The South rose again, if only for a few hours Saturday, when officials, dignitaries, honored guests and proud Confederate descendants helped dedicate a monument to remember confederate soldiers in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Between 150 and 200 people were on hand for the dedication, which lasted nearly two hours. Larry Logan, Division Commander for the Oklahoma Sons of the Confederacy, spoke passionately about what it means to now have the monument in place in Ardmore.
"To be a confederate descendant is something special," he said. "We're stereotyped as so different from what we are."
The soldiers buried in the Confederate section of Rose Hill Cemetery vary from where their home state was. During the Civil War, Oklahoma wasn't yet a state. However, many confederate troops were assembled with many of the Native American tribes who supported some southern ideals and way of life.
In all, there are 190 soldiers buried in the Confederate section of Rose Hill Cemetery, 10 from the Indian Territory.
James Catron, #149 Commander in Ardmore, said many other communities with ties to the Confederacy already have monuments, but Ardmore's Daughters of the Confederacy built a home — now the Veterans Center — for the confederate soldiers and their widows to live in.
"Far more valuable to those confederate veterans than a statue," Catron said.
But now, those confederate soldiers can be remembered appropriately with the monument.
"The home was so special to the State of Oklahoma, but now to have this — almost 100 years after some of these men died — is fantastic," Logan said.