ARDMORE — The Sons of Confederate Veterans Oklahoma Division will dedicate a monument at noon Saturday to the 190 confederate veterans buried at Rose Hill Cemetery.
Larry Logan, Oklahoma division commander, thinks it is the largest concentration of confederate graves that does not have a monument.
“We lost the war, but we didn’t lose who our ancestors were,” Logan said. “They’re still our ancestors and our family and although my ancestors are not buried in that cemetery, it’s like I’m recognizing him as well.”
Logan’s great-grandfather, Pvt. Robert Donald Logan, fought for the confederacy in the Civil War. At Gettysburg, he suffered a gunshot wound to his left hand that caused him to lose a thumb.
He died 19 years before Logan was born, but Logan strives to keep his great-grandfather’s legacy alive.
Larry Logan gathered information about his veteran ancestors from ancestory.com and the Oklahoma Historical Society.
Robert Logan’s brothers, Sgt. William Henry Logan and Pvt. James M. Logan, also fought for the confederacy.
Logan, who is retired, said his hobby and passion is the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Members honor their ancestors and show how proud they are to be descendants of confederate soldiers, he said.
In the fall of 2008, members asked the cemetery board for approval to build the monument in the Ardmore cemetery. After four years of fundraising, they had exceeded their goal of $20,000.
One way the group raised money was by selling to descendants bricks on which confederate veterans’ names are inscribed. The bricks will surround the monument.
Keynote speaker for the dedication is Bob Blackburn, executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society.
Logan encourages people who attend the dedication to bring their own chairs.
Five of the Native American tribes that aligned with the confederacy will be honored: the Chickasaw, Cherokee, Choctaw, Seminole and Creek nations.
“We’re going to talk about one person from each tribe that was a major contributor to the confederate actions here in Indian Territory,” he said.
Logan said a portion of the monument reads, “Dedicated to the veterans of the war for Southern independence, those interred here and those resting in the countless and forgotten corners of Oklahoma.”
For more information about the Sons of Confederate Veterans Oklahoma division or the monument dedication, go to www.oklahomascv.org.