Sunday, October 16, 2016

Prattville Dragoons October 2016 Camp Meeting

Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 1524 had an exceptional camp meeting on Thursday October 13th with 33 attendees present including six of the member's wives.  The meeting was held at the Shoney's on Cobbs Ford Rd in Prattville.  Chaplain Snowden convened the meeting with an Invocation followed by the pledge to the U.S. flag and salutes to the Alabama state and Confederate flags and Commander Waldo's reading of the SCV Charge. Upcoming events were highlighted which included the Dragoon's Fall Muster just a couple days after, the Battle of Tallassee Reenactment and Division DEC meeting in November and the Prattville Christmas parade and the camp's Christmas Social in December.  Announcements were led by a reminder for the annual membership renewals which need to be completed by the end of October to avoid being delinquent.  Recent donations authorized by the camp EC were announced including a donation to the Capital City Flaggers for the planned I-85 Confederate flag, the Montgomery History video editing and, New Orleans flood relief.  Updates on the camp's seasonal projects were discussed including the canned food drive and the Salvation Army kettle ringing.  A reminder was made to encourage all camp members to contact their state representatives and senators to encourage them to support the Monument Protection Bill in the new legislative session.  Quartermaster Bill Myrick gave a brief on the success of his presentation to the local American Legion for their support of the Monument Protection Bill.  The final announcement was in regards to the national SCV Confederate history museum at Elm Springs where each camp has been challenged to contribute to the construction and completion of this world class museum where the true history of the south will be presented to future generations as the Charge implores us.  Compatriot Tyrone Crowley then presented the history of Daniel Pratt, founder of Prattville, industrialist who founded the cotton gin factory there which was at one time the largest in the world, and a leader in the community and state who supported the Confederate cause outfitting the Dragoons in 1861 when they were organized and left to defend their homes, state and country in the War for Southern Independence.

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