This is in answer to Dean Barber's post below where he mentioned that he is seeking information about Bill Looney.
From what I have read, Bill Looney was a school teacher before the war and the owner/operator of Looney's Tavern in Winston County, Alabama.It was at this tavern that during 1862, a county convention was held where the people voted to remain neutral in the Civil War.Of course, this didn't go over too well with Confederate sympathizers around the state.
What I wanted to offer here is a direct quotation about Looney from the book "My Life Story" published in 1922 and written by John R. Phillips, my g-grandfather who lived in Marion County, AL and was a sergeant in the First Alabama Cavalry, USA.During the summer of 1864, the First Alabama was stationed in Rome, GA.On Aug. 7 my great-grandfather and some others from the regiment left Rome for northwest Alabama.From here, I'll let my g-grandfather take over.
"... we left on the train for Decatur, on detached service.There we met up with a noted scout, Bill Luny, who escorted us to Days Gap, on top of the mountain.We had about forty miles, or more to go to get through Winston County to Marion County.We were very tired and when we reached a branch at the foot of a hill, we stopped to rest. Just before that we had met a man, or horseback, in the road whom Luny knew.Luny drew his pistol and shot him and left him lying there in the road where he had fallen dead when shot.While we were at this branch resting a bit and consulting, a volley was shot in to our party and two of the boys were killed.One of them was a son of widow Carter, and the other was Phillip Sutton.I knew both of them.This created quite a bit of excitement, and about all of the crowd ran off, Bill Luny with the rest.We had two ponies with us, and had our coats and other things piled up on these ponies, but we ran off and left what we had on the ponies..." (pp. 71-72)
The Carter boy he mentioned was John Carter, age 19.
These are the only mentions of Looney in the book.In his book "Tories of the Hills," Wesley Thompson gives the reason for Looney shooting that man on horseback: He was among a crowd a Confederate sympathizers who earlier tried to hang Looney.I was not able to locate Mr. Thompson's source for that.In my own book I left unanswered the question about the motivation for the shooting.