Daniel Pratt was the founder of Prattville and an industrialist who created what was once the world's largest cotton gin manufacturing facility there. A transplanted New Englander, he was the primary benefactor for the Prattville Dragoons formed in 1861 and also helped the Confederate cause throughout the War. The city of Prattville recently unveiled a new tourist highlight at the Marriott hotel on the Robert Trent Jones golf course honoring Daniel Pratt. An historic whistle like the one used to signal shift change at his cotton gin factory now sounds at 4pm each day and can be heard across the course and throughout the area including nearby neighborhoods. You can read more at this link - http://www.azfamily.com/story/37683820/new-gin-shop-whistle-unveiled-in-prattville.
Monday, March 19, 2018
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Today marks the birth date of Confederate General Patrick Ronayne Cleburne, the "Stonewall of the West". Some say he was born on March 16 but how fitting to have his birthday tied to St. Patrick's day on the 17th. Cleburne County in Alabama was named for him. Enjoy this short biography of General Cleburne.
Sadly, March 17 also marks the death of Confederate and Alabama hero Major John Pelham. He only lived 24 years but his exuberance for life and his unmatched bravery in battle endeared him to the hearts of his native Alabamians, the Confederacy and many others. The link provides a letter from his Commander, General Jeb Stuart, to the family of John Pelham after his death at Kelly's Ford, Virginia on 17 March 1863. Robert E. Lee is said to have been the first to call him the "Gallant Pelham.”
Sunday, March 11, 2018
SCV Camp 1524 held their monthly camp meeting on Thursday March 8th at the Shoney's on Cobbs Ford Road in Prattville. Following a supper hour starting at 6pm where many enjoyed Shoney's delicious buffet or menu orders and Chaplain Snowden showed his wonderful slideshow with historical Confederate photos and quotes and some from camp events. At 7pm Chaplain Snowden began the meeting with an Invocation and then Communications Officer Larry Spears led everyone in the flag pledges and salutes. Commander Waldo then recited the SCV Charge and welcomed everyone. The March camp meeting is the business meeting for the camp and the first item on the agenda was elections. Commander Waldo, 1st Lt Grooms, 2nd Lt Wade, Adjutant Sutherland and Chaplain Snowden ran unopposed but the position of Treasurer was contested and Billy Leverette retained his office in a secret ballot. Following the elections, the upcoming events were discussed as well as some special announcements including report-outs from recent events including the Brigade Flag Day celebration, ACA 4th grade class presentation and, the Division EC Meeting. 1st Lt Grooms and 2nd Lt Wade were absent from the meeting as they were representing the camp at the Salvation Army Appreciation dinner and the Dragoons were recognized as manning a kettle for the Christmas bell ringing. Commander Waldo then showed the camp the certificate sent by General Headquarters recognizing the $1000 donation Camp 1524 made to the new Confederate Museum at Elm Springs. Commander Waldo then read reports from Larry Spears for the newsletter, Quartermaster Myrick, and Treasurer Leverette and then presented the commander's report for the past year highlighting all the camp's activities. It was a busy productive annual business meeting for the Dragoons.
Friday, March 9, 2018
The SW Central Brigade Confederate Flag Day was a tremendous success Saturday March 3rd in Prattville. The Shiloh Mountain Boys played period Southern songs as well as bluegrass gospel that they are we'll known for and the sound was tremendous. They used a trailer as a stage with hay bales propping up their amplifiers. After lunch Tyrone Crowley made a presentation explaining the significance of five flags of the Confederacy with the assistance of three young men. There was plenty of food to eat including hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, drinks, Compatriot Bill Myrick's World Famous Baked Beans, and Compatriot Will Dismukes donation of Conecuh smoked sausage. Compatriot Josh Stover manned a kid's zone with a bouncy house, corn hole bean bag throw, a snow cone machine and popcorn maker. Total attendance for the day was 75+ ranging in age from 2 months to 90 years. There wasn't a cloud in the sky with temperatures in the high 60s and a venue with green grass bursting forth in the spring festooned with three Confederate flags on flagpoles, the camp's flag display and another couple of Confederate flags on trucks. A beautiful day in the Heart of Dixie!