Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 1524 held their monthly meeting at Shoney's on Cobbs Ford Rd in Prattville on Thursday July 13th. Chaplain Tom Snowden began the meeting with a short devotional and prayer. Commander Waldo provided a reading of the SCV Charge and the latest camp announcements and upcoming events. Compatriot James Spears was recognized for his 10 year anniversary as a member of the SCV and his 90th birthday; James is a World War II veteran, one of the greatest generation. Chaplain Snowden led us in a hearty rendition of “Happy Birthday.” Brigade Commander Butch Godwin attended and presented annual Brigade and Division level awards from the recent Alabama Division Reunion to members of the Dragoons. Butch also announced the General Forrest birthday party at Fort Dixie, the home of Butch and Pat Godwin, scheduled for Saturday July 15. Dr. Brandon Beck from Mississippi gave an excellent presentation on General Earl Van Dorn and his command that kept Union General Grant out of Vicksburg during 1862. Dr. Beck explained how General Van Dorn was an excellent military man but certain character faults led to his eventual downfall. Dr. Beck is always a welcome presenter and is much appreciated for the knowledge he shares about The War, especially in Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama. Interesting, enlightening presentations and style especially as he wore his Prattville Dragoons camp shirt to the meeting.
|Compatriot James Spears|
|Brigade Commander Butch Godwin|
|Dr. Brandon Beck|