Thursday, August 25, 2016

Frank and Jesse James

A contribution from Prattville Dragoons long time member Charlie Graham:

On August 21 in 1883 Frank James, brother of Jessie James, went on trial in Gallatin, Missouri, for two decades of bank and railroad robberies compounded by collateral damage along the way. The James family were steadfast Confederates and the boys were guerilla fighters in the War. The James' were renown for their Robin Hood style criminality and helping the poor.

During the War in 1863 Abraham Lincoln, Generals Sherman and Gran
t came to the conclusion that to conquer the South they had to defeat the military and just as importantly kill and decimate the Southern civilization which meant to exterminate all things Southern.
They pulled up every railroad tie in the South. They burned all residential and industrial in their paths. They stopped making prisoner exchanges and went to great measures to starve prisoners and/or let them die of disease. They burned and or stole all crops and cattle so that Southern civilians would starve if they didn't kill them first.
In 1883 the atrocities of the War and the perils inflicted by Lincoln and his generals upon the Southerners were still vivid in the minds of those who survived.

Frank James turned himself in in 1882 in hopes of avoiding being shot in the back like his brother, Jessie, shortly before.
He was tried twice in Missouri and once in Alabama. The prosecutors could not find a jury that would convict him. He was a Southern hero in their minds for stealing back what was stolen from them by the carpetbaggers and scalawags plus their liberty and freedom.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Dixie Butt Fundraiser

Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 1524 Prattville Dragoons successfully completed their Dixie butt fundraiser with the butt distribution on Saturday 13 August at Herrod’s Chevron station in Prattville. Dragoons including Commander Waldo, 1st Lt Grooms, 2nd Lt Genks, Adjutant Sutherland, Treasurer Leverette, Chaplain Snowden, Color Sgt Morgan, Comms Officer Larry Spears and his father James as well as Ryan King and Bill Gill came and helped with the bagging of the butts picked up from Smokin S and the distribution to all the many folks who dropped by and visited awhile picking up their butts. Many thanks to all the camp members and friends who made this day possible and so successful and for selling so many tickets. The cam officers were all extremely grateful for the team work and dedication to raising money for the camp treasury so we can promote Confederate Heritage. These funds help with camp initiatives including donations to the Alabama Archives and historical preservation efforts, the purchase of flags for placing at cemeteries,School presentations and awards, and camp stores for Confederate items to share at community events including festivals and parades.  

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Prattville Dragoons August Camp Meeting

An exceptional meeting of the Prattville Dragoons was held on 11 August with a near capacity crowd for the meeting room at Shoney’s with over 35 in attendance.  Chaplain Snowden opened the meeting with an Invocation and Commander Waldo recited the SCV Charge.  Two new members were sworn in which is always the highlight of these meetings,   James DeVaughn and Jerry Clay Lyle were welcomed into the camp and received their certificates and lapel pins. Paperwork was also received to reinstate Compatriot Greg Swanner to the SCV and enroll his son, 

Following the welcome to everyone and the swearing in, the Commander Waldo gave a report on the conclusion of the camp fundraiser which was very successful. We sold 160 tickets for Dixie butts and received many donations for our camp treasury. Smokin S provided the butts and feedback from customers was very positive as to the quality and taste of the smoked butts. Dragoon Color Sergeant and Newsletter Editor Edward Morgan was recognized as the top seller of Dixie butt tickets with 28! Edward. 2nd Lt. Commander George Jenks received funds from the ticket sales and recorded all transactions in detail (enabling the easy, smooth distribution of butts on Saturday). 

Dragoon Historian Sam Reid shared a program with a surprise twist. A 25 question multiple choice test was distributed to those assembled to determine how well versed everyone was on the facts of slavery, the causes of The War for Southern Independence and other details of that time period. The correct answers for each question were then provided and Sam elaborated on the answers. A unique and challenging learning experience serving as an opportunity for study and learning historical details. The program was brought to a close by the Commander and a Benediction by Chaplain Snowden.
Sam Reid with His Wife and Friend

Chaplain Snowden Swearing in New Members

Commander Waldo with Edward Morgan

Camp Members Taking the History Quiz

Greg and Tate

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

National Sons of Confederate Veterans Proclaims Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

National HQ Commander In Chief Tom Strain has designated Thursday, August 18 as Law Enforcement Appreciation Day for the entire Confederation. Please read the General Order below.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Charleston Confederate Sights - Marion Square, College of Charleston and Surrounding Neighborhoods

Immediately south of and adjacent to the Embassy Suites which was the original site and structure of The Citadel military academy is Marion Square.  This expansive grassy park has an impressive monument for South Carolina and Southern statesman John C. Calhoun.  On one side of the monument is a plaque which tells the story of the construction of the monument which was funded by the Ladies Calhoun Monument Association. Soon after his death in 1860, during the War for Southern Independence for which Calhoun had laid the the groundwork as a leader of the Southern states, the Treasurer of the Association had to keep the funds on her person to avoid their confiscation during "the memorable night of the destruction of Columbia SC by Sherman".  On another side of the square is an obelisk monument to General Wade Hampton, a great Carolina Confederate General who is the namesake of many places in the states of South and North Carolina particularly in the Greenville upstate area. A block farther south of Marion Square is the beautiful historic College of Charleston with its moss draped oak lined cobblestone streets.  To the east of the Embassy Suites is the Charleston Museum; at the entrance to the museum is a full scale model of the Confederate submarine Hunley. This model was constructed from engineering drawings of the submarine before the actual Hunley was found and raised from the floor of Charleston harbor.  In the neighborhood around the museum are a number of beautiful antebellum homes including the Rhett-Aiken house which dates from the 1820s.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Charleston Confederate Sights - The Citadel and Second Presbyterian Church

Had the opportunity to do some quick sightseeing during a recent business trip to Charleston SC.  The conference was held at the Embassy Suites in the Historic District at 337 Meeting Street.  This hotel sits on an historical site of great significance in the 18th and 19th centuries in Charleston.  Around 1758 a fortification serving as the city gate was constructed here and in 1822 the State of South Carolina built a two story arsenal to oversee the burgeoning tobacco trade from the Post of Charleston.   In 1842, the state legislature established the South Carolina Military Academy here and due to the architectural style resembling a citadel with bastions on the four corners, it became known as The Citadel.  The Citadel moved to its current location in 1922.  The Embassy Suites renovated the structure preserving the architectural elements including the interior arches.  There are original brick walls and even some gate hardware visible throughout the building. It was Citadel cadets here who fired the shots on Ft. Sumter as ships attempted to resupply the Federal troops there provoking the War of Noorthern Aggression.   Immediately across Meeting Street from the Embassy Suites is the Second Presbyterian Church which was established in the first half of the 18th century around which sits an extensive cemetery.  One grave in particular noted had a Confederate Iron Cross in the sunken grave and upon the headstone was the brief story of John Taverner, an immigrant from England who "volunteered in the cause of liberty, killed in Secessionville June 16th 1862 while in the Army of the Confederate States".

Monday, August 8, 2016

Upcoming Events for Confederate Compatriots

The following events are highlighted by the Prattville Dragoons, Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 1524:
Flagging of the Confederate Monument at the Alabama State Capitol – ongoing afternoons
Prattville Dragoons Camp Meeting - Thursday August 11th, 7pm, Shoneys on Cobb's Ford Rd, Prattville AL
Dixie Butt Fundraiser Butt Distribution – Saturday August 13th, 8-10am, Herrod's Chevron at the corner of Wetiumpka St and Memorial Dr in Prattville
SCV Alabama Division Executive Committee Quarterly Meeting  – Saturday August 13th, 10am, Confederate Memorial Park, Marbry, AL
Indian Hill Cemetery Cleanup Day – Saturday August TBD
Prattville Dragoons Fall Muster – Saturday September TBD