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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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Obediah Cabaniss

Age:  30
Birthplace:  Holmes Co., MS
Occupation:  Farmer
Rank at enlistment:  Private
Company Assignment:  M

12/1/1863 Enlisted
Camp Davies, MS
12/1/1863 Mustered In
Camp Davies, MS
3/18/1864 Deserted
Memphis, TN

Left with Remington revolver and Smith carbine.

Obediah Cabaniss was born in 1832. He was the son of Peter Randolph Cabaniss, born about 1795 in Nottoway Co., VA, died before 1834 in Tuscaloosa Co., AL, and Catherine Mayfield, born 1806 in SC. He was the brother of Madison Cabaness.

Obediah first enlisted in Co. C, 41st Alabama Infantry, CAS on 5/15/1862 at Tuscaloosa, AL. Muster Roll of 30 June 1862 states that he was absent in hospital at Knoxville, TN. Muster Roll of March and April stated that he was furloughed from hospital to Marion Co., AL and never returned tot his unit. He then enlisted in the Union Army. He was charged with desertion by the CSA and found guilty. He was sentensed to be shot to death with musketry. (Some of the men charged had their sentenses remitted.) He was executed on 10 November 1864.

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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