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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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David Stephens/Stevens

David Y. Stevens was born about 1831 in Fayette County, Tennessee. His parents were David and Sarah Stevens who had come from Johnston County, North Carolina to Fayette County, Tennessee around 1830. His father died in 1835 and his mother remarried. David Y. had two brothers and two half-brothers. The family moved from Tennessee to Tippah Co., Mississippi around 1850. In 1851, David Y. married Susannah Ruth Ann Graham and by the time he enlisted in the Union Army in August 1862 he and Susannah had four children. A son-Joseph James Ezekiel, daughters-Sarah Cordelia, Alice Susannah Bell, and Margaret Tennessee. Another son, David Young Stevens would be born in 1864.

David Y. and his brother, T.P.D. Stevens, and a half-brother, John B. Sasser all enlisted in Company I of the 11th Illinois Cavalry. They left Tippah County, Mississippi and "kept to the woods" as quoted by Susannah Stevens until they reached the Union Army camp in Bethel Spring, Tennessee. In March of 1863 Davis Y. was detached to the 1st Alabama Cavalry, Company G, and he remained with this company for about a year. In July of 1864 he was reported sick in General Hospital in Vicksburg, Mississippi from there he was sent to Memphis, Tennessee. And in August of 1864 was in the Gayoso Hospital. He died in the hospital of chronic diarrhea on September 18, 1864. His exact burial place is unknown, but he is listed in the Roll of Honor among the Illinois soldiers buried at National Cemetery in Memphis, TN. Unfortunately his grave number is unknown.

Submitted by Reita Burress, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War Tent No. 4

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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