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Monday, March 22, 2021

A fitting tribute, indeed

Bates County Museum Curator, Peggy Buhr
A group of over 40 persons assembled at Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler yesterday afternoon to pay honor to Sergeant Freeman Davis, Civil War Medal of Honor recipient. Davis was honored on March 30th, 1896 by the President of the United States, citing "This soldier, while his regiment was falling back, seeing the 2 color bearers shot down, under a severe fire and at imminent peril, recovered both flags and saved them from capture". Davis is the only Medal of Honor recipient buried in Bates County and is recognized for this bravery during the Battle of Mission Ridge, TN on November 25th, 1863.
Presentation of Flag

This act was again recognized in the ceremony opening remarks spearheaded by Kevin Miller, Senior Vice Commander Westport Camp #64, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. He was joined by other heritage societies including the Sons of the American Revolution, Daughters of the American Revolution, United States Daughters of 1812, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Also present were Butler Mayor Jim Henry who read a proclamation; the Bates County Historical Society; the Missouri National Guard; VFW Post 1935 of Adrian; the American Legion Post 67 of Rich Hill and Bugles Across America.

Wreaths placed at Davis's grave
There was the Presentation of Colors, a prayer, and the Pledge of Allegiance followed shortly thereafter by the reading of Davis's biography by Bates County Museum Curator Peggy Buhr. Other speakers included Don Arndt, Pamela Miller, Julie Thomas, Aubrey Portman and chaplain James Beckner.

During the proceedings, Peggy Buhr was presented a flag in honor of Davis, which will be proudly displayed in the Civil War exhibit at the Bates County Museum.