Sunday, August 2, 2015

Support SB12 - Alabama State Monument Protection Bill

Write and call your state representatives and show your support on August 3rd when the state legislature reconvenes.

To create the Alabama Heritage Protection Act of
2015; to prohibit the relocation, removal, alteration,
renaming, rededication, or other disturbance of any statue,
monument, memorial, nameplate, or plaque located on public
property that has been erected for, or named, or dedicated in
honor of certain historical military, civil rights, and Native
American events, figures, and organizations; to prohibit any
person from preventing the governmental entity responsible for
maintaining the items, structures, or areas from taking proper
measures to protect, preserve, care for, repair, or restore
the items, structures, or areas; to authorize the Alabama
Historical Commission to grant waivers; and to exempt the
Department of Transportation under certain limited
circumstances.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA:
Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited
as the Alabama Heritage Protection Act of 2015.
Section 2. (a) No statue, monument, memorial,
nameplate, or plaque which is located on public property and
has been erected for, or named, or dedicated in honor of the
French and Indian War, American Revolution, War of 1812,
United States-Mexican War, the War Between the States, Spanish
American War, the Mexican border period, World War I, World
War II, the Korean conflict, the Vietnam War, Operation Urgent
Fury (Grenada), Operation El Dorado Canyon (Libya), Operation
Just Cause (Panama), Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm
(Persian Gulf War I), Operation Enduring Freedom
(Afghanistan), and Operation Iraqi Freedom (Persian Gulf War
II) may be relocated, removed, altered, renamed, rededicated,
or otherwise disturbed.
(b) No statue, monument, memorial, nameplate,
plaque, school, street, bridge, building, park, preserve, or
reserve which is located on public property and has been
erected for, or named, or dedicated in honor of any historical
military figure, historical military event, military
organization, or military unit may be renamed or rededicated.
(c) No statue, monument, memorial, nameplate,
plaque, school, street, bridge, building, park, preserve, or
reserve which is located on public property and has been
erected for, or named, or dedicated in honor of the Civil
Rights Movement or any historical civil rights figure,
historical civil rights event, or civil rights organization
may be renamed or rededicated.
(d) No statue, monument, memorial, nameplate,
plaque, school, street, bridge, building, park, preserve, or
reserve which is located on public property and has been
erected for, or named, or dedicated in honor of Native
Americans or American Indians or any historical Native
American or American Indian figure, historical Native American
or American Indian rights event, or Native American or
American Indian organization may be renamed or rededicated.
Section 3. No person may prevent the governmental
entity having responsibility for maintaining any of the items,
structures, or areas described in Section 2 from taking proper
and appropriate measures, and exercising proper and
appropriate means, for the protection, preservation, care,
repair, or restoration of those items, structures, or areas.
Section 4. (a) For the purposes of this act, public
property means all property owned or leased by the State of
Alabama, any county, municipality, metropolitan government, or
any other entity that is created by act of the Legislature to
perform any public function.
(b) Any entity exercising control of public property
on which an item, structure, or area described in Section 2 is
located may petition the Alabama Historical Commission for a
waiver from this act. A petition for waiver shall be in
writing and shall state the reason, or reasons, upon which the
waiver is sought. At any regularly scheduled meeting of the
commission, the commission may grant a petition for waiver by
a majority vote of those present and voting. The commission
may include reasonable conditions and instructions to ensure
that any items, structures, or areas are preserved to the
greatest extent possible.
Section 5. (a) This act shall apply to items,
structures, or areas described in Section 2 in existence
before January 1, 1970, and those lawfully erected, named, or
dedicated on or after January 1, 1970.
(b) This act does not apply to items, structures, or
areas described in Section 2 that are located on public
property under the control of, or acquired by, the Department
of Transportation which may interfere with the construction,
maintenance, or operation of the public transportation system.
The department shall strive to ensure that any such items,
structures, or areas are preserved to the greatest extent
possible.
Section 6. This act shall become effective
immediately following its passage and approval by the
Governor, or its otherwise becoming law.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Indian Hill Cemetery Workday

Dragoons attacked Indian Hill Cemetery on Saturday July 18th to maintain the progress made in the past year to clean up the historic site which culminated in the April rededication service.  Danny Smyth assisted earlier in the week spraying undergrowth along the fence line and mowing the grassy area as the entrance.  Saturday morning proved to be a blisteringly hot Alabama summer day but those who participated were able to complete the tasks including spraying weeds and underbrush with herbicide, using weed eaters and swing blades to cut taller vegetation, mowing the portion of the cemetery which had been previously sprayed and, mounting the new Sons of Confederate Veterans Alabama Division Cemetery Guardian sign on the fence along side County Road 86.  Dragoons attending the workday included Commander Waldo, Adjutant Sutherland, Philip Edwards, Allen Herrod, Skip Ward, and Tom Crowley who helped burn some debris with a large stump and tend the fire.  In total the work cut the grass and removed the undergrowth from the trees to create a uniform appearance across the expanse of the cemetery and to hang the sign to provide information to passersby that Camp 1524 is maintaining the site ongoing as well as placing memorial Confederate Battle flags on Confederate veterans graves as part of the Guardian program.

Indian Hill cemetery was not the only site that Dragoons were active on Saturday. New member Cody Simon and his friend Katherine flagged the capitol Confederate monument and spoke with some visitors who happened by about why we do what we do.  A big Confederate salute to Cody for taking a stand for his Southern Heritage!
Philip and Wayne Hang the New Guardian Sign

Allen and Skip Mow the Cemetery
Cody and Katherine

Friday, July 31, 2015

Black Confederate Activist Dies in Car Wreck - Mississippi Highway Patrol Investigating Vehicle Forced Off Roadway; Funeral Plans and Family Expense Assistance

From The New American posted on July 24, 2015, http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/crime/item/21317-police-seek-others-involved-in-black-confederate-activists-death# .

The Mississippi Highway Patrol has witnesses who confirm that a silver car driving at a high speed swerved toward the SUV driven by Black Confederate activist Anthony Hervey, 49, causing his death this past Sunday as the SUV ran off the highway and rolled over multiple times.

Hervey died on U.S. Highway 278 in Lafayette County after returning to Mississippi from a pro-Confederate rally in Birmingham, Alabama. The Ford Explorer belonged to his passenger, Arlene Barnum of Stuart, Oklahoma, also a black Confederate activist, who was letting him take over the driving as they neared his home in Mississippi.

According to the wreck reconstruction by the MHP, the Explorer left the road at the crossover section of U.S. 279 and County Road 285, went into the median south of U.S. 278, reentered U.S. 278, crossed both westbound lanes and continued off the right shoulder of U.S. 278, before crashing into an embankment and concrete ditch and rolling over several times, ending upside down.

Hervey was pronounced dead at the scene, and Barnum was treated for cuts and a broken foot at Baptist Hospital in Oxford.

Witnesses to the crash, including Barnum, said a silver vehicle occupied by five black men was following the Explorer and swerved toward the SUV, but did not make contact. In her interview with The New American, Barnum said that she was in the passenger seat, checking Facebook on her phone, when she suddenly heard Hervey yell. She looked over to see what she described as a silver or gray car driving alongside them on the highway. The Explorer’s windows were not down, but she could see some "angry-looking black guys" yelling at Hervey. Although the windows of the silver car were down, she could not understand what they were saying.
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An official Anthony M. Hervey Funeral GoFundMe site has been established to assist with Hervey's funeral expenses - give generously. Funds are tax deductible through the SLRC. All funds not needed for funeral expenses will be given to Anthony's widow, Paula. 

A Confederate military funeral for Anthony will be held on Sunday August 2nd in Oxford MS. You won't want to miss this event. Bring Confederate Flags!  An Anthony M. Hervey Funeral Facebook site for support has been established www.slrc-csa.org

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Civil War Walking Tour of Old Cahawba

Civil War Walking Tour of Old Cahawba

Saturday, August 1
10 am – 11 am
Old Cahawba Archaeological Park, Orrville (near Selma)

In the waning days of the Civil War, flooding pushed the waters of the Cahaba and Alabama rivers over their banks and across the town of Cahawba leaving over three thousand Union army prisoners of war standing for days in knee deep river. Finally released from captivity, many made their way to Vicksburg and boarded the ill-fated riverboat Sultana only to perish on their way home in the worst maritime disaster in U.S. History.

This walking tour will visit Castle Morgan, the POW camp at Old Cahawba and explore the plight of these unfortunate soldiers as well as the hardships of the town’s confederate residents who suffered while their husbands, fathers and sons were off to war, many never to return.

Directions: From downtown Selma, take Highway 22 (Dallas Avenue) west 8.6 miles. Cross over the Cahaba River and turn left onto County Road 9 and follow this 3.3 miles until it dead ends. Turn left onto County Road 2 and follow this 1.5 miles until you see the Visitor Center on the right. Visitor Center Address: 9518 Cahaba Road, Orrville, AL 36767.

Fee: $8.00 per person

For more information contact Linda Derry at cahawba@bellsouth.net<mailto:cahawbam@bellsouth.net> or call the park at 334-872-8058.

Cahawba lies at the confluence of the Alabama and Cahaba Rivers, and from 1819 to 1826 it served as Alabama’s first capital. Today, the Alabama Historical Commission owns and operates this significant archaeological site.

The Alabama Historical Commission protects, preserves, and interprets Alabama’s historic places and is the State Historic Preservation Office.

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Jonathan Matthews
Old Cahawba Archaeological Park
Alabama Historical Commission

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Forrest's Birthday Party at Ft. Dixie in Selma

Another grand birthday party for Nathan Bedford Forrest was hosted by Butch and Pat Godwin at Ft. Dixie in Selma AL on Saturday July 11th, 2015.  A number of Prattville Dragoons attended including Tyrone Crowley (and his wife Carol), Jeff Jones (and hiss grandson Trey), 1st Lt. Harold Grooms, 2nd Lt. George Jenks (and wife Melissa), Billy Parker (and wife Judith), and past-Commander Wyatt Willis.  Everyone assembled under the tents and shade trees and enjoyed ice cold watermelon and the educational displays provided by Todd Kiscaden. The event kicked off at 3pm with a welcome from the Godwin's followed by an invocation by Rev. Robert Griffin from Clanton. Everyone then joined in the singing of Dixie which concluded with a magnificent cannon shot by Johnny Westerfield.  Bill Anthony read a new poem, "Keep it in Their Face" beseeching everyone to keep  proudly flying their Confederate flags.  Bill also conducted the auction later in the program which helped raise money to continue the wonderful renovation and enhancement efforts at Old Live Oak Cemetery and Confederate Circle in Selma.  Todd Kiscaden also presented "The Flags Over Slavery in English Speaking North America" to educate everyone as to the historical flags which presided over the institution. A solo off "The Bonnie Blue Flag" was sung by Kirby Crabtree followed by the Tallassee Armory Guards Camp 1921 Band which provided music throughout the afternoon.  Past-Alabama Division Commander presided as the Master of Ceremony and introduced AL Division Commander Gary Carlyle as the keynote speaker. Russ Hare performed "I'm a Good Ol' Rebel" and the program concluded with the blessing of the food by Johnny Westerfield.  The supper included delicious fresh fried catfish and sides prepared by many of the wives.  An immensely enjoyable event to celebrate the birth of the Wizard of the Saddle, one of the great Generals of the Confederacy and in the history of our country.
Line for Catfish Supper

The Crowd Enjoying the Program

Commander Gary Carlyle

Butch and Pat Godwin and past-Commander Simmons

Todd Kiscaden

Tallassee Armory Guards Camp 1921 Band

Best-dressed Confederate

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Prattville Dragoons Dixie Butt Fundraiser

It is time for the Dragoons' annual Dixie butt sale fund raiser for our Camp 1524. The butts will be cooked by Fat Man’s Bar B Q just as in the past. Price is the same as last year, $30 per butt. Each member is implored to buy one and sell (at least) one to help fund the camp treasury for the upcoming year to put our Confederate heritage in the public eye and donate to Confederate related causes. This past year we funded two electronic billboards in Prattville for Confederate Heritage month in April, Robert E. Lee birthday ads, furnished money to clean up and re-dedicate Indian Hill Cemetery and other projects. We also made contributions to the Confederate Circle project in Selma, First White House in Montgomery, SCV National Heritage Defense Fund and the Archives and History Confederate flag conservation program. Money well spent to further our heritage. 

Butt tickets were distributed at the camp meeting on Thursday July 9 but additional tickets are available. The contact person for the Dixie Butt drive this year is Adjutant Wayne Sutherland who can be contacted at wsutherland@charter.net.  Also, any other Dragoon can provide butt tickets. .

Butts will be distributed on Saturday August 15 from 7:00am - 9:00 am at Fat Man’s BBQ location next to the Marathon Station on the corner of Main and Memorial Dr. in Prattville. Donations to the camp can be made in lieu of buying or selling a butt; you can donate $10 per ticket or more. This Dixie Butt fundraiser is critical for the Dragoons to carry forth the Charge so we are implored to work together to make a strong push and get our sales completed and money turned in by the August 13  camp meeting and set a record for sales. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

From the Heart Pocket... Music and Letters of the Civil War

On Saturday evening, July 25th and Sunday afternoon July 26th, a play presented at the Tallassee High School auditorium will feature music and stories from the War Between the States and features at least one member of the Tallassee Armory Guards Sons of Confederate Veterans camp singing and acting. This will be an excellent evening of entertainment featuring songs and letters from those who lived in this pivotal historical period.. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.


Anyone that would like a ticket can contact Julie Bodenheimer by e-mail at RollTideJulie@gmail.com or Andy Bodenheimer  at ReNActor@gmail.com.