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Hawes, Alexander Gilchrist
Age: 27, credited to St. johnsbury, VT
Unit(s): 9th IL INF, 149th IL INF
Service: enl, Belleville IL, 4/25/61, m/i, CAPT, Co. D, 9th IL INF, 4/25/61, tr to Co. D, m/o 8/20/64, Springfield, IL; comn LTCOL, 149th IL INF, 2/11/65, m/o 1/27/66, Dalton, GA

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Birth: 02/19/1833, St. Johnsbury, VT
Death: 12/06/1913

Burial: Oahu Cemetery, Honolulu, HI
Marker/Plot: Not Recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: David Blewster Knight
Findagrave Memorial #: 110273421
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 9/27/1905, CA
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(State digraphs will show that this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldier's home)

Remarks: None

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Early Career Picturesque and service to His Country in Time of War Freely Given

A picturesque career and one that was of high service to his country was brought to a close at 1:30 o'clock this morning when Col. Alexander Gilcrist Hawes died at the home of Judge F. M. Hatch at Waikiki. A complication of disorders, due to age, was the cause of death. Colonel Haws had been in failing health for some time, and the end came to him peacefully.

His only son, A. G. Hawes, Jr., left only a few days ago for his new position in Cuba and will be notified by wireless of the death.

Colonel Hawes was born, at St. Johnsbury, Vt., on February 19, 1833, and was a printer by trade, mastering his profession to an unusual degree and developing into a newspaper man of note in Illinois. Before the Civil War he went south and lived there for some time, but his adherence to the principles of the Union was not shaken by his southern residence and when the war came he was found fighting for the north. After residing in the south he went to Kansas and during the stirring days of strife and trouble that preceded the secession he played a prominent part, being with the noted John Brown at several periods of disorder on what was then the frontier. (see note below) Later he removed to Belleville, Ill., and published a paper there. At the outbreak of the war he joined a regiment raised at Belleville and in the surrounding country, and became its colonel, serving at Shiloh and seeing much hard fighting in the west. After the war he went to San Francisco and became general manager of the Pacific coast division of the New York Life Insurance Company, remaining in the insurance field for the rest of his life.

He first came to Hawaii about 20 years ago and has often visited here, particularly in the last 10 years, his last trip bringing him to Honolulu in June of this year. He was widely known up and down the coast and had the marked admiration and personal friendship of a large circle of acquaintances. For years he was a leader in the Bohemian Club of San Francisco, one of the recognized builders of that notable organization. At every birthday a host of friends joined in congratulations. In the newspapers of Honolulu have appeared from time to time accounts of the birthday parties in which Col. and Mrs. Hawes were central figures.

Colonel Hawes leaves a wife, who is at Waikiki, and a son, A. G. Hawes, Jr., and his wife. Judge Hatch married Colonel Hawes' step-daughter.

The funeral will take place at St. Andrew's cathedral at 2:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon.
Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Saturday, Dec. 6, 1913, page 4 (Chronicling America)

Note: extracted from The Gazette Globe (Kansas City), 8 Jan 1914, page 3

"Colonel Hawes was born in Barnett (sic), Caledonia county, Vermont in 1834, and was therefore in the 79th year of his age at the time of his death. He was educated at St. Johnsbury academy, but left school at the age of 20. At about 21 he went to what was then the very far west and became the local editor of the Lawrence, Kansas, Herald of Freedom. In 1856 the office of that paper was destroyed by a pro-slavery mob. Colonel Hawes then became one of John Brown's men and was in several of the skirmishes which took place between them and the pro-slavery forces, including the battle of Osawatomie, from which John Brown received his famous title of 'Osawatamie Brown.' It was only by chance that Colonel Hawes was not with John Brown at Harper's Ferry."