"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!