Southern Iron Cross Dedication planned at Cockrum Cemetery

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The James W. Honnoll Chapter 2607, United Daughters of the Confederacy of Jonesboro, will dedicate a military grave marker in honor of Pvt. Isom Petty Richardson, Company C, 16th Alabama Infantry, a Confederate Hero. The time is 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Cockrum Cemetery north of Missouri State line.

The Col. Robert G. Shaver Camp #1655 of Jonesboro/ Pvt Job Neill of Batesville, Arkansas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Northeast Arkansas Southern Heritage Foundation, Mitchell Adair Chapter 929 --Children of the Confederacy of Jonesboro and the Gen. James F. Fagan Chapter #280, Military Order of Stars and Bars will be assisting the UDC with the military marker dedication.

Isom Petty Richardson, b. 17 Jun 1836, d. 10 Jun 1899.

He was born in Lauderdale County, Ala., and died in Cardwell, Dunklin County, Mo. He served as a Private in Company C.,16th Alabama Infantry. He was wounded at Shiloh and sent to Okolona Hospital for his wounds. He was captured July 22, 1864, in Atlanta, Ga., during the war by the Yankees and was released from Camp Chase Ohio after taking the Oath of Allegiance after the war had ended.

His children include Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie", Martha, Calvin H., James Edward, Willie, Susan, and Henry. He married Nancy E. Roberts on March 3, 1867 in Lauderdale County, Ala. He was the son of Isham and Judith (Garner) Richardson.

Directions from Monette to the cemetery are: turn north on Highway 139 7.5 to the Missouri State Line Highway turns into Missouri State Highway F go about one mile and look for Cochrum Cemetery Sign on the left side of the Road. Turn west (right) on County Road 634, about 6/10 of a mile turn north (right) on gravel field road about 1/2 mile. Cockrum Cemetery is next to the St. Francis River levy.

Joe C. May, Chaplain, Shaver Camp 1655, Jonesboro of Bay will do the opening and closing prayers for the service.

Delivering Greetings will be by Col. Danny Honnoll, Past ATM Commander SCV, Sesquicentennial Commissioner, M. Ray Jones III, Commander, Arkansas Division SCV, Sgt. Will Silas, Children of the Confederacy and Lieutenant Dale Barnett, Military Order Stars and Bars Fagan Chapter.

Bobbie F. Barnett of Ravenden will be playing the role of Richardson's widow. Barnett will be in mourning attire will lay flowers in honor of Pvt. Richardson. Barnett is a member of the James W. Honnoll Chapter of Jonesboro, AR and matron of honor to the Shaver Camp SCV of Jonesboro.

Capt. Roger Harvell of Barrets Battery and of the Neill Camp SCV of Batesville will help with the honors by firing a Civil War replica cannon in Pvt. Richardson's honor during the service.

Honnoll Chapter member Tara Bellomy of Lake City is the great great great granddaughter of Pvt. Richardson and was very instrumental in organizing the marker dedication.

The SCV, UDC, and C of C, and are historical organizations and their charge is to preserve the history of the South and it soldiers.

The ceremony will be open to the public.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans members of the 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.

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