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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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Joseph J.N. (J.J.) Williams
Joseph J.N. (J.J.) Williams

Age:  18
Birthplace:  Calhoun Co., AL
Occupation:  Farmer
Rank at enlistment:  Private
Company Assignment:  A

1/3/1864 Enlisted
Camp Davies, MS
2/5/1864 Mustered In
Memphis, TN
10/20/1865 Mustered Out
Huntsville, AL
From 1/64-12/65 he was sick in hospital at Memphis, Nashville, and Louisville, KY, (hypertrophy of heart, gunshot wound of the chest), 1/65 in Convalescent Barracks No. 1 in Louisville, nearest relatives shown as Jane & Franklin Williams and residence Franklin, TN.

He was the brother of Alexander C Williams.

Family legend concerning Joe's injuries reads, "A confederate spy was brought into camp and thought to be unarmed. Apparently, the spy pulled a pistol and sought to shoot Captain J J Hinds. Joe jumpedin front of Captain Hinds and took a bullet in the lungs. It cost Joe a lung but saved the Captain's Life."

Oakwood Cemetery, Sheffield, 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.

Picture submitted by Dennis Yerbey.

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