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"
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
Table of Contents
- Gen. Philip D. Roddey Biography"The Defender of North Alabama"
- Col. William A. Johnson
- Lt. Col. Francis Marion Windes
- Lt. William Riley Petree
- Roddey's Division The various Units/Regiments under Gen. Roddey's Command
- History of Roddey's 4th Alabama Cavalry
- Historical Tidbits of North Alabama during the 'War Between the States'
- Alton Military Prison This is the prison where Pvt. John Leonard Weeks was imprisoned and where Pvt. Eli Whitehurst (Co. F) died
- Gen. Roddey's Escort Alabama Cavalry Roster of "Headquarter's Guard"
- Company A Roster Founded 1862 Pin Hook Spring, Lawrence County
- Company B Roster Founded 1862 in Moulton, Lawrence County
- Company C Roster (probably Tuscumbia)
- Company D Roster Founded 1862 in Moulton, Lawrence County
- Company E Roster Founded 1862 Rockwood, Franklin County [Updated May 15, 1999]
- Company F Roster(Also known as "The Rebel Troopers")
- Company H Roster (Mustered in Tuscumbia.)
- Company K Roster & History (Lawrence County) Rich Davis' Webpage)
- Company L Roster (Franklin County)[Updated: May 15, 1999]
- Other 4th Alabama Cavalry Companies/Regiments Can't find your 4th Alabama Cavalry Ancestor ? Check These Rosters !!
- Franklin County Confederate Monument (Russellville)
- Colbert County Confederate Monument (Tuscumbia)
- 1903 Confederate Reunion ( at Tuscumbia)
The Rank and File (Featured soldiers of Roddey's Cavalry)Pvt. Elias James, of Company E.
The Hester Brothers: Sgt. William Carroll Hester, Pvt. Roland Benton and Pvt. Wiley Robertson Hester
Hovater Brothers: Pvt. Ruphus H. Hovater and Pvt. Artemus Lee Hovater. (Co. E)
Pvt. Williams Jehu (Jayhew) Ledbetter, Co. L
Pvt. Christopher Columbus Sparks, Co. L
Pvt. Andrew Berry, of Co. A.
Pvt. Nimrod Underwood, of Co. L, Mortally wounded, Letter by Capt. JJ Underwood.
Monuments, Historic Sites & Events:
- Alabama and Confederate Links
- 16th Alabama Infantry and Hester Family Genealogy.
- Alabama ALHN (Local History Buff ? Adopt a County.)
Are You A James Family Member?
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.
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