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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

John D Hightower
John D Hightower

Age:  22
Rank at enlistment:  Private
Company Assignment:  I

10/1/1863 Enlisted
Glendale, MS
7/19/1865 Mustered Out
Nashville, TN
John D. Hightower was born about 1840 in Pickens Co., GA and died 1912 in Watson, Effingham, Illinois, USA. He married Harriett McCann who was born about 1849 in Illinois and died 02 Jan 1902 in Watson, Effingham, Illinois, USA. John and Harriett had the following children: George F., b. abt. 1867; Martha A., 1870; Minta, 1872; and John E., 1878, all born in Illinois. John D. Hightower's parents were John C. Hightower, born abt 1812 in SC and Martha Jordon. Three of John D. Hightower's brothers, Marion, Monroe and Wilburn Hightower, also served in the 1st AL Cav. US. John is buried in Loy Cemetery, Effingham County, IL.

Loy Cemetery, Effingham County, IL

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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