First Alabama Cavalry, USA: Homage to Patriotism


Microcopy Number 276 of the National Archives Microfilm Publications contains 10 rolls of microfilm which include the compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers belonging to the First Regiment of Alabama Cavalry. This regiment is the only organization of Union troops from Alabama for which the National Archives has separate compiled service records, except those organizations redesignated as US Colored Troops. These men not only fought in the Civil War, but fought for what they believed in. Many of the men in the First Cavalry lived in Northwest Alabama and did not approve of the secession. However, living in the South, they were unable to speak out against it. Many of these men had to travel long distances to avoid being captured by Confederate soldiers and branded as traitors to join the Union Army.

The text includes: reports from the field; a chapter on General William Tecumseh Sherman; some National Cemeteries and places of death of the First Alabama Cavalry Union Soldiers; the combat diary of Sgt. Maj. Francis Wayland Dunn; camp-fire chats between the men and a roster of soldiers in the regiment. The roster is alphabetized and includes the following information on each soldier: name, age, residence, family information, and what happened to them during the war, along with biographical information, photographs and many other interesting facts. A bibliography and a fullname index are also included.

Glenda McWhirter Todd

(1999), 2006, 5½x8½, paper, index, 442 pp.

ISBN: 9780788411984