Friday, June 10, 2011

Upcoming Events for the Prattville Dragoons

Prattville Dragoons EC Meeting on Monday the 6th highlighted upcoming events for the camp.  The monthly camp meeting held at the Shoneys in Prattville on Cobbs Ford Road was held on Thursday evening.  July 4th the Dragoons plan to participate in the Prattville Independence Day parade with a cart with riders including Donald Wheeler, a World War II veteran, step father of 2nd Lt Commander Stuart Waldo.  The theme for the parade will be honoring these veterans of WW II.  The Dragoons banner will also be carried by walkers.  If you wish to participate, the parade starts promptly at 9am, Monday July 4th.  The Sons of Confederate Veterans annual reunion conference will be held Wednesday July 13th thru Sunday 17th.  Details and a registration can be found on the SCV national and Alabama division websites.  Before June 15th the registration is $45 and escalates to $60 after that date.  The Prattville Dragoons will co-host the Old Alabama Town tours on Friday afternoon.  Unfortunately for this golfer, the Wednesday June 13th captains choice golf tournament has been cancelled but 2nd Lt. Stuart Waldo can be contacted if interested in golf at the beautiful Robert Trent Jones facility as a small informal get together golf outing is still tentatively planned.  This is the Confederacy Sesquicentennial reunion event, a great milestone and a huge event is anticipated complete with tours, meetings, and banquets and even river boat cruises on the Harriett II on the Alabama River. 

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Rebel Yell

For those who like a sip of bourbon now and again, one which may be of interest is Rebel Yell.  On-line reviews favor the taste and value of this bourbon made by the Luxco company in Louisville KY.   I had been looking for a bottle for some time but it is fairly scarce.  I wanted to see what tribute they paid to the Confederacy from whence their name was given.  Unfortunately, while there is no Confederate Battle Flag or any other on the bottle, there are two small Confederate cavalry figures in full gallop.  The label on the back of the bottle though has a nice blurb, "The rebel yell is one of the enduring legends of the War Between the States.  Just as the rebel yell's heritage remains true, so does that of the namesake - Rebel Yell Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey."  Nice reference to the War Between the States.  I saw one post on the web which claimed that even though the brand was established in 1849, it ceased production but was brought back in 1961 to commemorate the Centennial of the Confederacy and the War Between the States.  Nice.  I took the opportunity to write an email to their regional manager to inquire whether they will be producing any Sesquicentennial commemorative products or labels.  I would imagine that such might be a collectible by many including some members of the Son of Confederate Veterans and I hinted as such.  Stay tuned.  But, I purchased a bottle on a trip up that way this weekend and brought it back to Alabama so that we could partake during the Prattville Dragoons EC meeting tomorrow evening and on.