David Owen Dodd - "Boy Martyr of the Confederacy" - grave

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"During the Civil War, seventeen-year-old David Owen Dodd of Little Rock (Pulaski County) was hanged as a spy by the Union army. He has been called the 'boy hero of Arkansas' as well as 'boy martyr of the Confederacy.' His story has inspired tributes such as the epic poem 'The Long, Long Thoughts of Youth' by Marie Erwin Ward, a full-length play, and even reportedly a 1915 silent Hollywood movie, which has not survived. Historical markers, monuments, annual reenactments of his execution, and the naming of the David O. Dodd Elementary School in southwest Little Rock are among the state's recognitions of his life and death. Each January, the Sons of Confederate Veterans honor Dodd at Mount Holly Cemetery in a ceremony concluding near the eight-foot marble monument at the boy’s grave, which is engraved, 'Here lie the remains of David O. Dodd. Born in Lavaca County, Texas, Nov. 10, 1846, died Jan. 8, 1864.' Nearby is a marble scroll with the words, 'Boy Martyr of the Confederacy.'"

(Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture)

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Photo taken in Mt Holly Cemetery, Little Rock, AR 72202, USA

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