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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

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George Eliphaz Spencer
George Eliphaz Spencer

Age:  28
Rank at enlistment:  Colonel
Company Assignment:  F&S

7/30/1863 Enlisted
Corinth, MS
9/11/1863 Mustered In
and commissioned.
12/9/1863 On Detached Service
Pulaski, TN

with General Dodge.
3/13/1865 Appointed
Brevet Brig. Gen. For gallant and meritorious service during the campaign through Georgia and the Carolinas.
7/5/1865 Resigned
Commanding 3rd Brigade, 3rd Cavalry Division M.D.M By order of General Kilpatrick.

In July 1863, Capt. Spencer, who was the Chief-of-Staff of Brig. Gen. Grenville M. Dodge, asked permission to be transferred to the First Alabama Cavalry which did not have a permanent commander. His request was granted and he took formal command September 11, 1863 in Corinth, MS. After the war he moved to Decatur, AL and began practicing law. He served as register in bankruptcy court and two terms as senator. His first wife, Bella Zilfa, an Englishwoman, was an author and wrote Ora, the Lost wife, in 1866 and Surface and Depth in 1867. She died in Tuscaloosa, AL in 1867 and ten years later Spencer married Mrs. Loring Nunez, niece and namesake of Maj. Gen. William W. Loring, CSA. Spencer spent some time in Nevada as a rancher and died February 19, 1893 in Washington, DC.

Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia

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.

Picture submitted by Glenda Todd.

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