Monday, January 16, 2017

Alabama Division Robert E. Lee Day Program

Mark your calendar for the Division Robert E. Lee Day on January 21, 2017 at the Archives and History auditorium in Montgomery. Music by the Camp 1921 String Band will begin at 9:15 am with the program to follow. The speaker will be the dynamic and enthusiastic Reverend John Killian. If you have never heard him speak you don’t want to miss this opportunity. If you have heard him, you know what to expect and will want to hear him again. 

After the program you can go to the Confederate monument at the capitol where weather permitting there will be a cannon salute; or you can tour the Confederate flag conservation room in the Archive building and see the banners many of our ancestors fought under. 

For more information on this or other upcoming Division events, go to

Friday, January 13, 2017

Prattville Dragoons SCV Camp 1524 News

1.) Compatriot Richard Leya of Summerville, South Carolina, has donated five gallons of Round Up to the Dragoons for our cemetery Community Service projects. Richard is a longtime supporter of the camp and also buys a Dixie butt during our annual fundraiser in addition to attending an occasional meeting with us when he is in our area. Richard follows us with our camp email updates and is on the distribution list for our monthly newsletter. He commends us for our community service work and wanted to help us by donating the Round Up.
2.) We will have our annual election of officers at our March 9 meeting as provided in our camp by-laws. All offices are open for members in good standing to declare their intention to run. We will also accept nominations from the floor at the March annual business meeting and elections. Before the annual business meeting, the Executive Committee will meet and recommend a slate of officers unless there are multiple candidates for office(s). In that case, a majority vote by secret ballot of all members in good standing who are present will determine the winner.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Alabama Secession Day

An Ordinance to dissolve the union between the State of Alabama and the other States united under the compact styled "The Constitution of the United States of America" 

Whereas, the election of Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin to the offices of president and vice-president of the United States of America, by a sectional party, avowedly hostile to the domestic institutions and to the peace and security of the people of the State of Alabama, preceded by many and dangerous infractions of the constitution of the United States by many of the States and people of the Northern section, is a political wrong of so insulting and menacing a character as to justify the people of the State of Alabama in the adoption of prompt and decided measures for their future peace and security, therefore: 

Be it declared and ordained by the people of the State of Alabama, in Convention assembled, That the State of Alabama now withdraws, and is hereby withdrawn from the Union known as "the United States of America," and henceforth ceases to be one of said United States, and is, and of right ought to be a Sovereign and Independent State. 

Sec 2. Be it further declared and ordained by the people of the State of Alabama in Convention assembled, That all powers over the Territory of said State, and over the people thereof, heretofore delegated to the Government of the United States of America, be and they are hereby withdrawn from said Government, and are hereby resumed and vested in the people of the State of Alabama. 

And as it is the desire and purpose of the people of Alabama to meet the slaveholding States of the South, who may approve such purpose, in order to frame a provisional as well as permanent Government upon the principles of the Constitution of the United States, 

Be it resolved by the people of Alabama in Convention assembled, That the people of the States of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Missouri, be and are hereby invited to meet the people of the State of Alabama, by their Delegates, in Convention, on the 4th day of February, A.D., 1861, at the city of Montgomery, in the State of Alabama, for the purpose of consulting with each other as to the most effectual mode of securing concerted and harmonious action in whatever measures may be deemed most desirable for our common peace and security. 

And be it further resolved, That the President of this Convention, be and is hereby instructed to transmit forthwith a copy of the foregoing Preamble, Ordinance, and Resolutions to the Governors of the several States named in said resolutions. 

Done by the people of the State of Alabama, in Convention assembled, at Montgomery, on this, the eleventh day of January, A.D. 1861. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Prattville Dragoons Chaplain's Column for January 2017

Chaplain’s Column: A New Year to Embrace Change
Scripture: Romans 11:33-36
In Hebrews 11:8 it says By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.
A lot of us need a change of pace this year; but what we're really having trouble with is the pace of change. All change -- even the good -- is hard. It involves:
1. Adjustment
2. Moving from the familiar to the unfamiliar
3. From the settled past into the unknown future
It has been said, "All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another."
We can embrace change by knowing we serve an unchanging God. At the beginning of this new year, we confess with Joshua: "We have never been this way before." But our faithful, changeless Lord will:
1. Show us the way to go
2. While Guiding us at every juncture
3. Bless us at every step
4. And provide goodness and mercy every day of our lives.
Camp Dispatch – Vol 16 No 1 Page 4
I believe "Prayer changes things." From an early age, I witnessed this powerful truth. I believe to stay in the Father’s will we must go to Him in prayer often.
Better than any other word I can think of, change describes our world. Vast, sweeping changes, especially in the last 150 years. Simply to survive requires adjusting, and to make any kind of significant dent calls for a willingness to shift in style and to modify methods. I have herd some say, "These are signs predicting Christ’s soon return." Quite possibly. But what about until then? What is essential? We’re back where we started, aren’t we? Being adaptable, willing to shift and change.
Just about Everyone is in favor of progress but it's change they don't like. I would have never believed that we would be ringing bells for the salvation army or collecting food for the poor. Our good works speak loudly for the Dragoons. People who once had a different opinion about us are now seeing us in a different light.
Let's not dig in our heels and cling only to the past. Heed the words God gave to Joshua: "Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you ....In the book of (Joshua 3:5,7) it says “As I was with Moses, so I will be with you".
More than anything else, I’m convinced, the thing that attracted people to Jesus was His fresh, authentic, original style in a world of tired phrases, rigid rules, and empty religion. Remember the report made to the Pharisees? "Nobody ever spoke like this man." He was in step with the times without ever stepping out of the Father’s will.
Let’s pray for the SCV and the Dragoons for this new year. Additionally, we need to pray for all those on our prayer list.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Prattville Dragoon's Commander's Column for January 2017

Following up on his controversial condemnation of the Confederate Battle Flag, “During the presidential race, Russell Moore, the public face of the Southern Baptist denomination, emerged as one of the most persistent and high-profile conservative critics of Donald Trump.  He denounced the Republican candidate’s stance on immigration and his moral character, and sharply questioned many of the evangelical Christians who supported him.”  (Wall Street Journal) Moore said Trump “stirs up racial animosity”.  Moore was previously  quoted as saying, “The cross and the Confederate flag cannot co-exist without one setting the other on fire.”  (WSJ)  More politically correct pandering from this supposed leader of the SBC which might be understandable when one considers Moore was involved in “cultural engagement” as part of his pastoral ministry at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and profited by writing articles for the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, USA Today and Associated Press among other mainstream left-leaning media publications.  Moore demonstrates an astonishing lack of understanding and appreciation of the historical ties between the Baptist church in the South and the conception of the SBC (which mirrored the secession of the Confederate States of America) as well as the contribution of Confederate veterans who helped found, charter and build many (Baptist) churches across the Bible Belt upon returning from the War.  Moore’s comments contrast to those of Rev. Franklin Graham who said, “I think maybe God has allowed Donald Trump to win this election to protect this nation for the next few years by giving maybe an opportunity to have some good judges.  For the (election) to go the way it did, in my opinion, I think it was the hand of God.  There’s two different pictures and two different visions for America.  This isn’t difficult to figure out if you are a Christian.”  (Brietbart) 

The last eight years have seen a growing divide between these two visions for the path of America and an unquestionable deterioration in race relations with the Sons of Confederate Veterans and their beloved Battle Flag being a primary target for the PC attacks led from Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC.  But, “did you know that American’s negative perception of Obama didn’t come out of resentment over his corrupt, globalist, communist, destructive policies? It wasn’t the thousands of regulations (and the overreaching federal government interfering with every aspect of our lives).  It wasn’t saddling Americans with the care of illegals or the heavy burden of Obamacare (and more and more socialist entitlements).  President Barack Hussein Obama says the color of his skin has “absolutely” contributed to white Americans’ negative perceptions of his time in office.  The president said, “I think there’s a reason why attitudes about my presidency among whites in Northern states are very different from whites in Southern states.  There are folks whose primary concern about me has been that I seem foreign, the other.””  (  And that may be his most astute observation since he proclaimed himself another Abraham Lincoln, indeed polarizing and dividing the nation like no other presidents.  As they continue to fan the flames of their own racism, they blindly ignore the desire for liberty and freedom which Americans throughout the South and the American heartland proclaimed with the historical election of Trump.  Obama stated but failed to recognize and understand that there is a stark difference between Northerners and Southerners.  This contrast, this divide has existed since the founding of our nation and was the primary reason for the WBTS.  Obama clung to his overarching view of racism and “happily descended down into the pit of anti-Americanism as he detailed the ills of a country he still truly knows nothing about, detailing his view of how White America can be “blind” and needs to be open to “learning” more.” (

Such a disconnect.  Such a divide.   The riots in the street and attempts to overturn the election and threats of violence against the newly elected administration and their supporters.  Is there any question as to the cultural and political divide which caused the secession of the Southern states in 1860 and which has not ceased?  The PC elitists claim racist slavery was the cause of the War Between the States the same way that they claim racism has caused opposition to the clearly enlightened socialist policies, loss of personal liberties, increasing federal government bureaucracy, and immoral unconscionable federal dictates enacted over the past eight years.  There is a heightened sense of hope in the country.  A rebirth of patriotism.  Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukah was proclaimed by the incoming transition administration in a welcome departure from political correctness.  2017 and the future must certainly hold a hope for an improved appreciation and respect for our Southern history and heritage led foremost locally by the passage of the Monument Protection Bill in the state of Alabama which we must continue to push and fight to enact.   We must seize this opportunity to advance the Cause, encourage and educate a public which is hungry for a reversal from the PC malaise of the past.  I wish all of you a happy, prosperous and successful New Year.  Long live and God bless Dixie.  

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Upcoming Events for Confederate Compatriots

January 7th - Columbus Naval Museum, Columbus, Georgia. Plan your route to be there a little before 10 am CST (11 EST).

January 20th - Semple Camp's Lee-Jackson banquet at Gracepoint Church of Christ in Montgomery at 6:30pm, cost $25 per person.

January 21st - Robert E. Lee Day at the archives building in Montgomery. Music starts at 9:15 am and the program starts at 10.  Tentative plans for tour of the conservation room and short remembrance at the monument on the capitol grounds.

February 18th - Millbrook Mardi Gras Parade - noon on Saturday starting at Mill Creek Park going down Main Street (the Prattville Dragoons will field an entry again). 

February 18th - EC meeting in Montgomery at Dalraida Methodist Church. The program starts at 9:30 am. This meeting is for Camp Commanders or their proxy and Camp Adjutants.  Chaplains Conference - Also at Dalraida. Division Chaplain, Dr. Charles E. Baker will be holding a short seminar on the duties and role of the Chaplain at the Camp and Brigade level. The Chaplains in attendance will each receive a Chaplains lapel pin and a copy of the SCV Chaplains handbook. Lunch will be provided for all attendees.

March 4th -     Flag Day. The Division will host at least one Flag Day ceremony. 

March 25th -    Alabama Education Conference in Prattville. Registration forms are in the Alabama Confederate and on the Division web site.  Lunch will be provided to those who register by February 21st (postmarked date). The first 100 people to register will receive the book "Understanding the War Between the States" written by 16 members of the Society of Independent Southern Historians.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Sons of Confederate Veterans Alabama Division Field Trip to Confederate Naval Museum

An Alabama Division trip to the Confederate Naval Museum in Columbus, Georgia has been arranged for January 7, 2017. The museum opens at 10 am Eastern Standard Time. The SCV tour will start at 11 EST or ( 10am Central time). Compatriot Shannon Fontaine is going to be the tour guide. For those arriving after 11 am EST you are encouraged to pay at the door and find the SCV group inside. All are encouraged to wear their SCV hats and shirts to promote the SCV and so other visitors will recognize the group. Contact SCV Alabama Division Commander Jimmy Hill to notify of interest or with inquiries. Remember you don't have to have a reservation to attend though. Time permitting the group may also go to the Infantry museum at Ft. Benning or a quick side trip to Andersonville following the Naval Museum tour. Admission is $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for military/seniors, students $6 and children under 6 are free. Bring your family, bring your grandchildren, bring a friend.