A friend of mine, E.D. Wilson, TX, brought you to my attention. I'm a distant relative of Captain John Cussons, 1838-1912, who was originally from Horncastle, Lincolnshire, England, and have, for years, been researching his life and times. Though John Cussons only spent a short period of time in Selma, it may be that we may each have, or be able to obtain, information useful to the other.
Cussons was joint owner and editor of the Selma Morning Reporter, together with M. J. Williams, (who was later to become Mayor of Selma,). Cussons was initially a private in a volunteer company of militia, the "Governors Guard", that was purported to be among the militia companies sent to Fort Morgan to take possession of the fort until regular troops could arrive. Cussons then, in April 1861, enlisted as a 12 months private, in the 4th Alabama Infantry. On the reorganisation, Cussons continued to serve in the 4th, and eventually became V.A.D.C. to Gen. E. M. Law.
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