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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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Woodruff Miles
Woodruff Miles

Age:  26
Birthplace:  St. Clair Co., AL
Rank at enlistment:  Private
Company Assignment:  B

1/20/1863 Enlisted
Glendale, MS
1/22/1863 Mustered In
Corinth, MS
7/27/1863 Discharged
Glendale, MS

Due to disability.
Woodruff Miles married Matilda C. Cocks in Marion Co., AL on November 14, 1861 at her father's house and they were married by Parson Franklin Creel. Children (who were living in 1898) were: Mary C., born June 20, 1862; Benjamin W., born July 23, 1864; William C., born July 3, 1867; Andrew J., born November 21, 1871; and Arrena A., born July 17, 1878. In his Declaration for Original Invalid Pension, Woodruff stated, "I was sent to Corinth Miss to the 2d Iowa Hospital Feb 20/63 and about May 24/63 back to my Regmtl Hospital Glendale Miss and remained under care of Surgeon until discharged for 'Disease of the Lungs' from a relapse of the Measles contracted at Glendale. I am able to follow my occupation about 1/3 of my time. I claim a Pension on Disease of the Lungs."

William was the son of William and Mary Miles and was born in Lincoln Co., TN. He died January 23, 1915 of "cancer and lung trouble" and is buried in the Miles Cemetery near Stricklin, AL. Matilda died September 30, 1922. Woodruff's brother, Calvin, served in the Confederate army.

Miles Cemetery near Stricklin, AL

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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