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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

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James J Short

James J. Short was born 30 May 1844 in Jasper, Walker Co., Alabama.

When the Civil War began we don't know what he did from 1861 till he signed in Co."I" 1st Ala. Vol. Cav. from Nov. 6th 1864 to April 1865, then was trainsfered May 15, 1865 to First Reg. of Alabama Volinter Cavalry, Union Army in Ohio Company H, in Huntsville AL. and Pvt. James J. Short was discharged Aug. 15 1865; Nashville, TN.

While in the army he was a wagon driver, he was thrown from a wagen when the horse ran away. It broke his hip and leg and he drew a pension from the Union the rest of his life.

He travailed to Alabama and was married to Malissa Quinn 9 October 1865 at Jasper, Walker Co., Alabama by a J.P. They would eventually have five children.

Being a Union sympathizer he chose to sleep in the woods during the day and would travel only at night while in the Southern states.

He was a "hell, fire & brimstone" Christian minister for 45 years.

He died 17 May 1932 in Midland, Sebastian Co., AR.

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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