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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
Benjamin P Dobson
Benjamin P Dobson

Age:  38
Birthplace:  Macon Co., NC
Rank at enlistment:  Private
Rank at Discharge:  Sergeant
Company Assignment:  B

8/1/1864 Enlisted
Wedowee, AL
8/1/1864 Mustered In
Rome, GA
6/13/1865 Promoted
To Sergeant.
10/20/1865 Mustered Out
Huntsville, AL
Notes:
Benjamin originally served in the 53rd Alabama Mounted Infantry Regiment, Co A, CSA, enlisting June 1, 1863. His neighbor and brother-in-law, James M Bowen, had enlisted exactly six months prior and died Sept 12, 1863 of sickness at Roddey's encampment in Russellville, AL.

Benjamin had owned slaves as late as 1860, as did James Bowen's family. But Benjamin's Confederate service conflicted with his Whig-Republican family's convictions, being descended from hero Captain John Dobson, who died at the pivotal Battle of Ramsour's Mill during the Revolutionary War. Perhaps due to the death of James, the harassment of Yankee marauders back home, and the chronic hardships the 53rd was suffering, Benjamin had enough to desert the 53rd at near Tunnel Hill on March 6, 1864. Ironically, there were five Confederate deserters from Roddey's Battalion who showed up at one of the Union camps that same day and with valuable information -- can't help but wonder if Benjamin was one of them.

(The above according to descendant David A. Walker of Ardmore, AL)

Buried:
Mt. Pisgah Cem (Wedowee or Wildcat), Randolph County, 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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