I am very happy and proud to announce that the 1st Alabama Cavalry, Co. C, United States Volunteers, will host a descendant's reunion and Civil War reenactment on May 1 and 2, 2004 in Blountsville, Ala.
For the pleasure and education of the descendants of the 1st Alabama, we are holding these two events - the reunion and a reenactment -- in conjunction with each other. You will not only be able to visit with other descendants of other Alabama unionists, but you will also get to see our unit in action during 2 p.m. battles on Saturday and Sunday.
On Saturday, May 1, following our battle, we will have a panel discussion of historians about the southern unionist movement. Why did these men choose to don blue rather than gray? We will also discuss the history of Streight's Raid through North Alabama.
Bob "Noot" Lynn, a member of our unit, will serve as the principal planner of our descendant's reunion. We call it a descendant's reunion but anyone interested in the Southern unionist movement is welcomed to attend. All we ask is that you register with us via our web page -- http://www.1stalabamacavalryusv.comhttp://www.1stalabamacavalryusv.com -- so that we can be a good host and take care of you.
After you have registered, when you come to our event, you will be issued a name tag and a ribbon or badge stating that you are a "Friend of the First" or a "Descendant of the 1st." Either way, we want to you to receive special treatment and protection. (We will be heavily armed amongst any secesh elements.)
Bob was instrumentally involved in our prior descendant's reunions, including the last one in 1999. Assisting him will be Ryan "Frenchy" Dupree, our adjutant, treasurer and brains behind our web page. Please feel free to ask either of them questions."
Once registered, you will be receiving periodic updates from Bob and/or Ryan on our progress. Bob's e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org; Ryan's e-mail address is email@example.com.
Finally, a word about Blountsville. This is a small town located about an hour northeast of Birmingham, located along U.S. 231. It was the site of a rearguard action on May 1, 1863 between the mule-riding federal troopers of Col. Abel D. Streight, including two companies of the 1st Alabama, and pursuing confederate forces under Gen. Nathan B. Forrest. Blount County sent 32 men into the ranks of the 1st Alabama. We think it is a fitting place for us to get together. The Blountsville Historical Society has asked us to be the host unit for this reenactment. We hope to give you a good show.
Capt. Dean Barber, Commanding 1st Alabama Cavalry, Co. C, United States Volunteers In camp near Roebuck Springs, Alabama