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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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James Penn
James Penn

Age:  21
Birthplace:  Morgan Co., AL
Occupation:  Farmer
Rank at enlistment:  Private
Company Assignment:  I

8/26/1862 Enlisted
Huntsville, AL
8/26/1862 Mustered In
Huntsville, AL
12/27/1862 On Detached Service
Nashville, TN

with wagon train.
4/28/1863 Missing in Action
Day's Gap, AL
Sick in hospital at Annapolis, MD May 1863.

James, Pleasant and Richard Penn were brothers and sons of Stephen C. Penn and Esther Hettie Day and grandsons of Stephen Penn and David Day, Jr. They were cousins to George, John and Stephen Penn who also served in this regiment. After the war James married Sallie Pettus.

James Penn's Civil War records show for Dec. 1862, he was absent with leave with wagon train since Dec. 27th. He was reported missing at Day's Gap, AL April 28, 1863, but was able to rejoin his company and was captured at Cedar Bluff. He was exchanged and sent to the hospital at Annapolis in May, 1863. The nature of his injury or illness is not stated in the records. He remained in the Annapolis hospital at least through June 1865. No discharge date is listed on his record. He returned home to marry Sallie Pettus.

Annapolis National Cemetery, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, MD

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 Nancy Bramucci Sheads.

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