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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.


Obituaries of Troopers from the 1st Alabama

Tombstone Combined Service Record

William Brewer
From The Kinmundy Express Dec. 14, 1933:

- This community was saddened by the death of Mr. W.H. BREWER, which occurred Saturday evening in Biloxi, Miss. He had been in poor health for the past 2 years, but died rather suddenly from an ulcer of the stomach with internal hemorrhage. He had spent several past winters in Biloxi, and the summers here. He was always present at the Decoration Day Exercises, but unable to attend the last one on account of health. He was quite an interesting character. In height, he measured 6 feet and 7 inches, and he often remarked, "Everybody has to look up to me." And then again in relating his experiences during the Civil War, he said that he rode a mule but you couldn’t tell it as his feet dragged the ground. He was one of our early settlers, coming here soon after the close of the war and settling on a farm southeast of this city. Here he remained until moving to town. He could related much of the early history of our city and he took great pride in doing so. The body, accompanied by his son, Noah, of Urbana, Ill. arrived here Tuesday and was taken to NELMS Undertaking parlors. Services were held at the M.E. Church with interment in Eastland Cemetery in the concrete vault which was constructed by the deceased several years ago. William H. BREWER was born Jan. 29, 1841 at Bear Creek, Marion County, Alabama, and died in Biloxi, Miss. On Dec. 9, 1933. He married Miss Nancy S. MAY in March 1861, and they had 8 children, all of whom are deceased except the youngest son, Noah, of Urbana. This companion was laid to rest in Eastland Cemetery, July 8, 1881. In April 1883 he married Mrs. Damaris UPTON of Springerton, Ill, who died March 6, 1899. In the fall of 1900, he married Mrs. DOWNS of Kinmundy, who died Dec. 10, 1917. Mr. BREWER served his country during the Civil War with Co. D., 1st Alabama Cavalry. He was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, of the B.P.O.E. of Champaign, and an ex-minister of the gospel of the Latter Day Saints. Besides his son, he is survived by 9 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

Database created and maintained by Ryan Dupree.

Service records compiled by Glenda Todd and used with her permission. This and other information about the history of the First and the men who fought with the unit can be found in her book, First Alabama Cavalry, USA: Homage to Patriotism.

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