"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

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.