The Arkansas Capitol Arts and Grounds (A&G) Committee gave approval to the Arkansas Society United States Daughters of 1812 (U.S.D. 1812) for the modification of the War of 1812 Memorial Fountain on the state Capitol grounds at Little Rock.
Meetings were held, with public hearings, to secure the necessary approval to add names of War of 1812 soldiers buried in Arkansas, according to a news release.
Approval was granted Nov. 29 to modify the 101-year-old monument. Changes to any monument on the Capitol grounds must be approved by the A&G and strict guidelines are upheld, according to the release.
“The War of 1812 Memorial Fountain features the names of 56 soldiers etched on the monument. Recent extensive research has identified 637 additional soldiers who served in the war and then settled in Arkansas,” according to the release.
The group will add the names to the fountain on two zinc plaques which will be placed on the monument. Funding for the plaques was provided by the National Society U.S.D. 1812.
“The monument was placed in 1917 by Arkansas U.S.D. 1812 members who obtained the needed funding by planting, picking and selling cotton,” said Kay Tatum, president of the State Society and chairwoman of the Arkansas U.S.D.1812 Capitol Fountain Modification Committee. “In 1917, they didn’t have online databases such as Ancestry.com and Findagrave.com to verify someone’s service and place of death.”
Last year, two names were added to the monument for more than $100 per name. There is no room to etch the 637 names on the monument and the cost would be prohibitive.
“Members of the A&G Committee stated Tatum was extremely prepared and her research and efficiency was complimented,” according to the release.
Members of U.S.D. 1812 in attendance also included Judy Coleman, Sandra Poore, Frankie Ochsner, Sheila Beatty, Mary Ellen Laursen, Lucy Allen, Sharon Wyatt, DeeLois Lawrence and MarJo Dill and GSW 1812 members John Tatum and Eugene Smith.