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Jonesboro in Craighead County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Last Confederate Veteran

 
 
Last Confederate Veteran Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 9, 2018
1. Last Confederate Veteran Marker
Inscription.  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.
 
Erected 2015 by 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. (Marker Number 95.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission series list.
 
Location. 35° 47.699′ 
View from grave of William Loudermilk with the marker behind. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 9, 2018
2. View from grave of William Loudermilk with the marker behind.
N, 90° 44.531′ W. Marker is in Jonesboro, Arkansas, in Craighead County. Marker can be reached from Kellers Chapel Road 0.1 miles west of Chapel Hill Drive, on the left when traveling west. Located within the Keller's Chapel Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2010 Kellers Chapel Road, Jonesboro AR 72404, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Troops Raised in Craighead County (approx. 2.7 miles away); The Arkansas (approx. 3.6 miles away); In Memoriam United Spanish War Veterans (approx. 3.6 miles away); Craighead County Court House (approx. 3.6 miles away); The Battle of Jonesboro (approx. 3.6 miles away).
 
Regarding Last Confederate Veteran. Private William M. Loudermilk, who fought with General John B. Hood's cavalry, joined the Confederate army in 1864 when he was 16. He was promoted from waterboy to sharpshooter and saw action at Chattanooga, Marietta, Georgia, Nashville and Atlanta. He was a resident of Jonesboro for 71 years.
 
View from the cemetery entrance and the marker, just right of center. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 9, 2018
3. View from the cemetery entrance and the marker, just right of center.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 12, 2018. It was originally submitted on April 12, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 147 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 12, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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