Saturday, December 10, 2016

Autauga County Cemetery Tour of November 19, 2016 - Part 3

Prattville Dragoons members Tyrone Crowley, Larry Spears, Bill Myrick and Bill Gill attended a tour of Autauga County historical cemeteries on November 19, 2016.   The following are photographs from the Marbury Cemetery.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Commander's Column for December 2016

If you are like me, you breathed a sigh of relief when the election cycle reached its culmination and a new course was perhaps set for the country.  Unfortunately, there have been militant reactions from both supporters and detractors of the administration-elect but I believe many feel the tide against our history and heritage may perhaps be alleviated given time and different leadership from the top down. I believe we are all hopeful that the misplaced and misguided political correctness which has led to attacks on our heritage including our symbols and monuments will be tempered or reversed. The Alabama Division Sons of Confederate Veterans has committed as an imperative the passage of the Monument Protection Bill so that blatant revisionist actions against our state’s historical vestiges honoring the heroes from all our state and country’s past conflicts will be respected and protected.  As might be expected though, some of the announced new federal executive administration appointments have already garnered vehement opposition.  While Alabamians were excited and proud that Senator Jeff Sessions will be appointed Attorney General, the announcement was met with slanderous accusations against this long service respected public servant.  Despite his defense of civil rights cases and vocal support for civil rights leaders in the state of Alabama he has been demonized as a career KKK racist for having been named after Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard and for having expressed admiration for the heroism and ideals embodied by the Americans who fought in the WBTS.  These hypocritical detractors are the same who stigmatized anyone who referred to the current President’s middle name of Hussein.  The mainstream media, despite being largely discredited during the past election cycle, continues a desperate attempt to marginalize traditional patriotic thought and values. I suppose I bristle at this dilemma as it exposes my certain un-electability with the apparent offense of my given and middle names.  (Wink.)

If there is a respite in the attacks against us for honoring our Southern and Confederate heritage, it can come none too soon but unfortunately it won’t come in time for the upcoming Prattville Christmas parade.  The Dragoons were asked to help the city present a face of unity to the community which entailed a request to forego our popular mini-Battle flag handouts along the parade route.  While some may see this as capitulating to a politically correct request, I believe Camp 1524 has made strides with community leaders in educating everyone as to our Charge and positive community mission and involvement and to further this, I believe agreeing to this request was prudent to maintain our commitment to be a positive influence and organization to our neighbors and to support the local police force.  I believe it is imperative for the camp to field an entry in this holiday event as we have in the past to make a statement that we still support and defend our heritage even in the face of a small minority of detractors and in that regard, our float will remain unchanged with the full display of historic flags.  A strong contingent of Dragoons will also be an important show of commitment to our Cause. The Christmas season is a wonderful time of the year to fraternize with compatriots at all the numerous holiday events.  We look forward to enjoyable festivities at the Christmas parades and the Christmas Social at Buena Vista.  The float preparation, walking the parade route with the Christmas lights shining and greeting everyone with holiday cheer and candy canes is always a great start to the December holiday season. The annual Christmas Social at the beautiful historic Buena Vista mansion offers another opportunity to enjoy a program with Christmas dinner, General Lee eggnog and Christmas carols sung together and played on the grand piano with friends from our camp and around the Division. It is a refreshing affirmation when we still can enjoy a fraternity of like-minded individuals such as the Prattville Dragoons.  Thank God for Sweet Home Alabama. Thank God for our country. Actively pray for our elected leaders, that they will have inspired wisdom and fortitude. Thank God for the Sons of Confederate Veterans, our families, friends and neighbors.  I hope you and yours enjoy a very Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and a wonderful holiday season.  

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Upcoming Events for Confederate Compatriots

1.) Dragoons Christmas Social - December 9th at Buena Vista including program and dinner. See last page for sign-up.
2.) Announcing the 2017 Alabama Division Education Conference 25 March 2017 in Prattville! This will be similar to the first annual Education Conference held here last year. This is a state wide event and the public, especially educators, is invited. Last year’s event was very successful and well attended. The keynote speaker for this event will be none other than the great Dr. Thomas DiLorenzo, author of The Real Lincoln. His talk will be on "Why Lincoln was Hated and Reviled by Americans North and South During His Lifetime.” Returning will also be Brion McClanahan, an expert on the Constitution and writes for the Abbeville Institute.
3.) Autauga County Cemetery Tour – December 10: Tour group will meet at Probate Office in Prattville at 8:00 am. The first stop of the tour will be at Ashbury Cemetery (Old Autaugaville), then it will travel to Ivy Creek, Hall Family Cemetery, Old Harmony, and maybe the Roy Family. The Carter-Golson Cemetery may be added as our last stop.
4.) Alabama Division trip to the Naval Museum in Columbus, Georgia on January 7th 2017 - The museum opens at 10 am Eastern Standard time. The Division will pay $1 towards the admission price. Adults $7.50, Seniors/military $6.50, $6 for students and children under 6 are free. Shannon Fontaine will be our tour guide. 
5.) Prattville Christmas Parade – December 2 – City of Prattville Christmas parade, starts at 7:00 PM
6.) Vida Christmas Parade – December 17 – City of Vida Christmas parade
7.) SCV Executive Committee Meeting – February 18, 2017 - Dalraida Methodist Church in Montgomery. The meeting will start at 9:30 am. We are also asking each camps Adjutant and Chaplain to attend the meeting.
8.) 2017 Division Reuninon – June 9th and 10th in Cullman. There will be more information coming.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Prattville Dragoons Chaplains Column for November 2016

Chaplain’s Column: The Ultimate Giver
Scripture: Romans 11:33-36

Amid all the preparations, decorations, and celebrations of the Christmas season, we need to set aside some quiet time to reflect upon the divine gifts that forever changed the course of human destiny. When that tiny baby entered our world in Bethlehem, the first of a never-ending stream of blessings was unleashed from heaven.

We generally focus on the Father’s gift: He gave His Son to be the Savior of the world (1 John 4:14). But all three members of the Trinity have a part in this divine display of generosity, which continues into eternity. Jesus came to offer His life as a ransom for many, and after His death and resurrection, He and the Father sent the Holy Spirit to live inside believers forever (Mark 10:45; John 14:16; 16:7). The Spirit in turn gives spiritual gifts to all believers and produces His marvelous fruit in their lives (1 Cor. 12:7-11; Gal. 5:22-23).

The divine presents don’t end on earth. They continue in heaven when the Lord judges Christians and grants them rewards for good works that they could never have accomplished apart from His strength (1 Cor. 3:13-14; John 15:5). All the credit and glory belong to Him, and yet He graciously showers praise on His followers (1 Cor. 4:5).

We serve a caring, generous God. Think about the nonstop outpouring of blessings from His throne, and ask, “How will I respond today?” He needs nothing from you, but He wants every part of you—not to ruthlessly control but to show you the "surpassing riches of His grace in kindness" (Eph. 2:4-7).

I am wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and please remember those on our prayer list.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Autauga County Cemetery Tour

Confederate Compatriots,

If you are interested in the early inhabitants of the Autauga county area you will enjoy this cemetery tour hosted by expert local historian Larry Caver. 


Cemetery tour of Western Autauga County, Dec. 3, 2016; tour group will meet at Probate Office in Prattville at 8:00 am. Tour will begin at Ashbury Cemetery (Old Autaugaville), then will travel to Ivy Creek, Hall Family Cemetery, Old Harmony, and time permitting the Roy Family cemetery. The Carter- Golson cemetery may be added as a last stop.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Confederate General Patrick Cleburne

Franklin, Bloody Franklin...
At 4PM on November 30th 1864, twenty thousand Confederates under the command of General John Bell Hood charged two miles of open field against heavily entrenched federals in Franklin Tennessee. In five hours of fighting the south lost six Confederate Generals. Patrick Cleburne, John Carter, John Adams, Hiram Granbury, States Rights Gist, and Otho Strahl were all killed leading their men in the assault on the Union breastworks at Franklin.
Adams was found upright in his saddle, riddled with bullets, with his horse’s legs on either side of the works. Cleburne vanished in a cloud of gun smoke and was found with a bullet in his heart. In comparison, five Confederate generals were killed at Gettysburg, three were killed at Sharpsburg, three at Chickamauga, and two at Spotsylvania. No other engagement of the war saw as much devastation in the Confederate general officer corps as did the Battle of Franklin. 
As a side note, General Cleburne was found in his socks, and some conclude that his boots were stolen. However, there is a story among Southerners told from one who witnessed it, that he gave his boots to one of his troops who needed them before the battle. Regardless, his loss was devastating to the South. We end with a fitting quote of the General's which is still as valid as when he uttered it:
"I am with the South in life or death, in victory or defeat. I believe the North is about to wage a brutal and unholy war on a people who have done them no wrong, in violation of the Constitution and the fundamental principles of government. They no longer acknowledge that all government derives its validity from the consent of the governed. They are about to invade our peaceful homes, destroy our property, and murder our men and dishonor our women. We propose no invasion of the North, no attack on them, and only ask to be left alone."

Southern Historical Society

Autauga County Cemetery Tour of November 19, 2016 - Part 2

Prattville Dragoons compatriots Tyrone Crowley, Larry Spears, Bill Myrick and Bill Gill attended a tour of Autauga County cemeteries on November 19, 2016. The following are photographs from the Pine Flat Cemetery: