Posted By:Cheryl
Subject:Re: Anybody out there?
Post Date:June 19, 2003 at 17:22:51
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Forum:Southern Unionist Forum
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Thanks for the info. Glenda Todd confirmed for me that JW Hallmark was indeed in the 1st Ala. Cav. and also generously shared with me some info about the Hallmark family that I didn't have. And I do plan to buy her book! If I find out anything more about the 1st Ala. Cav. when I get the full pension file I will be sure to share it with anyone else who is interested.

This is such an interesting chapter in Civil War history and it's amazing to me that so few people know anything at all about the Southern Unionists. I want to know what compelled JW Hallmark and his brothers to join up with the Union when it put their family in such danger, from both sides it seems. Obviously the family was harassed by the hometown Confederates. But if the Union forces had come through Marion County, would they have spared the families of the Unionists? How would they know who had supported the Union and who hadn't? It seems to me like they wouldn't have known and would have treated all the Alabamians as enemies.