Little Rock in Pulaski County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
David Owen Dodd Memorial
Arkansas Boy Martyr
of the Confederacy
Born Nov. 10, 1846
Executed Jan. 8, 1864
”Aye, such was the love of the boy for his Southland,
Such his endurance, his courage, his pride,
That e'er he'd betray his own beloved band
He sacrificed all and silently died.”
David Owen Dodd, a southern boy of 17, when leaving for his home in the southern part of the state, was arrested, tried by federal court martial and hanged in front of Old St. John's College, Little Rock, Arkansas.
Papers found on David's person revealed valuable information to the Confederate forces. Freedom was offered if he would divulge the name of his informant, but he preferred death to dishonor.
Unveiled November 10, 1923
Erected 1923 by Veterans, Daughters and Sons of the Confederacy of Arkansas.
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Patriots & Patriotism • War, US CivilSons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans, and the United Daughters of the Confederacy series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is January 8, 1864.
Location. Marker has been permanently removed. It was located near 34° 44.936′ N, 92° 16.329′ W. Marker was in Little Rock, Arkansas, in Pulaski County. Memorial could be reached from the intersection of West Markham Street and Ashley Street, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located in the courtyard on the east side of the Old State House Museum. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 300 West Markham Street, Little Rock AR 72201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. A Tribute to Gen. Wm. Read Scurry (a few steps from this marker); In Memory of Herman Davis (a few steps from this marker); War of 1812 Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Gen. James Miller (a few steps from this marker); The Old State House (a few steps from this marker); 150th Anniversary of the War Between the States (a few steps from this marker); To the Honor and Memory of the Southern Soldiers (a few steps from this marker); Spanish-American War Memorial (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Little Rock.
Regarding David Owen Dodd Memorial. National Register of Historic Places #96000454.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. David Owen Dodd, "Boy Martyr Of The Confederacy"
Also see . . .
1. David O. Dodd Memorial (Wikipedia). The David O. Dodd Memorial is a monument on the grounds of the Old State House in Little Rock, Arkansas. Erected in 1923 by Confederate memorial groups, it commemorates David O. Dodd, an Arkansas civilian who was executed by the U.S. Army for spying. The monument has a horizontal base of gray marble, with a central columnar component, in which a relief portrait of Dodd is carved into white marble. (Submitted on October 9, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. David Owen Dodd (Wikipedia). In December 1863 Dodd carried some letters to business associates of his father in Union-held Little Rock, Arkansas. While traveling to rejoin his family at Camden, Arkansas, he mistakenly re-entered Federally-held territory. Discovering that he did not have a pass, U.S. soldiers questioned him and found that he was carrying a notebook with the locations of Federal troops in the area. (Submitted on October 9, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. David Owen Dodd (Encyclopedia of Arkansas). David O. Dodd is buried in the southeast portion of Mount Holly Cemetery in Little Rock, in a grave that was donated by a Little Rock resident at the time of the boy’s death. Questions about his actions remain unanswered: Where did the information in the Morse-coded message come from? Whom was he protecting (if anyone)? Did he knowingly re-cross enemy lines or did he just get lost? (Submitted on October 9, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
4. David O. Dodd Memorial (Encyclopedia of Arkansas). The United Daughters of the Confederacy and United Confederate Veterans, aided by the Sons of Confederate Veterans, took the lead in raising funds to create a monument to Dodd. The David O. Dodd Memorial was originally located in front of the central temple of the Old State House. It was later moved to the southwestern corner of the lawn and finally relocated to the memorial garden just east of the museum. (Submitted on October 9, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
5. David Owen Dodd (Arkansas Division Sons Of Confederate Veterans). In 1913, an eight-foot marble spire was erected over the boy’s grave and a simple low marble curb was installed to outline the plot. On the spire is engraved: "Here lie the remains of David O. Dodd. Born in Lavaca County, Texas, Nov.10, 1846, died Jan. 8, 1864." A marble scroll overlaying the curb that surrounds the grave bears the inscription: "Boy Martyr of the Confederacy." (Submitted on October 9, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
6. Little Rock park markers for Dodd removed;. (Submitted on November 26, 2021.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 9, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 127 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 9, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.