JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - 150 years ago today, a small Civil War battle was fought near the court house in Jonesboro. This small footnote in history left 8 dead, 7 Union soldiers and 1 Confederate officer.
Thursday morning, Civil War re-enactors dedicated a cannon and honored the fallen at the Southern Confederate Heritage Park in Jonesboro.
Lt. Augustus Ellison of Bloomfield, Missouri was honored with a headstone dedication during the ceremony. As "Dixie" played a Confederate flag was lifted off to reveal his name and the day he died. August 2, 1862. The only Confederate soldier to die in the battle of Jonesboro.
Ray Jones, the Sons of Confederate Veterans Division Commander said these re-enactors don't celebrate or glorify the war.
"We're honoring them like everyone should do." Jones said, "The fallen soldiers we lost in the war and that's the whole purpose of the Sons of Confederate Veterans to keep the memory alive of our brave Confederate soldiers."
A small crowd gathered for the event, standing quietly and even joining in at the end for the singing of "Dixie." "For most people, history seems to be a thing of the past and it shouldn't be that way." Jones said. "We should always remember our history but it's not one of the hot topics anymore."
The Southern Confederate Heritage Park is located on Southwest drive next to McDonald's in Jonesboro.