Sunday, June 26, 2016

U.S. House House Drops Confederate Flag Ban for Veterans Cemeteries

A measure to bar confederate flags from cemeteries run by the Department of Veterans Affairs was removed from legislation passed by the House early Thursday.
The flag ban was added to the VA funding bill in May by a vote of 265-159, with most Republicans voting against the ban. But Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) both supported the measure. Ryan was commended for allowing a vote on the controversial measure, but has since limited what amendments can be offered on the floor.
Story Continued BeloIn negotiations to reconcile the House funding measure with the Senate bill, the confederate flag provision was dropped. The bill passed the House 239-171.
Of the eight House Republicans Ryan appointed to the conference committee that ultimately stripped the measure, four had voted against the ban on the floor.
A GOP aide declined to comment on the internal deliberations that led to the removal of the ban.

NOTE: Under current U.S. Federal Code, Confederate Veterans are equivalent to Union Veterans.
U.S. Code Title 38 – Veterans’ Benefits, Part II – General Benefits, Chapter 15 – Pension for Non-Service-Connected Disability or Death or for Service, Subchapter I – General, § 1501. Definitions: (3) The term “Civil War veteran” includes a person who served in the military or naval forces of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War, and the term “active military or naval service” includes active service in those forces.
Researched by: Tim Renick, Combined Arms Library Staff, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Member: Brigadier General William Steele SCV Camp 1857.
Edited By: Lt. Col. (Retired) Edwin L. Kennedy, Jr. 

Friday, June 24, 2016

Prattville Dragoons Camp Meeting for June 2016

Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 1524 held their monthly meeting at Shoney's on Cobbs Ford Rd in Prattville AL on Thursday June 9th.  Almost 30 compatriots were in attendance including welcoming one prospective new member who submittted paperwork.  Following Chaplain Snowden's Invocation and the reading of the SCV Charge by Commander Waldo, announcements included the upcoming (actually the following day) Alabama Division Reunion in Cullman and other events like the Forrest Birthday party in Selma and the Natiional SCV Convention in Dallas in July as well as the camp's Dixie butt fundraiser coming up in August.  A very happy 73rd birthday to Tyrone Crowley and also an 81st birthday to former camp chaplain Bill Branch were extended with applause if not a Happy Birthday song.  Jack Caraway of the Captain Henry Semple Camp in Montgomery was the guest speaker for the camp meeting. His topic was the Battle of Fort Pillow including details about the state park in Tennessee he visited.  Jack provided a map of the area outlining the forts with batteries which protected the rivers flowing south into the Confederacy, the lifeblood thorougfares.  These forts and their batteries which proved ineffective in defending the forts from inland attack fell quickly in the War incluidng Fort Pillow which is in proximity to Memphis which also fell to Union naval assault and occupiation in 1862.  But in 1864 General Nathan Bedford Forrest mounted the stirring raid on Memphis and also the attack on Ft. Pillow.  Despite the infamous but inaccurate commonly held perception of the Battle of Ft. Pillow and Forrest and his troops actions, Jack related that in the film he viewed at the state park as well as the presentation made by the state park workers, a fair, balanced and truthful presentation of the events which transpired was conveyed.  The fort as well as others on the rivers shown on the regional map were designed primarily to house the batteries directed at the river and any passing gunboats and other vessels and were vulnerable to attack from the side opposite that facing the river.  In fact, at Ft. Pillow, from a geological perspective the land east of the fort was hilly from ancient wind blown soil deposits and Forrest's troops could actually shoot down into the low walls of the fort from these surrounding hills.  Thus the Federal troops occupying the fort were exposed.  After declining an offer to surrender to Forrest, the attack was swift and decisive and only after the Confederate forces hoisted their flag from atop the fort did the fighting cease.  Forrest in fact offered to transfer the wounded captured Union soldiers to Federal gunboats and waited an entire day to accomplish this while marching the balance of the captured Union troops to the Andersonville prison.  An informative presentation clearing many misconceptions.  
Compatriot Karl Wade Provides Details of Meeting with Prattville Mayor Gillespie

Jack Caraway Presenting

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Charity Fundraiser Huge Success by Alabama Division Sons of Confederate Veterans at Recent Reunion

Alabama Division Sons of Confederate Veterans Raises $3,055 for Alabama Charities

Submitted by Gwen Williams

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Response to Southern Baptist Convention By SCV Commander In Chief

From Commander In Chief Kelly Barrow in response to the resolution against the Battle Flag by the SBC:

The history of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has been inextricably tied to the Confederacy and her heirs for over a century and a half. Great pulpit expositors, as well as seminary professors that left their mark in the area of Biblical thought and world view offered service to the Confederacy, as chaplains and men of arms, as well. Therefore, it was a profound disappointment and excruciatingly disheartening to hear the anti-Confederate Battle Flag resolution that was approved by SBC messengers meeting in St. Louis on June 14.
The resolution offended on several levels -- first of all, simply put, it did not adequately deal with the Truth of the nature of the Flag, particularly disappointing as Christians should place a premium on the Truth. The 800,000 men that served the Confederacy held, and always will hold, full title to that banner -- it is a soldiers' flag and their political agenda was nothing more than defense of their home. Furthermore, as the Fifth Commandment compels us to "honor father and mother", those of us who enjoy Confederate ancestry are bound to tell the Truth of our ancestors fight and flag. Finally, the tone of the resolution has the effect of intimidating the consciences of Southern Baptists into holding a terribly negative opinion of Confederate symbols.
All that said, the SBC is not a hierarchy; local congregations are in no way bound to the resolution. They may continue on as they have done, in some cases, for many years, in helping their community to retain its history and honoring the men that rebuilt their community after a tragic war and devastating reconstruction. Today, we call upon the great SBC congregations throughout the South to do just that, ignore this distraction and get on with the priorities of Gospel proclamation, building up of the fellowship of Faith and pursuing a witness of goodwill in the community. Untold numbers of these SBC churches, over the years, have cultivated great relationships with SCV camps by opening their facilities for regular meetings and special occasions, not to mention the cemeteries owned by SBC churches where the remains of legions of Confederate heroes lie -- these are sites for numerous memorial services. 
Of course, in addition to the historical ties of the Confederacy and SBC, thousands of SCV members are also members of SBC churches. In closing, we call on our camps to pursue"peace with all men" (Heb. 12:14) by cultivating good relationships with all organizations in their community, particularly houses of worship, be they SBC, other Christian denominations or Jewish Synagogues.

Deo Vindice!
Charles Kelly Barrow
Sons of Confederate Veterans

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Military Order of the Stars and Bars - Montgomery AL Chapter Forming

Work is underway to establish a chapter of the Military Order of the Stars and Bars in the Montgomery area.   MOS&B was founded in 1938 to honor the Confederate Officer Corps and the government officials of the Confederacy, and its membership is open to all lineal or collateral descendants from these two groups. Organizers are seeking qualifying Confederate descendants in the Montgomery AL area. 

There are currently members of the MOS&B who live in the Montgomery area and belong to MOS&B but have joined a chapter located far from their residence, or affiliate with the national headquarters alone.  As a result, it is difficult to meet with fellow members, share fraternal brotherhood, and/or participate in the Order’s activities.  By establishing a chapter in the Montgomery area, members can become fully involved and honor our Confederate officer ancestors appropriately.

MOS&B requires five members in order to organize a local chapter.  Three MSO&B members have begun the preliminary organization and are seeking at least two additional current MOS&B members in the Autauga, Elmore, and Montgomery County area to join us in establishing a Montgomery chapter.   Upon identifying prospective interested members, MSO&B national headquarters can be notified of intentions and further steps taken to proceed to set up a meeting so we can discuss chapter names, elect officers, and plan our future activities.  Compatriots who qualify for MOS&B membership but have not yet joined the Order, are encouraged to begin the application process immediately to participate in this new MOS&B chapter.

Philip Davis (Alabama Division Sons of Confederate Veterans JAG) can be contacted for further information.  

Monday, June 13, 2016

Prattville Dragoons Chaplain's Column for June 2016

Chaplain’s Column:  Time to Act!

  It seems as if the world is in a perpetual state of Chaos. Lawless and violence are increasing and people live in fear and insecurity. Men should use the men’s bathroom and women should use the women’s bathroom. It seems that our Judeo-Christian values that led America to greatness are under full assault by political correctness, and Americans are slowly losing their souls. Many of our leaders starting from our President down are thinking another way. Our country was founded on religious freedom. We fought and died for these freedoms and slowly now they are being taken away. What is the solution to such a sad state of affairs?
     There can only be one answer and that is to turn to Jesus Christ. He has already conquered this dark and hostile world and replaced fear with love so that you can confidently place your faith and trust in Him.
     Believe in Jesus, His promises and He will give you the blessing of His peace that transcends all understanding. Trust in Him and He will lead you from darkness into the light of His immeasurable love for humankind. Christians must stand up for what we believe and what is commanded in the Bible for all of us. Our voice must become stronger in this nation and we can start at the voting booth but we must not just let it stop there. It’s time we act and I mean now!

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Confederate Memorial Park Library

Prattville Dragoon Tyrone Crowley continues his stalwart service to the Cause as a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 1524 by volunteering his time at the library at Confederate Memorial Park in Marbury AL. Tyrone was at the library on Saturday May 28th and despite a bit of rain in the morning, about 20 visitors stopped by the park's library, including a group of McGalliards who were there for a family reunion.  Library Chairman John Land is implementing improvements to the library including signs, labels, and an ongoing reorganization of the stacks. Tyrone noted the copy machine is used less these days as visitors interested in a particular book or page in a book simply takes a picture of it with camera or phone, to be studied or printed out later on.  One lady stopped by with her son who was on his way from Utah to Auburn to pursue a Ph D in Biology) took pictures of the title pages of about ten books that he and she found of interest and plan to borrow from their local library or buy.  A Canadian Air Force Colonel who had just graduated from Air War College at Maxwell AFB in Montgomery and his wife also stopped by to study the collection.  These folks appreciated the historical significance of the Confederate Memorial Park and enjoyed the library and other facilities at this wonderful Alabama state treasure.