Posted By:Ricky W. Hudson
Subject:Re: Unionist in Ill.
Post Date:February 24, 2003 at 21:10:37
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The Westmoreland was transporting the 1st Alabama Cavalry to Nashville, Tennessee. The 1st Alabama then went overland to near Mooresville, Alabama and prepared for the Atlanta Campaign.
The only Alabama refugee relocation to Illinois I am aware of was to Duquoin, Perry County in the summer of 1863. However, if you check the individual Compiled Service Records of members of the 1st Alabama Cavalry, you see a spattering of individuals who were place on medical furlough and sent to Duquoin or other locations. An example of this is Private Martin J. Turrentine, who died at Duquoin, Illinois on July 23, 1863, he was at that time assigned to the 1st Middle Tennessee Cavalry, Company D.His company and Company E, were the scouts for Streight during his raid across Alabama. Turrentine became sick during Streight's Raid and was sent to the field hospital at Tuscumbia and then later to Duquoin.
Other Alabama refugee camps were located at Nashville, Clarksville and Pulaski, Tennessee. As well as the camp at Corinth. Another camp was located at LaVergne, Tennessee. At one time or another, individual members of the 1st Alabama Cavalry were placed on detached duty to administer the camps. Money for the refugees initially was raised by levying a tax on prominent secessionists in the areas near the camps in Tennessee and Mississippi.

Ricky Hudson