Honnoll to speak at SCV's 29th Annual Cleburne Memorial at Helena

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
W. Danny Honnoll

The 29th Annual General Patrick R. Cleburne Memorial Service will take place in Helena's Confederate Cemetery on Saturday, March 15, according to Ron Kelley communications office with the Arkansas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV).

The Cleburne keynote speaker will be Commander W. Danny Honnoll of the Col. Robert G. Shaver Camp in Jonesboro. Honnoll is past commander of the Army of Trans-Mississippi with the SCV. He is going to speak the life and times of General Patrick R. Cleburne.

Honnoll is a well-known historian with emphasis on the Civil War. He has been a SCV member for more than 30 years and has held numerous offices in the SCV. He has written four books. Honnoll is a reenactor/living historian and carry's the rank of Colonel with the 30th Arkansas Inf. living historian located in Jonesboro.

Bobbie Barnett of Ravened will be reenacting the part of the grieving fiancee of Cleburne at the service and place flowers on the grave of General Patrick R. Cleburne. The Cleburne memorial will last about 40 minutes.

Sons of Confederate Veterans, Daughters of the Confederacy, Children of the Confederacy, living historians and re-enactors from five states will take part in the Cleburne memorial. These are all historical organization with the sole purpose to preserve the heritage and honor of their Confederate ancestors by conducting memorial services to the men that wore the Gray.

All re-enactors are asked to be at the cemetery by 11:30 am for briefings on the memorial. The Cleburne Memorial we begin at noon.

The Cleburne memorial is sponsored every year by the Gen. Patrick R. Cleburne Camp #1433 of Pine Bluff, The Col. Robert G. Shaver Camp #1655 of Jonesboro and Sevens Generals Camp of Helena will assist the Cleburne Camp.

Patrick Ronayne Cleburne was the Confederacy's highest-ranking foreign-born general, and one of the best of any nationality.

Helena has the distinction of having seven Confederate Generals that lived in Helena before and during the "War Between the States".

They are Cleburne, Tappan, Hindman, Daniel C. Govan, Dobbins, Lucius C. Polk, and Charles W. Adams. Confederate General Adams was the grandfather of Helen Keller the famous blind and deaf author from Alabama. Helen's mother was born at LaGrange, Arkansas.

Confederate Generals Thomas C. Hindman, James C. Tappan and Cleburne are the only Confederate Generals buried in Helena. The Cleburne Camp of Pine Bluff place a memorial marker for Archibald Dobbins of Helena in 2003. General Dobbins final resting place is unknown and the marker was placed in honor of Dobbins.

Maple Hill Cemetery is located on the north edge of Helena, at the point where Crowley's Ridge touches the Mississippi River. From Little Rock, take either I-40 or Highway 70 east to Brinkley. At Brinkley, take Highway 49 east to Helena. At the traffic signal where Highway 49 splits south in West Helena, follow U.S. Business 49 (e.g., go straight ahead) into downtown Helena. In downtown Helena, turn left from 49B onto COLUMBIA Street. Go 3 blocks and turn right onto McDONOUGH Street. Go 2 blocks and turn left onto HOLLY Street (the Helena Housing Authority sits on this corner). Go 3/4 mile north on Holly Street, and turn left into the front gate of Maple Hill Cemetery. Turn right onto the first avenue in the cemetery and follow this road and the signs to the Confederate cemetery, about 0.4 mile. Attendees can park at the foot of the hill, and walk up to the crest where the memorial service will be held.

For more information about the memorial contact Ron Kelley at 870-592-0079.

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