Sunday, April 13, 2014

Law Enforcement Offier Appreciation Week

Time to raise the white flag...
Did that get your attention?  No... I'm not calling for surrender, far from it.  The white flag is raised   in auto racing to signal the last lap of the race.  We have entered into the last year of the four-year Sesquicentennial observance of the War; now is the time to "make our move."

You've heard it said that "all politics is local"; in similar manner, "all Confederate Heritage is local."  We win (or lose) our battles community-by-community, state-by-state, all across the Southland.  For that reason, the relationships that our Camps develop in their communities are of great importance, among these are our relationships with local and state law enforcement.

You will recall that last year we began a program to allow local Camps to honor their sheriff and police departments and Divisions to honor their highway patrol (or whatever the statewide agency might be).  Based on the reports that came back to us, there was much goodwill and positive PR for the SCV as a result.  However, we need to do more this year.

Here's how it works -- the week of May 11-17 is Law Enforcement Officer Appreciation Week.  We need all Camps to participate in this -- if you meet in a municipal setting, honor your police department; if you meet in an unincorporated area, honor your sheriffs office.  You have a great deal of latitude with this; you can:
  • Honor the agency in general  
  • Honor the Sheriff / Chief
  • Ask for the name of an officer to honor
  • Use your own initiative and pick out an office based on his / her performance
Similarly, the place and time can vary:
  • Utilize a camp meeting and invite the honoree
  • Utilize a CMD service if you're in a state that recognizes May 10
  • Call and ask permission to come to their offices
  • Try to hit our target week, May 11 - May 18
IMPORTANT:  Please don't get sidetracked with details; as Nike says. "Just Do It." 
ALSO -- DIVISIONS: make sure that you participate by honoring your statewide law enforcement agencies; the above observations work for you, as well.

The certificate is available online.  Here is a link --
OK, got it?  We need to really hit a home run with this; let's make sure that every state, every county, every town and city across Dixie hears from us in this initiative.

Gene Hogan
Chief of Heritage Operations
Sons of Confederate Veterans

Students Protest Attack on Heritage

Students protest Confederate flag ban at Waldron high school

 Apr 09, 2014
Waldron High School flag protest
WALDRON , Ark. —A controversy in Waldron led to a parade of Confederate flags Tuesday evening to protest a ban implemented by officials at Waldron High School.
Students who displayed the Confederate flag flying on the back of their pickup trucks were asked by school officials to remove them while on school property.
The superintendent, Gary Wayman, said there have been complaints and some consider the display "offensive."  Wayman said the students were flying the Confederate flags from the back of poles attached to their trucks.

There were mixed feelings among students and others who gathered Tuesday to fly a parade of flags in protest.

WATCH:  Students fly Confederate flags in protest of school's policy  
Dakota Sims, an organizer of the parade in response to the ban, told 40/29 News "It's America, this is a free state. Like that flag represents freedom. Just like that American flag represents freedom. People died for both of them. Why not fly both of them?"
Another student said he supports his friends that are protesting, but felt that the flags could send the wrong message.
A Facebook page called "Scott County 746" was created with posts from supporters and others in the community. 

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150th of Battle of Mansfield, LA Remembered

The Battle of Mansfield

The 150th anniversary of the Battle of Mansfield was celebrated on Tuesday in Mansfield.    
Joiner made his remarks Tuesday just an hour shy of the time the first musket fired 150 years ago. He and a small but interested group of men and women who gathered at the Mansfield State Historic Site to mark the sesquicentennial anniversary stood on the very ground where blood was shed during that hard-fought campaign on April 8, 1864.

Almost 30,000 soldiers would have been amassing for battle at the very moment state historic site superintendent Scott Dearman was welcoming the guests. “The lines were clashing, men were dying, men were suffering in the epicenter of that battle right now,” he said, asking them to transport their minds 150 years earlier to what “you would have been hearing and listening to.”
The fighting was “tough,” said Joiner. More than 1,000 Confederate soldiers died. Union records do not reflect how hard it was for them.

The personal impact comes from the realization the Confederate soldiers were fighting for their families, their homes and land. The Union, he said, was “fighting for the Union.”
Sometimes forgotten is how involved the townsfolk of Mansfield were. Once the Union gathered its surviving troops and retreated — the end result saving Shreveport from destruction — it was the men and women of Mansfield who created a hospital to treat the wounded and a morgue to tend to the dead.

Almost every home in the town also took in an injured soldier, regardless of the color of the uniform he was wearing. “They saved hundreds of lives because of their caregiving,” Dearman noted.
Heads were bowed as Dearman asked for a moment of silence to honor the civilians who endured the aftermath of the bloody war.

Also taking part in the ceremony were the Kate Beard Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, represented by Leona Lucius Connell, who placed a wreath at the Confederate memorial as Margaret Williams Jones sang “Dixie,” and the Friends of the Mansfield Battlefield, represented by Marilyn Joiner, who placed a wreath at the Union monument as the instrumental “Rally ‘Round the Flag” was played.

Each wreath-laying was marked with a musket salute by an honor guard of re-enactors wearing Confederate and Union uniforms. Special greetings were given by Daniel J. Frankignoul, of Brussels, Belgium, who read a letter from the grandson of Prince Camille J. de Polignac, a major general in the Confederate Army who led the troops at the Battle of Mansfield. Frankignoul, a former deputy mayor and current City Council president of the city of Woluwe-Saint-Lambert in East Brussels, has performed extensive research of the de Polignac family. He shared some of that information later in a program inside the Mansfield State Historic Site museum.

It’s important to continue annual observations of the Battle of Mansfield for “our children, their children and the other grownups to realize it was something that happened that involved the South, the whole South,” said Shreveporter LaJuana Goldsby, whose husband’s great-grandfather served in the 2nd Troop Cavalry and fought in the Battle of Mansfield. He joined the Confederacy in May 1863 and his wife died a month later in childbirth, leaving their slaves to care for the couple’s children as the war raged around the family home. Goldsby’s family hails from south DeSoto Parish near where the Battle of Pleasant Hill was fought the day after Mansfield.“This is a day to remember those who sacrificed everything for the Confederacy and the men in the Union who sacrificed, too. The sacrifices they made for us allows us to have the freedom we have today,” Goldsby said.

Hundreds of re-enactors gathered over the weekend in and around Pleasant Hill to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the entire campaign. The Battle of Mansfield Re-enactment is set April 26-27 and also is expected to draw hundreds of period-dressed soldiers who will relive the historic clash on the original battlefield just south of Mansfield.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


‘Uncle Dick’ Payne honored with sculpture
by Jennifer Cohron
A sculpture of Richard Elliott “Uncle Dick” Payne was recently placed at the Old Houston Jail in Winston County. Payne is credited with coining the phrase “the Free State of Winston” during the Civil War. Daily Mountain Eagle - Jennifer Cohron
A sculpture of Richard Elliott “Uncle Dick” Payne was recently placed at the Old Houston Jail in Winston County. Payne is credited with coining the phrase “the Free State of Winston” during the Civil War. Daily Mountain Eagle - Jennifer Cohron
HOUSTON — A sculpture of Richard Elliott “Uncle Dick” Payne, who is credited with coining the phrase “the Free State of Winston,” was dedicated at the Old Houston Jail last weekend.

The project was spearheaded by the Winston County Grays, a local Sons of Confederate Veterans camp.

The sculpture of Payne joins another of John Anthony Winston, the 15th governor of Alabama, that was dedicated in 2008.

Steve Turner of the Winston County Grays said there are plans to place at least two more sculptures at the historic jail.

One will be Willis Farris, the first sheriff of Winston County (then named Hancock County).

The other will be Aunt Jenny Johnson, a midwife and medicine woman who lived in the Bankhead National Forest in the mid to late 19th century and is the subject of numerous local legends.

Each sculpture costs approximately $10,000. The sculptor is Branko Medenica, who also created the “Dual Destiny” monument located outside the Winston County Courthouse in Double Springs.

Turner said he and Sheriff Rick Harris first discussed the idea of erecting a monument to Winston shortly after efforts to restore the log jail began in 2006.

“I wasn’t being negative, but I just didn’t think the money would come as easily as it did. Once we started on Winston, we had $10,000 in six months,” Turner said.

Winston was a colonel in the 8th Alabama Infantry Regiment of the Confederate Army.

Payne was a private in Company D of the 27th Alabama Regiment in the Civil War.

Turner was instrumental in securing Confederate military markers at the graves of both men in recent years.

Turner now portrays Payne at an annual Living History Day held at the Houston Jail each October.

Payne was among the 2,500 people who met at Looney’s Tavern in 1861 to discuss secession.

Schoolteacher Christopher Sheats, who served as Winston County’s representative to the state secession convention in January 1861, argued that a county wishing to remain neutral in the war could secede from a state if the state could secede from the Union.

Payne then exclaimed sarcastically, “Oh, Oh, Winston secedes! The Free State of Winston!”

In addition to being a flagbearer in the Confederate Army, Payne was also a banker and made his own currency using brown paper.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

2014 Reunion Credentials Form


 The credentials form for the 2014 Reunion can be found at the following address:

Chuck Rand
Chief Of Staff


Volunteers sought to reveal past of area's Civil War site

Patch of land in Sandusky Bay is where captured Confederate prisoners were confined 150 years ago.
MCT Regional News
Civil War history hides under a grassy field tucked amid barren trees on Johnson Island, a patch of land in Sandusky Bay where captured Confederate prisoners were confined 150 years ago.

From 1862 to 1865, more than 10,000 Confederate inmates were held in the Johnson Island Civil War Prison. Some never left: about 250 white stones — a few with the stark engraving “unknown” — mark the nearby cemetery where men from Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee, and other southern states found their final resting place.

Save for a modest plaque designating the National Historic Landmark, there are few obvious traces of the nearly 17-acre former prison on the island’s eastern side.

But when the weather warms, schoolchildren, college students, and researchers restart the painstaking archaeological excavation begun more than two decades ago.

First, volunteers are needed to clear branches felled during the harsh winter and start work on a trail along the property. Saturday marks the ninth year the prison site has participated in the Civil War Trust’s Park Day, an event that draws thousands of volunteers to help maintain about 100 war sites across the country. “A lot of these places have fairly small staff, and coming out of a winter, especially one like this past one, you have really major needs for upkeep and capital-improvement projects,” said Mary Koik, spokesman for the Civil War Trust in Washington. “Something like this really gives you the bodies to be able to do a new walking trail or repair your fences.”

The island-work bee attracts about 80 volunteers from northern Ohio and even some surrounding states, and the military prison site is the only Ohio location participating in this year’s Park Day.
Under the watchful eye of David Bush, chairman of the nonprofit historic preservation organization Friends and Descendants of Johnson Island Civil War Prison, and director of Heidelberg University’s Center for Historic and Military Archaeology, work has progressed slowly to dig up and identify old objects buried there.

Bits and pieces pulled from the ground tell parts of the Civil War story: Nails, medicine bottles, ceramic plates and mugs, chimney bricks, chamber pots, and pieces of hard rubber carved by prisoners.

This season, archaeological work will continue at Block 8, a former housing block where about 250 prisoners were held. A two-story wooden building measured about 125 feet by 29 feet, and through its wooden-floorboard gaps fell debris researchers now try so carefully to collect.

After the war, the prison site was farmed until about 1950, then abandoned. Trees took root and the prison’s precise spot faded from memory until Mr. Bush began his research.

A white tent stretches over the site where archaeological digging will take place this season, beginning next week with a program for middle and high school students and, in the summer, a five-week field school.

Mr. Bush and a couple of Heidelberg students worked Wednesday to ready the area. They traipsed over a mud-splotched tarp spread beneath the tent, sorting buckets and preparing the site.
Seeing youngsters learn about archaeology is a highlight for Felicia Konrad, a Heidelberg senior from North Baltimore majoring in history and archaeology.“I’ve seen so many little kids find something and be like, ‘Oh, this is really cool,’ even if it’s just a piece of window glass,” she said.

For Mr. Bush, the site’s allure traces its rich history, preserved in both written accounts and in the dirt to be scraped away and examined.“It’s just that every year we discover more interesting things,” he said. “It’s got a great historical record; it’s got a great archaeological record.”

The Union located the prison there because the island was easier to defend than a mainland site, but it was close to Sandusky for access to supplies. Originally intended to house Confederate enlisted men as well, it soon held only officers.

Prisoners captured in battles such as Gettysburg and Vicksburg were brought to Johnson Island by train and boat. The prison’s population peaked at more than 3,200 men during the latter stages of the war.

Preserving the history and educating people about the site’s importance is the aim of the Friends and Descendants group, which will be recognized during the Park Day event with a Heritage Award from the Ohio Civil War 150 Advisory Committee. The committee, formed to recognize the war’s milestone anniversary, will give out three such awards this year.

The site’s role in Civil War history intrigues Bob Minton of Fostoria, an advisory committee member and trustee for the Friends and Descendants group. He will present the award Saturday.“It’s fascinating to me because, first of all, we know that in that area, for several years, several thousand Confederate officers were there; and a lot of these guys were the cream of southern society,” he said. “They were walking that very ground every single day, and to me that makes it very unique.”


Mystery solved of Confederate soldier in Beaufort National Cemetery

mmcnab@beaufortgazette.comApril 3, 2014 

The new tombstone of Pvt. Haywood Treadwell of the 61st NC Volunteers, Co. G at the Beaufort National Cemetery on April 3, 2014. Treadwell was the only Confederate soldier interred in the Beaufort National Cemetery with a tombstone marked as unknown. After 150 years, Treadwell will be now recognized along with other Confederate soldiers on May 9th and 10th.
THEOPHIL SYSLO — Beaufort Gazette
— The answer to one of Beaufort County’s oldest mysteries will be officially unveiled next month, along with a new gravestone for the only unknown Confederate soldier buried in Beaufort National Cemetery.

The soldier is no longer unknown.

Pvt. Haywood Treadwell of North Carolina has received a new marker — this one with his name on it, according to the Historic Beaufort Foundation. A ceremony for the public unveiling of the new gravestone will be May 10, part of a two-day symposium recognizing Confederate soldiers buried in the national cemetery.

Treadwell died in a Union Army hospital in Beaufort after being wounded while defending Battery Wagner outside Charleston in August 1863. He was buried for 150 years with a gravestone that read “Unknown Confederate Soldier.”

Research on the William Wigg Barnwell House, which served as a Union hospital and was where Treadwell was brought in September 1863, led to Treadwell’s identification. The research on the nearly 200-year-old house began in 2008 by Beaufort resident Penelope Holme Parker, who was contacted by the home’s owners, Conway and Diane Ivy. While preparing the house’s history for the Historic Beaufort Fall Tour of Homes in 2010, Parker discovered that Haywood Treadwell might have been buried anonymously because of a misspelled first name.

Burial records found in a cardboard box in the basement of the cemetery building in 1991 listed a “Heyward Treadwell,” who died of a gunshot wound to the right thigh on Sept. 12, 1863. Treadwell was buried in section 53, site 6359 — the site of the unknown soldier’s gravestone, according to the records.

However, there was no record of a “Heyward Treadwell” in the 61st North Carolina Volunteers, so he likely was buried with the gravestone of an unknown, Parker said.

Service records and burial orders indicate Treadwell was born in Sampson County, N.C., worked as a turpentine farmer and was married before he joined the 61st Volunteers. He was a private in G Company, according to Parker’s research.

The process to replace Treadwell’s marker began in 2010 with help from Jody Henson of the Richard H. Anderson Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. It took three years to get the approval of three committees required to place the new gravestone.

Parker said some of Treadwell’s descendants in North Carolina and Alabama were also tracked down, including some of his great-great-great grandchildren, and they were surprised to learn of their ancestor. Several relatives will participate in the May 10 ceremony, Parker said.

A symposium at the University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts on May 9 will feature Parker and Joel Rose, president of the Sampson County Historical Society. The symposium, which starts at 7 p.m., will be chaired by USCB professor emeritus Larry Roland. A dry encampment of Confederate reenactors, a talk on Civil War medical practices and a live band performing Civil War-era music will precede the symposium at 6 p.m. on the arts center’s grounds.

On May 10, the Confederate memorial ceremony will start at 10 a.m. at Beaufort National Cemetery. The ceremony will feature an honor guard of reenactors, a cannon salute to Treadwell and the other Confederate soldiers buried there, and the official unveiling of Treadwell’s new gravestone. 

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