Thursday, May 28, 2015

Prattville Dragoons Camp Meeting for May 2015

The Dragoons held their regular monthly meeting on Thursday May 14th at the Shoney's in Prattville.  Chaplain Snowden opened the meeting with a Benediction followed by the flag pledges led by Color Sergeant Brent Jenks and Commander Waldo reading the SCV Charge to those gathered.  There was an outstanding crowd for the meeting numbering approximately 28 including three guests and another three ladies, wives of Camp 1524 members. Upcoming events highlighted included the Confederate Circle Dedication in Selma, the Alabama Division Reunion in Tallassee in June, the Prattville 4th of July parade and Forrest's Birthday Party at Ft. Dixie later in July.  Announcements included a recap of some of the great initiatives Camp 1524 undertook in April including placing an ad on two of the electronic billboards in Prattville to celebrate Confederate History and Heritage Month.  The Dragoons presented two H.L. Hunley awards to JROTC cadets at Prattville and Stanhope Elmore High Schools in April.  Of course the final workdays and the rededication at Indian Hills Cemetery was a huge and immensely successful event for the Dragoons. In May, Camp 1524 set up a recruiting and informational table at the annual Prattville Cityfest where hundreds of mini-Battle Flags and SCV coins were distributed as well as sales over $150 for full size flags and other camp stores were realized, helping fund the camp treasury for future projects. Living History presentations by Tyrone Crowley and Kerri Waldo for the 1st and 5th grade classes at Victory Baptist were also announced for May. The guest speaker for the camp meeting was Robert Scott "Bob" Davis who provided a fascinating presentation on Civil War Guerilla Fighting in Small Boats.  Bob is the director of the Family and regional History Program, Wallace State Community College, Hanceville, Alabama, one of the great collections for research on the War Between the States.  The American Association for State and Local History gave him its Outstanding Leadership in History Award of Merit or his book on the Andersonville Confederate prison.  He has more than 1000 publications and more than 100 articles in professional journals.  Bob has also appeared on the History Channel, last in April 2015 as part of a four-part series on the Sesquicentennial of the end of the WBTS.  It was another enjoyable educational Camp 1524 meeting. 
Tyrone Crowley Introduces Guest Speaker Bob Davis

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