David O. Dodd Chapter UDC presents new slate of officers

The David O. Dodd Chapter United Daughters of The Confederacy held its recent meeting in the home of Dorothy Wilkes of Stuttgart.

Ten members were in attendance. Attending from Arkansas County were Wilkes, Glennda Fread, Jean Pollard and Jerri Townsend. Members from Jefferson County in attendance were Sandra Poore, Susan Railsback, Marjo Dill, Denise Gray, Norma Caldwell and DeeLois Lawrence.

Fread, chapter president, presided. Dill, chaplain, opened the meeting with prayer and Fread led in the ritual.

Lawrence read the minutes from the last meeting, which were approved. She then gave the treasurer’s report.

Fread asked for donations to the White Sulphur Springs Cemetery upkeep fund. The David O. Dodd Chapter has owned the cemetery since 1912 and continues to maintain the grounds with help from local supporters.

Fread reported on the successful ceremonies held in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Jenkins Ferry. Several members were in attendance at the festivities in Sheridan and Lawrence spoke at the rededication of the monument at the battlefield.

The nominating committee presented the slate of officers for the upcoming year. Those nominated were: President, Fread; first vice president, Pollard; second vice president, Gray; third vice president, Railsback; secretary/treasurer, Sharon Wyatt; registrar, Dill; chaplain, Lela Murray; historian, Townsend; recorder of military service, Poore.

Townsend gave a book review of “From the Jaws of the Dragon” by Bill Blevins, which contains behind the scenes stories of Ozark battles during the Civil War. Battles in Arkansas and Missouri were considered insignificant compared to those in eastern states, but fierce battles were fought in the rough terrain in Arkansas and Missouri. Nowhere else in the nation was the battle more viciously fought than along the lines of Arkansas and Missouri. These battles were determining factors in the divided allegiance of the areas.

Townsend shared several of the short stories in the book including, “Killed at Home while Sick”, “Pistol Packing Mama”, “A Monument to Granny Short”, and “Story Revealed in an old Trunk”, which was quite personal to her as it is a story written about her ancestors. She shared the story of her research and how she met the author, Bill Blevins, who is also a descendant of her family.

Wilkes served dessert and coffee and the meeting adjourned.