Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Prattville Dragoons Annual Picnic April 14th

The Prattville Dragoons held their annual picnic at Confederate Memorial Park on Saturday April 14th.  At 9am a group of members and guests helped place Confederate Battle Flags on the graves of the more than 300 Confederate veteran graves there at the two cemetaries at Memorial Park.  At 10:45am the program commenced with an invocation by Tyler Suttle.  1st and 2nd Lt Commanders Harold Grooms and Stuart Waldo provided some opening remarks then Communications Officer Tyrone Crowley introduced Bob Glennon who had been a guest at his house overnight prior to the picnic.  Bob is the author of a number of books on the Confederate period and gave a wonderful account of The Last Slave Voyage to America which was the title of one of his books.  It provides a glimpse into the life of Cudjoe Lewis who was one of the slaves brought to Mobile on that ship in 1860, a warrior in his African tribe.  Bob provided a copy of this book as one of the door prizes which were awarded following the picnic lunch.  As usual, there was plenty of great food including Dixie Butts and camp stew, beans, salads and amazing desserts (including the three I sampled, a banana pudding, peach cobbler and Mississippi mud cake kinda thing).  Yummy.  About 35 folks were in attendance but Commander Booth and his family were missed as they were out of town and travelling at the time.  Another very enjoyable social event sponsored by the Prattville Dragoons.

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