Speaking of the Mail Guard, Captain Thomas J. White was son of Zachariah White, a fiery anti-secessionist who gave pro-Union speeches in Winston and Walker Counties. White was a Unionist as well and moved to Winston from Fayette county after the death of his wife in 1861. The testimony in the Southern Commission Claims file for Zach White and that of Thomas J. White described them as thoroughly Unionist. However, at T.J. White's death in 1912, it was reported he was buried in his Confederate uniform. Go figure.
William V. Curtis also served briefly in the Mail Guard. He was also elected as sheriff during the war years. Ingle was definitely Unionist, but he was disallowed because of his service in the Mail Guard, but Curtis was approved. The Board took into consideration the death of three of Curtis' brothers at the hands of the secessionists and the family's Unionist reputation in Winston.