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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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Micajah F Fairfield
Micajah F Fairfield

Age:  40
Birthplace:  Pittsford, VT
Rank at enlistment:  Major
Company Assignment:  F&S

4/22/1863 Enlisted
Corinth, MS

Appointed from 1st Lieutenant, 15th Illinois Cavalry.
9/2/1864 Resigned

Major Fairfield was born in Pittsford, Vermont, but was a resident of Ottawa, IL where he worked in the lumber industry.

He was married and had three children.

The 15th Illinois Cavalry was based in TN until March 1863 when they were transferred to Corinth, MS where General Dodge detailed Fairfield to help recruit a regiment of patriotic white Southerners who would fight for restoration of the Union. He took command of the 1st Alabama Cavaly in April 1863.

It was during this duty that he contracted typhoid fever. In September of 1863, the regimental surgeon warned him that the two day scouting missions were doing hime physical injustices and that he should no longer expose himself to the heat of the day or night air.

He finally resigned and returned to Ottawa, but after his physician recommended a change of climate, he moved to Minnesota in 1866 and started a business.

He died there in 1872 of tuberculosis. His wife died in 1899 of the same disease.

Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN

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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