LEFLET (VETERAN CSA), WILLIAM R - Baxter County, Arkansas | WILLIAM R LEFLET (VETERAN CSA) - Arkansas Gravestone Photos

William R LEFLET (VETERAN CSA)

Fairview Cemetery
Baxter County,
Arkansas

FIRST LIEUTENANT CSA
Company A 1 Northeast Missouri Cavalry
Civil War Confederate
April 30, 1842-June 15, 1915

Excerpts from a very long obituary that appeared in the June 24, 1915, issue of The Cotter Courier, Cotter, Arkansas:

Major Leflet Dies
Grand Old Man and Honored Citizen
Mourned by All

Resulting from an accident in Toledo, Ohio, more than a year ago, when Major Wm. R. Leflet, who was there on a visit, fell on the street car track and broke his leg, death came last Saturday to relieve the suffereing of this grand, good man and prominent citizen of our county.

The funeral service, conducted Monday afternoon at Fairview church by Rev. John McKelvy...

Wm. R. Leflet was born April 30, 1842 in Marion County, Mo. He enlisted in the Confederate army at the age of 19 and fought with distinction until mustered out at the close of the war.

He was twice promoted for bravery in action by General Kirby Smith under whom he served first as Lieutenant and later as Captain.

He engaged in the newspaper work after peace was declared, working on papers in Hannibal and St. Louis, Mo. He was a candidate for Secretary of State on the first Republican ticket ever nominated in Missouri and stumped the state with Carl Schurz during several campaigns in the interest of the Republican parth.

He went with Stillson Hudchins to Washington, D.C., and helped get out the first issue of the Washington Post, on which paper he served as managing editor for some time. During his connection with the Post he acted as Washington correspondent for the St. Louis Globe Democrat.

In recognition of his services for the Republican party he was given a prominent place in the patent office under President Garfield. About this time he assumed the editorial management of the Toledo, Ohio Commerical, later he founded the Railroader at Toledo. Shortly after this he retired from newspaper work.

He was a warm personal friend of the late Eugene Field, Joseph Pulitzer, Carl Schurz and other prominent men in public life.

He came to Arkansas in 1909, locating near Buford. A widow and four children survive him, a son and a daughter having died a few years since.

The children who survive are Mrs. Fred Willard, of Toledo, Ohio, and Herbert, Herma and Virginia, who live near Buford with their mother.

One sister, Mrs. Rebecca Pulliam of La Grange, Mo, also survives him.

(The monument was securred by the J. O. Shelby Camp # 1414 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Harrison, Arkansas, and placed in the cemetery, Memorial Day, 2009. Gordon Hale with the Camp supplied the photo.)

Contributed on 5/27/09 by maxparnell
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Record #: 199079

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Submitted: 5/27/09 • Approved: 2/7/11 • Last Updated: 8/9/13 • R199079-G0-S3

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