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Arkansas monument dedicated at Confederate cemetery

Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Tullahoma – Arkansas fell firmly on the side of the Confederacy during the Civil War – supplying troops, supplies, and military and political leaders for the fledgling country

On the morning of July 7, a delegation of United Daughters of the Confederacy from Arkansas will visit Coffee County to dedicate a monument to their Arkansas Confederate War dead buried in Tullahoma Confederate Cemetery. Being a part of the Army of Tennessee, they died from various causes during the Army’s presence in southern, middle Tennessee in late 1862 and early 1863.

Arkansas joins eight other states, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and Georgia with monuments honoring their Confederate War dead placed there since 2008. Only Kentucky and South Carolina have no monument there to date.

Due to the normal hot days of July, the program will start early at 9:30 a.m. and run for about an hour. Master of Ceremony Larry E. Williams, Camp 72 Commander and the following local Confederate organizations will assist The William F. Slemons Chapter 977 UDC, from Monticello, Arkansas; Kirby-Smith 327 UDC, Sewanee, Tenn.; SCV Camp 72 Manchester; Camp 155 Tullahoma; Whites’ Battery; Cleburne’s Division Artillery from Middle Tennessee and members of the Tullahoma Confederate Association.

The program will consist of Posting of Colors by Confederate Honor Guards, a Confederate Flag Display, UDC ladies in period dresses, local leaders welcoming the Arkansas delegation and all visitors, a short history of Tullahoma Confederate Cemetery, short bios of Arkansas soldiers buried there, a very moving dedication ritual by the UDC ladies from Arkansas, a message from Dr. Michael R. Bradley, Scottish tunes, taps and Artillery military salute, Dixie Land and artillery salute to Dixie.

There will be a reception of refreshments and finger food immediately after the event served by Kirby-Smith 327 UDC members in their period clothing. For further information call (931) 571-7311 or (931) 841-1678.

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