General Phillip Dale Roddy

General Phillip Dale Roddy (HM1BJL)

Location: Moulton, AL 35650 Lawrence County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 28.789', W 87° 17.555'

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Born on this site about 1820 to Phillip and Sarah Roddy, Phillip Dale Roddy grew up in poverty. His father a saddle maker and War of 1812 veteran, was one of the earliest murder victims in Moulton. Phillip Dale was raised by his mother and received little education. He married Margaret McGaughey 6 Nov 1845. Phillip worked as a tailor, served as Lawrence County Sheriff (1849-1852), and steamboat captain (1860) in Franklin County. In Oct 1862, at Tuscumbia, Roddy raised a company that became part of the 4th AL Cavalry. He served as captain, colonel, and brigadier general. His efforts in keeping the Union Army north of the Tennessee River earned him the title "Defender of North Alabama." Roddy's battlefield encounters included Shiloh, Streight's Raid, Gen. Dodge at Tuscumbia, and actions in MS and GA. In his 1866 Federal pardon, Gen. Grant and other Union Officers praised his honor and humane treatment of northern sympathizers and prisoners. After the war, Roddy's family lived in Tuscaloosa and he became associated with a merchant house in New York. He died in London, England 1897 and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Tuscaloosa. His mother lies in the McDonald Cemetery at Moulton, next to her husband's reputed grave. The Roddy house collapsed 22 Mar 1872.
Placed ByLawrence County Historical Commission, Inc
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Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 2:17am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 473133 N 3815398
Decimal Degrees34.47981667, -87.29258333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 28.789', W 87° 17.555'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 28' 47.34" N, 87° 17' 33.30" W
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Area Code(s)256
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 14417-14481 Market St, Moulton AL 35650, US
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