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
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.