Enlistment Date: September 8, 1864
Unit: 211th Pennsylvania Regiment, Company H
Alexander May was born in 1848 in Pennsylvania. At 16 years of age, he joined the army and was placed in the 211th. In March, 1865, the regiment fought at the Battle of Fort Stedman, where it received orders to distract the enemy. When the Confederates saw the regiment advancing they stopped firing, and the Union quickly forced them to retreat from the fort.
The 211th also fought in the Siege of Petersburg. The members of the 211th joined on April 2, 1865, the last day of the battle, and helped push the last of the Confederate army out of the city. The regiment suffered many casualties during this battle. After the fall of Petersburg, the regiment moved to Alexandria, where it stayed until it was mustered out.
After his service, Alexander May married Ada Capeland on July 9, 1888 and together they had three children. He is buried in section A.
(Compiled by Raymond Aguiar)