"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

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.