"To you, Sons of Confederate Veterans, we will commit the vindication of the cause for which we fought. To your strength will be given the defense of the Confederate soldier's good name, the guardianship of his history, the emulation of his virtues, the perpetuation of those principles which he loved and which you love also, and those ideals which made him glorious and which you also cherish."

Lt. General Stephen Dill Lee, Commander General,
United Confederate Veterans,
New Orleans, Louisiana, April 25, 1906

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Camp Charter

The day we as SCV members have been working toward for the past year has arrived. The Thomas C. Hindman Camp #656 is no longer 'Charter Pending'. Our charter has been approved by the Arkansas Division and SCV International Headquarters and the Certificate of Charter is in the mail to us. Though the road to reactivating this Camp that was deactivated years ago has been long and even discouraging at times, we have persevered. Over the past year we have been very active in the Northwest Arkansas community and have made many friends for not only our Camp, but for our Southern Heritage. I am proud of all our members for their dedication to the Cause and their work to share the truth about the Confederacy with their fellow citizens.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Cane Hill Harvest Festival

It is the middle of September but Summer still has a firm grip on us with temps in the mid 90s. The warm but fine weather brought out visitors to the Cane Hill Harvest Festival in droves and our Confederate encampment was very busy both days of the festival. We were encamped next to the Trans Mississippi Medical Corp's surgical tent which worked well for all. Lots of good eats were available with a wonderful breakfast being served in the old Canehill College building. One of our young Confederate ladies, Haley Roach, won second place in the talent contest and Raymond Anders from the Earle Camp won best costume in the parade. A good time was had by all.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Prairie Grove Clothesline Fair

What a beautiful, pre-Fall, three day weekend we were blessed with for the annual Clothesline Fair! The Battlefield Park Service personnel said there were an estimated 20 -25 thousand visitors over the holiday weekend and judging by the crowds, I can believe it. We set up our SCV Confederate encampment next to the museum right at the entrance to the Park Friday afternoon and stayed busy until we folded our tents late Monday afternoon. Saturday morning our two Camps, Hindman & Earle, fired muskets to start the children's race and the 5K race at the crack of dawn.  After a hardy breakfast we returned to the encampment and began shaking hands and talking to folks about the SCV and our Southern heritage. As always, we had a constant stream of kids wanting to hold the guns and swords and their parents wanting to get pictures of them. We handed out hundreds of brochures and I believe both Camps will get new members from this event.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Camp Events

The first half of August has been very rewarding for our Camp. On the 7th we did our first Grave Dedications as a Color Guard and, thanks to the support and leadership of Paskell Griffith of the Fontaine R. Earle Camp, they were done without any major mistakes. The families of the fallen Confederate heroes were visibaly moved by the event and extremely appreciative. This type of event is one of the major reasons for our existance as an organization and it was an honor to be part of it. The following weekend we had our last monthly Confederate encampment of the summer at the Prairie Grove Battlefield Park. We were joined by four men from the Earle Camp and enjoyed drilling and interacting with the many Park visitors, in spite of the heat. We are now preparing for the upcoming events of September, which looks to be our busiest month of the year as a Camp.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

SCV Reunion 2010

If you have never been to an SCV Annual Reunion you have missed out on one of the most rewarding and enjoyable times the SCV has to offer. You spend three or four days in the company of folks that have the same driving interest as yourself , though their background and lifestyles may be entirely different than your own. There is a sense of camaraderie and unity of purpose that pervades all of the activities and crosses all social, racial, and economic lines, whether in a business meeting , on a tour of historic places, or at the Ball doing the Virginia Reel with dozens of other couples. You get to know people that are otherwise only names or pictures in the Confederate Veteran, or at best, a voice on the other end of the telephone. It also helps you to realize that you are part of something that has been around a long time and yet is as relevant today as the striving for freedom was to our confederate ancestors when they formed their own Nation.

The next opportunity you will have to attend this invigorating event will be in July of this coming year. It will be held in the birthplace of the CSA, Montgomery, Alabama and promises to be an extraordinary event. Start putting some money aside and plan to be there. It will be the 150th anniversary of the formation of our Confederacy and there will not be another such milestone until 2061 at the bi-centennial. I might not be able to make that one, so I am sure as heck planning to be at this event. I hope you are too.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

July 4th Parade

Once again the weather has cooperated with mild temperature, a nice breeze, and the rain holding off until after the parade was over. We arrived at the rodeo grounds and found Doug Laman and the Earle Camp folks setting up the float with the Confederate Cavalry prancing their horses up and down the field with Paskell Griffith leading. After helping with the float and loading our gear on, we were able to spend some time visiting before the parade started. I was surprised at the size of the parade with several hundred horses and bunches of floats and decorated vehicles of every description in a line that stretched at least a mile long. The streets were lined with spectators waving, smiling and taking pictures and numerous times cheering when our float and Cavalry passed by. Next year we will be sure to have the Confederate coins to toss out to the kids. All our guys looked great and I am sure the SCV made a good impression on the crowd. Oh yeah, I didn't mention that we won a nice trophy for the best float in the parade! It was a lot of fun and if you missed it this year be sure to make a point of being there next year.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Confederate Encampment II

What a glorious Southern summer weekend. Even tho' it's not yet summer, it sure felt like it. Saturday morning we got the encampment set up just in time to help unload Frank Burke's mountain howitzer and limber gear. Then Steve and Anita Winningham arrived with the rope making 'machine' and got that set up. By the time all was ready the area was a real interest point and draw to park visitors. We had great traffic all day, including a Boy Scout troop that was able to get two merit badges by making rope and visiting a living history event. All of our guys got the opportunity to serve on the gun crew and, thanks to Frank, Scott, and Bob, we learned some of the procedures needed to do the different jobs. The crowd loves to see/hear the cannon firing and we did two firings each hour until 2:30 that afternoon. We had interested visitors until dark and as always, lots of children who made bunches of rope. Sunday on the other hand was dead until about one o'clock and then only a few visitors were in the park. It was the same way last month. Accordingly, we are going to set up on Saturday morning for the next two months' encampments as usual, but we will have our Camp meeting at five o'clock on Saturday and then pack up the gear and head home.

It is really good to get to know the guys from the Earle camp and to work together at events like this. We look forward to this continued cooporation between our camps. Deo Vindice!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Confederate Encampment

We made it through our first weekend encampment at the Prairie Grove Battlefield Park and, much to our surprise, there were few glitches. The tents and equipment looked great, the guys certainly looked the part of the soldiers they were representing and the weather cooperated. Great campfire cooking with meatloaf, fried 'taters, and strawberry cobbler making the menu Saturday afternoon. We talked with visitors (especially kids) all day long both days and it was great exposure for the SCV and our Camp. The next encampment will be Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the 12th and 13th of June. This month's encampment should be even better as the men from the Earle Camp will be joining us and bringing their cannon. We will be setting up between the Dog Trot House and the blacksmith shop. We will have our monthly meeting at the close of the encampment at three o'clock on Sunday so come join us this weekend and relax in the shade while we sojourn back to a simpler time.

Confederate Memorial Day

Saturday, June 5th, was an absolutely beautiful day for the memorial ceremony at the Fayetteville Confederate Cemetery. Folks started arriving shortly after eight o'clock to help set up and to place the six hundred flags over the graves of our fallen Confederate heroes. It is an honor to be involved in the memorial ceremony whether as a member of the SMA, UDC, SCV, OCR, or as a patriotic citizen there to remember these men.

Randy and Haley did a superb job with their musical tributes and the guys and gals in their period dress added mightily to the atmosphere of remembrance. I was proud of the good turnout from our camp and I think that everyone who could be there was there. Dan Schweider, Doug Laman, and Paskell Griffith all gave noteworthy addresses and the tribute to Aaron Bowers was especially touching.

SCV Camp Meetings

Our SCV Camp meets at the Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park at three o'clock on the second Sunday of each month. If this falls on a holiday the meetings are held on the third Sunday of the month. We will be having our meetings at the Confederate Encampment set up next the Dog Trot house through the summer and will move to the Morrow community center for the winter months. Meetings are open, and if you are interested in Southern history and would like to attend, you are most welcome.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Confederate Cemetery Workday

Here's a picture of our guys from the workday on March 6 at the Confederate Cemetery in Fayetteville as they helped to remove the giant green ash tree that had fallen on the wall there. The workday was organized by the Southern Memorial Association and there were reporters from the local news present. Check out the report in the Northwest Arkansas news which includes a video of the men at work.

This was the state's largest green ash tree and many locals turned out to take home a piece of history and made donations to the Southern Memorial Association. In all, the Southern Memorial Association received donations of $281 which will be used for repairing the damaged wall.

Our guys were all too busy working to mingle much with the media, but our presence was noted and much appreciated by the folks in the SMA and UDC. Thanks to all for the hard work!

Deo Vindice!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

13th Annual Park Day, April 10, 2010

You just couldn't ask for a more beautiful day to be outside working! The Park cleanup Saturday was a great success with over forty people mending fences, raking leaves, weed whacking, cutting firewood, and general cleanup of the park facilities. We are blessed with one of the nicest venues any SCV Camp could ask for and it is a privelage to help keep this hallowed ground in good shape.

Thanks guys,