4th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry (Roddy’s)

4th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry (Roddy’s)

Brief History

Phillip Dale Roddey - Defender of North Alabama
Phillip Dale Roddey – Defender of North Alabama

4th (Roddey’s) Cavalry Regiment was organized at Tuscumbia, Alabama, in October, 1862, and moved to Tennessee where it wintered. The men were from Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, and Walker counties. During the next spring it was sent to Northern Alabama, assigned to General Roddey’s Brigade, then took an active part in raiding and attacking the Federals. In April, 1864, the regiment was transferred to the Department of Alabama, Mississippi, and East Louisiana. After fighting at Brice’s Cross Roads it saw action in various conflicts from Montevallo to Selma where on April 2, 1865, most of the unit was captured. The remaining part surrendered at Pond Spring. Its commanders were Colonels William A. Johnson and Phillip D. Roddey, Lieutenant Colonel E.M. Windes, and Majors R.W. Johnson and John E. Newsom.

Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin

Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Database lists 361 men on its roster for this unit.  Roster.

Companies by County:

The list of companies with their counties is found on the n2geneology.com web site.

Source: FamilySearch Wiki contributors, “4th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry (Roddy’s),” FamilySearch Wiki,