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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.

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Leonard B (Burris) McDonald
Leonard B (Burris) McDonald

Age:  27
Birthplace:  Jefferson Co., AL
Occupation:  Farmer
Rank at enlistment:  Private
Rank at Discharge:  Sergeant
Company Assignment:  G

3/10/1864 Enlisted
Decatur, AL
4/13/1864 Mustered In
Decatur, AL
5/1/1864 Promoted
to sergeant.
10/20/1865 Mustered Out
Huntsville, AL
Leonard B. McDonald was born Feb. 2, 1837 in Jefferson County, Alabama, the son of a Baptist minister, Allen McDonald.

Leonard McDonald originally enlisted in the Confederate 18th Alabama Infantry and took part in the Battle of Shiloh, Tennessee. He stated he left the regiment in the summer of 1863 although it is not known why.

He then enlisted in the 1st Ala. US Cavalry on March 10, 1864. He was shown as absent without leave on Aug. 31, and was thought to have been a prisoner of war since Aug. 9. During the Atlanta campaign, Leonard McDonald had a nephew that was a member of Hood's corp in Joe Johnston's army.

When he returned home to Jefferson Coumty after the war's end, it was said he was not well liked. He later migrated to Texas where he died on Dec. 12, 1907. He is buried in Mason, Texas.

Gooch Cemetery, Mason, Texas

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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