On Saturday September 13th, the Albert Sidney Johnston Chapter (135) of the United Daughters of the Confederacy along with representatives of the Pvt. Job S. Neill Camp (#286)unit of the Sons of the Confederacy(both from the Batesville area) conducted a Memorial Service to honor Capt. Harvey Baxter Landers at his graveside in Mt. Olive at the old Jeffery Cemetery. Between 50 and 60 people were present for the ceremony...including some of the honoree's descendants. Also contributing to the event was Hubbard's Battery out of Jacksonport commanded by Captain Charles Berry. If you went along with us on our Ozark's Skoolin' Road Trip last April, you may recognize one of the members of Hubbard's Battery unit pictured with field gun, Danny Gillihan.
Captain Landers was a member of H Company, 7th Arkansas Infantry Regiment CSA. He enlisted with the confederacy at his home in Lunenburg at the age of 21 joining the Arkansas Volunteers under Colonel Robert Glenn Shaver by walking with other Izard County Volunteers to Smithville. His heroism during the great Battle of Shiloh in retrieving and carrying his units flag through the remainder of the fight earned him a commission by the election of his fellow soldiers. His record during the several campaigns is one of selfless bravery and great dedication to duty and country.
We hope to see more of these events in the future.