Soldiers at Rest in the Confederate Cemetery
The names of the Confederate soldiers recorded below have been compiled from a list published in the Fayetteville Democrat in 1874 by the ladies of the Southern Memorial Association. Other names have been added which were listed in a history book about the Southern Memorial Association compiled by SMA member Rowena Gallaway in 1956, as well as newspaper obituaries and ongoing research. Present day officers are working on obtaining military and genealogy records for these soldiers.We are interested in any corrections or information regarding these men. Contact the Southern Memorial Association
BARNETT, Thomas L (1839-1862) Co. A 34th Ark. Inf.
According to family history, Thomas L. Barnett was born November 29, 1839, in Bedford County, Tennessee. As a boy he emigrated with his parents, Isaac and Susan Hern Barnett and siblings George W., John, Catherine, and Isaac P. to Washington County, Arkansas. The family settled on Little Wild Cat Creek near present day Steele and tilled one of the best creek bottom farms in Northwest Arkansas. On December 18, 1859, Thomas married Susan E. Mount and they farmed a plot of land a half mile east of his parents’ farm. The Barnetts had two daughters; Tennessee was born in 1860 and Nancy was born in 1862.Thomas volunteered for Confederate service in Company A, 34th Regiment of the Arkansas Volunteer Infantry in August of 1862. He was killed at the Battle of Prairie Grove on December 7, 1862. Thomas’s widow and daughters lived with his parents for a time. Later, her brother, John Isham Mount and his family lived with Susan and daughters on the farm Thomas had operated before the war. John Mount served with the Confederacy also, but in 1881 he was assassinated on June 2, 1881, while serving as a deputy sheriff of Washington County. The 1880 census shows Susan E. Barnett as head of the household in Elm Springs Township, likely on the same farm that included her two daughters as well as Nancy’s husband John Taylor. From about 1892 until her death on February 2, 1912, Susan received a pension from the state of Arkansas based on Thomas’s service to the Confederacy. Thomas was buried in the Confederate Cemetery in Fayetteville and Susan was buried beside her parents and two siblings in the Mount Comfort Cemetery.
BLAKE, James (Benton County)
BUTLER, Benjamin (VanBuren County)
CAMPBELL, Alex (from Cane Hill)
COPELAND, J.F. (Sevier County)
DAVIS, James (13 Nov 1820 – 19 Apr 19 1863) Died in the Battle of Fayetteville
EDWARDS, George with Tuck Smith’s Company
GREENWOOD, Jackson (Lawrence County)
HARRISON, James M. (1821-26 Mar 1906) Co. H 15th Ark. Inf. came from a Washington County, Arkansas, family living in the Cane Hill area. He enlisted early on with the 3rd Regiment, 1st Corps Army of Arkansas under the command of Colonel John R. Gratiot. His unit saw combat at Wilson’s Creek in Missouri on 10 August 1861 and later this unit disbanded and became part of the regular Confederate Army and he served with Company H of the 15th Arkansas Infantry, (McRae’s/Hobb’s) with the eventual rank of 3rd Lt. He was at the Battle of Pea Ridge on 6th and 7th of March 1862. His unit then marched on to Des Arc in Prairie County where it boarded a steamboat, Sovereign, landing in Memphis on 11 April 1862. His unit saw the remainder of its service in Mississippi. Lt. Harrison was seriously wounded at the Battle of Port Gibson, Mississippi on 1 May 1863. He was captured by the enemy after his regiment retreated. He never fully recovered from his wound and died after the surrender of Vicksburg on 4 July 1863. His body was then brought to Washington County, Arkansas. After the establishment of the Confederate Cemetery his remains were laid to rest there. More information about James Harrison can be found at the University of Arkansas Special Collections Library which documents his military service and letters.(1821-26 Mar 1906) Co. H 15th Ark. Inf.
HUTCHENSON, R.C. The Southern Memorial Association received the following information by email in November of 2012: The page stated that you are seeking information on the men buried in the cemetery, and I believe I can shed light onto one of them. He is listed on this page as “R.C. Hutchenson”. It should actually be “Hutcheson”. R.C. stands for Richard; his middle name is most likely Capers, as his sister named her eldest son Richard Capers, but this has not been confirmed for this Richard. He is the son of another Richard C. Hutcheson, a native of Mecklenburg County, Virginia, and Nancy Isabella Wolf, daughter of Michael Wolf, and sister of Major Jacob Wolf, the owner of the famed Wolf House, the oldest standing structure in Arkansas which is now a national landmark. Now, “our” Richard C. Hutcheson is known to have died in the Civil War. He was serving in the Arkansas 14th Infantry (Powers’), though most of their early regimental records are lost and therefore he does not have a Civil War Service record. We do, however, have the letters of the surgeon of the 14th, a man named Dr. John Madison Casey. During the Civil War, he was courting Richard’s 1st cousin, Mollie Cummins Wolf, daughter of Major Jacob Wolf. Those letters have since been published; you can find the book here: http://www.amazon.com/Courting-Letters-Madison-Mollie-Cummins/dp/0971314136
In 2 of these letters, while serving in the 14th, he mentions Mollie’s cousin, Richard Hutcheson. In the first, he states that Richard is very ill. In the second, he mentions that Richard’s brother, John, is ill as well and is fearful of meeting his brother’s fate, because Richard had died. Richard is not mentioned anywhere else, but we know from these letters that he died while serving with the 14th, Dr. Casey’s and his brother John Hutcheson’s unit. I believe the “R.C. Hutchenson” buried in this cemetery to be our Richard. It was not uncommon for their last name to be misspelled. In my research, I have seen it as Hutchison, Hutchisson, Hutchinson, Hutchenson, and even Hutchecon; in some of his brother’s service record their name is mis-transcribed as Hutchenson, as I believe to be the case here. I have scoured Arkansas 1860 Census records for any other Richard, Robert, Riley, or just “R” and “R.C.” Hutcheson’s, Hutchinson’s, and Hutchenson’s to see if another man could potentially be this “R.C. Hutchenson” but have not found any other matches, so in conclusion I believe this man to be our Richard C. Hutcheson. Feel free to mention any of this information in any records you have regarding the cemetery. For more on Richard C. Hutcheson, you’ll find him in the 1850 Census and 1860 Census in North Fork, Izard, Arkansas (Richard “Hutcherson” and R.C. “Hutchison”, respectively). Please let me know if you believe my conclusion to be a sound one. Regards, Nathan Marks
J.,T.T. from Hempstead County
LEWIS, Dock (Cave Creek)
MOULDER, _____ (from Fort Smith)
NARRAD, Jeremiah with Hill’s Regt.
PATTON, James A.
PAULEY, Q.M. Sgt. Andrew C. (wounded in Battle of Fayetteville, died June 1863), Mack Rieff’s Company
PERKINS, Thomas (from Washington County)
POPE, _____ from Benton County
PULLMAN,_____ (Stand Watie’s Regiment)
RAGSDALE, William Benjamin (Washington County)
ROBBINS, Lewis (Washington County)
RUDE, William (from Elm Springs)
SHARP, John (from Cane Hill)
SMITH, Joel Flood (killed in Confederate service 23 Feb 1862)
SNIDER, Lewis C. with Hill’s Regt.
THORNSBERRY, Hiram Pvt. (1843 Scott Co., Virginia-1863) Co. C 30th Ark. Inf. Brook’s Regiment. According to the Madison County Cemetery book Vol 1 pg 139, Hiram was killed by bushwhackers walking along the road by Mill Creek, near Combs while on his way to St. Paul. He had been warned of the danger, but he went anyway. He had been working for the Christopher Walker family & was probably on his way back there after visiting with his father and brothers. He was buried at Pea Ridge, later to be moved to the Confederate Cemetery in Fayetteville.
WALKER, W.H. (Washington County)
WHITE, William (Longview, Ashley County)
BALL, John H.
BARTON, William (Platte County)
BLISS, Lt. _____ Engineer Corps
BURGETT, Lt. _____ Clark’s Battery
CLARK, John A.
CLARK, P.H. Rosser’s Regt.
COOPER, Capt. Jack
HAWKINS, Grundy Co. G Thomson Regt., Shelby’s Regt.
HOWARD, Silas C.
HULL, A. N.
JAMES, Abijah (Platte County)
JOBE, William (from California, Missouri)
LANSFORD, B.F. Campbell’s Company
LANSFORD, R.E. Campbell’s Company
LUCKETT, Henry (his grave is the 5th grave west of the cedar tree in the last row of Missouri graves)
MCGEE, _____, Capt. D. Shelby’s Brigade
MARTIN, Isaac Price’s command
OWEN, James L.
PAGUES, Delloss C.
PARKER, Charles A. (from Henry County, Missouri)
PORTER, R.F. Campbell’s Company
ROBBET, James (Macon County)
ROOT, Thomas A.
ROOT, Buel T.
SLACK, Brig. General WILLIAM YARNEL (1816-1862) Mo. State Guards.
From poor and humble origin, William Yarnel Slack was one of those individuals who led a life, which was the prototype of the American dream. William Slack was born in 1816 in Mason County, Kentucky. He was the son of John Slack and Mary Jane Caldwell Slack. His background was certainly not typical of those who become warriors. Mary Jane Caldwell’s grandfather was Philip Yarnell, a Quaker. The Quaker Yarnalls, however, were of a sort that believed an offensive war was never to be considered, but that a war of defense was Christian and therefore justifiable. John and Mary Jane Slack moved to Boone County, Missouri, in 1819. It was in Missouri that William received his basic education, but he returned to Kentucky to obtain his law degree and in 1837 he passed the Bar. In 1839 William moved to Chillicothe, joined the Bar Association, married Mary Emily Woodward, built his home, and began to raise a family. It was in the 1840s that William Slack started to show the qualities that were typical of the Southern men who later came to compose the Confederate officers’ corps. In 1842, he was elected to the Missouri General Assembly from Livingstone County, and in 1845 was a delegate to the Missouri Constitutional Convention. William Slack first revealed his military capabilities during the war with Mexico. It was here that he also first met his future commander-in-chief, Sterling Price. He was not a strong supporter of the war, but showed his love of country at a public meeting in Chillicothe when he declared “It is too late now to discuss the question of whether or not the war could have been avoided. It is enough to know that it is upon us. Our country has declared war and I am for my country, gentlemen, first, last, and for all time.” He demonstrated his loyalty by helping to organize a company of Livingston County volunteers who elected him their captain. This company, the 2nd Missouri Mounted Volunteers was attached to the regiment of Colonel Sterling Price. Captain Slack served 14 months before returning home. After the Mexican War, Slack returned to his law practice in Chillicothe and aligned himself with the “Southern Wing” of the Democratic party. In 1860 he was an elector on the Breckenridge ticket that carried Livingstone County for the Democrats. In May 1861 the pivotal event in the life of William Slack occurred, and also the lives of all Missourians. The legally assembled Missouri State Militia, about 700 in number, who were gathered for a lawful six day training camp in St. Louis, were surrounded and forced to give up their arms by a federal force of about 7000. This set in motion a bitter struggle in Missouri which would last for four long years and was a real civil war in Missouri within the context of the War for Southern Independence. This was more vicious and ugly than the larger conflict between the Northern and Southern States as it was between neighbors and former friends. The attack on Camp Jackson turned those who opposed secession into strong supporters of the state government. Two of these were Sterling Price and William Yarnel Slack. The Missouri State Legislature which had been unable to pass a long-standing bill regarding the military now acted within 15 minutes of hearing the news. The state militia was abolished and in its place the Missouri State Guard was authorized. Governor Jackson appointed a brigadier general from each of the state’s congressional districts and one of those appointed was Gen. William Yarnel Slack. During the ensuing months he raised a command from the fifth district of Missouri which later became the 4th division, Missouri State Guard. General Slack took part in the Battle of Carthage on July 5, 1861, where he led his men well and they began to show the affection for him which was so common in other commands between the Southern soldier and his officers. These ragged Missouri men with no uniforms included the likes of Frank James, Cole Younger, and William Quantrill. This battle took place at least two weeks before Bull Run and impressed those regular officers of the Federal Army who saw the untrained Missouians “standing their ground like veterans.” On August 10th General Slack was commanding his division at Wilson’s Creek when he was severely wounded in the groin. Gen. Price commended Slack for “gallant conduct”. The Missourians bore the brunt of the action and suffered heavy losses. Gen. Slack was incapacitated for nearly two months, but as soon as he was permitted to travel he set out for Price’s army in an ambulance accompanied by his wife and a doctor.On October 11, he resumed command of his division. When the troops of the Missouri State Guard were mustered into the Confederate Army, he persuaded most of his men to join. On January 23 General Price named General Slack commander of the 2nd Brigade of Missouri troops in what would prove his last command. This brigade was essentially the troops he led at the Battle of Pea Ridge. They included Col. Bevier’s and Col. Rosser’s battalion of infantry, Col. McCulloch’s battalion of cavalry and two squads of artillery under Colonels Lucas and Landis.On the morning of March 7 1862, General Slack was advancing with the infantry of his brigade to the summit of Trott’s Hill, or Sugar Loaf Mountain, and was deploying his men when they were fired upon from a concealed Federal position. Riding among his men to rally them and redeploying them in a protective manner which brought about an eventual rout of the Federals, General Slack was again struck in the same groin by a rifle ball. He was born from the field and for a time seemed to be recovering, but died on March 21, 1862. General Slack was buried 8 miles from the battlefield in the Roller Cemetery near Gateway, Ark. On May 27, 1880 his body was reburied at the Confederate Cemetery in Fayetteville, Arkansas.General Slack was promoted to Brigadier General on April 17 1862, nearly 4 weeks after his death. Of the eight militia brigadiers appointed by Gov. Jackson of Missouri, only two, General Mosby Monroe Parsons and General William Yarnel Slack, were destined to win a C.S.A general’s rank. Of the some five thousand Southern men who left Missouri in the heady days of 1861 only a few returned to resume their life again in Missouri. The rest, like General Slack, chose to give their lives for the principles of liberty and States Rights. They paid the price with General Slack and now rest under the soil of the Southern States that they once called their country.
SMITH, Andrew Green (Pleasant Hill)
SMITH, W. A.
SNODDY, Joseph (Howard County)
TAYLOR, Frank A.
THORP, H.J. Missouri State Guards
WARNER, George B.
WISTEN, J. Missouri State Guard
ALEXANDER, _____ (Henderson County)
COLLINS, _____ (comrade of R.S. Dean)
DEAN, Rich S. (from Starville)
GORDON, John W.
HENRY, Capt. _____
McCOY, Lt. J.C.
STEVENS, G.F. Moses’ Cavalry
BLAKEMORE, Lee (25 Jan 1818 – 27 Aug 1902) Co. H, 7th Tenn Cav.
BOONE, L. Major 1st Regt. Stirman’s Sharpshooters
BOOZER, Charles (1836 – 1919)
CALL, W. D. (13 Nov 1839 – 10 June 1915) Co. C, 34th Ark. Inf.
COOK, Jacob (1840’s – 29 May 1887) Co. B, 38th Ala. Inf.)
HANEY, D.B. (died 1918)
MATTHEWS, John (1837 – 12 Dec 1904) Co. E., Gordon’s Regt., Cabell’s Brigade
RAINWATER, William L. (1841 – 21 Jul 1919)
SHAFFER, Isaac (1835 – 1953) Co. G, 33rd Tenn Inf
STILLWELL, Sgt. Isaac N. (buried 7 Jan 1918) Died at the Confederate Home in Little Rock on 5 Jan 1918. Co. A, 6th Ky. Inf.
TAFF, A.G. (died 24 Apr 1905) Wheeler’s Cavalry, 5th Tenn. Served with Bragg and Johnson to the surrender.
TAYLOR, Whitson B. (1821-26 Mar 1906) Co. C 43rd Ala. Inf.(buried in Louisiana section) From the Fayetteville Democrat 22 February 1900: “Mr. W.B. Taylor died Tuesday at the residence of his nephew, Mr. J.F. Taylor, in this city, after a long illness of several months. The remains were buried in the Confederate Cemetery yesterday afternoon. “Uncle Whit” Taylor, as he was familiarly called, has been one of the best known men in Washington County since the settlement of the county. He came here when a young man and here he spent the remainder of his long life, having reached the age of 85. He always took an active interest in public affairs and his sympathy and influence were always with the toiling man. In his death, Washington County loses a great citizen. He was converted several years ago and died in full faith of the Christian religion.”
WELLS, J.T. (29 Sep 1836 – 11 Feb 1906)
WHITE, Frank (died 12 Jul 1900)
CIVILIANS BURIED IN THE CEMETERY
RAINWATER, Mollie Lea (5 Jan 1859 – 27 Nov 1941) SMA member. Buried in the Lousiana section.
PRESTON, Joanna M. (20 Feb 1861 – 16 May 1953) SMA member and sister of Mollie Rainwater. Buried in the Louisiana section.