Minden Sesquicentennial History 1836 to 1986
Compliments of Ann Mays Harlan
Minden, Louisiana 1836 to 1986 page 19
According to John Agan, the official Webster Parish Historian, there was no Wiley Peevey - See his history under Memories in reference to the Confederate Soldier.
John Agan, well known Webster Parish historian wrote there are at least three misconceptions about the statue of the Confederate soldier that stands in Confederate Park. The first originated in a newspaper account that contained incorrect information. That article stated that the statue was modeled after a "Mr. Wiley Pevy," the first Webster Parish soldier to die in World War I. In fact, there was no "Wiley Pevy." The local American post is named the Wiley-Pevy Post after William Wiley and Andrew Jackson Pevy, two Webster Parish men who were among the first casualties of World War I. Their pictures hang in the Legion hall here in Minden. Another misconception is that the statue was dedicated to their memory. The statue was commissioned by the United Daughters of the Confederacy of Minden and was dedicated on Lee-Jackson Day in January 1933. It was to honor the Confederate soldiers and was unveiled by Alberta Glass, Minden's last surviving Confederate veteran.
Webster Parish Centennial
1871 - Webster - 1971
By the Police Jury
Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan