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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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Jason Guin
Jason Guin

Age:  32
Birthplace:  Anson Co., NC
Occupation:  Farmer
Rank at enlistment:  Sergeant
Rank at Discharge:  Private
Company Assignment:  A

1/23/1864 Enlisted
Camp Davies, MS
2/5/1864 Mustered In
Memphis, TN
2/5/1864 Promoted
To Sergeant.
12/30/1864 Demoted
To Private.
3/10/1865 Prisoner of War
Monroe's Crossroads, Solomon Grove, NC
10/20/1865 Mustered Out
Huntsville, AL

Jason Guin was conscripted into the Confederate Army. He escaped to the Union Lines on the underground slave railway, which he had helped set up.

Although he was born about 1822, he stated that he was only 32 when he enlisted in the Union Army. He was first a civilian scout, carrying messages between various Union Generals and E Woolsey Peck of Tuscaloosa, leader of the Unionist Cabal. While on a scouting mission, he was cornered at E Woolsey Peck's home but escaped, swimming across the Warrior River on his horse while bullets were flying around him.

After the war, Jason was shot twice in an ambush, attacked by overwhelming numbers, and left for dead. He would have died, but for the loyalty of a Negro who lived on his farm.

Jason served several terms as sherrif in Sanford/Lamar Co., AL.

He died in 1878 of a heart attack.

Vernon City Cemetery, Vernon, Lamar 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.

Picture submitted by Jan Smith.

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