Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Prattville Dragoons October Camp Meeting
The Prattville Dragoons held their monthly meeting at the Shoneys on Cobbs Ford Rd Thursday evening, October 11th. Commander Chris Booth provided announcements including a reminder for the AGCA 2nd Annual Civil War Sesquicentennial Fall Gun Show and Civil War Weapons and Accouterments exhibit at the Birminghamd Jefferson Convention Center held this past weekend. Details of the Dragoons Christmas Social were provided including information regarding Red's Little School House as the caterer of the annual event to be held on Friday December 14th at Buena Vista. Tickets will be distributed soon and will go fast for this superb limited seating event. The Dragoons will be participating in the Prattville Christmas parade to be held on Staurday December 1st - the theme is a Blue Christmas and the Dragoons entry will follow suit as a Blue and Gray entry, slanted markedly toward honoring our Men in Gray. The parade starts at 4:30pm and proceeds down Main Street downtown Prattville. Brigade Commander Bill Myrick and 2nd Lt Stuart Waldo will coordinate the Dragoons entry - please contact them if you are interested in joining the procession. Larry Spears has resumed the responsibilities of camp Color Sergeant and has also assumed the role of Alabama Division Flag Coordinator and will lead the maintenance of the I-65 Battle Flag property. John Durden was sworn in as the newest member of the Dragoons and Joe Smith was introduced as having submitted his application for membership. 2nd Lt Waldo then provided a discussion recalling the 117th SCV Reunion held in Murfreesboro TN this past July. The messages from the speakers over the Thursday and Friday business sessions was conveyed to the camp including the two main themes, growing and retaining membership and encouraging everyone to take advantage of the myriad training opportunities available throughout the SCV to become a WBTS and Confederate subject expert. A slide show ran throughout the meeting showing images from the convention as well as from the tours of Elms Springs, the Forrest boyhood home, the Rutherford County Courthouse, Evergreen Cemetery's Confederate Circle and Oaklands Plantation. Highlights from the tour were presented and a brief summary of the Forrest Cavalry Breakfast including Rev. Shane Kastler's discussion of his book Nathan Bedford Forrest's "Redemption" were provided.