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. 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Prattville Dragoons Chaplain's Column for September 2017

From the Camp 1524 Dispatch newsletter.

Chaplain’s Column – Godly Living in an Ungodly Age
Titus 1:1-16
     Our Founding Fathers created a governing framework based upon biblical principles. Slowly, we have changed from “one nation under God” to a group of people who no longer want Him to be involved.
     Tragically, we’ve become, in numerous ways, an ungodly nation: many are driven by materialism and power; immorality and rebellion are prevalent; empty philosophy and false doctrine are widely acceptable. Underlying it all is a vocal decision to take God out of the nation’s “official business.”
     Yet even in an unbelieving society, people can, as individuals, follow Jesus. But the world will continually spread faulty teachings, so believers must be discerning. Otherwise, erroneous messages can lead Christians to compromise their convictions. Then affections and priorities may change. Don’t let the world’s clamor make the Spirit’s voice less audible. Without His guidance, our minds become vulnerable to lies.
     The Word of God is a compass that keeps us headed in the right direction—even in the midst of confusing messages all around. We need to be consistently filled with truth by reading, believing, meditating upon, and applying Scripture. God also tells us to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17). If our minds are focused upon Him, unholy beliefs will not be able to take root.
     The Word is our guidebook. We will still face difficulty as we live in this imperfect world—it is a confusing, dark place that entices us but never fulfills our true longings. Yet God’s truth will bring confidence and boldness, and His Spirit will direct and strengthen, enabling us to live victoriously.
     Please remember all of those on our prayer list.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Prattville Dragoons Commander's Column for September 2017

From the Camp 1524 Dispatch newsletter.

Commander's Column: Social Media, Twitter and Fake News

Almost as big as the headlines nowadays are the revelations of fake news produced by the main stream media.  Examples are the eporting on selective polling such as for political election races, selective research such as that pertaining to climate change, distorted public approval surveys for heritage preservation and, virtue signaling thru selective coverage of riotous confrontations such as the reports of the recent melee in Charlottesville .  Many of the news outlets have earned humorous acronyms describing the incoherent editorials presented as some unbelievable brand of journalism.  Many consumers have started to use  social media as an alternative to these agenda driven main stream media outlets.  I have started to read the camp’s Twitter feed in an attempt to receive a more accurate , more pertinent source of news and current events.  President Trump himself has adopted Twitter to communicate his thoughts and decisions directly to the American public to circumvent the bias and misrepresentation of his policies by the MSM.   As part of our camp’s online presence, we have a blof formatted website ( a Facebook page, as well as a Twitter account (@SCVDragoons) which are constantly updated with current events and activities.  I would encourage you to follow Camp 1524 on one or more of these social media formats. We now have almost 500 followers on Facebook and Twitter. We need voices on social media to further heritage defense and historical accuracy. 
Since the escalation of attacks on heritage preservation efforts there has been a torrent of Twitter posts highlighting the misguided efforts of historical revisionists and outright anarchists to destroy sacred and honored memorials as well as endeavors to preserve heritage sites and the true proud Southern narrative of liberty and bravery exhibited by our ancestors.  I wanted to share some of the Twitter tweets posted on our feed which have elicited a lot of support by heritage activists such as the Virginia Flaggers and many more. Enjoy and follow us at @SCVDragoons.
@SCVDragoons - The beautiful St. Andrew's Cross Confederate Battle Flag. Symbol of resistance to tyranny around the world. (to Quantrill’s Revenge - It's the precise symbol of freedom from Washington tyranny. No different from the original US flag that marked freedom from British tyranny).
@SCVDragoons - Progressive PC posturing. Why would a Citadel alumnus not appreciate and revere the history of the institution? Ridiculous sorry panderers. (to Civil War Saga - Citadel alumni renew pressure to remove Confederate flag from chapel)
@SCVDragoons · Great op-ed by descendent of this great Confederate cavalry General. Don't attempt to erase history. Consider sacrifices they made for VA. (to Confederate Quarrels - J.E.B. Stuart V: Confederate monuments can be a starting point of honest discussion)
@SCVDragoons · Perfectly stated. Just imagine these widows and mothers who lost their sons erecting these statues for ...  glorifying slavery. I think not. (to Confederate Quarrels - Stop ignorance about Confederate monuments)
@SCVDragoons - Sitting in Dallas airport, can't wait to leave with this nauseating news. These bigots are literally trying to out-virtue-signal each other. (to Confederate Quarrels - City Council Resolution Calls for Removal of All Dallas Confederate Monuments)
@SCVDragoons - Vast majority want monuments and historic statues to remain preserved. Richmond monuments are on National Register of Historic Places. Not PC, (to Confederate Quarrels - In the former capital of the Confederacy, the debate over statues is personal and painful)
@SCVDragoons - As do attacks on Confederate soldiers. Those who do need a history lesson. Respect, honor those brave soldiers who defended home and family. (to Attacks on Jefferson come from 'lack of knowledge')
@SCVDragoons - General Lee sought to achieve what already existed? I think not. He sought to defend his family and his home state. Whoever gave Kevin Levin a history degree should lose their accreditation. The US circa 1861-1865 (and before) was a slaveholding republic. (in response to CNN post on SCV members erecting new monuments)
@SCVDragoons - Yes, stand against violent intimidation. Preserve these historic monuments from the uneducated intolerant revisionist anarchist bigots. (to Confederate Quarrels)
@SCVDragoons - Sen. Book needs a book/history lesson. Confederacy didn't declare war on US, Lincoln did by resupplying Sumter and invading Southern states (to Confederate Quarrels - State Senator Files Bill To Eliminate Florida’s Confederate Holidays)
@SCVDragoons - The people of the state should decide. Otherwise PC grandstanding progressive local pols will undermine will of people/law like B'ham AL mayor. (to Confederate Quarrels - At Issue: Who should decide if Confederate monuments stay or go?)
@SCVDragoons -This seems to be not only incredibly ignorant but illegally discriminatory. Discriminate based on name? #ESPN PC stupidity. (to All American Girl - ESPN Pulls Announcer for Having Same Name as Confederate General)
@SCVDragoons - Next the founders, the Constitution and, the Bible. This is indicative of the progressive agenda from the Vatican. Don't deny Jesus Christ. (to Confederate Quarrels - California Catholic school takes away statues of Jesus, Mary in ‘an effort to be inclusive’)
@SCVDragoons - Precisely. It is the ignorant masses who like lemmings gravitate to the PC hysteria instead of pausing to reflect on true Southern history. (to Confederate Quarrels - Monument mayhem, history hysteria, rooted in poor public education).
@SCDragoons - Exactly.  Founders and patriots of a different time who shaped America and made it great.  But Antifa/BLM don't want America great again. The bigot Antifa and BLM want nothing short than the destruction of America and all vestiges of liberty. (to Nigel Farage - I am very pleased @POTUS had made this point. We must not rewrite American history to suit the hard left.)

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Upcoming Events for Confederate Compatriots

From the Prattville Dragoons Camp Dispatch newsletter.

AL Division SCV Joe Wheeler Birthday Celebration – Saturday September 9th, 10am at the Wheeler Plantation at Pond Spring just west of Hillsboro AL on Hwy 20 featuring cavalry demonstrations, house tours, food etc

Prattville Dragoons Camp Meeting – Thursday September 14th at 7pm at the Shoney’s in Prattville on Cobbs Ford Rd

Prattville Dragoons Fall Muster – October 14th, 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

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

Monday, August 28, 2017

Prattville Dragoons Attend Sons of Confederate Veterans Unknown Soldier Monument Dedication in Luverne AL

The Alabama Division Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Ben Bricken Camp 296, along with Clanton's Battery hosted a very successful, honorable monument dedication at Confederate Veteran Park in Luverne today.  Estimated attendance was 500 with ten compatriots from Camp 1524, the Prattville Dragoons among that count including Commander Stuart Waldo, Adjutant Wayne Sutherland, Ryan King, Tyrone Crowley, Bill Myrick, Bill Gill, Jerry Clay Lyle, Rob and Cameron Heyward and Larry Spears.  The crowd was large, enthusiastic and sported all kinds of Southern Heritage dress from ladies and gentlemen in period dress to Mechanized Cavalry members in biker gear to Confederate themed t-shirts and SCV shirts.  The event was very peaceful and enjoyable with no disturbance and no antagonizing protesters.  The park is located on US Hwy 331 adjacent to the Dry Creek Campground in Luverne AL.  The campground is beautifully shaded and provided a pleasant area to congregate before the event.  The Confederate Veteran Park has a 60ft tall main flagpole flying the Confederate Battle flag and in back of this (from the highway) are shorter flagpoles flying the historic First, Second and Third National flags with educational placards at the base of each.   A couple of granite monuments were preexisting including one depicting the Great Seal of the Confederate States of America with George Washington atop his horse and another emblazoned with crossed Confederate Battle flags honoring Confederate soldiers with the inscription, "In remembrance of those who served, who gladly wore the grey, a way of life he fought to preserve, he lived it every day, 1861-1865, Confederate soldiers of Alabama, lest we forget."  The new monument appears as a headstone with the inscription "Unknown AL Soldier, CSA, Mother I have been found, I am home".  The program included a welcome by David Coggins who is owner of the park and Captain of Clanton's Battery.  David proclaimed, "I am just a country boy from Alabama who loves his heritage.  Then SE Alabama Brigade Commander Joe Clark of Elba gave a statement of how important recognizing these unknown Confederate soldiers is to him personally by enumerating eleven of his ancestors who fought and died in the War and were not accounted for in battlefields, POW prisons or cemeteries from Ohio throughout the South.  This was followed by a roll call of Confederate veteran ancestors from those who wished to call their names from the assembled crowd.  A bell was rung after each name.  Alabama Division Commander Jimmy Hill then spoke to the crowd and included a recitation of the new SCV Statement of Purpose, "We, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, having been commissioned by the Confederate Veterans themselves, retain our responsibility and right to adhere to the founding principles of the United States of America remembering the bravery, defending the honor and protecting the memory of our beloved Confederate Veterans, which includes memorials, images, symbols, monuments and gravesites for ourselves and future generations."  The unveiling of the new monument followed and three men from Clanton's Battery provided a ceremony including salute volleys with muskets.  The program wrapped up with a series of "rolling thunder" volleys from the five cannon facing Hwy 331 which produced reverberations and smoke which surely startled the passersby on the highway. A beautiful meaningful memorial dedication program for unknown Confederate soldiers.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Southern Heritage Festival and Ball

A number of Dragoons from SCV Camp 1524 attended the Southern Heritage Festival on Saturday August 19th at the Southern Cultural Center in Wetumpka AL.  Commander Waldo along with compatriots Larry Spears and Bill Gill attended.  There were a number of speakers including Dragoons compatriot Tyrone Crowley who provided a history of Jefferson Davis' life in period dress.  Bill Anthony of the Tallassee camp along with his wife Nickey gave a waltz dance demonstration and instruction which was awesome to see with everyone in period dress and the women in their hoop skirts.  That night there was a ball with the Un-Reconstructed String Band where everyone could practice what they learned earlier in the day.  There was food including hot dogs with all the fixin's and red beans and rice with cornbread.  Outside a period primitive camp was exhibited and Ron and son Caleb Carpenter camped there and then provided a presentation/discussion on the age extremes of the soldiers in the war Between the States.  There was also a cross cut saw demonstration and lard rendering with cracklin'.  A highlight for the youngsters was the mule and wagon rides thru the woods around the property. All was to benefit the Alabama I-85 Confederate Battle Flag Project.  Donations for this project can be made to the First Capitol Flaggers.
Mike Whorton Drives the Mule Drawn Wagon with Commander Waldo's Children
Tyrone Crowley as Jefferson Davis

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Prattville Dragoons Workday at Millbrook's Historic Robinson Springs Cemetery

Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 1524 conducted another workday at the Robinson Springs cemetery on Hwy 14 in Millbrook AL on Saturday August 19th.  Workers included Commander Stuart Waldo, Quartermaster Bill Myrick, Mike Stanley, James Spears, Bill Gill, Carl French from the Cradle of Confederacy camp in Montgomery, 1st Lt Harold Grooms and compatriot Jerry Clay Lyle.  The grass had not been mowed in the past month so spots were tall and tough to mow thru but, Jerry Lyle brought his “Dixie Chopper" adorned with flags and stickers which made short work of it along with Carl French's big fast Turf Tiger.   Carl, after making some repairs to his machine on Friday, was able to coax some work from his zero turn mower.  The cemetery looks better than at any time this year thanks to all the hard work from those who participated as part of the Alabama Division cemtery guardian program.  Also, on Tuesday August 22nd, Bill Myrick cleaned the Doster family cemetery.  There are at least 2 Confederate veterans buried there and a War of 1812 veteran.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Prattville Dragoons Lawncare of Historic Robinson Springs Cemetery

Three compatriots from SCV Camp 1524 showed up at Robinson Springs cemetery on Tuesday August 15th to get a head start on the workday scheduled for this coming Saturday August 19th. Tyrone Crowley brought his riding mower, Bill Gill brought his trusty weed eater and Larry Spears brought a walk behind mower. Approximately 1/3 of the cemetery was cleaned up concentrating on the front part, closest to Highway 14, so that the improvements could be seen by the public. 

Pictured is Bill Gill with his head down and working, Tyrone on his mower, partial results of our clean up and Larry with Tyrone’s mower. 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Dragoons of Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 1524 Have Successful Dixie Butt Fundraiser

Saturday morning August 12th, the Dragoons met at Herrod’s Chevron in Prattville to distribute Dixie butts and ribs that were sold during for the camp's annual fundraiser. Many members arrived early and helped bag the smoked butts and ribs which were purchased from Smokin S in preparation for the rush of customers that came between 8 AM and 10 AM. Thanks to Allen Herrod for allowing us to use a portion of his lot at Herrod’s Chevron for the distribution. Several Dragoons participated in the distribution including Commander Waldo,  1st Lt Grooms, 2nd Lt Jenks, Chaplain Snowden, Treasurer Leverette, Quartermaster Myrick, Adjutant Sutherland who handled the receipts and master list for distribution as well as compatriots Larry and James Spears, Bill Gill and Will Dismukes. Fundraiser chairman Sutherland worked extremely hard to keep up with the money and tickets so the process would go smoothly on Saturday.  Commander Waldo and Quartermaster Myrick met at Smokin S Bar B Q and brought the boxes of meat to the distribution site.  The morning of the distribution is always a fun gathering as we get to gather around the trucks holding our bounty of meat and fellowship and celebrate the culmination of our fundraiser.  Many folks to thank for a successful fundraiser but, most of all, we appreciate our members and friends who bought meat and/or made donations to our fundraiser. This is where we get the bulk of our money to spend on Confederate Heritage projects during the coming year. The Executive Committee makes every effort to stretch every dollar received so that we fulfill the Charge by General Steven D. Lee.  Deo Vindice!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Prattville Dragoons Camp Meeting for August 2017

Despite a stormy night with flash flood warnings, the Dragoons, SCV Camp 1524, held another enjoyable and impressive meeting last night. More fundraiser money was collected including several donations; collected dues and accepted donations for  the Confederate Museum being built at SCV HQ in Columbia, Tennessee on our property. The camp is close to reaching the goal of $1000 for the museum donation for which a commemorative plaque in the camp’s name will be placed in the museum.  After Chaplain Snowden opened the meeting with a devotional and prayer, Color Sgt Dismukes led everyone in the pledge and salutes to the flags and Commander Waldo recited the SCV Charge and went thru the list of upcoming events and announcements for the camp. 

Dragoon Sam Reid presented what was arguably the best of several presentations he has shared with the camp. Sam created and printed some extensive handouts for those in attendance. He talked about his Confederate ancestors, particularly 1 Lt. Thomas Taylor, who wrote several letters home which the family has kept in their possession as historic treasures. Sam detailed Thomas' career with the 6th Alabama Regiment in the Army of Northern Virginia. Sadly, the last letter that Sam referenced was one from Lt. Taylor’s Commanding Officer notifying the family of his death in 1864. A touching, magnificent presentation. 

The Dragoons welcomed several visitors and 4 potential new members including Mrs. Jean Bradley, President of the Montgomery UDC chapter, who brought her 2 nephews.  R. Hayward and his son also attended as potential members. Josh Stover, who has already submitted his SCV application was also scheduled to attend but was not able to due to the weather which caused a serious wreck blocking his route.  Always pleased when potential members visit for camp meetings and hope all return and join the SCV.

Below are some photos from the meeting: A pre-meeting crowd view; Chaplain Snowden giving a devotional; Sam Reid during his presentation;  Mrs. Jean Bradley and her nephews.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Prattville Dragoons Join Alabama Sons of Confederate Veterans for Tour "Civil War" Naval Museum

Some Dragoons of SCV Camp 1524 toured the Naval Museum in Columbus on Saturday, August 5. The event was organized by the Alabama Division. Alabama SCV member and Confederate Naval expert Shannon Fontaine served as the tour guide for the event. Alabama Division Commander Jimmy Hill reported that it was a great day with over 50 people in attendance.  He thanked Shannon Fontaine, Ol' Jack, for giving the tour of the Museum.  SCV members were greeted by Georgia Division Commander Scott Gilbert and the local SCV Camp Commander to welcoming everyone to Georgia. Dragoon compatriot Tyrone Crowley noted that Shannon Fontaine was in full Confederate Naval dress and provided a fine tour, with many details provided from his wide knowledge of ships, boats, and events of the WBTS naval history.   The tour lasted about two hours.  Bill Branch and Dede, Tyrone Crowley, Karl Wade and Harold Grooms attended the Museum tour from the Dragoons. 1st Lt Grooms reported that it is an excellent facility featuring exhibits from virtually every naval engagement in the war.  Harold noted that Shannon Fontaine, when providing details on the Battle of Mobile Bay, stated Farragut did not say, "Damn the torpedos!"  but in reality said, "Torpedos?  Damn!"  which was followed by a detailed report on casualties sustained by both sides. The badly outnumbered Confederates gave a good account of themselves during this and all the naval skirmishes.  Harold and Karl took in the Infantry Museum tour outside Ft Benning following the tour of the naval museum. 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Prattville Dragoons SCV Camp 1524 Commander's Column for August 2017

Mark Levin recently released his newest book entitled “Rediscovering Americanism: And the Tyranny of Progressivism”. According to Amazon, “In Rediscovering Americanism, Mark Levin revisits the founders’ warnings about the perils of overreach by the federal government and concludes that the men who created our country would be outraged and disappointed to see where we've ended up. Levin questions: How do we save our exceptional country? Because our values are in such a precarious state, he argues that a restoration to the essential truths on which our country was founded has never been more urgent. Understanding these principles, in Levin’s words, can “serve as the antidote to tyrannical regimes and governments.”” Although Levin’s formal education included a Political Science degree from Temple at the young age of 19 with summa cum laude honors as well as a law degree also from Temple, he unfortunately apparently cannot claim a cogent knowledge of the single historic event in our nation’s history which precipitated this decline in our nation’s principles. He decries the loss of liberty and growth of the overreaching tyrannical government as compared to what the framers envisioned but he refuses to recognize how pivotal the War for Southern Independence and the ultimate surrender of the Confederate forces and government meant to the perpetuation of the American “experiment” and the corruption of our democracy/representative republic.

I have listened to Levin often and if you can excuse his rude and abrasive demeanor, you might mistake him for a proponent of conservative policy and personal liberty. Then he displays his unequivocal ignorance by espousing Lincoln as the savior of our fruited plains. “September 2, 2014. Mark Levin again displayed his ignorance on his radio show by praising Abraham Lincoln. Mark (correctly) thinks the Russians are terrible aggressors for invading the Ukraine. For some reason, when Lincoln did the same thing, even more ruthlessly, in 1861, that was just fine. Because American tyranny is good, because Old Glory, Stars and Stripes Forever. Or something. Levin (spouts) increasingly asinine remarks on (his) radio (show) about the American Civil War and the Confederate States of America. The Irate One stated that the Confederacy represented an "illegitimate form of government" based on "dangerous rebellion." If that is true of the Confederacy, it is also true of the United States, who came into being in the same way: through secession and a declaration of independence. Furthermore, the Confederate States were not in "rebellion" to the Constitution or anything else. They were merely exercising their right to self-government under the very American concept of "the consent of the governed." They were merely following the legal means of seceding as outlined in textbooks at West Point, as commonly understood since the beginning of the American republic: sovereign bodies that accede to a union of political states may also secede from the same union when it suits their needs and purposes to do so. Abraham Lincoln himself stated as much in a speech to Congress while he himself was but a congressman, “Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable - a most sacred right - a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.” Any government that forces a population into its fold through force is tyranny. The Northern states were on the side of tyranny during the Civil War. They did not fight to "free the slaves" as is commonly and erroneously taught to every third-grader; they fought to force the South back into a union it no longer wanted; the slaves were totally negotiable. The Civil War was like most wars, fought over territorial control, the right to govern and the right to tax. (Money and resources.) Abraham Lincoln was a flaming disaster to the United States, clearly the worst president in our history. He started a war of tyranny and subjugation and killed 630,000 people in the process. Yet, Lincoln is Mark Levin's hero. It figures.” (

Mark Levin enjoys a syndicated radio show which airs on over 300 stations reaching millions of listeners. The forces of ignorance and hate are strong. For generations, schools have taught a distorted history which demonizes those Confederate heroes who dared defend their rights and their homes, taking up arms to oppose the aggressions of the Yankee invaders and tyrannical oppressors. Against incredible odds, our Confederate ancestors fought thru deprivations and immense hardship to preserve a nation constructed on the founding constitutional ideals. We must preserve the true history of the South and vindicate the Cause as the Charge implores us. It may seem a daunting task as the forces that oppose us are on the offensive. We must work within our local communities with outreach and education. We must continue to work at the state and national levels for heritage defense. As the Division 1st Lt said in the recent Alabama Confederate magazine, “Each of us has the ability to make a difference. We must offer whatever time and talents we can to building our Camps and our organization.” This is the most important period of the year to confirm your commitment, the annual period where we renew our SCV membership to renew our pledge to uphold the Charge, the single most important thing you can do to honor your Confederate ancestor. At the same time, this is also our camp’s annual fundraising period, our Dixie Butt sale which raises monies for all the work we do in our local community from donations to awards to education and outreach. Step forward to combat the forces of ignorance and intolerance. Step forward to vindicate the cause for which your Confederate ancestor fought, to defend the Confederate soldier's good name and guard his history, to emulate his virtues and perpetuate those principles which he loved and which made him glorious.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Prattville Dragoons Announce August 2017 Camp Meeting

Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 1524 will host their next meeting on Thursday August 10th at the Shoney’s in Prattville on Cobb’s Ford Road. Fellowship and partaking of the delicious Shoney’s buffet or menu items begins at 6:00 and includes Chaplain Snowden’s enjoyable updated slide show presentation. The camp meeting will begin at 7:00. The guest speaker this month is the Dragoons' own Camp Historian Sam Reid who will speak on Confederates from Autauga County.  Sure to be an enjoyable time and an educational discussion by our knowledgeable compatriot.  The Dixie butt fundraiser wraps up and the final tally will be announced as well as news of upcoming events and other camp news.  All are welcome.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Upcoming Events for Confederate Compatriots

Alabama Division Field Trip to Columbus GA Civil War Naval Museum – Saturday August 5th at 10:30am central and attendees are requested to wear SCV or Confederate attire

Prattville Dragoons Camp Meeting – Thursday August 10th at 7pm at the Shoney’s in Prattville on Cobbs Ford Rd

Prattville Dragoons Dixie Butt Fundraiser – distribution on August 12th at Herrod’s Chevron in Prattville from 8-10am.

Alabama Division DEC – Saturday August 12th, 10am til at the SCV Library at the Confederate Memorial Park in Marbury

Clanton’s Artillery Batery Raising Headstone for Unknown Soldier – Sunday Aug 27th at 2pm to include cannon firing

Prattville Dragoons Fall Muster – October TBD, at Will Dismukes property in Millbrook AL

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

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Prattville Dragoons SCV Camp 1524 Chaplain's Column for August 2017

     When we look In the Bible in Psalms 55: 1-23, David was overwhelmed with the weight of external pressures and internal anguish. We can learn from David how to handle burdens that come our way. Burdens can come in many emotional, spiritual, and physical forms. They all feel heavy and cause weariness. Every one of us can identify with David’s desire to run away and be at rest.
     Some of the loads we carry are not part of God’s plan for us. Some are in the form of guilt that lingers while we try to function which brings on worry about the future. Then we become bitter because we believe life has not been fair. These burdens aren’t from the Lord, and He won’t help you carry what He has told you to release.
     Other burdens, however, are entrusted to us by God. He gives us responsibilities, which can weigh us down, and He sometimes allows relational difficulties that tear at our heart. And when such problems and trials persist, they can drain us of our vitality and the result can be overwhelming. In every circumstance in life God lovingly looks over them before it reaches us. From His perspective, those things that are too heavy for us are opportunities for dependence upon Him. God never intends for any of His children to carry a burden without His help. He tells us to give it to Him and promises to sustain us.
     Casting your cares upon God means releasing them fully into His control. We will no longer be free to manage the situations toward our personal desired outcome, but the freedom Christ offers will release us from the burdensome weigh on us. Remember that God’s peace will sustain us as we trust Him.
     Let’s remember all of those that are on a prayer list.