Monday, December 11, 2017

SCV Camp 1524 Prattville Dragoons Ring the Christmas Bells for Salvation Army Kettle

On a chilly but sunny Saturday morning, December 9th representatives of the Prattville Dragoons Camp 1524 rang the bell and collected donations for the Salvation Army at the Prattville downtown Winn Dixie. Many thanks to 2nd Lt. Commander Karl Wade for organizing this event and coordinating the volunteers, etc. The community service project began at 9:00 AM and stopped  the collections at 3:00 so everyone could have enough time to prepare for the camp's Christmas social that evening.  There was excellent interaction with the public and camp members received many comments of appreciation for what we were doing. 

Participants pictured below are Bill Branch and Wayne Sutherland; Bill Branch, Conner Lee, Bill Gill and Don Owens; Larry Spears, Don Drasheff and Harold Grooms. Not pictured is Louis Turner.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

SCV Camp 1524 Commanders Column for December 2017 - Victories, Accomplishments, and a Merry Christmas

Commander's Column: Celebrate the Season and Victories Advancing the Charge

I wanted to take a break from lamenting the continuous attacks on our Southern heritage and historical commemorative vestiges to reflect on the season and the passing year.  This holiday season should be a time for renewed hope and faith both in reflection in celebration of the birth of Jesus as well as in looking forward to the coming year for the affirmation of the Cause and the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The new National Confederate Museum at Historic Elm Springs is scheduled for a grand opening on July 18th, 2018.  A heartfelt congratulations should be made to the members of Camp 1524 for giving toward the challenge goal of $1000 as a contribution to the museum’s construction.  If you haven’t seen it, check out for updates on the progress there at Elm Springs.  It was with sadness we witnessed the renaming of Confederate Hall at Vanderbilt but subsequently, the UDC donated the inscribed stones from the buildings pediment to the museum for permanent display.  It is this historical revisionist mentality and a bias against Southern heritage that the museum is meant to counter.  That is the Charge to the Sons of Confederate Veterans, to ensure the true history of the south and our ancestors heroic fight for libertarian ideals and principles of sovereignty is preserved for future generations. In May the Alabama State legislature passed SB-60 and Governor Kay Ivey signed into law the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act "to prohibit the relocation, removal, alteration, renaming, or other disturbance of any architecturally significant building, memorial building, memorial street or monument located on public property which has been in placed for 40 or more years".  The SCV and many members of Camp 1524 worked tirelessly contacting their state legislators and petitioning to get this important legislation enacted.  Prattville Dragoons should be justifiably proud of answering and advancing the Charge. 

I was asked by Brigade Commander Godwin to enumerate the camp’s activities over the last few months and I decided I would like to continue that list for the membership here to include all activities over the past year to illustrate the amazing work your camp has accomplished. In addition to monthly camp meetings, multiple clean-up days at Indian Springs and Robinson Springs and Doster Cemeteries.   Our Dixie Butt annual fundraiser. Exemplary member attendance/participation at the Division SCV Unknown Soldier Monument Dedication in Luverne, Division Field trip to the Columbus GA Civil War Naval Museum, the Division reunion in Cullman (where Conner Lee received the Wheeler scholarship), the Division SCV Education Conference, the I-22 Flag Raising, and the Division Robert E. Lee Day observance at the State Archives.  Another enjoyable Fall Muster Clay Shoot and BBQ in addition to the spring picnic at Confederate Memorial Park where flags were set (in addition to flags at Oak Hill Cemetery in Prattville, Mount Zion Cemetery just above Deatsville, Ross Cemetery on Ross Rd. in Deatsville and Robinson Springs Cemetery in Prattville as part of Confederate History and Heritage month).  Billboard ad campaigns also for that observance as well as for Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, Robert E. Lee Day, and Christmas.   Dragoons participated in local community events including an Autauga County Cemetery Tour and Tyrone Crowley’s portrayal of Daniel Pratt for the city’s Founder’s Day.   Many Dragoons attended the 18th Annual Forrest Birthday Celebration at Ft. Dixie.  A number of our camp’s veterans represented the Dragoons and the SCV at the Memorial Day Remembrance Service for the Fallen at Montgomery’s Trinity Methodist Church.  Our popular Prattville Cityfest booth.  A living history presentation to students in two classes at Alabama Christian School.  JROTC H.L. Hunley Awards at Prattville High School and (Millbrook) Stanhope Elmore High School.  Hosting a Confederate Memorial Day program with pastor John Weaver speaking in addition to attendance at other events in Montgomery.  Independence Day, Mardi Gras and Christmas parade entries where we are greeted heartily.  Thanksgiving canned food drive for the Autauga Interfaith Care Center and manning a Salvation Army red kettle to ring in the Christmas season.   Our wonderful Christmas Social at historic Buena Vista. Outstanding.

Despite the tumultuous events of this year with continued heritage attacks there has been reason for celebration in our victories and our terrific advancement of the Charge.  We are blessed to know the truth of the Cause and to be able to share it and promote it in our community.  This Christmas season is a wonderful time of the year to fraternize with compatriots at numerous holiday events.  The Dragoons and their guests look forward to enjoyable festivities at the Prattville and Vida 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 cheers and candy (and new Confederate Christmas coins/ornaments) 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 goodness for Sweet Home Alabama.  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. 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Prattville Dragoons Chaplain's Column for December 2017 - Indifference to Christmas

Matthew 2:1-6
     Each year, there’s a predictable variety of responses to the celebrations and traditions of the Christmas season. Let’s examine one of several responses to Christmas. Although 2,000 years have passed since Christ was born, His birth still elicits similar attitudes.
     One common response is indifference. Even if they are filled with the holiday spirit and celebrate Christmas with gifts, dinners, decorations, and parties, some people remain totally indifferent to Jesus. He doesn’t even cross their minds because they’ve lost sight of the reason for Christmas.
In the story of the magi’s search for the newborn King of the Jews, we see a surprising indifference on the part of the religious leaders. The entourage from the East caused quite a stir in Jerusalem. It wasn’t every day that impressive visitors arrived with such a shocking and exciting announcement. Yet when King Herod asked the scribes and chief priests where the Messiah was to be born, they simply told him the answer but made no attempt to go to Bethlehem themselves. Their lives were already filled with their religious duties, and they had no time or interest in anything that might disrupt their positions of prominence and authority.
     Sometimes it’s easy to let the activities and pressures of Christmas push Jesus out of our thoughts. After all the shopping is finished, the gifts are wrapped, and the food is prepared, we might rush off to a Christmas Eve service. But even then, we often feel distracted. Though it may take deliberate refocusing, this year let’s intentionally make Jesus the priority of Christmas.
     It has been a great Confederate year for me with many Confederate events that were planned. I love to be around our good, like minded Southern Dragoon members and friends. I pray that each of you have a blessed Christmas and a happy new year. 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Upcoming Events for Confederate Compatriots

From the Prattville Dragoons SCV Camp 1524 Dispatch newsletter:

Prattville Christmas Parade – Friday December 1st downtown Prattville at 7pm

Vida Christmas Parade – Saturday December 16th at 1pm at the Vida Community Center

Children of the Confederacy Christmas Program – Saturday December 2nd at the CMP chapel

Prattville Dragoons Christmas Social – Friday December 8th at Buena Vista at 6pm featuring Smokin S banquet

Prattville Dragoons Salvation Army Kettle Ringing – Saturday December 9th at Winn Dixie Prattville

AL Division Robert E. Lee Day Program – Saturday January 20th , 2018 at the Alabama State Archives

Army of TN Workshop -  Revival Building, 3030 washington St. Athens AL, Saturday February 24th, 2018

Brigade Confederate Flag Day -  TBD, March 3rd, 2018

AL Division Education Conference -  Prattville Doster Center, Saturday March 17th, 2018

Civil War Military & Civilian Life Living History - Confederate Memorial Park, Marbury AL,  April 27-28, 2018

Forrest Monument Dedication – Saturday May 5th, 2018 at Cedar Bluff AL 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Confederate Memorial Park by the Alabama Historical Commission

Confederate Memorial Park offers many features:
The museum offers exhibits on the life of an Alabama Confederate veteran from recruitment to old age, hundreds of artifacts from the Civil War and the Soldiers' Home, interactive media stations, and a Confederate reference library. The museum store carries books, posters, art reproductions, flags, and souvenirs related to the Confederacy and the Civil War.
Driving and walking tours include two cemeteries containing the graves of 298 veterans and 15 wives and widows, a guard house, officer barracks, commissary, a nature trail through an Alabama Treasure Forest that contains the original hand-dug spring and 86,000-gallon reservoir, and the Mountain Creek Post Office (circa 1900) and the Marbury Methodist Church (circa 1885), both of which were moved to the site.
The museum and library buildings, restrooms, picnic pavilions, and nature trail are accessible to individuals with physical disabilities. If you have questions or if you anticipate needing special assistance, please contact us at 205-755-1990 or
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Confederate Memorial Park is the site of Alabama's only Confederate Soldiers' Home. The site operated from 1902-1939 as a haven for disabled or indigent veterans of the Confederate army, their wives, and widows.
The majority of veterans served in Alabama outfits, while others moved to Alabama after the war. The last veteran died at the home in 1934. The facility closed in 1939 when the five remaining widows were moved to Montgomery for better care.
Blue Star Museum: Confederate Memorial Park proudly offers free admission to active duty military personnel and their families between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Come experience the site by visiting the graves of Confederate veterans who lived at the Soldiers' Home and whose stories are told in the Confederate Memorial Park Museum.
Confederate Memorial Park's pavilions, outdoor tables, and grills can be reserved for special events.
Contact the park at 205-755-1990 or
Confederate Memorial Park is located in Chilton County, east of I-65 off Hwy 31, 11 miles below Clanton. It is 9 miles south of Exit 205 and 13 miles north of Exit 186.
437 County Road 63, Marbury, Alabama 36051
$3Students, Seniors, Retired Military
$1Children 6-18 years (with parent)
FreeActive Military
Group rates availableFor more info call 205-755-1990
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Sunday, November 19, 2017

SCV Camp 1524 Prattville Dragoons Make Donation to Local Food Bank

Thursday November 16th, Commander Stuart Waldo and compatriot Karl Wade dropped off 333 pounds of food at the Autauga Interfaith Care Center in Prattville, the culmination of their annual food drive timed to coincide with the upcoming Thanksgiving holidays.  The Dragoons had been collecting food for the past few camp meetings and Karl was again the stalwart in this effort bringing in cases of canned vegetables.  Adjutant Wayne Sutherland was the focal point for donations by members and held the food in his garage until the day before it was delivered to Autauga Interfaith Care Center.  Stuart and Karl had just completed a meeting with the mayor and chief of police at the Prattville police department regarding the upcoming Christmas parade and announced there that the Dragoons were again making this donation.   The Care Center actually closed about 15 minutes prior to their arrival but thankfully there were still volunteers inside and the food was able to be delivered.  Prattville City Commisioner and Council President Pro Tempore Denise Brown is one of those volunteers and heads the Care Center.  She was very excited by the donation and said it would go a long way to restocking their shelves as deliveries for Thanksgiving had been made and left them bare.  Denise posed for a photo with Karl outside the Autauga Interfaith care Center.  The annual Thanksgiving canned food drive is one of the community service projects the Dragoons conduct as outreach to our Prattville neighbors. 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

SCV Camp 1524, Prattville Dragoons November Camp Meeting

The Dragoons held an enjoyable camp meeting on Thursday evening evening, November 9th at the Shoney's on Cobbs Ford Road in Prattville.  After Chaplain Snowden started the meeting with an Invocation, Commander Waldo read the SCV charge and then went into details on all the upcoming events and camp news.  With the holidays approaching there were a number of camp events of interest including our food bank dry goods donation, Christmas parades, the camp Christmas Social at Buena Vista, and the camp manning the Salvation Army kettle for ringing in the holidays. 

Bob Wieland, curator for the First White House of the Confederacy in Montgomery was the guest speaker presenting, "The First White House in a World Gone Crazy".  Bob described himself as a sojourning Yankee.  While still residing in NY, Bob was active in "Change New York" which was a Tea Party-like state government-centered movement but, he said that the Cuomos undid any good that the group attempted to accomplish.  Following a stint as a legislative aide in NY, Bob relocated to, as he described it, paradise in Hattiesburg Mississippi. But he soon realized that while the surrounding area was a paradise with a people and culture of the Old South, the University of Southern Miss campus was full of post-modernists with a faculty chock full of commies.  It was only thru an ingenious manipulation of the system that he was able to complete his dissertation without complying and conforming with the standard "Gay Saddle Makers of Serbia" academic line of thinking. 

Bob went on to say that the 30000 people a year visit the First White House. The First White House enjoys 4.5 out of 5 ratings from Tripadvisor and Yelp.  Many are foreigners from other countries who are enchanted with the "Gone with the Wind" idea of the antebellum South which is captured by the First White House.  He described a couple recent visitors including a little old lady from Australia who teared up while looking at the collection of artifacts.  Another recent visitor was a man from Cuba who asked for his picture to be taken kissing the Battle Flag as he wanted to remember the Cuban Confederate officers.  French visitors love Beauregard.  These contrast to the German visitors who as a general rule are more conformists who don't appreciate the Cause for which the Confederates fought against the Federalist oppression for liberty and independence. 

Today's national climate has Columbus, Washington, Andrew Jackson and Robert E. Lee being attacked as creeps.  Italian Americans honor Columbus as a great Italian mariner and missionary but enlightened liberal professors decry him as exploiting and enslaving Native Americans. Liberal professors have infiltrated and dominate university liberal arts, history and humanities departments and seek to brainwash and indoctrinate students who are forced to take courses in these disciplines as part of the required curriculum.  There is some nervousness at the First White House with the atatcks on heritage, the Battle flag and Confederate monuments across the country.  No vandalism has occurred and Bob remains hopeful that the First White House will remain a center of history, heritage and tourism in Montgomery for the state of Alabama and people from around the world.