Saturday, November 29, 2008

SCV in Tombstone Parade

Sons of Confederate Veterans take part in Tombstone events
Published on Wednesday, November 26, 2008

TOMBSTONE — The Sons of Confederate Veterans once again participated in the Helldorado Days Parade in Tombstone.

Arizona Division Sons of Confederate Veterans Lt. Cmdr. Rich Montgomery, second from right, presents the Sons of Confederate Veterans War Service Medal to Larry Bowman, right, as Compatriot Herb Sampson, left, and Arizona Division Adjutant Curt Tipton, second from left, witness the ceremony. (Photo courtesy of the Arizona Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans) The parade was held on Oct. 19 as part of three days of celebrating Tombstone’s history.

All five camps of the Gadsden Brigade took part. A camp is the name of a local group of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans. Gadsden Brigade camps are located south of the Gila River.

The parade entry consisted of the Arizona Division Sons of the Confederate Veterans’ Mounted Color Guard, a horse-drawn surrey and a detachment of marching infantry and artillerymen.
Not only did the group participate in the parade festivities but took the opportunity to bestow a national award on a member.

Larry R. Bowman of the Confederate Secret Service Camp 1710 of Sierra Vista received the Sons of Confederate Veterans’ War Service Medal.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans honors its members who have served the nation in the armed forces by presenting them with the medal.

Bowman served in the U.S. Air Force from 1972 to 1995, achieving the rank of lieutenant colonel.

SCV in Arizona High School Program

Confederacy is their Specialty
By Lourdes Medrano
Arizona Daily StarTucson, Arizona
Published: 11.27.2008

Four men whose ancestors fought in the 1860s war paid a visit to history teacher's Sharon Akridge's classroom last week.
The men, Bobby Morris, Bill Seymour, Richard Montgomery and John Potenza, were dressed in Confederate uniforms. They are members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 1202, Capt. Sherod Hunter's Arizona Rangers.
The group talked about the war in general, about their ancestral ties to the war and how Hunter's soldiers flew the Confederate flag over Tucson in February 1862.

Saturday, November 22, 2008



A statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis apparently won't stand -- or be stored -- at the American Civil War Center, after all.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans are talking to two other sites about the life-size bronze statue after talks with the American Civil War Center at Tredegar Iron Works broke down, said Brag Bowling, a Richmond resident and board member of the Southern heritage group.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans had offered to donate the statue, and museum officials had said they would accept it. That decision, however, came with no guarantee of where or whether the statue might be displayed or how it might be interpreted.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

SCV In Ribbon Cutting

Ribbon cut at Museum

Thursday, November 13, 2008 9:25 AM
By Sylvia Allen, Editor

LAWRENCEVILLE - The area around the Brunswick County Museum was buzzing with activity on Sunday, Nov. 9. The Brunswick Museum & Historical Society, Inc. sponsored the opening of an exhibition called "Celebrating Brunswick's Varied Past" that featured a communion set of Trinity St. Mark's Church, historic photographs from Saint Paul's College, memorabilia from local fire and emergency services and a Sons of Confederate Veterans display.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Johns Hopkins University Heritage Violation

Compatriots, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Confederate re-enactors

SUBJECT: Heritage Violation, Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore Maryland

The Maryland Division, United Daughters of the Confederacy and the
Col. Harry W. Gilmor Camp #1388, Sons of Confederate Veterans sponsor an
annual General Lee and General Jackson Birthday Ceremony each year in
January on the Saturday nearest to the birthdays of Generals Robert E. Lee
and Stonewall Jackson. Over the years, the ceremony has included
participants from numerous hereditary, historical , military and patriotic
organizations including the: Baltimore Civil War Roundtable, the Virginia
Military Institute Alumni , the Virginians of Maryland, the Sons of Union
Veterans, the Friends of President Street Station, the Army of Northern
Virginia, Confederate Military Forces and a number of independent
Confederate and Federal reenactment units.

Every year since 1988, the Johns Hopkins University has rented the
Clipper Room in Shriver Hall, or on several occasions another facility, to
the Son of Confederate Veterans to hold our post ceremony social gathering.
However this year is different. The John Hopkins University has refused to
rent the Clipper Room, or any other facility, to our organization. The
sole reason given, per a Johns Hopkins representative, was that we are a
"Confederate" organization. Make no mistake about it, we were not denied
because the facility was unavailable, or for any other legitimate reason, we
were denied because of who we are. In addition, the Hopkins representative
stated that this ruling came directly from the President of the Johns
Hopkins University, Mr. William Brody.

The Colonel Harry W. Gilmor Camp has had an excellent on-going
relationship with the Johns Hopkins, Office of Scheduling for over 20 years.
There has been absolutely no problem over this long period of time. We have
always been good citizens toward Hopkins. We have paid our rent on time, we
have always left the facility neat and clean, and there has never been any
disturbance of any kind. A letter was written on September 22, 2008
outlining our long history with the University and appealing this
unwarranted decision. By letter of October 14, 2008 from President Brody's
Office, we were again denied.

Because of this unfortunate situation, I must advise the SCV and UDC
membership and the public at large that, should you decide to join us for
the January 17, 2009 ceremony, you must understand that there will be no
post event refreshments; and more importantly, no rest room facilities
available before or after the ceremony. In addition, the ceremony may be
substantially shorter than in previous years.

We are very sorry to report this to you, but feel that we must be
candid with all that have supported us over the years. I can assure you
that regardless of the number of participants and people attending, and
regardless of this unjust action by Hopkins against our Confederate
Heritage, the General Lee and General Jackson Birthday Ceremony will be
held on Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at the Lee and Jackson
double equestrian monument in Wymn Park.

If you would like to contact President Brody to express your thoughts
on this decision, his address is:

Mr. William R. Brody
The Johns Hopkins University
Office of the President
242 Garland Hall
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore MD 21218

Phone - Office of the President: 410-516-4351

You may also contact him at his e mail address :


G. Elliott Cummings
Col. Harry W. Gilmor Camp #1388
Sons of Confederate Veterans
Baltimore, MD

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Virtual Cemetery in Kansas

Virtual cemetery honors Veterans
BY BECCY TANNER The Wichita Eagle

On the Internet, John Jackson pays them a tribute. All told, he has snapped more than 13,000 photos of Civil War veteran tombstones in Kansas and Missouri and posted more than a thousand biographies and obituaries. He's creating the Kansas Virtual Civil War Veteran Cemetery.

Retired from the U.S. Army after 21 years, Jackson says he does this to keep the veterans' legacy alive. He is hoping that as Kansans pay honor to veterans of current wars today, they won't forget the ones that earned Kansas the national nickname of "soldier state" -- Civil War veterans.

"I think that no veteran of a war should ever be forgotten no matter how long ago that war was," said Jackson, of Chanute.

Some estimates by the mid-1880s indicated more than 100,000 Union Civil War veterans claimed Kansas as their home state. The numbers for the Confederate veterans are less certain.
Jackson is on a deadline and says that finding forgotten veterans is his mission.

The year 2011 marks the 150th anniversary of both the beginning of the Civil War and the adoption of Kansas to the Union. His hope is to give every Civil War veteran in Kansas recognition and to help groups like the Sons of Union Veterans and the Sons of Confederate Veterans identify, repair and in some cases obtain government-issue tombstones.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

SCV Dedicates New Grave Markers in North Carolina

New tombstones for two Gaston County brothers who fought in Confederate Army
One died in Battle of Chancellorsville, other got medical discharge, lived to be 84

November 8, 2008 - 7:34PM
Corey Friedman

CHERRYVILLE - Clad in a black mourner's dress with a veil and parasol obscuring her face, Linda Hoyle knelt before two ivory gravestones and adorned them each with a single black rose.
Musket fire echoed through the towering trees as a Confederate heritage group honored 1st Lt. John H. Roberts and 1st Lt. Adam M. Roberts, brothers buried side-by-side in the family cemetery.

The Dallas-based Sons of Confederate Veterans Col. William A. Stowe Camp No. 2142 placed new tombstones at the brothers' graves to ensure their names will never fade from history. Re-enactors joined distant descendants for a dedication ceremony Saturday afternoon.

"These men fought for what they believed in - first and foremost God, country and family," said Gary Byrd, commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. "This war broke out not - to the belief of many - over slavery. It was a defense of their homes, property, way of life."

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Unemployed Anti-Confederate Politicians

Can you say "Anti-Confederate" ??? These anti-Confederate politicians found that opposing Southern Heritage caused them to lose elections and have more time on their unemployed hands!

These unemployed folks can !!!
EX- Alabama Gov. Jim Folsom
EX-South Carolina Gov. David Beasley
EX-South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges
EX-Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove
EX-Alabama Gov. Don Seigelman
EX-Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate Mark Early
EX-Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes
EX-Presidential Candidate Dick Gephardt
EX-Presidential Candidate Howard Dean
EX-Missouri Gov. Bob Holden

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Nathan Bedford Forrest High School will keep it's name !

Forrest High will keep its name

After two years of controversy, school board votes 5-2 to leave the name.

By TOPHER SANDERS, The Times-Union

Nathan Bedford Forrest High School's name will remain unchanged.

The Duval County School Board voted 5-2 Monday to leave the name of Forrest High School, which honors the Confederate general, slave trader and early leader of the Ku Klux Klan. The decision ends two years of controversy over a possible name change.

The vote to change the name of the majority black school split down racial lines, with board members Betty Burney and Brenda Priestly Jackson, the board's only black members, casting the two votes to change the name.

Priestly Jackson and Burney said the school was named after Forrest in 1958 as a slap in the face to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Brown vs. Board of Education to integrate schools. "It was done to slap in the face integration and now the school itself is almost all African-American," Burney said.

Board members voting to keep the name said energy surrounding the issue and the resources it would take the change the name are better suited to helping the school improve its academics.

Forrest received an F on the most recent Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.

Board member Kris Barnes, who wrote the agenda item recommending the rejection of the name change, said she had a problem that the issue was raised by the community instead of the students going to the school.

Barnes said she wouldn't be able to understand the pain the name may cause blacks, but said she was frustrated so much time was being spent on a name of a school.

"I would like the see it go through a process started by the student body," Barnes said.

Board member Vicki Drake said she was displeased by the number of people who showed up at Forrest's School Advisory Council meetings to voice their concerns about the name change, but wouldn't come to the meetings to help the children at the school succeed.

"The children didn't ask anybody to change the name of their school, the children asked for help to read and write," Drake said.

Board member Tommy Hazouri agreed with Drake and Barnes.

"For me in my heart, I think the great concern today is moving that school off the F chart," he said. "I believe that we should leave the name where it is."

The board voted after listening to more than two hours of public comment. About 100 people concerned about the name change attending the board meeting.

The public's statements featured dueling histories and opinions of Forrest and his life. Opponents said removing Forrest's name was a step toward erasing Southern heritage and called Forrest a civil rights advocate and a good man

Monday, November 3, 2008

SCV Assists Wounded Veterans in Florida

Wounded Veterans Enjoy Visit to Port of the Islands
9:10 p.m., Friday, October 31, 2008

NAPLES — A little “R&R” was provided Friday in Collier County to some veterans who were wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Cliff Naylor, post commander of the VFW District 10129 in North Fort Myers, brought 27 injured veterans from the Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Georgia to the Port of the Islands Resort and Marina for a special weekend hosted by Sunstream Inc. The soldiers range in age from 21 to 57.

Naylor stated in a press release that about 30 years ago, concerned citizens took him and other wounded soldiers to Miami for much-needed “R&R.” He wanted to extend the same favor by bringing vets from Iraq and Afghanistan here.

The veterans were greeted by the Lely High School Band and JROTC along with representatives of Palmetto Ridge High School.

Everglades City Sons of the Confederate Veterans Camp 2150 provided a cookout lunch for them at the marina.

Victory in Tennessee!

Sons of Confederate Veterans
Elm Springs, Columbia Tn.
November 3, 2008

Big Heritage Victory in Trimble, Tennessee


For those who haven't heard the details of the victory in Trimble, Tennessee, we're pleased to provide them for you.

For six months SCV members in Trimble, Dyer County and nearby camps have been going through the due process of getting approval for a 80 foot flagpole at the Parks Ridge
Confederate Memorial.

Their application met with resistance from a very small cadre of protesters who managed to create delay and debate in the process. Even so, The Board of Commissioners approved the application. It then had to go to the Board of Zoning Appeals for an exception in the zone. With overwhelming support from members and citizens throughout the area, the flagpole was approved.

Billy J. Foster, Brigade Commander of the SCV expressed thanks on behalf of all the compatriots involved in the day to day battle. Included in the involvement is the support provided by the national SCV.

At national headquarters we are pleased with both the arduous campaign and the tenacity of those involved in this great victory. We shall now be looking forward to the completion of a beautiful 80 foot flagpole at Parks Ridge Cemetery Ridge Memorial Plaza.

Deo Vindici
Chuck McMichael

Sunday, November 2, 2008

S. D. Lee Institute - Website

Below is the link to the Stephen D. Lee Institute's new website.

The next meeting of the Institute will be in Charleston, South Carolina
In February 2009.