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     Most people assume all males in the “Deep South” fought on the Confederate side during the Civil War. But, as Glenda McWhirter Todd proves in her books, that was not always the case. She recently completed her series, UNIONISTS IN THE HEART OF DIXIE, 1ST ALABAMA CAVALRY, USV, VOLUME IV: SURNAMES T-Z.

     Since the First Alabama Cavalry, United States Volunteers, included some black soldiers, the author furnishes background material to help researchers understand the situation in the context of the times. She attempts to show who the men were, why they favored the Union, and what happened to them during and after the war. Among the topics she incorporates are Congressman William Lowndes Yancey’s backlash against Unionists; slavery in the state; Camp Nelson, Kentucky, 1863-1866; the organization of U. S. Colored Troops; atrocities against black soldiers; betrayal at Ebenezer Creek; Civil War military hospitals in Nashville, Tennessee; the march through icy swamps on the March to the Sea; excerpts of Civil War letters of D. S. PURVINE; Unionist support, which centered in Winston County in northern Alabama; and the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) and kindred societies.

     Focusing on the men whose surnames begin with the letters T through Z, Todd extracted from military records information about each soldier. For some men, she also gathered data from pension records, Southern Claims, and obituaries. Most of the Unionists in Alabama lived in the mountainous northwest region of the state. A few recurring surnames are TACKETT, TANNER, TERRY, THOMAS, THOMPSON, THORNTON, TIDWELL, TITTLE, TUCKER, TURRENTINE, TYLER, UTLEY/UTTLY, VANHOOSE, VEST, WARD, WHITEHEAD, WHITLEY, WIGGINTON, WILHITE, WOODALL, and YARBOROUGH/YARBROUGH.

     In addition to details about soldiers with surnames beginning with letters near the end of the alphabet, this volume includes corrections and additions to Todd’s previously published material. Submitted too late to appear in earlier publications, data about the following males are also in Volume IV: Jesse W. AUSTIN, Levi G. BALLARD, William BEASLEY, Sylvester BERRY, Dillard “Dillon” BLEVINS, John BLEVINS, Ozias D. BOLING, Charles W. BOTKIN, Isaac V. BOWMAN, Lorenzo Dow BOWMAN, Robert Alexander BOYD, Samuel BRADLEY, J. C. BRICE, Fernando “Frank” Cortez BURDICK, Berry BURNS, William Jasper BUTLER, Reuben CANTRELL, Jonathan W. CLARK, Zion B. CORNELIUS, William J. DEAN, Jeremiah Franklin FILES, Andrew Pink FLANAGAIN, John GALLION, George Lucious GODFREY, William Carroll “Buck” BUTTERY, Nathaniel HALE, John Madison HALLMARK, Charles Hill HARBISON, William White HARRIS, Jonathan Harris HENDON, Robert H. HENDON, David C. HERRON, George S. HUGHES, James J. INGRAM, Jeremiah L. P. JONES, Thomas Jefferson LOCKHART, John Michael LUNSFORD, and William STEWART.

     Gleaned from a variety of primary and secondary sources, Todd’s compilation of data makes her series the most extensive accumulation of records and miscellaneous information ever published on the subject. Libraries with Civil War and Southern genealogical collections will want to add UNIONISTS IN THE HEART OF DIXIE, 1ST ALABAMA CAVALRY, USV, VOLUME IV: SURNAMES T-Z to their holdings.

     The 394-page publication has soft covers, a fitting illustration on the front cover, a preface, acknowledgement pages, an introduction, original drawings, numerous photographs, facsimiles of documents, and a bibliography. Priced at $37.00, it may be purchased by check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express from Heritage Books, Inc., 5810 Ruatan Street, Berwyn Heights, Maryland 20740. For phone orders, call toll free 1-800-876-6103; fax 410-558-6574; e-mail; website To the price of the book, buyers should add the cost for shipping charges. For U. S. postal mail, the cost is $7.00 for one book and $2.50 for each additional copy.

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