Tuesday, October 22, 2013

SCV Member Maples Returns Medal

Civil War medal returned to family of Boone County soldier
Antique shop find is given to descendant.
Dale Smith of Brigham City, Utah, holds a Southern Cross of Honor that originally was given to his great-great-great grandfather, Boone County resident George Holton, for his service during the Civil War. The medal was purchased from an antique mall by Darrell Maples, commander of the Missouri Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and presented to Smith on Wednesday.
Sunday, October 20, 2013        
Two decades ago, Darrell Maples was antiquing with his wife when he discovered and purchased a Civil War-era medal. Although Maples was thrilled to own the piece of history, he always felt it was a shame the medal had been separated from its owner. This week, Maples was able to return it to its original family. On Wednesday night at the Boone County Historical Society, the Sons of Confederate Veterans inducted Dale Smith, 60, of Brigham City, Utah, into the group and presented him with his great-great-great-grandfather's Southern Cross of Honor.

George Holton, a Boone County resident, earned the medal, but it somehow ended up in a display case at an antique mall near Midway, where Maples found it.

"The medal was an original" from the "United Daughters of the Confederacy from the early 1900s," said Maples, commander of the Missouri Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. "I tried to play it cool, but I couldn't because I knew what it was."
Maples said he paid $85 for the medal — he was so stunned, he didn't even try to negotiate the price. He said once he got home he immediately started researching Holton, whose name was inscribed on the medal.
Maples, who lives in Jefferson City, went to the state archives and found the original United Daughters of the Confederacy interview with Holton. "I have held on to this thing preciously, to the point I've almost melted it in my hand," he said.
About a year and a half ago, the members of Searcy Camp, the local SCV organization, placed a picture of the medal on its website. Dale Smith, Holton's great-great-great-grandson, just happened to be surfing the Web and came across it.
Maples said his "heart was so full of joy that a direct descendant" was found. On Wednesday, Smith finally made it back to his family's former home to collect his medal.
Like his great-great-great-grandfather, Smith was presented the medal by a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
"Family history is very important to me," Smith said, adding that this was his second trip to Mid-Missouri. Smith said he grew up hearing his grandmother talking about Boone County, especially Holton's Cave near Perche Township.
Smith said over the years he has learned that Holton volunteered for the Confederate army and was in an infantry battalion led by a Capt. Caleb Perkins.
"We're talking a lot of history here. And history isn't the cold hard facts we all got a 'C' in — that's not history; history is really about people," Smith said.
Smith thanked the group for preserving the thoughts, memories and sacrifices of the people who fought in the war. "I thank you for realizing ... the importance of families and history. How many of these have ended up in some old junk drawer and get thrown away ... because they didn't realize" the significance?

Caroonist Attacks Confederate Symbol

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Act Now! To Help Olustee Battlefield

A new heritage attack has been launched at Olustee (near Lake City, Florida), and your help is needed.
In anticipation of the 150th anniversary of the battle that protected Florida's capital from falling, the Sons of Union Veterans has obtained approval from the State of Florida Parks Department for a special monument to invading Federal forces.  The plan calls for a large black Darth Vadar-esque shaft that will disrupt the hallowed grown where Southern blood was spilled in defense of Florida, protecting Tallahassee from capture.   
We fear the State may have a legal right to do so.  Therefore, in order to stop this we must win the war through citizen objection.  
Confederate Forces won the Battle in 1864 - but will we win the 2nd Battle of Olustee and prevent this menacing monument from disrupting this hallowed Southern soil?
We can and will - but only if you take action today!
Please call or email Florida Governor Rick Scott
Call  - 
850-717-9418 or
E-mail - Visit the following site to send an email -
Message - Please request he intervene and cause Florida Parks department to not approve a 'special' monument that glorifies only one side at Olustee (in this case the side of the invader).  The State of Florida already did her duty in erecting a monument to ALL Veterans of the War.  To allow a 'special' monument to one side now is only divisive, disruptive and disrespectful.
Please send this request to everyone on your list and if you have Facebook or Twitter, post it and then share it to your like-minded friends - especially ones IN FLORIDA.
ATTN FLORIDIANS:   Please also contact your legislators by PHONE and EMAIL .  Tell them you want the Park Service's plan STOPPED..enough is enough!   
Here is a link to find your legislators (do both) -
House of Representatives:
In 1912 a Monument commemorating the Battle and Forces of Both sides was erected by a Monument Commission established by State of Florida.
Current 'balanced' text on the current Federal/Confederate/Battle Monument erected in 1912 by the Commission established by Florida Law:
"The Battle of Olustee was Fought on this Ground February 20th 1864
Between 5,000 Confederate Troops Commanded by General Joseph E. Finegan and 6,000 Federal Troops under General Truman Seymour. 
The Federals were defeated with a loss of 2,000 men.  The Confederate loss was less than 1,000."
Michael Givens
Sons of Confederate Veterans