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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.


Stories about Troopers from the 1st Alabama

Combined Service Record

Billington Sanders Hurst
Billington S. Hurst was born in 1813 in Columbia Co., GA and married Elizabeth McCallum August 1, 1834. Their son, Hugh McCallum Hurst, born in 1834, joined the 19th Louisiana, CSA. Billington told Hugh that he was on the wrong side fighting for the wrong reasons. Although he survived the war, his experience cost him everything including his family and land. He had bought 360 acres of land in St. Clair Co. near present day Moody, and no record of any slaves has been found. At age 50, Billington rode 210 miles through Rebel lines from his home in St. Clair Co., AL to Camp Davies, MS to join the Union army. He was in USA Field Hospital at Rome, GA on July 12, 1864, with a broken collar bone caused when his horse was shot out from under him while charging Rebels. After the war, he returned home to Alabama, gathered his belongings and left, never to be spoken of again by his family. He remarried in 1867 in Jefferson Co., AL to a widow named Jane Crump.

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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