Philip Dale Roddey

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Philip Dale Roddey was born at Moulton, Lawrence County, Alabama, on April 2, 1826. He had little or no formal schooling. For some years he worked as a tailor; he served as sheriff of Lawrence County; and was then engaged in steam boating on the Tennessee River. He organized a cavalry company in 1861, and was elected its captain. During the first years of the war, he was employed in semi-independent scouting missions. Commissioned colonel in December 1862, Roddey recruited and organized the 4th Alabama Cavalry, and served during the balance of the war under both Forrest and Wheeler, mainly in North Alabama. He was promoted to brigadier general on August 3, 1863. Sometimes in a subordinate capacity and sometimes alone he made a number of important raids. He was active in the Atlanta campaign, and in Hood's subsequent Tennessee invasion. In the spring of 1865 he stood with Forrest at Selma in a last desperate effort to stem the invasion of the Federal General James Harrison Wilson. After the collapse of the Confederate lines, he and Forrest escaped by swimming the Alabama River under cover of darkness. Finally paroled on May 17, 1865, he engaged in business in New York, and became interested in a patent pump. While in England negotiating the sale of the patent General Roddey died in Westminster Hospital, London, of uremia, July 20, 1897. He is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.

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