Thomas C. Hindman Camp #656, Prairie Grove, Arkansas
"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
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.
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.