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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.

1st Alabama Cavalry Searchable Roster

William Sharpton/Shopton
William Sharpton/Shopton

Age:  18
Birthplace:  Gwinnett Co., GA
Occupation:  Farmer
Rank at enlistment:  Private
Company Assignment:  G

3/28/1864 Enlisted
Decatur, AL
4/13/1864 Mustered In
Decatur, AL
2/5/1865 Sick in Hospital
Savannah, GA
3/10/1865 Returned
to duty.
10/20/1865 Mustered Out
Huntsville, AL

William Alan Sharpton, joined the First Alabama Cavalry, Company G with his father, Daniel Sharpton, and brother, Joel T. Sharpton. He survived the war and returned home to North Alabama.

Perhaps the most fitting epitaph erected to a First Alabama Cavalryman is the one that marks the William's grave in Livingston Chapel Cemetery at Crane Hill, Alabama. "Uncle Billy", as he was called, used his riding skills upon his return from the Civil War as a circuit-riding Methodist minister over North Alabama. He was one of the founders of the church where his remains rest today, and bear the inscription, "A sinner saved by grace and died at his post."

Livingston Chapel Cemetery, Crane Hill, Cullman Co, 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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