to any of the Tenth you may meet with assurances they hold a warm place in my rememberance and regard, and hope to see them some day when I can say to them more than I can express to you now."
Col. Alexander Piper - In the spring of 1885 at his Headquarters in San Francisco.
From the reminiscences of Col. W. B. Camp - as published in the History of the 10th Regiment, New York Heavy Artillery (E.P. Webb - 1887), and reprinted in the Genealogical Journal of Jefferson County, New York (1993 - 1994) - Copyright © All Rights Reserved.
According to records at WorldConnect, Alexander Piper was one of 11 children born to Alexander M. Piper (1786 - 1869) and Ann Epsy Elder (1794 -1886) of Bedford Co, PA. Alexander Piper was married to Adelaide Cozzens in about 1870. It is not known whether they had any children. Alexander Ross Piper, born March 1, 1865 in Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island, N. Y. was a nephew. Alexander Ross Piper was also a West Point Academy class of 1889 graduate.
Col. Piper served a total of 40 years as a commissioned officer in the Regular Army being retired on July 1, 1891. During his career he served with distinction as an artillery instructor at West Point and did tours of duty at Fort Hamilton, New York, St. Augustine, Florida, and the Presidio in San Francisco, where he was the Commanding Officer on several ocassions.
According to the New York Times, Col. Piper was killed in the Park Avenue Hotel fire in New York City on February 22nd, 1902 at the age of 72, and was buried at West Point.
"A fire occurred in the armoury of the 71st Regiment at New York, and spread to the Park Avenue Hotel. Seventeen people were killed and 50 others were injured. Great damage was done. - New York Times, February 23th, 1902."
Although Mrs. Piper was also present in the hotel at time of the fire, she survived unharmed and as of this writing, what ever became of her is unknown. The War Department received a telegram from Cpt. A. R. Piper at the time of the colonel's death.
The Grand Army of the Rebublic - Piper Post # 273 in Henderson, New York, which was active from - July 29, 1882 to 1920, was named after Colonel Alexander Piper, 10th NY Heavy Artillery. - [Source: Morrisville College Library]