Thursday, October 30, 2008

S. D. Lee Institute - Charleston, South Carolina


The Sons of Confederate Veterans are now taking registrations for the Stephen D. Lee Institute seminar on February 6-7, 2009 at the Hotel Francis Marion in Charleston, South Carolina.

The cost for a registration is $150 per person. The cost for SCV members and spouses will be a discounted rate of $125 for a limited period of time.

Registration will include breakfast, lunch and banquet on Saturday, February 6.

Friday evening February 6, 2009 -Edwin C. Bearss - A Conversation with Ed Bearss: The Assassination of Jefferson Davis—The Dahlgren Raid. 8pm.

Saturday February 7, 2009 at 8:30 am. Thomas DiLorenzo Host and Moderator Clyde Wilson A Sacrifice for his people: Jefferson Davis’s Persecution and Imprisonment

Brian Cisco - Davis, Lincoln and the Rules of War

Marshall DeRosa - The Confederate Experience in Constitutional Government.

Kent Masterson Brown - Jefferson Davis, Constitutionalist

Donald Livingston - Davis, Lincoln and Liberty

Samuel C. Smith - Davis, Lincoln and Christian Faith

Please register today. You can register by calling The Sons of Confederate Veterans at 1-800-MY DIXIE (1-800-693-4943).

Hotel reservations at a discounted rate can be made by calling the historic Hotel Francis Marion at 1-877-756-2121 or 1-843-722-0602 or by visiting their website at

Thanks for your support of Southern history.

Brag Bowling
Event Chairman

Monday, October 27, 2008

Alabama Memorial Ceremony

Heritage groups to pay homage to Confederate monument
Courthouse memorial honors local Civil War veterans
By Hamilton RichardsonProgress staff writer


Many people who pass by the large stone monument on their way to the Autauga County courthouse every day may not even notice it, even though it's been there for 100 years.
The monument to Confeder­ate soldiers, however, will be the center of attention Sunday as the Sons of Confederate Veter­ans sponsor a special commemo­ration ceremony.

As well as the Sons of Confed­erate Veterans, the Prattville Dragoons and the Autauga County Heritage Association will also sponsor and play an in­tegral part in the ceremony. The event will take place at 3 p.m. at the Autauga County courthouse and afterwards, at the Heritage Museum for a reception.

Fall Muster At Beauvoir

Fall Muster At Beauvoir on local television station:

Friday, October 24, 2008

Tennessee Flag Pole Project

Sons of Confederate Veterans seek permit for flagpole, memorial
Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Dyer County Board of Zoning Appeals plans to consider issuing a permit Tuesday, Oct. 28, authorizing a Confederate monument.The called meeting is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. in the conference room of the Dyer County Building and Zoning Office, 1910 Pioneer Road.

The County Commission voted Oct. 13 to allow historic sites and monuments in forestry, agricultural and residential (FAR) zones as a permitted use on appeal.

Two days later, the Sons of Confederate Veterans filed the first request for a permit. The SCV has already started work on the Parks Cemetery Ridge Memorial Plaza. An 80-foot-tall flagpole and a 20-by-30-foot Confederate battle flag were erected last summer.

The application states that the memorial plaza will include development of a circular memorial plaza consisting of the 80-foot flagpole, a granite marker and a sitting area with appropriate landscaping and lighting.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Confederate Graves Found In New Mexico

Lot could be Confederate graveyard
The Associated Press 10/21/2008

SOCORRO — Civil War buffs say a rocky patch of vacant land likely holds hundreds of human remains in a long-abandoned cemetery, including the unmarked graves of 27 Confederate soldiers.

Ken Garrison, an officer with the New Mexico Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, said if the abandoned cemetery can't be preserved, soldiers' remains should be exhumed and reburied "in a respectable location."

The land is owned by Mary Silva, who said it's among the few valuable possessions she hopes to leave to her nine children.

However, state law makes it nearly impossible for Silva or her eventual heirs to do anything with the land, officially designated as an "unmarked burial ground," or for Garrison to relocate the Confederate graves.

State officials have known about the abandoned cemetery since at least 1995, said Glenna Dean, a former state archaeologist who is now associate director of the Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area.

Dean said the cemetery was likely used from 1853 to 1875 and was probably a former Presbyterian cemetery. Its exact boundaries are unknown.

The bodies, Garrison said, include 27 Confederate soldiers who died of wounds sustained in the Battle of Valverde, a Civil War skirmish thattook place on the nearby banks of the Rio Grande on Feb. 21, 1862.

Monday, October 20, 2008

SCV In Cemetery Program

Oakland Cemetery to come alive
By John Andrew Prime •
October 19, 2008 2:00 am

New life will come to Shreveport's oldest landmark, historic Oakland Cemetery, on All Saints Sunday.

Thanks to the efforts of more than a dozen costumed volunteers and the Oakland Cemetery Preservation Society, Oakland's more historic residents, or those who died after leading colorful or significant lives, will come alive again in a historic tour from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 2.

"This is a wonderful way for people to relate to the history of Shreveport," said Gary Joiner, local military author, historian and cartographer, who is a member of the board of the cemetery group and who has been mapping and researching the cemetery with his students from LSU-Shreveport. Calling Oakland "a history laboratory," he says "We still have much to learn about Shreveport's history."

People portraying the historic deceased are LSUS students and community volunteers.
In addition to the ghoulies, Dr. ElizaBeth Guin, history professor at Northwestern State University, will demonstrate monument preservation techniques.

Residents who will stand by their graves and the people portraying them are:

Amanda Arnett Clark, 19th century Shreveport humanitarian, will be portrayed by LSUS graduate Dana Fergins.

Dr. Dickinson Smith, son of Amanda Clark, first black member of the local medical society, by LSUS student John McClain.

Col. Leon Dawson Marks, attorney, newspaper publisher and officer in the Confederate 27th La. Infantry, by David Hill of the Lt. Gen. Richard Taylor Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Mary Bennett Cane, called the "mother of Shreveport" and "grandmother of Bossier City," by LSUS student Leigh Tomb Messenger, president of the university's History Club.

Annie McCune, Shreveport prostitute and civic benefactor, by LSUS student Cassie Barrois.

Lt. Eugene Augustus Woodruff, U.S. Army engineering officer and hero/victim of the great 1873 yellow fever epidemic, by Kevin Adkins of the Lt. Gen. Richard Taylor Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Simon Levy Jr., banker, businessman, vice-president of Kansas City Southern Railroad and Confederate officer, by Scott Summers of the Lt. Gen. Richard Taylor Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Lawrence Pike Crain, attorney and former mayor of Shreveport, by LSUS student Eric Hammons.

John Morgan Landrum, early mayor of Shreveport and former U.S. congressman, by LSUS student Earl Moses.

Dr. Joseph Hotchkiss, Confederate captain and engineer on the staff of local Confederate commander Lt. Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith, by John McGibboney of the Lt. Gen. Richard Taylor Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Rufus Sewall, brother of first mayor of Shreveport, by LSUS student Marty Loschen.
Nathan Goldkind, a local merchant who met an untimely death, by LSUS graduate Marty Young, director of the Pioneer Heritage Center at LSUS.

Amazon A. Cole Jacobs, wife of prominent merchant and banker Benjamin Jacobs, by LSUS student Jessica Sims.

1873 Yellow Fever Epidemic victims Kendra Cherie Gray, Margaret Chini and Patti Underwood, by LSUS graduate Susan Reeks, Caddo Middle Magnet student; Joshua Nabors and South Highlands Elementary School student Nicholas Nabors.

The ghostly residents will talk about their lives, how the city was at the time they lived and how they wound up in the cemetery. Hines Vaughan, president of the cemetery society, will be joined by his board members to talk about the cemetery's restoration and preservation.

Admission will be by donation, with the society suggesting $10 for adults and $1 for children, with proceeds benefitting the society's preservation efforts.

Oakland cemetery is on Milam Street at the intersection of Elvis Presley Avenue by the Municipal Auditorium.

Free parking will be provided in the lot east of the cemetery.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

New Hunley Information

Scientists have new clue to mystery of sunken sub
By BRUCE SMITH, Associated Press Writer Bruce Smith – Fri Oct 17, 7:25 pm ET

CHARLESTON, S.C. – It's long been a mystery why the H.L. Hunley never returned after becoming the first submarine in history to sink an enemy warship in 1864, but new research announced Friday may lend credence to one of the theories. Scientists found the eight-man crew of the hand-cranked Confederate submarine had not set the pump to remove water from the crew compartment, which might indicate it was not being flooded.

That could mean crew members suffocated as they used up air, perhaps while waiting for the tide to turn and the current to help take them back to land.

The new evidence disputes the notion that the Hunley was damaged and took on water after ramming a spar with a charge of black powder into the Union blockade ship Housatonic.
Scientists studying the sub said they've found its pump system was not set to remove water from the crew compartment as might be expected if it were being flooded.

The sub, located in 1995 and raised five years later, had a complex pumping system that could be switched to remove water or operate ballast tanks used to submerge and surface.
"It now really starts to point to a lack of oxygen making them unconscious," said state Sen. Glenn McConnell, R-Charleston and the chairman of the South Carolina Hunley Commission, formed to raise, conserve and display the sub. "They may have been cranking and moving and it was a miscalculation as to how much oxygen they had."

In excavating the sub, scientists found little intermingling of the crew remains, indicating members died at their stations. Those bones likely would have been jumbled if the crew tried to make it to the hatches in a desperate attempt to get out.

"Whatever occurred, occurred quickly and unexpectedly," McConnell said. "It appears they were either unconscious because of the concussion (from the attack) or they were unconscious because of a lack of oxygen."

Archaeologist Maria Jacobsen cautioned that scientists have not yet examined all the valves to see if the crew may have been trying to surface by using the pumps to jettison ballast.
"Can we definitely say they weren't pumping like mad to get water out of the tanks? No we cannot," she said. "I'm not really at a point where I think we should really be talking about what these guys were doing at the very end because we simply don't know all the valve settings."

But she said scientists can definitely say the valve that would have been used to remove water from the crew compartment was closed.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

SCV In Memorial Service

SCV participates in memorial service
by Agnes Hagin

Euharlee Valley Historical Society (EVHA) on Saturday presented a Veterans Memorial Service a at the historic Van Wert Church, Rockmart. It was the first of what is to become an annual service.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans from the Camps of Northwest Georgia, dressed in period uniform, conducted the service. Musical entertainment wasgiven by Ms. Lisa Skinner.

There were also be quotes and sayings from well-known Evangelist Sam P. Jones, who once served as pastor of the old church, re-enacted by Rob Arnold.

Those attending also had an opportunity to take a self-guided tour of the cemetery and to view a collection of local antique quilts inside the church.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Tennessee Giant Flag

SCV in the news - amendments being considered to allow TN giant flag

County body to consider amendments allowing monuments, billboards, water tanks
Sunday, October 12, 2008

Three amendments to the county's zoning regulations - including one that would permit historic monuments - will be considered Monday night.
The Dyer County Commission plans to hold a public hearing on the amendments at 6:30 p.m. in the Dyer County Courthouse's second-floor courtroom. The commission's regular monthly meeting will follow at 7 p.m.

The zoning amendments address three issues in forestry-agricultural-
residential (FAR) districts. Under the proposed amendments, anyone who wants to erect a historic monument, a billboard or a water tank in an FAR zone must seek l permits from the county's Zoning and Appeals Board.

The amendment allowing historical monuments has the potential to legitimize an 80-foot-tall flagpole that has become a lightning rod for controversy.

A 20-by-30-foot Confederate flag tops the flagpole near Pierce Cemetery at Trimble. The Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) said the flag is one of several mega-flags being erected throughout the South "for history, heritage and honor."

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Tampa Battleflag Gets Even Larger

Large Confederate flag to be replaced near I-4
Reported by: Keith BakerEmail:

TAMPA, FL -- The controversial Confederate flag flown near I-4 and I-75 will come down Sunday afternoon according to organizers of the Confederate Memorial Park. The 30 by 50 foot Confederate Battle Flag will be replaced by another larger Confederate Battle Flag. The new flag measures 30 by 60 feet.

Sons of Confederate Veterans spokesperson Marion Lambert says the new flag ties the second largest flag flying in the United States. Once the original flag is removed it will be portioned out as a fund raiser for the memorial.

Lambert says the memorial construction is underway and should be completed within six weeks except for granite monument installations. Organizers say the flag and memorial are not to promote racism but rather pay respect to part of America's history and to those veterans who fought in the Civil War. Activists have raised concerns but have not gained much support to protest its existence.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Mississippi License Tag Leads To Firing

Dixie flag tag yields firing, suit
Therapist, former employer battle over 'symbol of hate' on bumper
By Lawrence Buser (Contact), Memphis Commercial Appeal
Wednesday, October 8, 2008

A marriage and family therapist from Olive Branch who considers the Confederate battle flag "a venerated object" says he was illegally fired for refusing to remove his special Mississippi license tag bearing the flag logo of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

His former employer, Compass Intervention Center on Lowrance near Hacks Cross Road, says it only asked Adrian Paul McLaren, not to park in a way that would make another Confederate flag on his front bumper visible to guests.

McLaren said in the suit that officials at the residential adolescent treatment center began making the parking request in 2006 and that he spent 20 minutes explaining the history, his personal beliefs and Christian aspects about Confederate symbolism.

He said that after an ongoing series of corrective action notices from his employer, McLaren began parking head-in to comply with the request to hide the front tag from view in the parking lot.

The company, however, then began to complain about his Mississippi-issued license plate on the rear of the car that also displayed the Confederate battle flag logo of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, McLaren said in the suit.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Deleware and Jewish Confederates

Guest Speakers talk about Delaware Confederates & Jewish Confederate Soldiers
Contributed by Wayne Yarnall • October 3, 2008

The “Delaware Grays”, Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 2068 invites the public to attend their next monthly meeting featuring two special guest speakers on Monday, December 1st at 7pm in the Seaford Library Conference room. Anne Happholdt of Dover, a skilled local researcher and genealogist will discuss how she uncovered dozens of previously unknown Delaware Confederate soldiers and Military Historian Mike Werner of Yardley, Pennsylvania will give a presentation about Jewish Confederates and Black Confederates during the ‘War between the States’ 1861 to 1865.

Ms. Happholdt started in the field of genealogical research 10 years ago to find out if her family came over to the new world on the Mayflower. They did. She also discovered ancestors at Jamestown, Virginia, including an indentured servant who was given to the Powhatan Indians as part of a prisoner exchange. Ms. Happholdt recently assisted the “Delaware Grays” in finding nearly 50 previously undiscovered Confederate soldiers from the First State who will be honored on the “Delaware Confederate Soldiers Monument” located on the grounds of the Marvel Museum in Georgetown. She will discuss the process by which she uncovered
information about these men and why it took nearly 150 years for their stories to be revealed.

Mr. Werner has three master degrees, including two in military history and has spoken at 45 different Civil War Roundtables. His area of interest is the Jewish Contribution to the Civil War, including Jewish Confederates. He will also discuss the role of Black Confederate soldiers. He is recently retired from the United States Postal Service and holds the military rank of Chief Warrant Officer 3, 157th Combat Service Support Brigade.

High School Bans US Flag

High school's ban of American flags has students outraged

Oct 1, 2008By Jeff Gatlin


San Benito High School senior Jared Ballinger, who has completed basic training in the Army Reserve's Alternate Training Program and is set to finish advanced training after graduation, was driving around the campus parking lot this week with an American flag flying from the back of his truck when a school counselor flagged him down.

"I was told that flying any kind of flag, even the flag of the United States of America, wasn't allowed," said Ballinger, also noting that a school resource officer pulled up behind and took down his license plate number.

Ballinger said he's been told recently he couldn't wear a T-shirt displaying the American flag as well. "That's where I draw the line," Ballinger told the Free Lance on Tuesday.

While San Benito High School today implemented stricter dress code policies that bar logos having city names and other brands that local authorities have deemed associated with gangs, the rule against displaying any sort of flag - including the American flag - has been in place for several years. And it's not just the American flag ban that has stirred some controversy, as students at the school in the past on Mexican Independence Day have been told to remove Mexican flags.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The Spirit of Robert E. Lee

COMMENTARY: The Spirit of Robert E. Lee

By Calvin E. Johnson Jr.
Special to

Sunday, October 12, 2008 is the 138th anniversary of the death of a great American soldier, Confederate leader, husband, father and savior of a great college.

You may be interested in turning to the Travel Channel at 8 p.m. on Friday, October 10,, which will air a live telecast of the "Most Haunted" team’s investigation from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Some call Gettysburg’s War Between the States Battlefield the most haunted spot in the USA , where thousands of Confederate and Union soldiers died during three days of battle in July 1863.

Robert E. Lee’s greatness can be shown in how he came from defeat at Gettysburg and surrender at Appomattox Courthouse to helping save a financially troubled college in Lexington, Va.

Some say the spirit of Gen. Lee still walks the halls of Washington and Lee University.

General Robert E. Lee died at his home at Lexington, Va. at 9:30 a.m. on October 12, 1870. His last great deed came after the War Between the States when he accepted the presidency of Washington College, now Washington and Lee University. He saved the financially troubled college and helped many young people further their education.

It is believed that Robert E. Lee suffered a cerebral hemorrhage on September 28, 1870, but was thought to greatly improve until October 12th, when he took a turn for the worse. His condi ion seemed more hopeless when his doctor told him, "General, you must make haste and get well--Traveller--has been standing too long in his stable and needs exercise."

The heavy rains and flooding were reported as the worse of Virginia s recorded history on the day Gen. Lee passed away.

The church bells rang as the sad news passed through Washington College, Virginia Military Institute, the town of Lexington and the nation. Cadets from Virginia Military Institute carried the remains of the old soldier to Lee Chapel where he lay in state. Many buildings and homes were covered in black crepe in mourning.

The United States flag flew at half-mast throughout much of the nation.

Memorial meetings were held throughout the South and as far north as New York . At Washington College eulogies were delivered by: Reverend Pemberton, Reverend W.S. White--Stonewall Jackson's Pastor and Reverend J. William Jones. Former Confederate President Jefferson Davis brought the eulogy in Richmond, Va. Lee was also eulogized in Great Britain.

In a letter home, a VMI Cadet wrote, quote "The day following the funeral procession after marching all around town and through the institute grounds, formed around the college chapel and he was buried in the chapel under the floor of the basement. The procession was a very large one, a great many persons from a distance being here. Our brass band with muffled drums went ahead of the hearse playing the death march." unquote

Robert E. Lee's last words were, "Strike the Tent."

“Robert E. Lee was, in my estimation, one of the supremely gifted men produced by this nation.”---The late former US President Dwight D. Eisenhower

Some news organizations have reported a revival of interest in the War Between the States as 2008 is the 200th anniversary of the birthday of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and 2009 will be the 200th birthday of Union President Abraham Lincoln.

Please check the Sons of Confederate Veterans national website at: for more information about the history of the South, which is part of the history of this great nation. You can also find more information on Beauvoir, the last home of Jefferson Davis and his family by going to:

Lest We Forget!!