[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Arkansas divisions of the William F. Slemons Ch. 977, United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) and the 9th Arkansas Infantry Camp No. 652, Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) recently dedicated a marker commemorating the 16 companies of men raised in Drew County during the Civil War.

There were 2,500 men who left Drew County, leaving 500 families without a bread winner, according to a document written in 1941 by Mrs. J. D. McCloy. Within a year, the county was buying molasses by the barrel and providing bread to many of these families, according to old Drew County Court documents.

The marker commemorating those men was placed on the southeast corner of the Drew County Courthouse and dedicated on February 28 at 2 p.m.

The dedication program began with an invocation by Slemons’ Chaplain Diane Mazanti and pledges to the flags lead by Commander William D. Turney.

Chapter President Beth Thurman and Commander Turney welcomed the guests. Division UDC President Kay Tatum of Little Rock, former Mayor Harold West, County Judge Robert Akin, and Mayor Zack Tucker were three special guests.

Thurman told the group that the marker could not have been possible without the Monticello chapter’s hard work and fund raising. She also credited the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission for the grant program which paid for half the marker and Commissioner Mark Christ who was the liaison between the commission and the chapter.

The dedication of the marker was conducted by President Thurman. After the marker’s unveiling, Division President Tatum placed a wreath at the marker’s foot, and women dressed in period black dresses placed individual red roses at the foot of the marker.

The speaker for he event was Doyle Taylor, 1st Lt. Commander of the Pine Bluff Patrick R. Cleburne Camp.

Captain William D. Turney of the 7th Arkansas Artillery, Blocher’s Battery and Captain Guy Taylor, 2nd Arkansas Infantry gave a gun salute. “Taps” was played by Andy Taylor of the SCV, and Chaplain Mazanti concluded the dedication with the benediction.

Following the ceremony, Connie Mullis, Slemons’ vice-president, was in charge of a reception for the attendees at the Drew County Museum.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_gallery type=”flexslider_slide” interval=”5″ images=”37428,37429,37430,37431,37432″ onclick=”link_image” custom_links_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row]