Volume 4 , Number 3 , Spring 1971
I well remember being at Yellville one day in the month of July, 1861, when a call was made for volunteers to join the Confederate Army. A Company of men raised in Marion County and the Southern part of Taney County were present. Those patriotic citizens had volunteered their services to defend the Southern Cause. Their commanding officer was Captain William C. Mitchell, whose company afterwards formed part of the 14th Regiment of Arkansas Infantry. Capt. Mitchell marched his company back and forth through the streets to the music of two violins in the hands of Dan Coker and "Yellville" Bill Coker who were members of the company. As the soldiers marched along with the colors flying at the head of the column, invitations to the men present to enlist in their ranks were extended by both officers and soldiers. A number of those gallent, young men responded to the call of their friends ** and fell in line to shed their blood for the sunny South. Most all of them gave up their lives on the battlefield or fell victims to exposure to the wintry weather and ravages of disease. In many cases their bones repose in unmarked graves. Oh, let us not forget to honor their names by remembering their patriotism in a cause they believed was right.
S. C. Turnbo
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