Camp White Sulphur Springs Confederate Cemetery Memorial Service was recently hosted by the David O. Dodd Chapter 212, United Daughters of the Confederacy.
Sponsors, in addition to the UDC Chapter were Gen. Patrick R. Cleburne Camp, 1433, Sons of Confederate Veterans; 2nd Arkansas Infantry Re-enactors; Lt. Col. James P. Stanley, 897, Children of Confederacy.
Jean Pollard, vice president of the David O. Dodd Chapter, called the assembly to order and asked Andy Taylor, commander of the Gen. Patrick Cleburne Camp, SCV, to give the invocation. Pollard led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and the Salute to the Arkansas Flag. Pollard welcomed all attending this event.
Greetings were given by Taylor and he said the two-day re-enactment had been successful despite the rain. Participants were from all over Arkansas and other states.
Pollard was the speaker and stated the purpose of this event was to remember Confederate soldiers. She said the David O. Dodd Chapter was chartered in 1898 and plans were put underway for a marker. The 5-foot high, 2-foot thick by 4-foot across granite boulder was unveiled on Oct. 11, 1912.
The cemetery went through many years of neglect until the Maj. Gen. Patrick R. Cleburne Camp was organized in 1985. They worked together with the David O. Dodd Chapter to restore the cemetery. Many names for the graves were discovered and marked. Since 1996 the two organizations have joined their efforts to maintain the cemetery.
The Sons of the Confederacy re-enactors make a Living History of this two-day event. Camp White Sulphur Springs was set up as a training facility and the famous 9th Arkansas Infantry was organized there in 1861. The 2nd Arkansas Infantry was trained there before going to Virginia. By 1862 the Confederate Hospital was moved from Pine Bluff to White Sulphur Springs.
“Today we remember those Confederate Soldiers as we stand by them in their everlasting sleep,” Pollard concluded. The 2nd Arkansas Battalion re-enactors gave the salute with guns and cannons. Dyan Bohnert, dressed in black period costume, a member of both the Order of the Roses and of the Order of the Black Rose, placed red roses in remembrance at the gravesite in the Laying of the Roses Ceremony.
The event closed with the benediction by David O. Dodd Chapter chaplain, MarJo Dill.