Welcome to Alabama, "The Heart of Dixie", Circa 1861-1865... Lest we forget: Honoring the Gallant Sons of NW Alabama that Served the Confederacy , defended home, family, and native State from invasion. 

4th Alabama "Roddey's" Cavalry,

Confederate States Army

The History and Genealogy of Northwest Alabama*,

and It's Beloved Sons Who Served in this Honored Regiment,

Known also as "Johnson's Cavalry"

*Covering the modern counties of Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale and Surrounding Area.


First recruited by Col. Phillip Dale Roddey, "Roddey's Cavalry" later became under the immediate command of Col. William A. Johnson, following Roddey's promotion to General. This quick riding unit, operating in close association with Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, was assigned many semi-independent missions and was known for it's "disappearing habits" after hitting the enemy.

"If I ordered him to go to Washington and take his regiment... Hell could not stop him."---Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest (commenting on Col. Johnson's command)

Honoring those that defended native State, home and family from the northern invading horde.

"The United States has the right, and...the ...power, to penetrate to every part of the national domain... We will remove and destroy every obstacle--if need be, take every life, every acre of land, every particle of property, everything that to us seems proper;...we will not cease until the end is attained... If the people of the South oppose, they do so at their peril."

---Gen. W.T. Sherman

"...Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just power from the consent of the governed,--That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and institute new Government..."

--United States Declaration

of  Independence

Northern Yankee Invader
 Early American/Confederate

Table of Contents

          Leader Biographies

Guestbook Entries for Roddey's Cavalry (Note: The guestbook had to be discontinued due to spammers, but I saved all the legitimate entries.)

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Are You A James Family Member?


If your family surname is James and your interested in learning the origins of your immigrant James ancestor, please contact me or visit my James family history website. Using DNA we have traced many lineages back to Wales that have Celtic origin.

Any male that inherited the surname James by birth carries the Y-chromosome that can be correlated to other male James surnamed family members. Like the surname, the Y-chromosome is passed from the father to the son. It is now possible to reconstruct a family association where the paper trail does not exist. This is also the case for other surnames as well. (I have been successful in tracing the origins of both my Williams and James families in this manner.). The more people that participate in this project, the more lines we will be able to connect. A kit is sent to the participant and only a simple mouth swab is needed. Note: There is a  laboratory fee but it will probably be the best investment one make to unravel the family history.  It is my conjecture that many, if not all, of the Franklin County, Alabama  James families are related. Even if you don't see a connection, to mine there are dozens of James lines already participating. Unfortunately few in the Georgia/ Alabama/Mississippi region have done so.  Please see my most recent sketch at  http://www.stlouistimeportal.com/james/

Click on the CSA belt buckle to see the South secede.


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 1998 Historic Site Award


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Background music, "Goober Peas", used with permission, from ReWEP Associates, Copyrighted 1997.  This page copyrighted 1998-2006, Scott K. Williams, All Rights Reserved. Animated Cavalryman, courtesy of Savage/Goodner Camp No. 1513, Sons of Confederate Veterans