Greenwood is one of the oldest cemeteries in Tuscaloosa County, having been laid out shortly after the first survey of the city of Tuscaloosa in 1821 (or possibly earlier, in 1819). In it are the graves of many of early Tuscaloosa’s most prominent citizens. Among those is Dr. John Drish, a famed doctor and landowner; Solomon Perteat, a prominent free, black craftsman who lived in Tuscaloosa prior to the Civil War; and Rev. Charles Stillman, the founder of Stillman College.
Backstory and Context
After the war his reputation suffered from accusations of being to close to the North. Some claimed he surrendered on condition of receiving a full pardon, which he did eventually obtain. After working for a time in Tuscaloosa, he and his wife went to New York City. This was an odd move for a southerner who fought vigorously against the North. In New York, he became involved with another woman, and was accused of participating in a scheme to steal cotton. He fled, it seems, to England to avoid jail time and one theory argues that Roddey died in London in 1897. As to how his remains were transported back to America, it is unknown. What is certain is that he is interred next to his wife, who died in 1881.