Monday, December 11, 2017

SCV Camp 1524 Prattville Dragoons Ring the Christmas Bells for Salvation Army Kettle

On a chilly but sunny Saturday morning, December 9th representatives of the Prattville Dragoons Camp 1524 rang the bell and collected donations for the Salvation Army at the Prattville downtown Winn Dixie. Many thanks to 2nd Lt. Commander Karl Wade for organizing this event and coordinating the volunteers, etc. The community service project began at 9:00 AM and stopped  the collections at 3:00 so everyone could have enough time to prepare for the camp's Christmas social that evening.  There was excellent interaction with the public and camp members received many comments of appreciation for what we were doing. 


Participants pictured below are Bill Branch and Wayne Sutherland; Bill Branch, Conner Lee, Bill Gill and Don Owens; Larry Spears, Don Drasheff and Harold Grooms. Not pictured is Louis Turner.



Saturday, December 9, 2017

SCV Camp 1524 Commanders Column for December 2017 - Victories, Accomplishments, and a Merry Christmas

Commander's Column: Celebrate the Season and Victories Advancing the Charge


I wanted to take a break from lamenting the continuous attacks on our Southern heritage and historical commemorative vestiges to reflect on the season and the passing year.  This holiday season should be a time for renewed hope and faith both in reflection in celebration of the birth of Jesus as well as in looking forward to the coming year for the affirmation of the Cause and the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The new National Confederate Museum at Historic Elm Springs is scheduled for a grand opening on July 18th, 2018.  A heartfelt congratulations should be made to the members of Camp 1524 for giving toward the challenge goal of $1000 as a contribution to the museum’s construction.  If you haven’t seen it, check out https://www.facebook.com/HistoricElmSpringsCSA/ for updates on the progress there at Elm Springs.  It was with sadness we witnessed the renaming of Confederate Hall at Vanderbilt but subsequently, the UDC donated the inscribed stones from the buildings pediment to the museum for permanent display.  It is this historical revisionist mentality and a bias against Southern heritage that the museum is meant to counter.  That is the Charge to the Sons of Confederate Veterans, to ensure the true history of the south and our ancestors heroic fight for libertarian ideals and principles of sovereignty is preserved for future generations. In May the Alabama State legislature passed SB-60 and Governor Kay Ivey signed into law the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act "to prohibit the relocation, removal, alteration, renaming, or other disturbance of any architecturally significant building, memorial building, memorial street or monument located on public property which has been in placed for 40 or more years".  The SCV and many members of Camp 1524 worked tirelessly contacting their state legislators and petitioning to get this important legislation enacted.  Prattville Dragoons should be justifiably proud of answering and advancing the Charge. 

I was asked by Brigade Commander Godwin to enumerate the camp’s activities over the last few months and I decided I would like to continue that list for the membership here to include all activities over the past year to illustrate the amazing work your camp has accomplished. In addition to monthly camp meetings, multiple clean-up days at Indian Springs and Robinson Springs and Doster Cemeteries.   Our Dixie Butt annual fundraiser. Exemplary member attendance/participation at the Division SCV Unknown Soldier Monument Dedication in Luverne, Division Field trip to the Columbus GA Civil War Naval Museum, the Division reunion in Cullman (where Conner Lee received the Wheeler scholarship), the Division SCV Education Conference, the I-22 Flag Raising, and the Division Robert E. Lee Day observance at the State Archives.  Another enjoyable Fall Muster Clay Shoot and BBQ in addition to the spring picnic at Confederate Memorial Park where flags were set (in addition to flags at Oak Hill Cemetery in Prattville, Mount Zion Cemetery just above Deatsville, Ross Cemetery on Ross Rd. in Deatsville and Robinson Springs Cemetery in Prattville as part of Confederate History and Heritage month).  Billboard ad campaigns also for that observance as well as for Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, Robert E. Lee Day, and Christmas.   Dragoons participated in local community events including an Autauga County Cemetery Tour and Tyrone Crowley’s portrayal of Daniel Pratt for the city’s Founder’s Day.   Many Dragoons attended the 18th Annual Forrest Birthday Celebration at Ft. Dixie.  A number of our camp’s veterans represented the Dragoons and the SCV at the Memorial Day Remembrance Service for the Fallen at Montgomery’s Trinity Methodist Church.  Our popular Prattville Cityfest booth.  A living history presentation to students in two classes at Alabama Christian School.  JROTC H.L. Hunley Awards at Prattville High School and (Millbrook) Stanhope Elmore High School.  Hosting a Confederate Memorial Day program with pastor John Weaver speaking in addition to attendance at other events in Montgomery.  Independence Day, Mardi Gras and Christmas parade entries where we are greeted heartily.  Thanksgiving canned food drive for the Autauga Interfaith Care Center and manning a Salvation Army red kettle to ring in the Christmas season.   Our wonderful Christmas Social at historic Buena Vista. Outstanding.

Despite the tumultuous events of this year with continued heritage attacks there has been reason for celebration in our victories and our terrific advancement of the Charge.  We are blessed to know the truth of the Cause and to be able to share it and promote it in our community.  This Christmas season is a wonderful time of the year to fraternize with compatriots at numerous holiday events.  The Dragoons and their guests look forward to enjoyable festivities at the Prattville and Vida Christmas parades and the Christmas Social at Buena Vista.  The float preparation, walking the parade route with the Christmas lights shining and greeting everyone with cheers and candy (and new Confederate Christmas coins/ornaments) is always a great start to the December holiday season. The annual Christmas Social at the beautiful historic Buena Vista mansion offers another opportunity to enjoy a program with Christmas dinner, General Lee eggnog and Christmas carols sung together and played on the grand piano with friends from our camp and around the Division. It is a refreshing affirmation when we still can enjoy a fraternity of like-minded individuals such as the Prattville Dragoons.  Thank goodness for Sweet Home Alabama.  Thank God for the Sons of Confederate Veterans, our families, friends and neighbors.  I hope you and yours enjoy a very Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and a wonderful holiday season. 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Prattville Dragoons Chaplain's Column for December 2017 - Indifference to Christmas

Matthew 2:1-6
     Each year, there’s a predictable variety of responses to the celebrations and traditions of the Christmas season. Let’s examine one of several responses to Christmas. Although 2,000 years have passed since Christ was born, His birth still elicits similar attitudes.
     One common response is indifference. Even if they are filled with the holiday spirit and celebrate Christmas with gifts, dinners, decorations, and parties, some people remain totally indifferent to Jesus. He doesn’t even cross their minds because they’ve lost sight of the reason for Christmas.
In the story of the magi’s search for the newborn King of the Jews, we see a surprising indifference on the part of the religious leaders. The entourage from the East caused quite a stir in Jerusalem. It wasn’t every day that impressive visitors arrived with such a shocking and exciting announcement. Yet when King Herod asked the scribes and chief priests where the Messiah was to be born, they simply told him the answer but made no attempt to go to Bethlehem themselves. Their lives were already filled with their religious duties, and they had no time or interest in anything that might disrupt their positions of prominence and authority.
     Sometimes it’s easy to let the activities and pressures of Christmas push Jesus out of our thoughts. After all the shopping is finished, the gifts are wrapped, and the food is prepared, we might rush off to a Christmas Eve service. But even then, we often feel distracted. Though it may take deliberate refocusing, this year let’s intentionally make Jesus the priority of Christmas.
     It has been a great Confederate year for me with many Confederate events that were planned. I love to be around our good, like minded Southern Dragoon members and friends. I pray that each of you have a blessed Christmas and a happy new year. 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Upcoming Events for Confederate Compatriots

From the Prattville Dragoons SCV Camp 1524 Dispatch newsletter:

Prattville Christmas Parade – Friday December 1st downtown Prattville at 7pm

Vida Christmas Parade – Saturday December 16th at 1pm at the Vida Community Center

Children of the Confederacy Christmas Program – Saturday December 2nd at the CMP chapel

Prattville Dragoons Christmas Social – Friday December 8th at Buena Vista at 6pm featuring Smokin S banquet

Prattville Dragoons Salvation Army Kettle Ringing – Saturday December 9th at Winn Dixie Prattville

AL Division Robert E. Lee Day Program – Saturday January 20th , 2018 at the Alabama State Archives

Army of TN Workshop -  Revival Building, 3030 washington St. Athens AL, Saturday February 24th, 2018

Brigade Confederate Flag Day -  TBD, March 3rd, 2018

AL Division Education Conference -  Prattville Doster Center, Saturday March 17th, 2018

Civil War Military & Civilian Life Living History - Confederate Memorial Park, Marbury AL,  April 27-28, 2018

Forrest Monument Dedication – Saturday May 5th, 2018 at Cedar Bluff AL 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Confederate Memorial Park by the Alabama Historical Commission

Confederate Memorial Park offers many features:
The museum offers exhibits on the life of an Alabama Confederate veteran from recruitment to old age, hundreds of artifacts from the Civil War and the Soldiers' Home, interactive media stations, and a Confederate reference library. The museum store carries books, posters, art reproductions, flags, and souvenirs related to the Confederacy and the Civil War.
Driving and walking tours include two cemeteries containing the graves of 298 veterans and 15 wives and widows, a guard house, officer barracks, commissary, a nature trail through an Alabama Treasure Forest that contains the original hand-dug spring and 86,000-gallon reservoir, and the Mountain Creek Post Office (circa 1900) and the Marbury Methodist Church (circa 1885), both of which were moved to the site.
The museum and library buildings, restrooms, picnic pavilions, and nature trail are accessible to individuals with physical disabilities. If you have questions or if you anticipate needing special assistance, please contact us at 205-755-1990 or alacmp@bellsouth.net.
( http://ahc.alabama.gov/CMPPlanYourVisit.aspx )

Confederate Memorial Park is the site of Alabama's only Confederate Soldiers' Home. The site operated from 1902-1939 as a haven for disabled or indigent veterans of the Confederate army, their wives, and widows.
The majority of veterans served in Alabama outfits, while others moved to Alabama after the war. The last veteran died at the home in 1934. The facility closed in 1939 when the five remaining widows were moved to Montgomery for better care.
Blue Star Museum: Confederate Memorial Park proudly offers free admission to active duty military personnel and their families between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Come experience the site by visiting the graves of Confederate veterans who lived at the Soldiers' Home and whose stories are told in the Confederate Memorial Park Museum.
Confederate Memorial Park's pavilions, outdoor tables, and grills can be reserved for special events.
Contact the park at 205-755-1990 or alacmp@bellsouth.net.
Confederate Memorial Park is located in Chilton County, east of I-65 off Hwy 31, 11 miles below Clanton. It is 9 miles south of Exit 205 and 13 miles north of Exit 186.
437 County Road 63, Marbury, Alabama 36051
Admission
AmountTicket
$4Adult
$3Students, Seniors, Retired Military
$1Children 6-18 years (with parent)
FreeActive Military
Group rates availableFor more info call 205-755-1990
( http://216.226.186.47/properties/confederate/confederate.aspx )

Sunday, November 19, 2017

SCV Camp 1524 Prattville Dragoons Make Donation to Local Food Bank

Thursday November 16th, Commander Stuart Waldo and compatriot Karl Wade dropped off 333 pounds of food at the Autauga Interfaith Care Center in Prattville, the culmination of their annual food drive timed to coincide with the upcoming Thanksgiving holidays.  The Dragoons had been collecting food for the past few camp meetings and Karl was again the stalwart in this effort bringing in cases of canned vegetables.  Adjutant Wayne Sutherland was the focal point for donations by members and held the food in his garage until the day before it was delivered to Autauga Interfaith Care Center.  Stuart and Karl had just completed a meeting with the mayor and chief of police at the Prattville police department regarding the upcoming Christmas parade and announced there that the Dragoons were again making this donation.   The Care Center actually closed about 15 minutes prior to their arrival but thankfully there were still volunteers inside and the food was able to be delivered.  Prattville City Commisioner and Council President Pro Tempore Denise Brown is one of those volunteers and heads the Care Center.  She was very excited by the donation and said it would go a long way to restocking their shelves as deliveries for Thanksgiving had been made and left them bare.  Denise posed for a photo with Karl outside the Autauga Interfaith care Center.  The annual Thanksgiving canned food drive is one of the community service projects the Dragoons conduct as outreach to our Prattville neighbors. 



Saturday, November 11, 2017

SCV Camp 1524, Prattville Dragoons November Camp Meeting

The Dragoons held an enjoyable camp meeting on Thursday evening evening, November 9th at the Shoney's on Cobbs Ford Road in Prattville.  After Chaplain Snowden started the meeting with an Invocation, Commander Waldo read the SCV charge and then went into details on all the upcoming events and camp news.  With the holidays approaching there were a number of camp events of interest including our food bank dry goods donation, Christmas parades, the camp Christmas Social at Buena Vista, and the camp manning the Salvation Army kettle for ringing in the holidays. 

Bob Wieland, curator for the First White House of the Confederacy in Montgomery was the guest speaker presenting, "The First White House in a World Gone Crazy".  Bob described himself as a sojourning Yankee.  While still residing in NY, Bob was active in "Change New York" which was a Tea Party-like state government-centered movement but, he said that the Cuomos undid any good that the group attempted to accomplish.  Following a stint as a legislative aide in NY, Bob relocated to, as he described it, paradise in Hattiesburg Mississippi. But he soon realized that while the surrounding area was a paradise with a people and culture of the Old South, the University of Southern Miss campus was full of post-modernists with a faculty chock full of commies.  It was only thru an ingenious manipulation of the system that he was able to complete his dissertation without complying and conforming with the standard "Gay Saddle Makers of Serbia" academic line of thinking. 

Bob went on to say that the 30000 people a year visit the First White House. The First White House enjoys 4.5 out of 5 ratings from Tripadvisor and Yelp.  Many are foreigners from other countries who are enchanted with the "Gone with the Wind" idea of the antebellum South which is captured by the First White House.  He described a couple recent visitors including a little old lady from Australia who teared up while looking at the collection of artifacts.  Another recent visitor was a man from Cuba who asked for his picture to be taken kissing the Battle Flag as he wanted to remember the Cuban Confederate officers.  French visitors love Beauregard.  These contrast to the German visitors who as a general rule are more conformists who don't appreciate the Cause for which the Confederates fought against the Federalist oppression for liberty and independence. 

Today's national climate has Columbus, Washington, Andrew Jackson and Robert E. Lee being attacked as creeps.  Italian Americans honor Columbus as a great Italian mariner and missionary but enlightened liberal professors decry him as exploiting and enslaving Native Americans. Liberal professors have infiltrated and dominate university liberal arts, history and humanities departments and seek to brainwash and indoctrinate students who are forced to take courses in these disciplines as part of the required curriculum.  There is some nervousness at the First White House with the atatcks on heritage, the Battle flag and Confederate monuments across the country.  No vandalism has occurred and Bob remains hopeful that the First White House will remain a center of history, heritage and tourism in Montgomery for the state of Alabama and people from around the world. 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Prattville Dragoons Commander's Column for November 2017

From the SCV Camp 1524 Dispatch newsletter.

Commander's Column: PC Attacks are an Attack on Constitutional and Biblical Principles


There has been continuing insanity across the nation directed at our Confederate heritage and now that of our founding fathers and even our basic Judeo-Christian foundation principles.  The attacks on Confederate history was never about a glorification of slavery although those instigators played that card as a bait and switch.  This has been an orchestrated attack on our nation’s very founding principles.  Confederate heroes were the easiest target but the underlying Confederate Cause which espoused the pure founding principles of liberty and a limited federal government was the real bullseye.  Now “leaders at the church where George Washington attended decided that a plaque honoring the first President of the United States must be removed” saying the pew memorials to him and Robert E. Lee who attended the church since childhood are not acceptable to all worshippers.  “The plaques in our sanctuary make some of our presence feel unsafe or unwelcome” leaders said” (insider.foxnews.com/2017/10/28/George-washington-chruch-plaque).  The founding fathers and our very Constitution is under assault.  The Democratic National Convention head Tom Perez in an attempt to undermine the legitimacy of the current administration and energize his ignorant constituency recently falsely stated “the Electoral College is not a creation of the Constitution” (although it is clearly laid out in Article II of the Constitution) maintaining Trump “didn’t win” last November (foxnews.com/politics/2017/10/26/dnc-head-tom-perez-falsely-claims-electoral).
Any argument presented as an attempt to refute these PC positions is derided as racist.  In the Virginia gubernatorial race, CNN contributor (and former Hillary Clinton spokesman) Brian Fallon blatantly labeled GOP candidate Ed Gillespie as a white supremacist trying to capitalize on the tragic death of the Antifa counter-protestor in Charlottesville by trying to tie Gillespie to the white nationalist rally using a Twitter image and linking Gillespie to Trump both of whom have asserted their desire to preserve and protect the Confederate monuments there, Trump saying, “Gillespie will turn the really bad Virginia economy around and might even save our great statues/heritage (as 62 percent of Americans similarly believe Confederate statues should remain intact)”.  Fallon’s libel apparently backfiring as the Richmond Times endorsed Gillespie.  (breitbart.com/big-government/2017/10/28/republican-governors-assn, breitbart.com/big-government/2017/10/27/poll-ralph-northam-leads) The latest Democrat ad campaign in the race portrays “supporters of Virginia’s Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie as Confederates who attack minority children” showing Latino children being chased by a pickup truck bedecked with a Confederate flag labeling that as Gillespie and Trump’s “American dream”. (foxnews.com/politics/2017/10/0/democratic-campaign-ad-implies-ed-gillespie-supporters-are-confederates) 
And the divisive total attack on our Constitution, our heritage, our values is permeating throughout our university campuses.  In an article entitled “Vandalism: It Ain’t Just Confederate Memorials they Hate”, “The Church Militant reports the Northern Kentucky Students for Life set up a pro-life cross display Sunday afternoon and by Sunday night, vandals already had destroyed it.” (southernnation.org/2017/20/vandalism-it-aint-just-confederate-memorial)  University of Illinois math education professor Rochelle Gutierrez laid it out in her article “Building Support for Scholarly Practices in Mathematics Methods” that “on many levels, mathematics itself operates as whiteness. Who gets credit for doing and developing mathematics, who is capable in mathematics is generally viewed as white.” Further she says mathematics operates with unearned privilege in society, “Just like whiteness.”  She asks, “are we really that smart just because we do mathematics? (When I read that quote to my nine year old daughter, she exclaimed, “Yes!”) If one is not viewed as mathematical, there will always be a sense of inferiority that can be summoned.  (There are those) who have experienced microaggressions from participating in math classrooms.”  Her views and statements were endorsed and defended by the University Provost John Wilkin. (foxnews.com/us/2017/10/24/white-privilege-bolstered-by-teaching-math)  City University of New York sociology professor Jessie Daniels attacked our very Biblical nuclear family structure as white supremacist.  The “expert on “the Internet manifestations of racism” (said) “the white-nuclear family is one of the most powerful forces supporting white supremacy,” adding that families “reproducing white children” are “part of the problem” as they facilitate white supremacy in the country.  (She) suggested that “white people” should confront their racism and stop perpetuating inequality when they (bequeath) their homes to their children saying, “White people: do you own your home? When you die, where's wealth in that house going? If it's to your children, you're reproducing (inequality).” (foxnews.com/us/2017/10/31/having-white-nuclear-family-promotes-white-supremacy)
Timeless truths and principles such as our nation’s Constitution, Biblical principles protecting the sanctity of life and family, even absolute color blind objective principles of mathematics are not exempt from the insanity of the relativist attacks by the alt-left wackos.  Well, that couldn’t happen in Prattville Alabama.  Well, we just received the latest revised rules for our own Prattville Christmas parade.  No flags permitted except the United States flag (presumably prohibiting even our Alabama state flag not to mention our historical Confederate flags).  No hand-outs except candy and “Christmas themed trinkets” disallowing our SCV coins and mini-Battle flags.  No reenactment weapons.  No playing of “Dixie” (or any non-Christmas themed music).  If our Prattville government Parks and Recreation Department was not intentionally discriminating against our entry in instituting these parade prohibitions, they incidentally did a fantastic job of restricting our popular promotional initiatives.  And that is what is so confounding and irking - our Prattville government leaders and those in Charlottesville and Washington DC and at the Southern Baptist Convention and other Protestant church bodies are all ignoring the will of the people and the majority and are pandering to a vocal militant PC minority who seek to destroy our nation’s fabric and underpinnings to minimize our nation’s greatness and distort her history in an effort to promote a new socialist world order.  Yeah, let’s prohibit those problematic SCV coins and mini-Battle flags, that’s the answer.  

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Upcoming Events for Confederate Compatriots

From the SCV Camp 1524 Dispatch newsletter.

Upcoming Events

Prattville Dragoons Camp Meeting – Thursday November 9th at 7pm at the Shoney’s in Prattville on Cobbs Ford Rd

20th Annual Battles for the Armory – Thursday-Sunday, November  9-12th, Tallassee AL  

Prattville Christmas Parade – Friday December 1st downtown Prattville at 7pm

Vida Christmas Parade – Saturday December 16th  at 1pm at the Vida Community Center

Children of the Confederacy Christmas Program – Saturday December 2nd at the CMP chapel

Prattville Dragoons Christmas Social – Friday December 8th at Buena Vista at 6pm featuring Smokin S banquet

Prattville Dragoons Salvation Army Kettle Ringing – Saturday December 16th at Winn Dixie all day, Karl Wade will coordinate a sign-up sheet for shifts

AL Division Robert E. Lee Day Program – Saturday January 20th , 2018 at the Alabama State Archives

Army of TN Workshop -  Revival Building, 3030 Washington St. Athens AL, Saturday February 24th, 2018

AL Division Education Conference -  Prattville Doster Center, Saturday March 17th, 2018

Civil War Military & Civilian Life Living History - Confederate Memorial Park, Marbury AL,  April 27-28, 2018

Forrest Monument Dedication – Saturday May 5th, 2018 at Cedar Bluff AL 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Prattville Dragoons Chaplain's Column for November 2017

From the SCV Camp 1524 Dispatch newsletter:

Chaplain’s Column –Ask God, He Will Listen


    Did you know that God always loves the sound of your voice? God never places you on hold or tells you to call again later. He doesn’t hide when you call. He listens to all of your prayers.
   For that reason we should “be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6). With this verse the apostle calls us to take action against anxiety. We tell God exactly what we want. We pray the particulars of our problems.
Remember that what Jesus said to the blind man, applies to us as well. “What do you want me to do for you?” (Luke 18:41 NIV). One would think the answer would be obvious. When a sightless man requests Jesus’ help, isn’t it apparent what he needs? Yet Jesus wanted to hear the man articulate his specific requests. He wants the same from us. “Let your requests be made known to God!”
   I would like to wish everyone a very blessed Thanksgiving and please don’t forget to remember to pray for all those that are on our prayer list. 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Prattville AL Prohibits Display of Confederate Flag for Christmas Parade - Open Letter to Mayor

Received the registration and new rules for the Prattville Christmas parade.  Quite disappointed. If our Prattville Parks and Recreation Department was not intentionally discriminating against our entry in instituting these parade prohibitions, they incidentally did a fantastic job of completely restricting our popular promotional initiatives.  No flags (except the U.S. flag), no SCV coins (just Christmas “trinkets”, whatever that is), no playing of Dixie, no reenactors weapons, no mini-Battle flag hand-outs.  While they are busy taking down plaques honoring George Washington and attacking the Constitutionality of the Electoral College, and sponsoring ads depicting a truck bedecked with Confederate flags chasing Hispanic children in Virginia and college professors are attacking mathematics (yes, math) and the nuclear family as “white privilege” and “white supremacy”, while Antifa and BLM militants physically prevent the exercise of our freedom of speech at events across the country, we’ll prohibit those problematic SCV coins and mini-Battle flags.  There will be a lot of disappointed parade spectators who will not receive what they expect from us in the way of hand-outs and representation, the vast majority of those in attendance.  Cannot believe in Prattville Alabama we are cowering at the feet of the few PC progressives and misguided bigots and disrespecting our history and heritage.  Very disappointing.  By the way, I did alert the Parks and Recreation Admin that the rules as published disallow the display of the flag of the state of Alabama but, perhaps since it is patterned after the St. Andrew’s cross as was the Confederate Battle flag, perhaps that was intentional.  

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Prattville Dragoons Enjoy a Wonderful Fall Muster

SCV Camp 1524 members and their guests in attendance on Saturday October 21st thoroughly enjoyed the 3rd annual Dragoon Fall Muster under bright Alabama sunlight with moderate temperatures and a nice breeze. Many participated in shooting the clay targets with their shotguns and also shot a variety of other weapons at stationary targets. After working up an appetite, we dined on delicious Dixie butt provided by Larry Spears, Bill Myrick’s “World Famous" Baked Beans, Commander Waldo’s potato salad and corn casserole, several desserts and other picnic fare. After the meal, several more Dragoons continued breaking several clays with their expertly placed shots. 

The event was held in a field of the Dismukes’ property off Main Street south of Millbrook AL but unfortunately Dragoon Will Dismukes was not able to attend due to an emergent conflicting priority. But the camp appreciated the hospitality shown by the Dismukes family in hosting the event on the beautiful grounds adjacent to the Alabama River. A total of 20 camp members attended so it was the biggest fall muster event so far conducted by the camp.  Clays were thrown using a hand thrower as well as an anchored spring thrower so a variety of target paths were seen which made it a challenge to break the clays (especially since many were using this event as their sole annual opportunity to shoot).  

Members were pleased to see Allen Herrod who has had some health problems lately and new member “Bear” Butler brought an array of weapons that provided enjoyment to several who shot them.  Bill Branch also had a nice couple weapons.  Bear and Bill both brought their better halves so it was nice to see a couple ladies participate also. The youngest member there was Connor Lee who is a student and recipient of the Alabama Division Joe Wheeler scholarship who stated it was his first time shooting clays and the oldest in attendance was WWII veteran James Spears who also shot stationary clay targets.   Great time being able to shoot our guns and practice a little before hunting season.  Thanks to all who attended, those who brought food and everyone who helped clean up following the shoot and dinner. There was great camaraderie among all those present.




Saturday, October 21, 2017

Prattville Dragoons SCV Camp 1524 Workday at Robinson Springs Cemetery

Wednesday 18 October, four Dragoons took care of the maintenance of Robinson Springs Cemetery. Eight Confederate veterans are buried there along with veterans of the Spanish American War, WWI, WWII, Korea and other conflicts. There are many ancestors of present day inhabitants and founders of Elmore and Autauga counties buried here dating back to the early 1800’s. 

Carl French of the Cradle of the Confederacy Camp in Montgomery will mow the large area of the cemetery away from the graves in the next day or so.


Thanks to Skip Ward, Douglas “Bear” Butler and Bill Gill for contributing their labor and time to this Dragoon community service project which is part of the camps commitment to the SCV Guardian program taking care of historic cemeteries. Below you see the participants of the cleanup and a photo of part of the area cleaned up. The Battle Flags that mark each Confederate veteran grave were flying briskly in today’s cooler fall breeze.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Birthday of Confederate General William Joseph Hardee

October 12th is the birthday of Confederate General Hardee who was born 12 October 1815 and died on 6 November 1873. He is buried in Old Live Oak Cemetery in Selma. Pat Godwin of the United Daughter's of the Confederacy offered this rememberance.

Gen Hardee and Elodie Todd Dawson organized the Confederate Memorial Association in March 1873...he was the first president... then unfortunately, he passed away in November 1873... Elodie then took over as President and Confederate Memorial Association then became the Ladies Memorial Association.  They began raising money with the goal of erecting a memorial to the Confederate dead... and to bring back the remains of 156 Confederate soldiers.   The city of Selma purchased 18 acres adjoining the existing "West Selma Graveyard" in March 1877... on April 17, 1877, Elodie Todd Dawson went to the City Council and asked the city to donate one acre in the centermost part of the newly acquired land for the purpose of erecting the memorial.   The city granted Mrs. Dawson her request... the ladies then continued to raise money for the monument... and the remains of the soldiers... sadly,  Elodie Todd Dawson passed away in November 1877 and did not live to see the fruits of her labor come to fruition.  Alice Pettus then became President of the LMA... on April 26, 1878 the Confederate Memorial was dedicated at the Confederate Memorial Circle... which is now officially owned by the Selma Chapter 53, UDC. 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Prattville Dragoons Camp Meeting for October 2017

The Prattville Dragoons, SCV Camp 1524 held their camp meeting for October on the 12th of the month at the Shoney's on Cobbs Ford Road.  Following fellowship over their meals, 1st Lt Harold Grooms, in the absence of Commander Waldo, detailed the upcoming events and announcements including the camp's annual canned food drive and the Salvation Army bell ringing scheduled for later in mid-December as well as the upcoming Fall muster scheduled for Saturday 21 October and the camp's Christmas social on Friday 8 December.  It was a well attended meeting with several guests and one prospective member who submitted an application.  

Past Brigade Commander and camp Adjutant Bill Myrick presented an outstanding program on the 22nd Alabama Infantry Regiment which was raised in the south Montgomery community of Ramer. He brought his print of the muster of the 22nd which was located at a church in the area. Bill read a well written, detailed letter from a member of the 22nd concerning the Battle of Shiloh and the personal trials of the unit and himself. At one time, this soldier's company was down to some 40 - 45 men, about the size of a modern day platoon. Still they persevered in the face of extreme inclement weather and the constant barrage of Union fire and shelling. An outstanding presentation and enjoyable camp meeting. 



Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Prattville Doster Cemetery Cleanup by SCV Camp 1524 Compatriot

The final resting place of Confederate veterans of the Prattville Doster family was cleaned on Monday October 2nd by Compatriot Bill Myrick of SCV Camp 1524.   Bill has single-handed kept this historic cemetery groomed throughout the summer.  As can be seen from the attached photo, the cemetery looks extremely good. 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Prattville Dragoons Chaplain's Column for October 2017

From the Camp 1524 Dispatch newsletter:

Chaplain’s Column –Allowing God to Help Break the Cycle

God gives us more by gg deeper than we ask. He not only wants your whole heart, he wants your whole heart whole. Why? Hurt people hurt people. Think about it. Why do you fly off the handle? Why do you avoid conflict? Why do you seek to please everyone? Might your tendencies have something to do with an unhealed hurt in your heart? God wants to help you for your sake.

Your family history may have had some sad chapters. But your history doesn’t have to be your future. The generational garbage can stop here and now. You don’t have to give your kids what your ancestors gave you. Talk to God about the scandals and scoundrels. Invite Him to relive the betrayal with you. The process may take a long time. It may take a lifetime. It may be difficult, for certain. But let God do His work!

Please remember all of those on our prayer list.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Autauga County (AL) Cemetery Tour - Saturday October 7th

Dragoon friend and Autauga country cemetery expert Larry Caver Jr. will lead a tour of Autauga county cemeteries this coming Saturday.

Agenda- The tour will meet and begin at the Probate Office in Prattville AL at 7:30 AM; we will arrive at Old Autaugaville Cemetery (Asbury) around 8:00 AM; we will then go to Ivey Creek to tour Cemetery and Church; the tour will then go to the Roy Family Cemetery at Evergreen Community followed by a stop at Evergreen Baptist Church for a  break; the tour will continue​ to Old Harmony Cemetery on County Rd 45, and then the Hall Family Cemetery also on County Rd 45, and then back to Hwy 14 and back to Prattville. Wear long pants, comfortable shoes, bring a sack lunch and your smart phone for photos. No cost to attend and open to anyone who wants to join us!  

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Prattville Dragoons Commander's Column for October 2017

Commander's Column: Monument Attacks and NFL Kneeling Perpetuates Myth of White Wickedness

It is disturbing, nauseating really to read about the almost daily attempts to remove Confederate monuments across the country. Some mornings I check Twitter to see the latest news and other mornings I almost can’t bear to see what the new day brings related to these misguided efforts. Much has been written by scholars and pundits as to the impetus behind these attempts to remove these vestiges of Southern heritage and history. Not to belabor the discussion but I believe these attacks are a deep rooted (and covertly funded) effort to undermine and destroy bedrock American ideals and beliefs many of which were embodied by the Confederate Cause, that of state’s rights and sovereignty, individual liberty and, conservative Christian ideals.

The BLM and Antifa anarchists and their alt-left pawns scream the Confederate monuments are concrete (and granite and and bronze) symbols of racism, an affront to our enlightened sensibilities and 21st century mores. But, the insanity of these militant thugs has been directed now even to an attack on our country’s founding fathers as white privileged racists and the United States flag itself, as a symbol of oppression. Multi-millionaire minority athletes are kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem in a bewildering contradictory statement highlighting their alleged racial oppression. But these idiotic prima donnas and the mainstream media which attempts to give them credence have started to raise the ire of the majority grounded, rational, blue collar American consumers who have paid their exorbitant salaries but aren’t willing to see patriotism trampled on and the flag disrespected. The NFL preseason game in London had American NFL players kneeling during “The Star Spangled Banner” and standing to “God Save the Queen”.

Simply put, this is another example of the resistance to patriotic nationalism which the mainstream media paints as xenophobic white supremacist skinhead nazi racism. The NFL players not-so-subtle attempt to diminish the greatness of our country effectively supports a globalist one-world order initiative where the United States is nothing more than another middling nation wreaking of inexcusable historical injustices not deserving to provide or symbolize a beacon of freedom and democracy and opportunity to the world. I have always believed that one of the reasons the Confederacy and the Cause has been painted in such a bad light by Reconstructionist and modern government sponsored historians and educators is to provide credence and justification for and to gloss over Lincoln’s centralized federal government unconstitutional usurpation of state sovereignty, individual liberties and, the destruction of the self-sufficient independent Christian agrarian societal model. Pride in one’s country and perhaps an ignorance to its historical and societal faults or shortcomings certainly is critical to maintaining a compliant supportive citizenry.

But that is why any argument to defend the Confederate statues on the grounds of respecting and honoring the history is fraught with peril as these alt-left wish to erase any such vestiges of those who would defend a constitutional originalist ideal and conservative Christian values. Bill O’Reilly said in an interview with Sean Hannity recently, “The far left wants to drive the narrative that the USA is (and by extension to an even greater degree, the Confederacy was) an evil country. Why? They want to change everything.” That’s what progressives do. And of course this spotlight on these NFL players and their protest alleging institutional racism as well as the supposed racism associated with the historic Confederate statues and the Confederate flag is meant to propagate and perpetuate a racial divide in the country. As Jared Taylor states in “Paved with Good Intentions”, “The white mainstream is an alien imposition which they owe no allegiance.”

But just as main street is angrily reacting to the ludicrousness of aggrieved oppressed millionaire football players, the swell in nationalism reflected in the election of Trump and that of bedrock conservatism as illustrated by Judge Moore’s runoff victory over what was recognized as the establishment candidacy of Luther Strange demonstrates that the majority of Americans and certainly Southerners reject the notion of an institutionally evil racist American citizenry and government. Taylor talks of a “myth of monolithic racism (that) tends to exempt (American blacks) from responsibility, from autonomy, ultimately from America itself”, a tragic damage this myth does to all blacks in this country. But burning NFL tickets and jerseys and winning local battles to preserve a Confederate monument here or there is not likely to reverse this tide of divide as the myth of systemic institutionalized racism and the latest embodiment expressed as white privilege which is lectured to in elementary schools thru college curricula is a race baiting money maker. In Thomas Sowell’s words, the myth perpetuators are men “whose own employment and visibility depend upon maintaining an adequate flow of injustices… their very livelihoods depend on finding enough white wickedness to denounce.” (Taylor, “Paved with Good Intentions”) The Confederate statues were erected by UDC ladies to honor husbands and sons who never returned from battle in the defense of their homes but they symbolize a Southern heritage and values which conflict direly with the globalist progressive anarchist socialist agenda, which among other deviant goals is to perpetuate the concept of white wickedness.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Upcoming Events for Confederate Compatriots

From the Camp 1524 Dispatch newsletter:


Prattville Dragoons Camp Meeting – Thursday October 12th at 7pm at the Shoney’s in Prattville on Cobbs Ford Rd

Prattville Dragoons Fall Muster – October 21st, 10am, at Will Dismukes property in Millbrook AL – clay shooting, BBQ

Private Richard Head Grave Marking – hosted by the General Richard Montgomery Chapter SAR, Saturday October 21, 2017 at Bethlehem Cemetery near Louisville AL; the Dragoons will participate with laying of a wreath

20th Annual Battles for the Armory – Friday-Sunday, November 9-12th, Tallassee AL

Prattville Christmas Parade – Friday December 1st downtown Prattville at 6pm

Vida Christmas Parade – Saturday December ? at the Vida Community Center

Prattville Dragoons Salvation Army Kettle Ringing – Saturday December 16th at Winn Dixie all day, Karl Wade will coordinate a sign-up sheet for shifts

Prattville Dragoons Christmas Social – Saturday December 9th at Buena Vista at 6pm featuring Smokin S banquet

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Prattville Dragoons Cleanup Indian Hill Cemetery as Part of SCV Guardian Program

Several members off SCV Camp 1524 helped clean up Indian Hill cemetery the week of September 18th, with five men working Saturday morning and three more helping during the week. Pictured below is Conner Lee with Adjutant Wayne Sutherland, compatriot Skip Ward and new member Doug “Bear” Butler (Larry Spears was present on Saturday but not pictured). Also contributing on different days during the week were 1st Lt Harold Grooms, Ryan King and Treasurer Billy Leverette.  Many thanks to the men who showed up to do our duty in maintaining this cemetery which provides the final resting place for a number of Confederate veterans including original Dragoons including Lt. A. Y. Smith and many Autauga county early pioneers.. Camp 1524 is the Division SCV Guardian for this cemetery and reclaimed it from nature in 2014 and 2015. A re-dedication service was held in 2015 which was well attended by SCV members, community neighbors and dignitaries. 

We managed to not disturb the pesky yellow jackets that attacked Harold and Ryan on Friday and that was a blessing.  The crew was missing a few regular workers who were out of town or had other  obligations but the men present did a tremendous job tackling the summer growth.  Even if you cannot attend on the official work day, compatriots are encouraged when they can to go do some work which will lighten the load for those attending future work days. This is an excellent, highly visible  community service project that is only as successful as the SCV members and compatriots make it. 



Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The danger behind taking down Confederate monuments

The danger behind taking down Confederate monuments,
like ISIS bombing museums
It becomes tiresome pointing out the same old historical half-truths when talking about the War Between the States.
So in the interest of not getting distracted from my main point, let’s ignore the many reasons other than slavery behind the formation of the Confederate States of America (CSA).
Why not? Most do already. Instead, let’s talk about why current politicians’ taking down monuments to CSA soldiers and politicians is far more dangerous than allowing them to remain.
First, a word about symbols. It is entirely possible, and in fact most often the case, that symbols can contain a multitude of meanings.
That meaning is determined by the context in the which the symbol is seen, and by the person the viewer of the symbol is.
You may see the U.S. flag, and feel inspired as it reminds you of patriotism and love of country; citizens of other countries often have a far different interpretation.
I see the cross, and am reminded of the inestimable love of Jesus, while non-Christians may have a negative reaction. And who is to say that one side is wrong?
Symbols do not have meaning separate from the context in which they exist. The meaning is an artificial construct — a red rose is simply a flower until someone from a culture which view both the flower and its color as significant sees it.
That means that it is entirely possible that the person who tells you a Confederate monument or flag represents pride in regional heritage is not in fact racist.
That does not mean that to someone else, the flag or monument does embody racism — usually the argument against the flags of the CSA are predicated on the fact that slavery was an economic issue behind the South’s dissatisfaction with remaining in the Union.
This completely ignores the objective fact that the Union did not disavow slavery upon commencing actions against the CSA, and continued to have slavery be legal in the slave states of the Union even AFTER the Emancipation Proclamation freed some slaves in very specific areas.
It is usually also brought up that racist groups like the Ku Klux Klan have used the flags, again ignoring the role of the U.S. flag in the racist groups’ rallies, etc.
Minus any evidence to the contrary, the fact is that it is the willful ignorance, or conscious ignoring, of these facts that allow politicians and various organizations to manipulate the public through craven appeal to a simplistic understanding.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars — from some unknown source — were used to remove statues and memorials in New Orleans.
Now the mayor can gleefully claim to have fought the nasty racists, and undoubtedly those who have rewarded him with accolades and their applause will continue to congratulate him and his cronies on this grand stand against racism.
It’s an easy — if tawdry — way to get a bump in approval. But at the end of the day, how has it made the life of even one New Orleans minority citizen better?
The supposedly private funds used to destroy part of the history of a city with a large amount of historical tourism might have been used to help rectify the housing shortage which continues to burden the largely minority workforce that enables the tourism industry to succeed.
It could have been used to help transform the lackluster public education system, enabling even the poorest citizens to have confidence that their children were receiving the kind of education which would equip them to take their place in society and be the kind of leaders so desperately needed in New Orleans.
Instead, it went to the wanton destruction of items that had no impact on the day-to-day lives of the very population most in need of having the real legacy of racism erased.
The greatest danger in this kind of empty political stunt is the fact it enables smug, self-satisfied Yankees and “progressive” Southerners to once again make the CSA and the South their racial scapegoat.
Northerners won’t have to grapple with the embedded racism that informed their region in the 1860s, and which continues to this day. Those self-hating Southerners can pretend that they have risen above it.
How glorious to be amongst the non-racists of the United States! How grand to know that there is nothing other than removing those statues that need be done!
The hard work of ensuring equality for all requires all hands on deck.
By seeking to alienate a large portion of citizens who rightly wish to preserve their historical heritage and NOT support racism, those who take advantage of the ignorance and easily swayed opinions of otherwise well-meaning liberals do the cause of freedom, justice and equality an extreme disservice.
It also doesn’t serve our nation in the long run to ignore large chunks of our history and pretend that the complexities of our past just didn’t exist.
It doesn’t advance us; it puts us on the level of ISIS and all those who delight in bombing statues, destroying museums and trying to erase that which doesn’t support their agenda.


CHRISTINE BARR is an educator, mother of four and former Henry County resident who now resides in Texas. 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Prattville Dragoons SCV Camp 1524 Meeting for September 2017

The Dragoons had another splendid meeting on Thursday September 14th. Brigade Commander Butch Godwin visited the camp again and was recognized for his help in felling a large pine tree at Indian Hill Cemetery, part of the camp's ongoing care for the cemetery as part of the Guardian program.  The Dragoons also had one former member present himself for reinstatement, a transfer from a sister camp Douglas Butler,  one new member finalize his application and another new member present who has already submitted his application. This is great news as we keep growing as a camp and an organization to carry forth the Charge.  One of the new members has already stepped forward with great ideas for selling Confederate merchandise to help generate money for the camp's activities and has found two overseas suppliers.  

The program for September was a video of a television presentation from the early 1960’s featuring War Between the States music, " A Nation United, The Big Picture". When Dixie was played by the US Army band and sung by the Army choir, everyone stood and sang along. Other songs were featured that were popularized in the north and south and included "The Bonnie Blue Flag" and "Yellow Rose of Texas" as well as the less well received "Battle Hymn of the Republic".  Interesting to note the unity of those in the video presentation honoring both sides from this bloody conflict at the centennial of the War fro Southern Independence, just fifty years ago and contrasting that to today's environment. 

Rob Heyward, a new applicant for membership, gave a report on the Forgotten Alabama Soldier monument dedication that was held at Confederate Memorial Park in Luverne recently. Rob was very impressed with and touched by the dedication service and the friendliness of the hundreds of people attending the event and he gave a great report-out. 

At the end of the meeting, Brigade Commander Godwin surprised us by presenting National awards to Commander Stuart Waldo for Leadership and a National SCV Commendation and medal to Communication Officer Larry Spears.  A very humbling experience for the recipients. Attendance was good with just shy of 30 at the meeting and many enjoyed the special of the night which only cost 70 cents in honor of Shoney’s 70th birthday, another nice surprise. 

Commander Waldo led the camp in the reading of the Charge and presenting the camp news and upcoming events and Chaplain Snowden presented a wonderful devotional as well as the Invocation and Benediction. Compatriot Karl Wade made a number of announcements including a fundraiser for Crimestoppers and the Salvation Army Kettle Ringing which the Dragoons will participate in again this year.  This meeting also marked the first of the canned food drive for the Thanksgiving season where the camp will donate all food raised to a local food bank.