Reverend Alexander Davis Betts' conviction drove him to follow the 30th North Carolina Regiments for whom he went above and beyond his duty as a field chaplain. The Cumberland County native attended the University of North Carolina and during his college career converts to Methodism, becoming an adamant student of the gospel and began preaching before his graduation. Betts war-time career began on October 25, 1861, serving in many of the major conflicts; Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and Cold Harbor. During the conflict Betts carried out his chaplain duties while also assisted with dispersing supplies, caring for the wounded, and burying the dead. After the war, Betts preached across his home state for fifty years.