Monday, May 22, 2017

Dragoons of SCV Camp 1524 Participate in Prattville Cityfest

A number of Dragoon members participated in the Prattville City Fest event on Saturday May 13th and were well rewarded for their efforts. An unbelievable amount of contacts were made with an appreciative public who, one after another, opened up about their love for our Confederate heritage and their thankfulness that the Sons of Confederate Veterans and he Prattville Dragoons are there for them helping to advance the Cause and preserve Southern heritage. As always happens in public ventures in which the Dragoons participate, it is like a dam breaks and the public rushes to us to express their love for this period of history and their gallant ancestors who fought for Liberty. A number of men expressed interest in joining the SCV and learning more about their ancestors.

Many thanks to all who worked so hard to set up and take down the exhibits plus interact with the public. Pictured below you see several scenes from the day at the Dragoons' booth. Our exhibit garnered a lot of attention and many sales of Quartermaster items including Confederate flags and tote bags. We also gave out a few hundred mini Battle Flags, SCV coins, Alabama Division educational posters, and free literature.  The day was very enjoyable, successful and worth the effort. 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Alabama Memorial Preservation Act

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 Sons of Confederate Veterans worked to get this legislation passed in the face of the politically correct historical revisionism which has led to the removal of historical monuments across the country, most recently the General Lee, General Beauregard and President Jefferson Davis monuments by liberal race bating hate mongers posing as the city council and mayor of New Orleans.  This Act protects monuments honoring those who helped shape the history of the state of Alabama from colonial times to the heroes of recent 20th and 21st century conflicts, including those who fought to defend their homes and state in the War for Southern Independence.  The Act issued in its final form can be found on this link -

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Prattville Dragoons May 2017 Camp Meeting

The much anticipated May SCV Camp 1524 meeting with Brigadier General John Scales, U.S. Army, retired, as the speaker was held Thursday night, May 11th at the Prattmont Baptist Church. General Scales was most informative in his presentation of “Did Forrest Make a Difference”. General Scales has written a book about General Forrest and it will be available to the public in a few months. In his presentation, General Scales outlined Forrest’s entire career with the Confederate Army from the time he enlisted as a private for one month before he was promoted to Calvary Colonel until the end of the war when his troops stacked arms on 9 May 1865. 

Following a devotional and Invocation by Chaplain Snowden, Commander Waldo read the SCV Charge.  Compatriot Will Dismukes was sworn in as the newest member of the Dragoons and SCV.  The upcoming events for the camp and the Alabama Division of the SCV were highlighted and then announcements were made including reports from compatriot Tyrone Crowley for a presentation he helped make at Alabama Christian Academy and from Sam Reid who made a presentation to the Autauga Geneological Society.  Following the presentation by General Scales, the SCV closing and a Benediction by Chaplain Snowden closed the meeting

Nearly 50 persons attended this meeting with members of several other camps present along with many guests.  Many thanks should be extended to all who attended and invited others to come.  A BBQ dinner was hosted by 1st Lt Harold Grooms who also led planning for the meeting event.  Harold brought chopped BBQ and camp stew and he and Mrs. Grooms led the setup including decorating the venue as well as breaking down and cleaning afterward.  Quartermaster Bill Myrick and wife Peggy brought their world famous baked beans and hummingbird cake.  Commander Waldo brought potato salad and desserts.  Adjutant Sutherland brought plates and utensils and came early and stayed late helping with the setup and cleanup. We appreciate all who assisted in the planning and  execution of this most enjoyable camp meeting many who stated it was the best in memory and a huge success.

Pictured below you see the head table consisting of Brigade Commander Butch Godwin, Dragoon Commander Stuart Waldo, General John Scales and Dragoon Sam Reid who served in the military with General Scales and arranged for him to speak to us. Also pictured are photos of part of the crowd and a photo of 1st Lt. Commander Harold Grooms who was the program chairman. Also pictured are Will Dismukes receiving his SCV certificate and General Scales making his presentation.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Pratville Dragoons' Adjutant Attends Flag Raising

On Saturday May 13th, the Sons of Confederate Veterans Mechanized Cavalry with the Alabama Division and National Headquarters SCV raised a new 20 x 30ft Confederate Battle Flag atop a 100ft tall pole near Cordova, AL The dedication and raising ceremony began at 1pm continuing til 3pm.Adjutant Sutherland of the Prattville Dragoons was able to attend the event along with members from camps around the South.  Adjutant Sutherland reported that it was a warm beautiful day enjoyed by over 200 Confederate compatriots with speakers, rifle and cannon salutes, and music to celebrate the occasion. Food and beverages was also offered.  The new flag compliments a similar flag which has flown over I-65 near Prattville AL.  This new flag can be seen in North Alabama along I-22 near exit 72. 
The New Battle Flag as Seen from I-22

The Crowd Gathered at the Site of the Flag Raising

The Beautiful Base of the Flag
Alabama Division Commander Jimmy Hill

Cannon Crew

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Announcing the Prattville Dragoons' Camp Meeting for May 2017

From the May 2017 Camp 1524 Dispatch:

On Thursday, May 11th Prattmont Baptist Church will be the location for this month’s meeting of the Prattville Dragoons. We have a special guest speaker, Major General John Scales U.S. Army, retired, and his topic will be on the impact of General Nathan Bedford Forrest. This distinguished career officer is an outstanding speaker who has also authored several books.

A meal will be served beginning at 6:00 PM with the program to follow. First Lt. Commander Harold Grooms will be hosting the meal which will consist of bar-b-que, camp stew and various dishes provided by some camp members. 1Lt. Commander Grooms requests persons and/or camps planning to attend RSVP to Harold NLT Friday May 5th. This is for head count purposes for meal planning. Donations to offset the meal expense will be accepted.

General Scales is traveling from north Alabama to present this outstanding program to us and we are encouraging members of other SCV camps, the general public, educators, etc. to attend this special presentation.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Upcoming Events for Confederate Compatriots

From the May 2017 Camp 1524 Dispatch:

1.) Annual Service for the Fallen – Sunday May 28th at 6PM at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Montgomery, AL. The Dragoons will attend to place a wreath in memory of those Confederate veterans who sacrificed their all in the War Between the States.

2.) Flag Raising – Saturday May 13th – Corodva, AL The dedication and raising ceremony will begin at 1pm until 3pm.There will be speakers, rifle and cannon salutes, and music to celebrate the occasion. Food and beverages will be offered. Take I-22 to exit 72 and Mechanized Cavalry troopers will be posted to provide directions and assistance at each turning point. The SCV will soon have a 100 foot sister flag in place in North Alabama to compliment the I-65 Battle Flag

3.) Prattville Cityfest – Saturday May 13th 9am-5pm at the Dragoons booth

4.) 2017 Division Reuninon – June 9th and 10th in Cullman.
Registration forms are available on the Alabama Division website and are due by May 31st.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Prattville Dragoons' Chaplain's Column for May 2017

Chaplain’s Column: Facing Accusations

Scripture: Matthew 26:7-13

From time to time Christians face undeserved criticism. Sometimes it comes when we offer our very best to the Lord. These good intentions are misunderstood or even made fun of by those who should even know better.

In the above passage of Matthew, a woman takes a bottle of precious perfume and pours it on Jesus’ head as He reclined at the table. The woman was scolded for her actions. Her efforts were viewed as extravagant, unreasonable, and irresponsible. Jesus, however, thought of the event in another way. It was amazing how the Lord looked at this event. He knew her intentions and viewed this as a loving sacrifice. In His mind, it deserved to be memorialized—He said, "What she has done will also be told, in memory of her." (Matt. 26:13 NIV).

Sometimes we wonder just how much God is noticing our efforts to please Him. At times some of our greatest sacrifices seem to bring nothing but misunderstanding or even criticism from our family members and friends. We sometimes hear people talk about our effort and sometimes those voices come even from our own heart.

Jesus Christ knows the depths of our soul, sees and understands the torment we face. He hears the condemning voices of our accusers. When our sacrifices for the heavenly Father make little sense to the world around us, it is His voice that will prevail on our behalf. Please remember those on our prayer list.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Prattville Dragoons Commander's Column for May 2017

April 24th was Confederate Memorial Day and that morning while checking the news on my computer, I was pleased to note that highlighted Confederate Memorial Day.  In a short article, they provided a brief history saying, “The day traces its roots back to 1866 when the Ladies Memorial Association of Columbus GA passed a resolution to set aside a day to honor Confederate soldiers who lost their lives in the Civil War. Almost 260,000 Civil War soldiers were killed in the lined of duty,” they reported.  Government offices closed in observance of the state holiday were also listed. 

Unfortunately, an hour or so later they also ran an Associated Press article which was much more editorial and slanted as you might imagine.  After listing the few states which still observe the day or others as a state holiday, the author immediately followed that Mississippi in their 1861 secession declaration included that its decision to leave the United States was "thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery."  They then quoted a Mississippi activist who complained that the state flag there prominently includes the Confederate Battle flag.  No mention was made of the referendum put on the ballot there where voters, citizens there elected to keep their state flag by a 30% margin.

The same AP article included a quote from SCV chaplain Barry Cook of Jasper, cherry picking his good commentary previously published on to minimize the monumental decision of the Southern states and populace to secede saying it was merely because “Yankees wanted to disrupt their lives”.  This same quote was used on WLWI radio during their morning news which included the announcement of Confederate Memorial Day followed by the editorial that some believe that slavery was the sole reason for the Southern states secession. 

Eleven states seceded from the Union.  Upwards of a million Southerners fought to defend their states, their homes from the invading Union army. Over a quarter million Southerners died in the War Between the States.  For a “disruption” to their daily lives?  To phrase the reason for secession and such a monumentally tragic war with such an absurdly insignificant word as “disrupt” is offensive.  Abraham Lincoln was elected as a sectional candidate with 39% of the popular vote vowing to enforce oppressive tariffs and taxation to fill his Treasury and redistribute the wealth of the Southern states to the Northern industrialists by returning the states of the Confederacy to an imperialist Union, wantonly attacking fellow Americans many who had served the United States in the armed forces and government with distinction but who resisted the ruthless overbearing Federal army and defended their sovereign home states. A mere disruption? 

Kevin Elkin, the host of the morning radio show on WLWI mentioned Confederate Memorial Day also.  His guest that morning said he was “trying to figure out what to do on Confederate Memorial Day (and that he didn’t) care anything about it.”  Although Kevin said he didn’t intend to observe the day, he said he “understood the reverence” we place on observing Confederate Memorial Day to honor our Confederate ancestors.  Interestingly, I took note when Kevin said he is the only radio or TV host in the Montgomery area who is a military veteran.  I think it not a coincidence that this Army Ranger veteran although a black man understands and appreciates the sacrifices that the Confederate veterans made in defense of their homes, many dying, many maimed and crippled.  The deprivation they experienced.  The horror of this modern total war. 

A couple days later I noticed on Twitter a link to an article discussing President Trumps comments on Andrew Jackson. Incredible to see the ignorance of all the comments posted to the article who uniformly, just as Chelsea Clinton did in the article, that secession and the War was all about slavery. Lincoln said in his inaugural address that he had " purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so." Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation was a war measure which freed no slaves as it didn't apply to slaves in states within the Union, only to states in the Confederacy for which he had no jurisdiction, until his Army ransacked the countryside and freed the slaves to allow them to starve to death (read "Sick from Freedom" by Jim Downs). Trump was stating that Jackson would have avoided secession by negotiating the tariff issue which was the true impetus of the Southern states leaving the Union. Lincoln provoked the War at Ft. Sumter (and then escalated and ultimately finished it by invading the South) as he needed to control the ports to collect his tariffs. He said, "What about the revenue? What would I do about the collection of duties?" Wars are fought over money/territory(resources). Follow the money. Lincoln could not and would not allow the Southern states to peacefully secede as the industrializing North was dependent on the tax and tariff monies from the wealthy Southern states.

Western Kentucky University student government recently voted in favor of reparations for black students in the form of free tuition; they also recommended test-optional admissions for prospective black students. One student senator the resolution was not unfair because it makes up for advantages white people have historically enjoyed.  Evidently this student of higher learning has never heard of Reconstruction and share cropping in the South and for that matter the economic disparity between North and South even today.  The Kennedy brothers spoke at the Education Conference about the destruction today of our Southern heritage and culture due to internal immigration.  Many of our universities and local governments in the South are controlled now by people who do not understand Southern history nor appreciate Southern heritage.  One need only look at the repulsive efforts at historical revisionism at Washington and Lee University and in Lexington and Danville, Virginia to see the attempts at removal of vestiges honoring Southern heroes. Or at New Orleans to see the repugnant efforts of a liberal Yankee city administration led by Mitch Landrieu to remove beautiful historic Confederate monuments.

The ignorant regurgitation of the slavery issue as the sole cause of secession and the War, the attacks on Confederate monuments across the cemeteries, universities and towns throughout the South, are disconcerting and frustrating.  We as Sons of Confederate Veterans have the opportunity to proclaim the truth and perpetuity of the Cause and the relevance today of the Confederate soldier’s brave struggle for freedom and sovereignty and state’s rights.  As past-Division Commander Ira West wrote in his Confederate Memorial Day distribution, “We honor our illustrious Confederate ancestors (who) though hopelessly outnumbered and with little hope of success, continued to fight for four long years.  They fought to protect their families and homes from the burning and pillaging Yankee invaders as they tried to peacefully leave a union they had peacefully entered. They deserve our remembrance and honor.  Let us not forget that more Alabamians gave their lives fighting for the Confederacy than in all other wars combined.”  

Friday, April 28, 2017

Boycott of New Orleans for Removal of Historic Confederate Monuments

New Orleans, Louisiana Boycott

Sons of Confederate Veterans

The recent events in New Orleans have been heartbreaking. The current mayor, Mitch Landrieu, and the City Council have completely derailed and are destroying the history of the very city they were elected to protect. Ironically, in the early morning hours on Monday Mr. Landrieu, according to reports, had local firemen dismantle one of four monuments that he and other elected officials (not the citizens) alleged to be offensive to the citizens of New Orleans. The irony here is that Landrieu himself narrowly escaped house arrest for owing the firefighters pension fund over $70 million dollars; yes, $70 million dollars.

In 2015 word was received that the Mayor and his council started laying the groundwork for their plan, much like ISIS, to destroy monuments of our ancestors. With this information, the local Camp and Louisiana Division entered into litigation to stop this insanity. The National SCV entered into the litigation at a later date in an attempt to block the removal of historical monuments placed in the city. Thus far the fine men of Louisiana have basically been railroaded by Landrieu and his cronies over the years. For thirty two years the City was run by people of color who respected historical monuments, but now Mr. Landrieu chooses to create division among the people for some perceived political gain or notoriety. It is reported that Landrieu now has a list over one hundred streets and school names he wishes to change.

We are calling for a BOYCOTT of the City of New Orleans by the members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and all right-minded people. Please visit Confederate Memorial Hall in this once fine Southern city but do not spend any of your hard earned dollars otherwise in the City. We must stand strong and let the historical terrorists and haters know who we are and what we stand for!

New Orleans is no different than any other large town in the Southeast, and tourism dollars are what they thrive upon. New Orleans’ busiest time of the year is Mardi Gras, and the money raised every year is used to promote the Mayor and City Council’s agenda. You are encouraged to visit Louisiana and the countless towns and communities that host Mardi Gras festivals, please avoid New Orleans. Let our voices and dollars be heard!!!

Therefore, we call for a BOYCOTT of New Orleans, LA and highly encourage each of you to spread the word to friends and family. We need to show Mr. Landrieu and his cronies that we will not stand for his ISIS tactics and the absolute destruction of OUR history under the cloak of darkness with snipers on rooftops. We must collectively let the powers that be know that we will not allow OUR HISTORY and the world’s history to be destroyed or re-written by a few despicable people in power!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Prattville Dragoons Indian Hill Cemetery Spring 2017 Cleanup

Indian Hill Cemetery looks great for Easter Sunday thanks to the work of five Dragoons and one Cradle of the Confederacy Camp member who worked and cleaned up the cemetery on Saturday morning April 15th plus the previous work of Dragoon Billy Leverette on Thursday April 13th. Billy worked nearly 3 hours Thursday which provided the work crew on Saturday a good head start. The workers ran weed eaters, sprayed weeds, raked leaves, cut grass  and trash and performed other tasks. Dragoons who volunteered at Indian Hill cemetery on Saturday included Harold Grooms, Wayne Sutherland, Allen Herrod, James and Larry Spears. They were joined by Montgomery's Cradle of the Confederacy Camp 692 Compatriot Mike Stanley who heard about the Dragoons' clean up day and volunteered his services to the effort.  New flags were placed on the 5 known Confederate veterans interred in the cemetery, including Dragoon Lt. A. Y. Smith. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Dragoons Clean Local Doster and Robinson Springs Cemeteries

Members of the Prattville Dragoons SCV Camp 1524 cleaned Robinson Springs Cemetery and Doster cemetery on Monday, April 10. Present for the Robinson Springs clean up were Bill Myrick, Bill Gill, Tom Crowley, James Spears and Larry Spears. Compatriot Carl French of the Cradle of the Confederacy Camp cut the grass at Robinson Springs over the weekend and did an outstanding job as usual. The Dragoons trimmed and performed other tasks to get the cemetery in good shape for Confederate History Month and Easter. Clean up of this cemetery is a joint effort between the two camps.  Compatriot Bill Myrick cleaned Doster cemetery by himself for several hours on Monday. Thanks to all these men who dedicated their services on Monday. 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Prattville Dragoons Host Confederate Memorial Day Program

Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 1524 invite everyone to a program to observe Confederate Memorial Day on Monday April 24th at 6pm at the Prattville Primary School, 216 Wetumpka St, Prattville AL.  The event will feature music including live bagpipes, an Honor Guard posting colors and a wreath at the monument for the Prattville Dragoons as well as guest speaker, Pastor John Weaver.  Free SCV educational posters and beverages will be available.  Come and bring family, friends and guests and bring lawn chairs to sit down and enjoy a meaningful local Prattville event.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Confederate Memorial Day Events for 2017

There are at least 4 events in our Montgomery AL area that you can participate in to honor your Confederate veterans during Confederate History and Heritage Month. The state holiday for Confederate Memorial Day is Monday 24 April this year. On that date at 10:00 A.M. at the Confederate Memorial Monument on the state capitol grounds, the Alabama United Daughters of the Confederacy will host their annual Confederate Memorial remembrance. There are chairs provided or you can sit on the capitol steps or bring a folding chair. There will be cannon firing, rifle salute, bagpipes, music by Fiddlin' in the Parlor, keynote speaker Pastor John Weaver, ancestor honor roll call and more. You may announce the name of one Confederate soldier, his company and/or regiment during the roll call/bell ringing. Pastor Weaver is from Georgia and is well known for his positive commentaries about the South and Confederacy. One of his most famous commentaries, which our camp has on CD for those interested, is The Truth Concerning the Confederate Battle Flag. Here is a recording of his sermon/commentary on the Battle Flag with other videos of his talks listed on the side of the page: 

The second event is our own Prattville Dragoon Confederate Memorial ceremony at the two Dragoon monuments on Washington St. at the Prattville Primary School. (Street address for the school if you need it is 216 Wetumpka St., Prattville)  Our monuments are just around the corner from the front of the school and face Washington St. This will be on Monday 24 April at 6:00 P. M. We are most fortunate to have Pastor Weaver scheduled to speak at our ceremony also! Rarely would any of us have the opportunity to hear this great man speak twice in one day but here is your opportunity. We need a crowd there to support Dr. Weaver. Commander Waldo and the other officers challenge all members who can possibly attend to be there and bring some guests! There will be bagpipes and a wreath laying at the Dragoons monument there at the primary school.  Bring your lawn chairs to this event. There is ample parking on site. 

Another fine Confederate Memorial Day Program to attend will be held on Tuesday April 25 in Selma at the Confederate Memorial Circle in the Old Live Oak Cemetery.  This event is hosted by the Selma Chapter 53 UDC and the Col.C.C. Pegues SCV Camp 62.  This event will be held at 6pm on Tuesday and also features past-SCV Chaplain in Chief John Weaver.  Confederate Memorial Circle has had extensive renovations to beautify the final resting place of many Confederate veterans and provides educational kiosks also. 

The fourth event is the memorial service at Oakwood cemetery in Montgomery hosted by the Ladies Memorial Association on Wednesday 26 April at 2:00 P.M. April 26 is the original date designated by the Legislature for Confederate Memorial Day as it was the date that General Joseph Johnston surrendered his Army in North Carolina in 1865. The LMA has held Confederate Memorial services there since 1866, the year it was organized. They built a pavilion in 1869 which is still there today and will will be the location of the ceremony. This is always a splendid service, held in open air springtime weather under the trees and amoung the rolling hills of Oakwood cemetery. There will be an honor guard to fire a salute to the Confederate veterans. LMA website: 

Make your plans to attend some or all of these events during Confederate History month. These ceremonies will definitely stir your Confederate blood.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Dragoons Present JROTC SCV Hunley Awards

The Prattville Dragoons again presented the Sons of Confederate Veterans H.L. Hunley Award at Prattville High School and (Millbrook) Stanhope Elmore High School recently.  Thursday night, March 30, at Prattville High School the Prattville Dragoons presented the Hunley Award to JROTC Cadet Ashton Holland. Presenting the award were 1st Lt. Commander Harold Grooms and Past Camp Commander William Myrick.

Brendan McGraw was this year’s recipient of the SCV Hunley award at Stanhope Elmore High School (Millbrook AL) during the school's Army JROTC awards program on Wednesday morning, April 12th.  Brendan is the Bravo Company Commander already.  Commander Waldo and Past Commander Myrick made this presentation at Stanhope Elmore. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Caver's Encyclopedic History of Alabama

An announcement from our Autauga county historical expert, Larry Caver,  about his new book.  For more information please contact Mr. Caver at

Caver's Encyclopedic History of Alabama, Vol. I (A-B) has been published. It contains information on the people, places and events in Alabama's history. It is alphabetical. Volume I contains information on the letters "A-B". Volume I has approximately 440 pages in size. It is available for $35 postage included. 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter Message from the Prattville Dragoons Chaplain

Our Risen Savior
Jesus' life, death, and resurrection form a solid foundation for our Christian faith. Scripture tells us that Jesus lived a perfect life—one without any sin. As the spotless Lamb of God, He willingly went to the cross and sacrificed Himself for us (1 Pet. 1:18-19). Christ bore our sins and endured our punishment so we might be reconciled to God.
The Savior's death was accepted by the Father as full payment for our sins, and it made a way for us to be at peace with Him (Rom. 5:1). Three days after the crucifixion, Jesus was raised from death to life. He had overcome the grave. In victory, He ascended into heaven and now sits at the Father's right hand.
Christ's death and resurrection are a picture of what happened at our salvation. Recognizing ourselves as sinners who could not pay for our own misdeeds, we expressed faith in our Savior. Then, "our old self was crucified with Him" (Rom. 6:6), and we were reborn spiritually. Because of His sacrifice, we were forgiven, reconciled to God, and adopted into His family. Heaven will be our eternal home.
Paul emphasized the importance of the resurrection to the Christian life. He explained that if it were not true, our faith would be in vain.
The risen Christ appeared to many people. He let Thomas touch Him to know that He was alive. After the Lord ascended into heaven, the Father sent His Holy Spirit to indwell believers and bear witness to the truth of the resurrection. Our faith is based on the secure foundation of a risen Savior.
It is my prayer that everyone will have a blessed Easter. 

Appomattox - April 1865

In acknowledgement of the sad events of April 6 - 9, 1865. After the Army of Northern Virginia, General Robert Edward Lee commanding,  departed the Petersburg and Richmond defenses, they tried to maneuver to join General Joseph Johnston’s army in North Carolina and continue the fight. However, the Army of the Potomac commanded by General U.S. Grant continued to restrict Lee’s movements and eventually on April 6 cut off about 1/4 of his Army at Sayler’s Creek, Virginia and captured them. The remains of the gallant Army of Northern Virginia attempted to break out of the confinement but they were unsuccessful. Starving, outnumbered, worn out and with few supplies General Lee exchanged notes with General Grant which led to their meeting at the McLean house at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia on April 9, 1865. General Lee was heard to say that he would rather die a thousand deaths than to face Grant and ask for terms. However, as he did all his life, he did his duty. This time it was to avoid the further loss of life in the nearly hopeless situation his Army was in. 

Read this narrative of the events mentioned above and think of how it hurt our beloved General Lee to cease fighting for the liberty of the Confederate States of America. It is well written and very factual. 

Here is the Farewell to the Army of Northern Virginia from General Robert E. Lee, Commanding. Notice he said the Army was “compelled to yield…”  He did not say surrender.

God bless the South and God bless Robert E. Lee.

Friday, April 14, 2017

April is Confederate History and Heritage Month

FROM Defending The Heritage

When Lincoln called up 75 thousand men to invade the Independent Southern States on April 15, 1861, his unconstitutional act prompted the states of Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Arkansas to secede, joining the newly formed country, the Confederate States of America. Thus, with the invasion of the South, this began the bloodiest war in our American history.
When the South was invaded, Southern States called upon their sons to do their duty to defend their state, homes and family from invasion. These men went to do their duty, not as aggressors or in the spirit of conquest, but to protect their homeland from an unjust invasion.
More than half of all the casualties on both sides were from the hardships and disease found in camp life. This was especially true for the Southern troops who nearly always lacked the basic necessities of food, clothing and medical supplies, unlike the Northern troops, who had plenty.
The sacrifices made by the Confederate soldier are incomprehensible today. They would march for days with little or no rest, very little food, some with no shoes and in the heat of summer and the frigid cold of winter. Fatigue, hunger and sickness was common place for these soldiers.
Despite the hardships endured by the Confederate soldiers they pressed on to perform their duty. In nearly every conflict these soldiers were typically out numbered and out gunned 3 to 1.
The “Rebel Yell” made these brave soldiers famous. It demonstrated a fighting spirit, courage, tenacity and gallantry allowing them to prevail in most of the major conflicts of the war. Sadly they fought an invader with unlimited reserves and resources, making victory impossible.
Even during the last year of the war when they knew that victory was impossible, the Confederate soldier continued to fight courageously to protect their homes and families, to the very end.
They received no great bounty or pay for their service nor did they ask for any monuments or special attention. They wished only to be remembered with the truth behind their heroic and noble struggle, in America’s second War for Independence.

April is Confederate History Month and commemorates the men and women of the Confederate States of America. 

Nearly 258 thousand Confederate soldiers died protecting their homes, families and our Constitution. They fought bravely and nobly against overwhelming forces and odds. They suffered incomprehensible hardships to the very end. They were called to their duty as fathers and as sons. They served without hesitation and we owe each of them to make sure the truth be told about them and the War. These soldiers are our ancestors and without hesitation or question, deserve respect, honor and dignity from each of us.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Prattville Dragoons Place Flags on Confederate Veterans Graves at Local Cemeteries

The Dragoons and other compatriots turned out Friday evening March 31st to flag the Confederate veteran graves at Oak Hill cemetery in Prattville, as has been done for many years. Chaplain Snowden led a prayer for these veterans, their families and descendants and the crew proceeded to place over 80 flags across the cemetery.  Present were Stuart Waldo, James Spears, Tyrone Crowley, Bill Myrick, Harold Grooms, Tom Snowden, Wayne Sutherland, Will Dismukes, Louis Turner Sr., Louis Turner Jr., Bill Gill and Shannon Fontaine. Shannon brought his mobile Battle Flag on a 20 ft. pole which you see in the background.  This was a great beginning to Confederate History and Heritage month for the camp.

Earlier in the week Dragoons James and Larry Spears and Bill Gill marked Confederate veteran graves with flags at Mount Zion Cemetery just above Deatsville, Ross Cemetery on Ross Rd. in Deatsville and Robinson Springs Cemetery on Hwy 14 in Millbrook AL. It was a very enjoyable experience for these active members of SCV Camp 1524. 

On Saturday April 1st , Tyrone Crowley and wife Carol stopped and placed flags on the graves of three known Confederates at Kingston Cemetery in Prattville, two of whom were Prattville Dragoons. Two flags placed there from last year were still in place, though badly weathered.  On the third grave, the stick was still in place, but the flag had fallen off.  It’s always good to find the flags honoring these heroic Confederate veterans still in place a year later; speaks well of the local Prattville community in honoring and respecting their rich history.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Prattville Dragoons Spring Picnic

SCV Camp 1524 had an outstanding annual picnic at Confederate Memorial Park on Saturday, 1 April. Flags were set on all the veterans and widows graves, camp officers were sworn in for the coming year, several Confederate flags which had become unserviceable were ceremoniously retired, everyone enjoyed a delicious BBQ meal with all the side dishes and desserts furnished by the camp members and we heard the inspiring music from the Camp 1921 String Band of Tallassee. It was a splendid day in Dixie with perfect weather and plenty of good Confederate fellowship to go around. Special guests Division Commander Jimmy Hill and Division 2nd Lt. Commander Randall Hughey along with Brigade Commander Butch Godwin joined us and celebrated the occasion with the Dragoons. We utilized Pavilion number 3 at Confederate Memorial Park which is the newest one with lighting and restrooms, for our picnic and the setting was perfect. Assistant Brigade Commander Bill Myrick swore in the camp officers for 2017-2018 including Commander Stuart Waldo, 1st Lt. Commander Harold Grooms, 2nd Lt. Commander George Jenks, Adjutant Wayne Sutherland, Treasurer Billy Leverette and Chaplain Tom Snowden.  Several Confederate flags that had been declared unserviceable were retired in a solemn ceremony which was coordinated by 1 Lt. Commander Harold Grooms. These flags were some which had been placed at Confederate veterans graves at cemeteries throughout the local community and had weathered over the past year.  Commander Waldo officiated the ceremony while Compatriot Edward Morgan assisted with the flag retirement. Other Dragoons were in formation as the ceremony took place.  A delicious BBQ meal was served to those gathered for the event. Dixie butts from the Dragoons annual fundraiser were donated by Dragoons Skip Ward and Bill Hamner. Camp stew was provided by 1st Lt Harold Grooms and Karl Wade.  No one went away hungry with all the good BBQ and all the delicious sides and desserts!  The final event of the Dragoon picnic was entertainment by the fantastic Tallassee Camp 1921 String Band. They performed in the CMP chapel not far from the pavilion.  Wonderful music and an outstanding job including a rousing rendition of Dixie!

Dragoons Canvas Prattville with April Billboard Ads for Confederate History and Heritage Month

Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 1524 placed advertisements on three electronic billboards in Prattville for the entire month of April to celebrate Confederate History and Heritage month.
Billboard Ad on Hwy 14 and I-65 (exit 181) facing west toward Prattville

Sunrise over Billboard Ad on Cobbs Ford Rd facing west toward Prattville

Billboaard Ad on Main Street and Memorial Ave in downtown Prattville

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Prattville Dragoons Chaplain's Column for April 2017

Chaplain’s Column: A Daily Habit of Prayer
Scripture: Psalms 4:4
In Psalm 4:4 of the Bible says to “Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still.” We may ask, How can we develop the habit of prayer just like Jesus did and experience God’s power in our life? If we look at two practical ways to develop a praying heart: keep the prayer simple and knowing when to pray.
How we begin the day and how you end the day determines how everything else in between goes. The Bible encourages us to begin our day with prayer. In Psalm 5:3, David said, “In the morning, O Lord, you will hear my voice; in the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.” David began his day in prayer. But notice also that David ended his day in prayer. Look at Psalm 4:4–5. David said, “Tremble, and do not sin; meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and trust in the Lord.” I’m going to make my last activity at night praying to God, confessing my sins, and asking for His blessing in my life. I’m going to make my bed an altar of righteousness.” Isn’t that a great thought? Your bed can actually be an altar from which you offer up sacrifices of righteousness to God. How you begin the day and how you end the day determines how you spend the rest of the day.
In the morning before we get out of bed we could take a few moments and talk to our heavenly Father. Ask Him for His favor throughout the day. Ask for protection for your family. Ask for wisdom in the decisions you make. And before you drift off to sleep at night, make your final thoughts a prayer to God, reviewing the day with Him, confessing anything you wish you had done differently, asking for His protection through the night. Pray for someone you may know who is in need of Salvation.
I once heard someone say Prayer is like breathing. You’ll find the more that you pray, the more you’ll want to pray. When we read our Bible and meditate in prayer, we get closer to God. Then we can learn more about God’s will for our lives. We learn that prayer really does make a difference in our lives.
Please remember those on our prayer list.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Prattville Dragoons Commander's Column for April 2017 - AL Division SCV Education Conference

Over 100 people attended the Alabama Division Education Conference on Saturday March 26th at the Doster Center in Prattville.  We had eight Dragoons in attendance but for those who could not make it, you missed a tremendous educational opportunity.  I would encourage you next year to attend and take advantage of this great local event which will inform and encourage you to advance the Charge. Ronald Kennedy asked, “How do we vindicate the Cause?”  The answer – by destroying Lincoln’s federal empire which is bigger and more intrusive today than ever since Reconstruction.  He asked, are you a citizen or a subject?  Interestingly, he illustrated the continuing subjugation of the South by highlighting the disparity of population and median household income between the North and the South, today 20%.  A higher cost/standard of living and hence income in the North and on the left coast allows people from these more “progressive” regions to internally emigrate from their “blue” states to the South and wield considerable financial and thus political influence in our own communities.  Kennedy recommended irregular political warfare to combat this subjugation, to create a shadow government to lobby elected officials to support Southern heritage causes, start an educational PR campaign and push Southern sovereignty issues by stressing commonality with other conservative groups and finally, targeting local and statewide political seats sympathetic or supportive of the SCV agenda. 

Ronald’s brother Donald followed and recommended a method of “shock and awe” in dealing with Yankees.  The SCV needs to stop preaching to each other and get out in front of the public to take the offense in educating the public as to the truth of Southern history and heritage. He provided examples such as how to turn the conversation from the typical progressive attacks regarding slavery and smaller government, originalist Constitutional theory and, the real reasons for secession and the War.  To defend oneself and indeed take the attack to the Yankee inquirer, you need to know basic facts of Southern history and heritage and these truths will prevail. He provided the example of those who claim the Southern states seceded to preserve and protect their institution of slavery since the states declaration of secession clearly state such (eg. Mississippi).  First shock them with a counterattack asking why they have not considered Massachusetts where slavery was first legalized and existed for 75 years longer than in Mississippi and whose state law served as the example of why segregation was legal in Supreme Court examination of Jim Crow laws.  Follow with the awe of historically accurate facts.  Mississippi secession was promoted by state Democrats who were generally not slave holders.  The wealthy Whig delta plantation owners were opposed to secession but whose support was garnered for secession by including this protective language. Jefferson Davis in his “Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government” said no issue has been misused more than the issue of slavery. Donald used the illustration that if the War was about slavery it failed as before the WBTS there were approximately 3 million slaves in the South but forty years later there were 8 million bound in the poverty of sharecropping in the South. Patrick Henry uttered his famous “Give me liberty or give me death” but he also said that liberty was first and union was second.  Lincoln was the first U.S. President who said the Union created the states and that the states were not sovereign. “The South was right in 1861 because America was right in 1776,” Donald exclaimed. 

Thomas DiLorenzo who wrote the best-seller “The Real Lincoln” was the final speaker.  He asked how we got so far removed from what our founding fathers envisioned to allow this leviathan federally dominated society we have today. He maintained Lincoln worship is fake news providing the example that in Europe they hold a different opinion of Lincoln and the Confederacy as they impartially study the period.  There is knowledge out there and in the past twenty years and with social media, it is becoming more widely available and understood.  Lincoln’s machine was the originator of fake news as they shut down 300+ newspapers who dared to publish views in opposition to the administration and it’s prosecution of the War and jailed thousands of dissenters.  They even purchased a German language Midwest newspaper in order to disseminate their message of propaganda to that region. If you go to Springfield IL even today you will see the deification of Lincoln with images everywhere. But, the War was about money and power.  Lincoln was reviled in the North as well as the South because he crushed dissent as a dictator.  One Northern newspaper postulated that if Lincoln were to take a dagger to the heart, it may be best for the country’s general welfare.  But after he was assassinated, the Republican party (and Springfield IL) capitalized on his martyrdom and the 1600 mile tour of the country with Lincoln’s corpse was designed and orchestrated to demonize and build a hatred for the South when in actuality, the nation largely rejoiced when news originally came to light of Lincoln’s death. But the Republican parties propaganda machine was hugely successful in promoting the fake news of Lincoln’s nobility and greatness.  And their sits Lincoln in his memorial in Washington DC as testament and our children continue to be indoctrinated by history and civics books today in their formal education about Lincoln’s noble crusade to free the slaves and preserve the Union.  

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Alabama Division SCV Education Conference 2017

The Alabama Division SCV Education Conference was held on Saturday March 25th at the Doster Center.  It was again a very successful event thanks to the leadership and planning of Commander Jimmy Hill, 1st Lt. Commander Carl Jones and many others. Prattville Dragoons attended including Commander Stuart Waldo who had the pleasure of his nephew there also, Robert Young, Bill and Peggy Myrick, Larry Spears, Louis Turner Sr. and his son Louis Jr., Sam Reid, and Tyrone Crowley. 

A roster of great speakers included Ronald Kennedy, Donald Kennedy, Brion McClanahan and Thomas Dilorenzo (pictured below left to right). It was a treat hearing the presentations to inspire us to advance the Charge and in getting to fellowship some with friends from across the Division and elsewhere.  Terry Arthur from Mississippi presented Commander Waldo with a custom hand-painted and stained pine sign for the Dragoons in appreciation for helping to host the event in Prattville. 

Friday, March 31, 2017

Upcoming Events for Confederate Compatriots

1.) JROTC Hunley Award Presentations – Thursday March 30th at 6pm at Prattville HS; Wednesday April 12th at 8am at Stanhope Elmore HS
2.) Flag setting at Prattville's Oak Hill Cemetery for the Confederate Veterans buried there in honor of Confederate History and Heritage month. Friday March 31st at 6pm.
3.) Annual Prattville Dragoons Camp Picnic – Saturday, April 1st – Confederate Memorial Park  The picnic hours are 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Flag setting for the veterans and widows buried at the CMP cemeteries at 9am.  As an added bonus this year, the Camp 1921 String Band from Tallassee will entertain after the meal.
4.) Confederate Memorial Day Monday April 24th - Alabama Division UDC event at the Alabama State Capital at 10am followed by the Prattville Dragoons event at the Prattville Primary School on Wetumpka St in Prattville at 6pm - come enjoy Pastor Weaver's address, bapgipes and more
5.) Prattville Cityfest – Saturday May 13th 9am-5pm at the Dragoons booth

6.) 2017 Sons of Confederate Veterans Alabama Division Reuninon – June 9th and 10th in Cullman.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Confederate Flag Day March 2017

The Alabama Division Sons of Confederate Veterans hosted a Confederate Flag Day event on Saturday March 4th at Confederate Veterans Memorial Park in Luverne AL.  Photos of the event which included raising a First National Flag on a new pole complete with color guard and cannon salutes are included here.

Also, a brief history of Confederate Flag Day is presented here:

The Confederate first national flag was raised March 4th, 1861 by Letitia Tyler, the 18 year old grand daughter of U.S. President John Tyler, above the capitol in Montgomery. She is buried in the St. Margaret's section of Montgomery's Oakwood cemetery.

Also, on March 4, 1865 President Jefferson Davis signed a bill passed by the Confederate Congress creating the 3rd National Flag.