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Steadman, Lon



Lon Steadman was born at Raleigh, N. C., on May 15, 1838, and died at Paragould, Ark., on June 14, 1922.With his father's family, young Steadman removed to Arkansas and located at Jacksonport in 1861, and there he joined Capt. A. C. Pickett's Company G, 1st Arkansas Infantry, on May 5, and with this company fought to the end of the war.

He was a brave and true soldier and through all the hardships and trials he was always at his post; on the march or the fighting line, he was always ready. I have marched by his side into battle and with him been on the long, weary marches, and I know of his four years of faithful service. At the first reunion of the company that went out from Jacksonport in 1861 there were only twenty-seven left so far as we could locate. A handsome monument now stands at Newport in honor of the Confederate dead of Jackson County, Ark. Our company took part in the following battles: First Manassas, the blockade of the Potomac River at Evansport, Va., Shiloh Farmington, Corinth, Perryville, Munfordville, Ky., Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Ringgofd tap, the seventy-four days from Dalton to Atlanta, also Peachtree Creek, Jonesboro, Ga., Spring Hill, Franklin, Nashville, and Bentonville, N. C. In 1866 Lon Steadman was married to Miss Alice Granada, and to them were born four sons and two daughters. His wife died four years ago, and he had made his home with his son at Paragould, where he was esteemed as a citizen of sterling worth, his life a benediction to all with whom he came in contact.

As a comrade of his soldier life, I can testify to his faithfulness and devotion as a comrade and close friend, and Ms passing is to me a great sorrow.
[W. E. Bevens.]

Confederate Veteran, Aug 1922

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