Date and Location of Event: [Set for Thursday at 10 am.] August 2, 2012 at the Southern Heritage Confederate Park, at 117 Southwest Drive. (Jonesboro, AR)
We will be conducting a observance ceremony of the Battle of Jonesboro sesquicentennial and a cannon dedication Thursday at 10 am – August 2, 2012 at the Southern Heritage Confederate Park, at 117 Southwest Drive. (Jonesboro, AR)
The Battle of Jonesboro took place on August 2, 1862 at the Craighead County Courthouse. On August 1, 1862 Federals had captured twenty members of the 30th Arkansas Infantry unit south of Jonesboro and was holding them prisoners in the Craighead County Courthouse. Early on the morning of August 2, Captain Mitchel A. Adair and his men attacked the Federals. The Confederates killed seven Federals and captured eight of them. The lone Confederate death was Lt. Augustus Ellison of the 4th MO Militia. He was fell at the corner of Washington Ave and Union St. in Jonesboro. The Federals were under the command of Lt. Charles Porter of the 1st Wisconsin Cavalry.
We will be changing out our flag on Thursday – Need men in uniforms with weapons and ladies of the UDC and C of C to attend. Please email or call me if you can attend so I can get things planned.
The ceremony will be open to the public. The Sons of Confederate Veterans members 30th Ark. Inf. and re-enactors will be outfitted in full confederate regalia to perform the ceremonies and conduct a three volley gun salute at the park. There will be “War Between the States” flags on display and period music. The programs are open to the public and all people interested are invited to attend. If you have any question you can contact Colonel W. Danny Honnoll, 870-926-2985.