ELIZABETH POLLARD (14 April 1836 - 1922):

Elizabeth, "Lizzie," Pollard was born in Tennesse and was the daughter of Jonathan Cooper (1809-1863) and Mary Ann Wilson Young (1811-1895).  Lizzie attended the first organizational meeting of the Southern Memorial Association and from that day forward was always an active member serving in the office of President several times as well as corresponding secretary.  She was the second President of the SMA, the first president being her mother-in-law, Mary Willis Pollard.  She was recalled to the office of President from time to time and served in this office longer than any other member besides Miss Sue Walker.  According to descriptions of women who knew Lizzie, she was described as having "good height and impressive looking."  Both she and her husband are buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Fayetteville.  Lizzie's husband was a son of Dr. Thomas and Mary Willis Pollard.  He was born in 1833 and died in 1899.  Lizzie's mother is buried near the Wilson and Walker Cemeteries with a gravestone  

One of Lizzie's brothers, James Washington Cooper, was an architect.  He taught school several years after the War Between the States.  He was a member of the "Howards" in 1878, an organization formed to fight the yellow fever.  Sam Cooper, one of the Confederate generals was a cousin.  James W. Cooper served in what eventually became the 15th Northwest Arkansas Infantry.  It was organized as the 3rd (McRae's) Battalion Arkansas Infantry, increased to a regiment and designated as the 21st Arkansas Infantry, and later redesignated as the 15th Northwest Arkansas Infantry.  James enlisted in Company G of this organization at Bentonville, Arkansas, on October 31, 1861; was elected third lieutenant on the same date and was promoted to second lieutenant.

In 1904 Mrs. Pollard wrote these words regarding the Confederate Cemetery:

These monuments we build will speak their message to generations.  These voiceless marbles in their majesty will stand as vindicators of the Confederate soldier.  They will lift from these brave men the opprobrium of rebel and stand them in line of patriots.  This is not alone a labor of love; it is a work of duty as well.  We are correcting history.