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Arkansas Boy Martyr of the Confederacy.

Grave of the Boy Martyr of the Confederacy

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Little Rock, Arkansas

David O. Dodd was only 17 when he was hanged by the Yankees on January 8, 1864, for being a Confederate spy. He was buried only a couple of blocks away, in a cemetery grave donated by a sympathizer. He lay there in obscurity for almost 50 years. Then, in 1913, the United Daughters of the Confederacy paid to have a modest obelisk erected over his grave, which was outlined with paving stones. The stone at the very end is engraved, "Boy Martyr of the Confederacy," an apparent effort by the UDC to distinguish Dodd from Sam Davis, the "Boy Hero of the Confederacy," who was also young, uncooperative, and hanged as a spy in neighboring Tennessee.

Grave of the Boy Martyr of the Confederacy

Mount Holly Cemetery

W. Daisy Gatson Bates Drive, Little Rock, AR
Mount Holly Cemetery. The Dodd obelisk is about ten headstones in from 13th St./W. Daisy Gatson Bates Drive, just east of its intersection with S. Arch St. Enter the cemetery at Broadway and W. 12th, walk in five streets, turn left onto Elm, then walk almost all the way to the end. You'll see the small Dodd obelisk on the left, with its little row of low stones outlining the oblong grave.
Gates open daily 8-4 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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