A memorial service for a Civil War-era governor who is buried near Wabbaseka will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28.

A memorial service for a Civil War-era governor who is buried near Wabbaseka will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28.

The event will be held at Flat Bayou Cemetery on U.S. 79, 1 mile south of Wabbaseka.

The memorial service and marker/iron cross dedication will be for John Jones Pettus, a Mississippi governor who served at the time of Mississippi’s secession from the Union. He was nicknamed the “Fire Eater.” When his term expired in 1863, he joined the Confederate Army. After the war, he moved to Arkansas.

The event will be hosted by the David O Dodd #212 Chapter of United Daughters of the Confederacy.

The event is one of several sanctioned by the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, which is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Events include festivals, re-enactments, conferences, exhibits and lectures. A complete listing of scheduled sesquicentennial activities can be found at http://www.arkansascivilwar150.com/events/.

Details: call (870) 267-5850 or email DeeMLawr@aol.com.