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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
Crossed Sabers
William Dwyer

Age:  24
Birthplace:  Bibb Co., AL
Rank at enlistment:  Private
Company Assignment:  K

12/13/1862 Enlisted
Nashville, TN
9/27/1863 Mustered In
Glendale, MS
10/26/1863 Missing in Action
Vincent's Crossroads, MS
11/15/1864 Returned
Noted by record and Pension Office 2 March 1896.
Affidavit from Thomas A McWhirter dated 3 July 1865 stated William Dwyer was taken POW by the enemy with him at Vincent's Crossroads, MS in action 10/26/1863 and taken to Cahaba Prison, AL. After remaining there for two months, they both escaped from the prison and started together for the Union lines at Camp Davies, MS.

After traveling six days, William Dwyer became exhausted and unable to travel any further when Thomas A McWhirter left him about 150 miles from their lines.

There are several documents on file that state how William tried to get back to his regiment. Due to weather conditions and his illness, he was not able to return until 5 January 1864 when he reported to Major Shurtleff who was the only officer left. The rest of the regiment had gone with Major General W.T. Sherman.

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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