Riverview Cemetery

Cole County Confederate Soldiers Memorial

In 2009, the Sons of Confederate Veterans erected a memorial for twenty Confederate soldiers from Cole County whose bodies were not recovered during the Civil War. For example, Private James A. Stone was killed outside of Helena, Arkansas. Stone had moved to Jefferson City years before the Civil War with his two brothers. However, his brothers supported the Union, and Stone became estranged.

The blue flag with the white cross and red border was the Missouri Battle Flag, flown by Missouri Confederates. The Confederacy’s first official flag, the “Stars and Bars,” was so similar to the Union’s flag that it was hard to differentiate between the two on the battlefield. The Missouri Battle Flag was designed with this problem in mind; it was much easier to tell the solid blue flag apart from the red and white-striped one.

The memorials for the soldiers were designed in the style used for Confederate markers. Union markers had rounded tops, while Confederate ones were pointed. When armies made camp during the Civil War, they often did so outside of towns, where cemeteries were. As a result, soldiers probably sat on gravestones. Supposedly, Confederate soldiers asked for pointed markers so that “No damn Yankees” could sit on them.