Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Confederate General Patrick Cleburne

Franklin, Bloody Franklin...
At 4PM on November 30th 1864, twenty thousand Confederates under the command of General John Bell Hood charged two miles of open field against heavily entrenched federals in Franklin Tennessee. In five hours of fighting the south lost six Confederate Generals. Patrick Cleburne, John Carter, John Adams, Hiram Granbury, States Rights Gist, and Otho Strahl were all killed leading their men in the assault on the Union breastworks at Franklin.
Adams was found upright in his saddle, riddled with bullets, with his horse’s legs on either side of the works. Cleburne vanished in a cloud of gun smoke and was found with a bullet in his heart. In comparison, five Confederate generals were killed at Gettysburg, three were killed at Sharpsburg, three at Chickamauga, and two at Spotsylvania. No other engagement of the war saw as much devastation in the Confederate general officer corps as did the Battle of Franklin. 
As a side note, General Cleburne was found in his socks, and some conclude that his boots were stolen. However, there is a story among Southerners told from one who witnessed it, that he gave his boots to one of his troops who needed them before the battle. Regardless, his loss was devastating to the South. We end with a fitting quote of the General's which is still as valid as when he uttered it:
"I am with the South in life or death, in victory or defeat. I believe the North is about to wage a brutal and unholy war on a people who have done them no wrong, in violation of the Constitution and the fundamental principles of government. They no longer acknowledge that all government derives its validity from the consent of the governed. They are about to invade our peaceful homes, destroy our property, and murder our men and dishonor our women. We propose no invasion of the North, no attack on them, and only ask to be left alone."

Southern Historical Society

Autauga County Cemetery Tour of November 19, 2016 - Part 2

Prattville Dragoons compatriots Tyrone Crowley, Larry Spears, Bill Myrick and Bill Gill attended a tour of Autauga County cemeteries on November 19, 2016. The following are photographs from the Pine Flat Cemetery:

Monday, November 28, 2016

Autauga County Cemetery Tour of November 19, 2016 - Part 1

Prattville Dragoons compatriots Larry Spears, Tyrone Crowley, Bill Myrick and Bill Gill attended a cemetery tour on Saturday November 19th hosted and led by Larry Caver who shared his knowledge of Autauga county history and genealogy.   Tyrone hosted the Dragoons at his home for lunch and Bill Gill drove the group around and provided Little Debbie snacks.  First stop was Pine Hill Cemetery.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Prattville Dragoons November Camp Meeting

SCV Camp 1524 held their November meeting on Thursday the night of the 10th and it was very special and enthusiastic. About 40 members, guests and potential members attended to see two new members and a reinstated member sworn in and hear our speaker, Jean Bradley, President of the Cradle of the Confederacy Chapter, UDC. The new members who were sworn in were Dale Boyles and Tate Swanner. The reinstated member was Greg Swanner, who is Tate’s father. Tate’s Mother and sisters were in attendance to witness this memorable occasion. After the Benediction by Chaplain Snowden, pledges and salutes to the flags led by Color Sergeant Morgan, and the reading of the SCV Charge by Commander Waldo, the Commander began the swearing in ceremony and the Chaplain administered the oath. Announcements were then made regarding upcoming events including the Tallassee Armory Guards Reenactment, Prattville Christmas parade and Dragoons Christmas Social.  The canned food drive was wrapped up and announcement of the camp's Salvation Army Kettle Ringing project and the fundraising effort for the SCV National Headquarters Museum were made.  Quartermaster Myrick then made a special presentation for Veterans Day and the birthday of the U.S. Marines Corps.  The camp enjoyed a superb guest speaker, Jean Bradley who is President of the Cradle of Confederacy Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.  

President Bradley explained the community involvement of the Cradle of Confederacy Chapter and expressed a willingness to mutually cooperate with us in our efforts to promote the Confederacy. The UDC was established in 1896 and the Cradle Chapter was the founding chapter of the Alabama Division of the UDC. The chapter currently has 68 members.  One of the initiatives of the Cradle of the Confederacy Chapter is the annual award of a scholarship to a graduating senior of Confederate descent. Monthly chapter meetings are held at the Montgomery Country Club.  Recent projects include the donation of books to the Tuskegee VA hospital and delivery of baked goods to local area police and fire departments.  

Mrs. Bradey also detailed the service of two of her Confederate ancestors Thomas Hill Watts and Daniel Shipman Troy.  Troy served in the 60th Alabama Regiment and was wounded in Hatchet Run in Virginia.  He was shot while holding the flag of the 59th for which he was voted command by his fellow soldiers.  He fell on the field of battle and was rolled over by soldiers looking to steal belongings on his person and this perhaps saved his life.  A red scarf he had and was taken was returned to his family many years later by the surgeon who had worked the POW hospital.  The Union private who had shot him was actually awarded the Medal of Honor but Troy's family eventually was able to tell him that he was not killed in battle.  He was taken to Washington DC after he recuperated from his wounds and saw the work of the Sisters of Charity as he convalesced and he subsequently converted his family to Catholicism after seeing the Sisters great charitable work.  

Mrs. Bradley discussed the interviews for the "Capturing Montgomery History" video for which Camp 1524 and the Alabama Division SCV made donations for the production.  This documentary will air on PBS and parts will be made available to area schools for education programs.  Mrs. Bradley invited the ladies in attendance to attend a UDC meeting.  This fall the Cradle of Confederacy Chapter will help sponsor the Children of the Confederacy National Convention.  Further, Mrs. Bradley expressed the desire of the UDC to work together on projects including the Camp 1524 Dixie Butt Sale, parades and contacting our representatives for the Memorial Bill.  
New Members

Mrs. Bradley

Friday, November 25, 2016

The First Thanksgiving in America, President George Washington and Jefferson Davis' Thanksgiving Proclamations

This month we celebrate a national Thanksgiving Day. Few today actually know what that means I’m sad to say. Many think of football, turkey and dressing, and overeating. We in the South have been greatly blessed and should, like our forefathers, be first in thankfulness to God. Over four hundred years ago in Jamestown there were devout prayers of thanksgiving for safe deliverance in a tedious ocean crossing on May 13, 1607.
There were many firsts in the history of Thanksgiving in this land and among its inhabitants. Please consider some of them with me!
America’s first official Thanksgiving was at Berkeley Plantation on the James River in Virginia. When the colonists reached Berkeley Hundred on December 4, 1619, in what is now Charles City County, they held a religious service on shore to thank the Almighty God for safety and good health. The service was simple in form and was held under the pine trees. The captain of the Margaret was charged by the London Company with the injunction,
We ordaine the day of our ship’s arrival at the place assigned for plantacon in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually kept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God.
The first presidential proclamation was by a Southerner, a Virginian, the father of our country, on January 1, 1795,
I, George Washington, President of the United States do recommend to all religious societies and denominations, and to all persons whomsoever, within the United States, to set apart and observe Thursday, the 19th day of February next, as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, and on that day to meet together and render sincere and hearty thanks to the great Ruler of nations for the manifold and signal mercies which distinguish our lot as a nation … and at the same time humbly and fervently beseech the [same] kind Author of these blessings graciously to prolong them to us; to imprint on our hearts a deep and solemn sense of our obligations to him….
President Jefferson Davis of the Confederate States of America gave A Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1861,
WHEREAS, it hath pleased Almighty God, the Sovereign Disposer of events, to protect and defend us hitherto in our conflicts with our enemies as to be unto them a shield.
And whereas, with grateful thanks we recognize His hand and acknowledge that not unto us, but unto Him, belongeth the victory, and in humble dependence upon His almighty strength, and trusting in the justness of our purpose, we appeal to Him that He may set at naught the efforts of our enemies, and humble them to confusion and shame.
Given under hand and seal of the Confederate States at Richmond, this the 31st day of October, year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and sixty one.
By the President, JEFFERSON DAVIS
Southern history is replete with public and private expressions of thanksgiving to the Triune God of the Bible. The Apostle Paul reminds us, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thess. 5:18). How do we describe or define thanksgiving? Thomas Brooks, a minister in the 1600’s, wrote a definitive statement,
Thanksgiving is a self-denying grace; it is an uncrowning ourselves and the creatures, to set the crown upon the head of our Creator; it is the making ourselves a footstool, that God may be lifted up upon His throne, and ride in holy triumph over all; it is a grace that gives God the supremacy in all our hearts, thoughts, desires, words, and works. Self-love, flesh and blood, and many low and carnal considerations may carry men to pray, and hear, and talk, etc. The whip may work a shame to beg, but thankfulness is the free will offering of a child. There is nothing that so clearly and so fully speaks out your sincerity and spiritual ingenuity, as thankfulness does. Therefore, weak saints, if you would have a substantial evidence of your sincerity and spiritual ingenuity, be thankful for a little grace. The little birds do not sip one drop of water, but they look up, as if they meant to give thanks, to shew us what we should do for every drop of grace, etc.”

“Stonewall” Jackson made it a practice in his Christian life to always give a prayer of thanks to the Lord when he lifted a drink of water to his lips. Paul said, “in every thing give thanks.” Do we have the attitude of thanks that we might show the Lord proper gratitude? We should be very thankful and give thanks especially for our Redeemer and King the Lord Jesus Christ. “Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift” (2 Cor. 9:15).

(from SCV Alabama Division Commander Jimmy Hill and former Commander Gary Carlyle)

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving from the Prattville Dragoons

Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 1524 coordinated a canned food drive as part of our seasonal community service initiative.  Members of the camp brought canned and dry goods to camp functions over the past couple months.  Compatriots Karl Wade, Stuart Waldo and Louis Turner brought bags of food but most every member attending the camp meetings leading up to and including the November event brought many cans of vegetables and dry rice, beans and pasta.  A total of 362 pounds of food were donated and gathered by the Dragoons and Adjutant Sutherland acted as the primary contact and stored the food til the day it was delivered.  The food was taken to the Autauga Interfaith Care Center in downtown Prattville.  AICC provides a food pantry and as well as a thrift store for needy families in the Prattville/Autauga County area and partners with dozens of local churches to extend these goods to those in need while delivering a message of Christ's grace.  The canned food drive was timed to coincide with the Thanksgiving holiday season and will be an annual event for the Dragoons.
Adjutant Sutherland and Commander Waldo with Stored Food in the Adjutants Garage

AICC Volunteer Helps to Unload Food at the Food Pantry in Prattville

Friday, November 18, 2016

Autauga County Heritage Association Photo ID Day at Hancock Bank, Prattville AL

The ACHA is overseeing the preservation of the Daniel Pratt/Continental Gin Company archives.  On Tuesday, December 6 the Heritage  Assn. is having an event at Hancock Bank to encourage long-time local citizens and former gin company employees to come and assist in identifying local people in the hundreds of photos we have collected from the gin company. 

We feel we have a narrow window of opportunity to do this as many of the former employees are no longer with us.  In addition to identifying the photos, we are digitizing, cataloging and preserving the photos.

As Prattville no longer has a viable local newspaper to get the word out,  the attached flyer is meant to share the announcement of this event with friends and neighbors, businesses and local organizations!  One of your friends may have a father or mother that worked at the gin company and the intent is to get as many to this event as are interested in this preservation work and can help in identifying the subjects of these photos.  Please help us spread the word!

Thank you for your assistance,

Ann Boutwell

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


We use the term 'Yankee' in the same manner which our fathers and mothers did...with disgust and loathing.
We'd like to offer an explanation of what a Yankee is and who it fits.
First of all 150 years ago, the county was for the most part separated in ideology geographically. The North was one people because of their nature and their goals. The South was another type of people because of our nature and our goals. Both sides came together in the American Revolution to accomplish a specific purpose, and were successful. But, we digress. However, we were NEVER the 'same' type of people.

A Yankee is someone who canNOT mind their own business. They canNOT. They can't mind their own business because they are self-righteous and 'better' than everyone else. Due to this mindset they MUST CHANGE EVERYTHING that they see 'wrong'. And dear God, there is much they see 'wrong' and always in places where it's none of their business.
They LOVE to pontificate and tell everyone how much smarter they are, how right they are, and they believe they always have the upper hand in 'moral authority'. They are know-it-alls. Their way is the ONLY way, because of their inherent self-righteousness. If they happen to call themself a Christian, they are never willing to let the Living God work anything out. They are impatient, and always try to manipulate His will.

You can always tell a Yankee by one way. If they move to your city or neighborhood, and they see something they don't like, they set out to change it IMMEDIATELY. Especially if it was always been done that way, or if it was there before them.
Case in point is a Yankee we know, who moved to a particular neighborhood and saw a CBF flying. It has flown in this location for some 25 years. He IMMEDIATELY said that 'thing' needs to go. When asked why, he explained that the neighborhood was 'diverse' now and it was an offense to different people. Mind you, NOBODY ELSE EVER SAID A WORD ABOUT IT. Nor did anyone complain as they moved to the neighborhood. Any newcomers to the neighborhood knew that flag flies. When told the flag has been there for over 25 years and way before he showed up, he remarked it didn't matter. He is a Yankee, you see?

A Yankee is a control-freak, they can't help it. They can't help it because of their number one fault in thinking that the Living God needs them to fix everything they see wrong. They explain away His Word by calling it archaic, and so they change it with varying translations that keep changing with social mores. Which goes back to that self-righteousness thing. They actually think they know more than God, if they happen to believe in Him at all. They believe He needs their help to do the right thing because if He knew the right thing He would do it.
They are inherently self-righteous, you see? They don't NEED Him.

Now in our day, many Yankees are atheistic and have just about done away with Him, but 150 years ago they needed His Name, so they used Him, and that mindset just happened to have been, for the majority, in the North. They have always been humanistic and humanists. Some Yankees have just done away with the Living God and made themselves God....they are 'religious' sometimes when it is necessary for the masses.
However, the lingering trait of a Yankee is the fact that he thinks he is a better person than you....he is a 'good person' and he will tell you in a blink why he is better than you particularly if you happen to be in a discussion about how much government is too much, such as seat belts being mandated. Wearing a seat belt IS a good idea, but we don't happen to believe it is the government's job to MAKE us wear it. If you think it is the government's job, you might be a Yankee.

We have many Northern friends and even 150 years ago many Northerners joined the Southern army. Conversely, many Southerners joined the Union and we called them HOME YANKEES. And yes that term was/is just as filled with loathing and disgust as the other and probably more so if the truth be known. They were traitors, whom we call 'turncoats'.

What we're trying to say is "Yankee" is a mindset today and not a geographical location above the Mason-Dixon line. We have home Yankees also known as scalawags and they are in the upper echelon of both Sons and Daughters.
The bottom line is, don't think just because one is from the North, that means one is a Yankee. Not so any more.

Southern Historical Society

Monday, November 14, 2016

Decatur GA Confederate Sights

Recently visited Decatur GA with my wife as she had an event at the downtown library there so this afforded me some time to look around the area for Confederate historical sites.  Decatur has a quaint Southern downtown area with many cafes offering all imaginable cuisine while the city hall and library anchor the tidy neighborhood.  About the city hall grounds were a number of historical markers including one detailing Confederate General Wheeler's successful attack on a Union supply wagon train as well as another detailing Union General Stoneman's raid to detroy railroad supply lines in support of Sherman's advance on Atlanta and his subsequent surrender to Confederate General Alfred Iverson Jr. despite having superior forces in number.  On the back side of city hall near the Stoneman historical marker is an obelisk monument with inscriptions including, "Erected by the men and women and children of Dekalb County in memory of the soldiers and sailors of the Confederacy of whose virtues in peace and in war we are witnesses to the end that justice may be done and that the truth perish not."  In the front of the city hall on a park bench on the thoroughfare there is a statue of Thomas Jefferson and an adjacent plaque which provides a quotation from this founding father endorsing a limited government to encourage life and liberty.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Prattville Dragoons Chaplain's Column for November 2016

Chaplain’s Column: Honor Your Heritage
Scripture: Exodus 20:1-17
The 5th commandment of the 10 commandments, tells us to honor our father and our Mother. The word honor means… To give them respect. I once heard someone say that the history of a conflict is dictated by its victors. Not only are we hearing false information about the battle for Southern Independence, we are slowly being taught to feel shamed by the generations before us. I think God blesses the people that honor their Mom and Dad. This is pointed out in the Bible. That would include our great and our great, great Grandfathers and Mothers before us.

This passage in the bible is even more about a people who honor their Mothers and Fathers. One of the tell-tale signs of a country that has become brittle is when honor has been replaced with fame and fortune and other misguided directions. We need to teach even our children to honor their parents. We need to tell them that we are part of an amazing story. You see, as children honor their parents it will help them build into themselves a moral compass, a form of deep rooted meaning of belonging to the family which should lead to a deep rooted pride and self-esteem in each of us.

I believe the southern people are being cleansed of our history and shamed of our past. This has created in us a lack of a necessary deep rooted self-esteem and we are losing our moral compass as well. That deep rooted meaning of belonging to the family of a proud southern American heritage is leaving us. I believe this is also happening to our Country as indicated when we see people not respecting our National Flag or the playing of the National Anthem. We must fight as members of the SCV to keep this precious history alive. If we honor our past and honor our heritage and tap into the
power of our roots, Gods going to bless us. You see this is God’s will for us.

We must start honoring our heritage because it is not just your story but it is their story too. Even if these people are dead you still need to honor their memory, their story and their work. There is built in every human being a need to honor the generation before us. You see we can be proud of being part of a story that is bigger than just me. Our life matters and we are part of a history that is much bigger than just little old me. Praise God for our southern heritage!

It is my prayer that everyone has a blest Thanksgiving and please remember those on our prayer list:

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Tallassee Battles For the Armory Re-enactment

The Tallassee Armory Guards Camp 1921 will hold their annual Battles for the Armory on 12 and 13 November. The site will open Saturday morning about 9:00 am and continue until Sunday at 4:00 pm. There will be a school day for field trips on Thursday November 10th with living history encampments providing a glimpse into the 19th century and the period of the War for Southern Independence for school students.  Friday November 11th vendors and sutlers and the living history and other events will continue with the reenactments on the weekend.  

The battle re-enactment site will be open all day for shopping in the various sutler tents selling various unique historical related items, gifts and clothing. There will also be Food, Drinks, and Snacks available. The battle starts at 2PM so seek out a good location to view the action! There will also be a meaningful ceremony for Veterans in recognition of Veteran's Day after the battle. Admission is $5.00 for Adults at the gate. There is plenty of free parking available. There is a battle on Saturday and Sunday. The Union Army and the Confederate Army take turns on which day they get to be the winners of the battle. This is a unique, educational and fun historical event for the whole family!

The address is 19359 Rifle Range Road (also known as County Road 4) Tallassee, Alabama.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Southern Heritage and Veterans Festival

At 2 pm on Friday, 11 November 2016 (Veterans Day), as part of the Southern Heritage and Veterans Festival, the Sons of Confederate Veterans will dedicate a Civil War Trails marker on the grounds of Elm Springs, the SCV National headquarters in Columbia TN. The marker tells the story of the attempted torching of the house and the successful attempts to save it by Brigadier General Frank Armstrong's cavalry brigade during the 1864 Nashville Campaign. This would be very close to the 152nd anniversary of the event. Come enjoy the event not only for this dedication, but also the Southern Heritage & Veterans Festival.  There will be tours of the historic antebellum mansion, a living history encampment, sutlers and vendors, and even inflatables and hay rides for children to enjoy. 

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Election of Confederate President Jefferson Davis

On this day in 1861, Jefferson Davis is elected president of the Confederate States of America. He ran without opposition, and the election simply confirmed the decision that had been made by the Confederate Congress earlier in the year.
Like his Union counterpart, President Abraham Lincoln, Davis was a native of Kentucky, born in 1808. He attended West Point and graduated in 1828. After serving in the Black Hawk War of 1832, Davis married Sarah Knox Taylor, the daughter of General (and future U.S. president) Zachary Taylor, in 1835.However,Sarah contracted malaria and died within several months of their marriage. Davis married Varina Howells in 1845.He served inthe Mexican War (1846-48), during which he was wounded. After the war, he was appointed to fill a vacant U.S. senate seat from Mississippi, and later served as secretary of war under President Franklin Pierce.

When the Southern states began seceding after the election of Abraham Lincoln in the winter of 1860 and 1861, Davis suspected that he might be the choice of his fellow Southerners for their interim president. When the newly seceded states met in Montgomery, Alabama, in February1861, they decided just that.Davis expressed great fear about what lay ahead. “Upon my weary heart was showered smiles, plaudits, and flowers, but beyond them I saw troubles and thorns innumerable.” On November 6, 1861 Davis was elected to a six-year term as established by the Confederate constitution.

Upcoming Events for Confederate Compatriots

1.) Prattville Dragoons November Camp Meeting - Thursday November 10th at 7pm at the Shoney's on Cobbs Ford Road in Prattville.  
2.) Battle of Tallassee Reenactment  - Living history, battle reenactments, school programs, sutlers, music and food - November 10-13th in Tallassee AL
3.) Southern Heritage and Veterans Festival - with historic marker dedication, living history, vendors, hayrides and bouncy houses for the kids - 2pm Saturday November 11th at Elm Springs SCV HQ, Columbia TN
3.) Alabama Division DEC Meeting - November 19th 10am at Confederate Memorial Park library
4.) Dragoons Christmas Social - December 9th at Buena Vista including program and dinner.

5.) 2017 Alabama Division Education Conference - 25 March 2017 in Prattville! This will be similar to the first annual Education Conference held here last year. This is a state wide event and the public, especially educators, is invited. Last year’s event was very successful and well attended. The keynote speaker for this event will be none other than the great Dr. Thomas DiLorenzo, author of The Real Lincoln. His talk will be on "Why Lincoln was Hated and Reviled by Americans North and South During His Lifetime.” Returning will also be Brion McClanahan, an expert on the Constitution and writes for the Abbeville Institute.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Prattville Dragoons Commander's Column for November 2016

Recently shared with the camp the article “The Tie Between the Civil War and Political Correctness” by Dennis Wheeler which postulated that the War was fought between Southerners holding values of “Christian particularism” and the Northerners not just espousing but attempting to impose their Humanist equalitarianism on the South.   Many Northern progressives held universalist or unitarian beliefs, not accepting the traditional Christian concepts and doctrines. Just as progressives today stretch and contort Biblical truths especially in regards to moral absolutes such as the sanctity of life from conception and the nuclear family with a male and female as husband and wife, 19th century progressives refuted the unquestionable truth of scripture, the deity of Christ and the Biblical cornerstone for the South’s hierarchical agricultural society.  Most Southerners embraced a conservative Protestant culture as opposed to the “enlightened” relativism and secularism of their Northern counterparts.  Much has been written describing the waves of Christian conversions throughout the Confederate battlefield camps and the churches established by these returning soldiers across the Bible Belt.  Prominent leadership of the Confederate Army and government, much as the founding fathers of our United States, held strong Christian beliefs and adherence to their Christian tenants and practices.  The Northern states pursued a modernization in their industrial complex as well as their culture turning to a morality in line with the Victorian European societies including the emergence of Marxism.  In contrast, exceptionalism, free market capitalism and a strict Constitutionalism with power dispersed from the central government earmarked the Southern socio-economic/political convictions.

This same contrast can still largely be seen today as illustrated in the red and blue political maps, the progressive liberals maintaining their stronghold in the Northeast and far west and the conservative red states throughout the Southeast and mid-West, including much the same geographical boundaries of the Confederacy.  Southerners and more precisely those who hold a conservative view of the family and faith are branded as ignorant homophobic xenophobic reprehensibles. Traditional Christians are ridiculed and even targeted by a militant progressive judiciary. Those that resist a socialist redistribution of wealth and value a work ethic in the pursuit of opportunity are insensitive bigots.  Southerners promoting their heritage and unique culture are dangerous racists woefully cherishing hateful symbols and ideals.  We are in the midst of a 21st century Reconstruction with progressives attempting to twist or ignore the Constitution and the Biblical or Judeo-Christian principles on which our nation was founded, attempting to impose their own elitist bigoted values on us.  But the proletariat citizenry appears to be rejecting the incessant progressive agnostic world view agenda and demanding accountability from what is viewed as a corrupt ruling elite.  Interesting parallels in this struggle regarding political correctness between the 1860s and 2016.  Great things can happen when everyone has a voice. It is critical at this pivotal point in our nation’s history that everyone use their voice next Tuesday, November 8th.  Vote next week in the Presidential election, in Congressional elections, and in your local elections.  Support the candidates who share your Southern values and morals, appreciate our heritage and, embrace our traditional limited Constitutional republican form of government for which our Confederate forefathers fought and died.  

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

In Remembrance of General Nathan Bedford Forrest

On October 29th in 1877, we lost one of the greatest Generals ever produced in this country, Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest. The SCV Camp 1524 salutes this great man and dedicates this day to his memory.

Shortly after the war, General Lee was asked to identify the best soldier he ever commanded. Lee replied: "A man I have never met, sir. His name is Forrest.”

"If your course has been marked by the graves of patriotic heroes who have fallen by your side, it has, at the same time, been more plainly marked by the blood of the invader". 
- Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest

“I loved the old government in 1861. I loved the old Constitution yet. I think it is the best government in the world, if administered as it was before the war. I do not hate it; I am opposing now only the radical revolutionists who are trying to destroy it. I believe that party to be composed, as I know it is in Tennessee, of the worst men on Gods earth – men who would not hesitate at no crime, and who have only one object in view – to enrich themselves.”
-Nathan Bedford Forrest, in an interview shortly after the war

“I have stood your meanness as long as I intend to. You have played the part of a damned scoundrel, and are a coward, and if you were any part of a man I would slap your jaws and force you to resent it. You may as well not issue any more orders to me, for I will not obey them. And as I say to you that if you ever again try to interfere with me or cross my path it will be at the peril of your life.”

-Nathan Bedford Forrest, to Gen. Braxton Bragg following Chickamauga

The Cause for which you have so long and so manfully struggled, and for which you have braved dangers, endured privations, and sufferings, and made so many sacrifices, is today hopeless. The government which we sought to establish and perpetuate, is at an end. Reason dictates and humanity demands that no more blood be shed. Fully realizing and feeling that such is the case, it is your duty and mine to lay down our arms -- submit to the “powers that be” -- and to aid in restoring peace and establishing law and order throughout the land. Civil war, such as you have just passed through naturally engenders feelings of animosity, hatred, and revenge. It is our duty to divest ourselves of all such feelings; and as far as it is in our power to do so, to cultivate friendly feelings towards those with whom we have so long contended, and heretofore so widely, but honestly, differed. Neighborhood feuds, personal animosities, and private differences should be blotted out; and, when you return home, a manly, straightforward course of conduct will secure the respect of your enemies. Whatever your responsibilities may be to Government, to society, or to individuals meet them like men. The attempt made to establish a separate and independent Confederation has failed; but the consciousness of having done your duty faithfully, and to the end, will, in some measure, repay for the hardships you have undergone.  Without, in any way, referring to the merits of the Cause in which we have been engaged, your courage and determination, as exhibited on many hard-fought fields, has elicited the respect and admiration of friend and foe.  I have never, on the field of battle, sent you where I was unwilling to go myself; nor would I now advise you to a course which I felt myself unwilling to pursue. You have been good soldiers, you can be good citizens. Obey the laws, preserve your honor, and the Government to which you have surrendered can afford to be, and will be, magnanimous.  - N.B. Forrest, Lieut.-General, Farewell Address to His Troops