In Ellis County, we have at least 101 know Union Veterans. We have 8 known Confederate Veterans and 29 known veterans that we have yet to confirm which side they fought for. We have many more men who were possibly veterans considering the date of their birth.
Several of the Union Veterans have military headstones. Often the letters G. A. R. will be noted.
There may be one or two Confederate headstones in the county; however, most of these graves are rarely ever marked.
We know of only one "Iron Cross" UDC marker, (14" X 14"). In the records of the Arnett City Hall the following record was recorded:
Metal marker marking grave
Lot owner: Yelton
No fault is to be laid to anyone for this mistaken identity. Deaths are recorded appropriatley and over the years this marker somehow became an identity, which in fact it reportedly is. But not to a Mr. Vindice Yelton.
"Deo Vindice" is Latin for "God Conqured". It is the motto found on the Confederate Seal.
The marker was designed by the United Daughters of the Confederacy and made available to families of deceased soldiers. In this case our Veteran was Mr. Yelton. The Yelton family reports that a cowboy of unknown years is buried in the space in question. The cowboy was on a cattle drive near Arnett when he died, and Mr. Yelton donated the place to bury the man.
OKlahoma Historical Society
2100 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Oklhoma City, OK 73105
OKLAHOMA CONFREDERATE GRAVE REGISTRATION
SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS (SCV)
COLONEL DANIEL N. MCINTOSH CAMP NUMBER 1378
P.O. BOX 35851
TULSA, IT, OKLAHOMA 74153-0851
"TO FOLLOW YOU I'M NOT CONTENT,
TILL I KNOW WHICH WAY YOU WENT!"
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