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It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Glenda McWhirter Todd. She passed away on September 3, 2017 surrounded by her family. She was a historian, genealogist, and author who prided herself on being a descendant of Andrew Ferrier McWhirter of the 1st Alabama Cavalry, USV. Her work over the past two decades and her dedication to the 1st Alabama Cavalry has created a legacy that will last for years to come.

Her life's work has touched thousands of people through the years, and I am glad that I had the pleasure to work with her as long as I did. My hope is that her work will live on for years to come to educate and inspire a new generation.


J.H. Hornbeck Correspondence to the Perrysburg Journal
The following is a transcription of a letter from Lieutenant Joseph H. Hornbeck written to the Perrysburg (Ohio) Journal.

From the 1st Alabama Cavalry.

Memphis, Tenn., Feb. 6th, 1864.

Ed Journal: All the forces from Corinth and vicinity being sent here, we arrived on the 30th ?ult? without a storm or a fight - something very remarkable for the 1st Alabama Cavalry. Some great strategic movement is on foot, of which we know nothing, and would not dare to tell anything if we did. There are rumors of "Forest" moving in every direction, but nothing certain is know of is whereabouts at these (my) headquarters. On the morning of the 5th inst., an order was received for details from different companies, amounting to about one hundred men, with the inevitable "two days rations," and the detachment moved at daylight, Major Fairfield commanding." After traveling all day south westwardly from here, some of the boys being at a house, passed themselves for rebels in disguise, and soon found that a dance was going on in the neighborhood. The Major though uninvited, at once made up his mind to attend; and placing his forces in such a manner as to cut off all retreat, closed in on the house and took in nine fine fellows "out of the wet," badly wounding a secesh Captain by shooting him through the knee. He had to be left there. One of the prisoners lives about four miles from here, and passed for a good loyal man; but being found in such company at this time, he is suspicioned of being a spy, and I understand will be tried on charges for that not very calling. The other prisoners were sent north to-day. The command returned this forenoon, without further adventure; or the loss of a man or horse. Company K did not accompany this scout, being detailed on other duties.

Yesterday a part of guerillas appeared on the opposite bank of the river, but did no damage that we know of. There seems to be plenty of them prowling around this part of the country, and this city is full of their friends and sympathizers, who are doing a large smuggling business. We need a man like General Butler in command.

Yours, Lieut. J.H. Hornbeck

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