Letter to the Editor: New Confederate Monument

A well attended memorial was held just outside Richland, Mo. last Saturday at the most beautiful Beulah Baptist Church in memory of the Confederate Soldiers killed in The Battle Of Monday Hollow. This was possible due to the efforts of John W. Wilson representing the Camden County Historical Society and the Missouri Civil War Heritage Foundation.

Many dignitaries gathered to help honor the many fallen soldiers sent to a mass grave in a hollow not far from Beulah Baptist. After almost 150 years of little recognition those brave men, family and friends can now rest assured their efforts have been properly recognized.

After inspirational hymns by Brandi Kincaid and Missy Miller, prayers by Beulah Baptist Pastor Clifton Hodges and Father Owen Henderson, as well as moving words from Diane Franklin, Kris Franken and Aron Koeppen the honoring ceremony was handled by John Wilson, Commander Jim England of The Missouri Sons Of Confederate Veterans and Terry Cadenbach, Commander of the 4th Missouri Cav/President MCWRA. A beautiful memorial was unveiled and the inscription was read to a gun salute and taps.

The Beautiful Beulah Baptist Church could have not been more hospitable in their efforts and after the ceremony the lady’s provided a most bountiful and delicious spread of food imaginable.Do yourself a favor and make the extra effort to stop by this most beautiful little church just outside Richland, Mo. on Highway 7 to salute these most honorable Soldiers of our Confederacy as well as the efforts all above mentioned.

Paul Garrison is a resident and former Alderman of Lake Ozark Missouri and is a member of the Colonel John T. Coffee Camp #1934, Osceola, Missouri

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