Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

Last Confederate Veteran

 

City: Jonesboro

County: Craighead

Location: Kellers Chapel Cemetery, 2401 Kellers Chapel Road

Sponsor: Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission; Col. Robert G. Shaver Camp #1655, Sons of Confederate Veterans; W. Danny Honnoll and M. Ray Jones, ACWSC Commissioners; Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 704020
UTM-Y: 3963437
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 35.794019
Longitude: -90.742349

Marker Text

Last Confederate Veteran

The last Confederate veteran living in Arkansas, William Murphy Loudermilk, is buried here in Keller’s Chapel Cemetery. Private Loudermilk, who was born Oct. 17, 1847, joined a North Carolina regiment in the Army of Tennessee at age 16 and fought at Chattanooga, the Atlanta Campaign, and Nashville, serving as a water boy, bugler and finally as a sharpshooter. He was still with the army when it surrendered in May 1865. In 1886, he married Elizabeth Bruce and the

couple moved to Craighead County and started a farm. He died Sept. 18, 1952, aged 104.

No. 95

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission

Col. Robert G. Shaver Camp #1655, Sons of Confederate Veterans

W. Danny Honnoll and M. Ray Jones, ACWSC Commissioners

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

2015

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