Boy Martyr of the Confederacy Captured

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Little Rock, Arkansas

The story of David O. Dodd, "Boy Martyr of the Confederacy," has even more unanswered questions than that of Sam Davis, "Boy Hero of the Confederacy."

Dodd was stopped at this spot as he crossed from Confederate into Union territory in late 1863. He was found to be carrying a notebook with Morse code that detailed top secret Union military intelligence. Dodd refused to say where the information came from, so the Yankees hanged him as a spy. Dodd's defenders claim he was an innocent dupe; his accusers portray him as clumsy and confused, but guilty.

There's even debate over his posthumous title; some monuments identify him as "Boy Hero," others "Boy Martyr" (The capture spot monument labels him "Arkansas Boy Hero of the War Between the States"). About the only thing that everyone agrees on is that, at age 17 when he was hanged, Dodd was at least technically a boy.

Boy Martyr of the Confederacy Captured

David O. Dodd Elementary School

Address:
6423 Stagecoach Rd, Little Rock, AR
Directions:
David O. Dodd Elementary School. I-430 exit 1. Turn north onto Hwy 5/Stagecoach Rd. Drive one mile. You'll see David O. Dodd Elementary School on the right. The small stone monument stands just outside the brick front wall of the school, about 50 feet to the left of its entrance door.
Hours:
Gate may be closed after school hours.
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