May 1911 high tribute was paid to the "Capital Guards". Miss Mary FLETCHER (Mrs. Leonard H. DRENNAN) (1890AR-1982MD), daughter of Colonel John Gould FLETCHER (1831AR-1906AR), (3 June 1861 Captain, Age 30, Capital Guards. Elected May 8,1862; Severely wounded in thigh at Murfreesboro, Tennessee 31 December 1862; 6th Arkansas Infantry, Company A, and Mayor 1875-1881), standing at the east side of the monument, holding a blue ribbon, while Miss Helen Frances PEAY, granddaughter of Gordon Neil PEAY (1819KY-1876AR), first captain of the Guards (Mayor 1859-1860), stood on the south side holding a white ribbon. At a signal, Misses FLETCHER and PEAY pulled the ribbons while the band played "Dixie" and the old veterans assembled shouted at the tops of their voices. The screen fell away, with a shower of roses, the tall granite shaft stood revealed.
Leonard H Drennan
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