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Joel Henry Brazeal, Sergeant

Company A, Poe's Battalion

11th Arkansas Mounted Infantry, CSA

This page is dedicated to the memory of a Confederate Soldier and to tell his story based on the few documents that have survived to the present day,

Forget, Hell!

There is no other legend quite like the Confederate fighting man. He reached the end of his haunted road long ago. He fought for a star-crossed cause and in the end he was beaten, but as he carried his slashed red battle flag into the dusky twilight of the Lost Cause, he marched straight into a legend that will live as long as people care to remember anything about the past.

Joel Henry Brazeal was killed in Sept. 1864, while going home on leave from a Confederate camp near This is not an actual picture of Joel Henry, click photo for story.Princeton, Arkansas. He was captured and hanged, near the present day town of Sheridan, Arkansas, by a Yankee Patrol Company organized and lead by Captain Patterson Dodd. Before the war, Joel Henry Brazeal and Patterson Dodd were neighbors, living within 4 miles of each other.

It was told by Dodd's family, that after the war, Patterson Dodd lived out the rest of his life near the Providence Community, Grant County, Arkansas, suffering from paranoia. He believed just because you are paranoid doesn't mean there is not someone out there trying to getcha. He dug a tunnel from under his bed to a wooded area in back of his house and when he would hear someone approaching, he would sneak into the woods and hide. Now here is the most unusual part of the story, Patterson Dodd was great-grandfather to Frances Isabelle Walters Breazeal . Isabelle's husband, William Henry Breazeal, was the grandson of Joel Henry Brazeal, and her mother, Deliah Winchester Walters, was Patterson Dodd's granddaughter. Click on her name for the Dodd Genealogy Page.

Confederate Marker on 1864 grave

The Government started to issue these markers about 1922.

Joel Henrys Head Stone


Your tombstone stands among the rest.
Neglected and alone.
The name is wrong and there are no dates
On your Confederate marble stone.

It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I exist.
You died before I was born.

Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own.

Dear Grandpa, the place you filled
So many years ago,
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so.

I wonder if you lived and loved
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot
And come to visit you.

Joel Henry Brazeal lies in the grave under this marker, but the name on the stone is his grandson's, William Henry Breazeal. It is likely that both men were called Henry, so when the stone was installed, between 1935-38, it was said by someone, in the past, that they had the same name. Hence, Wm. H. Breazeal was placed on the marker. Now, it has come to light that another man, William (Wild Bill) M. Brazil joined Company B, 11th Arkansas Infantry in Benton, Arkansas, July, 1861 and this is the information that was placed on this marker. This new grave marker with his correct information has been received and will soon replace the older stone. The photo & story of the new stone is by Jim Lancaster, a valued friend.

Joel Henrys Head Stone

Some where between Joel Henry and William Henry, the Breazeal family gained the first 'e' in our name. Further proof is the April 1860 Jury List , for Saline County, Arkansas, had Joel Henry's name as Brazil, but as a Juror, he was listed as Brazeal. It can be assumed that he had corrected the court in the spelling of his name.

Joel Henrys signature

This is the signature of Joel Henry Brazeal, taken from a document dated Nov 8th, 1861 and so ends the quest to find how he spelled his name. Joel Henry died without a will and the Probate Court procedure wasn't completed until 1871.

Joel Henrys pocket knife

This knife was taken from the pocket of Joel Henry Brazeal, by his family, after he was hanged, September, 1864. It is in the possession of Kemp Nall, the County Judge of Grant County, Cousin Kemp have always gone that extra mile to help and he deserve our thanks and support. He lives at Sheridan, Arkansas.

Joel Henry Brazeal was an Alabama born son of the south and a product of the times. The believes of that era should not be seen as flaws of character for the men of that time were brave and honorable. You must remember this, the Confederate Battle Flag is the only flag to fly for Sgt. Joel H. Brazeal on any occasion, so, here it is for this one and long may it wave.

Navy Jack

Hurrah for Dixie!

We still love our old battle flag with the Southern Cross upon its fiery folds! We have wrapped it round our hearts! We have enshrined it in the sacred ark of our love; and we will honor it and cherish it evermore, not now as a political symbol, but as the consecrated emblem of a heroic epoch, as the sacred memento of a day that is dead, as the embodiment of memories that will be tender and holy as long as life shall last.

Most of the Confederate Soldiers were interested in protecting their families and property, or some other noble cause, so they joined up. Joel Henry had the 'Breazeal's Streak of Mean' in him and they let him kill Yankees! So he joined up.


These awards are posthumously awarded to Joel Henry Brazeal, who gallantly served the Army of the Confederate States of America. Since the Confederacy ceased to exist there is no nation presently surviving to recognize the Confederate soldier's heroic service in battle. It is up to us, the living descendants to remember their sacrifice, and to never forget our heritage.

Enfield Rifle


This POW Memorial Awarded to:

Pvt. Joel Henry Brazeal

of 11th Arkansas Infantry, Confederate Sates of America

Taken a Prisoner of War at Island No. 10, on the Mississippi River, near Tiptonville, TN, on April 8, 1862, imprisoned at Camp Douglas, Illinois, Escaped!

Enfield Rifle
CSA Red River Campaign Service Medal
With three Battle Crosses

Campaign Metal with 3 Southern Crosses
Awarded to Sergeant Joel Henry Brazeal,
Company A, Poe's Battalion, Arkansas Cavalry,
for actions against the enemy
from March 23, 1864 to May 3, 1864.

Enfield Rifle
Southern Cross of Honor

This Southern Cross of Honor is hereby bestowed upon

Joel Henry Brazeal, Sergeant

for service from 7 November, 1861 to late September, 1864
in the
Army of the Confederate States of America.

Enfield Rifle

"The CSA Purple Heart Award"
Cannon ∓mp;mp; Flag

Purple Heart


Issued to: Sgt. Joel Henry Brazeal,
Company A, Poe's Battalion,
11th Arkansas Mounted Infantry,
who was killed in the service of the
Confederate States of America
in late September, 1864 near the present day town of Sheridan, Arkansas.

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