First Alabama Cavalry honored

Eddie Bratton and Brent Goodwin fire their rifles over the grave of Veteran Andrew Mitchell at Thornhill Cemetery.

MARION/WINSTON - Many hardships were endured in the hills of northwest Alabama in the 1860s. It was brother against brother, literally, and hard times for the folks at home who were dealing with raiders and pillagers. Throughout  the war, Winston and Marion counties furnished numerous soldiers to the First Alabama Cavalry, a Union regiment. These individualistic people fought for what they believed in. Some died for what they believed in. On Sunday, June 14, which was Flag Day, camp members of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, operating under the Croxton Camp of Birmingham, gathered and led a driving tour to four local cemeteries to honor members of the First Alabama Cavalry. Speeches were given, flags were placed on graves, prayers offered and a military salute was given to those who have passed on. Overlooking the hills at Whitehouse, three men were recognized: Robert Henry Logan, Thomas Basil and John Gilbert Moore. The next stop at Thornhill, Andrew Mitchell and Bazel Tidwell and his wife Prudy were honored. New Hope Cemetery, just inside Marion County, was next with John B. Kimbrough and William Edmond Guttery. Lastly, George W. Whitehead at Littleville Cemetery was given honor. Dianne Miller of the Winston County Genealogical Society gave an account of the lives of Bazel and Prudy Tidwell, her ancestors, and the hardships they endured during the Civil War. “This is our dedication to their memory and the principles for which they fought,” Joel Mize, of the SUVCW, said to the gathering at Whitehouse. “With bowed heads, solemn tread and voices hushed, we meet to remind us of our duty to the soldiers, sailors and marines who wore the blue, to the pride for which they fought, for the country for which they died, and it is for us to keep green the memory of their heroic service and unselfish sacrifice.” There were 26 in attendance for the event. One member from the Daughters of the American Revolution, three members from the Sons of the American Revolution, one member of the Society of 1812 and all three SUVCW camps in Alabama were represented at the gathering.


See complete story in the Northwest Alabamian.
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