Confederate soldier to be honored in Craighead County with Civil War marker


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JONESBORO, Arkansas — A Confederate veteran will be commemorated by a marker in Craighead County.

The Jonesboro Sun ( ) reports that Pvt. William M. Loudermilk, who joined the Confederate Army at the age of 16, will receive a Civil War Sesquicentennial Historical Marker as part of efforts to work with local partners to inform people how the Civil War affected Arkansas.

The North Carolina native joined the Confederates as a water boy before he fought in Tennessee and Georgia. After the army surrendered, Loudermilk moved to Jonesboro, where he lived for 71 years. Loudermilk worked extensively to find records of his service without success.

The marker will be placed at Keller's Chapel Cemetery where Loudermilk is buried. He died Sept. 18, 1952, at age 104. A dedication will be held once the marker is installed.

Information from: The Jonesboro Sun,

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