Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 1524 compatriots enjoyed another excellent meeting on Thursday January 12th with over 30 attendees, including Brigade Commander Butch Godwin. Butch thanked the camp for the active role we take in the community and for our efforts to fulfill the Charge to the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Our knowledgeable guest speaker was Meredith McDonough from the Alabama Department of Archives and History who presented a most interesting program on 19th century photography. She included visual aids of many photographs from the mid 1800’s in the possession of the Archives including some Confederate soldiers and other significant Alabamians. She also explained the various types of photographs of the period and how photography evolved in that century.
Also attending the meeting from the Archives was Curator Graham Neeley. He is very familiar with the collection of Confederate flags at the Archives and gave an update on the collection and efforts toward preservation of the flags. 1st Lt. Commander Harold Grooms made the Dragoons annual donation of $500 to the preservation of these flags with Meredith and Graham accepting the check. The Dragoons have made this annual donation for approximately 13 consecutive years.
1st Lt. Commander Grooms presided over the meeting due to the unavoidable absence of Commander Waldo. There was cheerful fellowship among the members and guests and the satisfaction of donating money to the worthy cause of historic flag preservation at the Archives.