Gen. Felix H Robertson Camp #129

 Commander Comments

 Greetings, Fellow Members of the Thin Gray Line--

Well, well. A great many things have occurred since our last meeting. 

The day before the Charlottesville "Rally" I and my wife and two daughters were in...Charlottesville... visiting my niece who is pregnant with baby number two. She works at a local winery. Part of the plan was to see Monticello (another irony), so we went to a local motel to spend the night. Lo and behold, the motel was full of Virginia State Police. With my law enforcement state of mind I thought that it must be a police convention of some sort. Nope. My former sister-in-law informed us that some "idiots" were showing up.   Well, the rest is history. 

Now, as ya'll probably well know, Confederate Heritage everywhere is under attack by real IDIOTS who are wholly ignorant of current affairs, much less events from 150 plus years ago. They range from  MERELY removing 100 plus year old monuments to blasting the carvings  off of Stone Mountain  to renaming U.S. Army posts named after Southern generals. To my embarrassment, my "Rock Bound Highland Home", West Point, has gotten into the act, with some morons suggesting that everything associated with Lee at the academy--Lee Gate, Lee Barracks, his portrait in the mess hall from when he was superintendent--should be removed. Interestingly enough, when I was a cadet Lee Barracks faced my barracks. I lived in SHERMAN Barracks for three years. As a cadet I did ponder the irony of living in a building named after the guy whose soldiers probably trashed my great great great great grandfather's home, that of 1LT Henry Shadrack Bogan, of the 6th Georgia Cavalry. It was kind of funny, but I never went on a tear to deface the name plate of the building.

What is the real BOTTOM LINE behind all of this silliness. First of all, this is about much more than the Confederacy, which, after all, occupied a mere 5 or so years of our nations history.   I would contend that this campaign has an Orwellian purpose of delegitimizing EVERYTHING American. I have seen Facebook posts by people who should know better that the purpose of the Electoral College is to perpetuate white supremacy. Yeah, you heard me right. I have also heard some  people advocate the idea that the real purpose of the 2d Amendment was to enable whites to protect themselves from their slaves...and that alone is reason enough to ditch the "Right to Bear Arms". To heck with natural law, lets remake everything from scratch. The new American history began with the last president, who I will not name. As Texans we need to realize that our unique culture is also a potential target: the Alamo, Six Flags over Texas, Sam Houston. The attacks on the Sam Houston statue in Houston are absurd because old Sam was a UNIONIST. And the thing about the amusement park taking down the Six Flags that flew over Texas simply because they do not want to fly the STARS AND BARS, is possibly the silliest of all. 

There is some good news. I read an article from the SCV which talked about all of these Confederate monuments in small towns are probaly safe, at least for the moment. Small town folks are proud of them. But in the big cities it does not look good. I don't see that we can save them in San Antonio, Dallas, etc. with the current makeup of the city populations. The best that can be done is to take of the monuments and put them up again someplace safe.  

Folks, we are dealing with history, which is our collective memory as Americans. If somebody really objects to our collective memory...maybe they should just pack their bags and head to some spot on earth where they like it. And don't let the door hit 'em on the way out. History is the GOOD, the BAD, and the UGLY...and American history has examples of all three.  They should ALL be taught. But, they need to be taught with the idea firmly in front of us that people 150+ years ago thought a certain way because of_______?  They were a product of their times. 

The cat is out of the bag concerning our monument in Oak Wood Cemetery. There was information in the paper and on the KWTX website about, noting that it is the oldest Confederate monument in the state. So, as unimpressive as it is physically, it could be a target. The good news is that it is on private land (the cemetery) and the Cemetery Assiociation is determined to protect it. I heard, also, that law enforcement has been patrolling the areas of Oak Wood with Confederate stuff in it. 

OK, folks, we will have plenty to talk about on Tuesday night. I look forward to seeing all of ya'll!

In the Service of the South--

Cary Bogan

Camp Commander

"We have witnessed the organization of a party seeking the possession of the Government, not for the common good, not for their own particular benefit, but as the means of executing a hostile purpose against a portion of the States."

President Jefferson Finis Davis

"in the conflict thus far, success has been on our side, complete throughout the length and breadth of the Confederate States. It is upon this, as I have stated, our social fabric is firmly planted; and I cannot permit myself to doubt the ultimate success o0f a full recognoition of this principle throuhout the civilized and enlightened world."

Vice President Alexander Hamilton Stephens


Lieutenant Commander Comments

 The next meeting of the BG Felix Robertson Camp # 129 Sons of Confederate Veterans will Tuesday, the 12th of September, at Poppa Rollos Pizza, 703 N Valley Mills Drive. The meeting will begin at 7 PM, dinner for those who are interested will begin at 6 PM. The speaker will be anounced at the meeting. Guests are invited and encouraged to come.

"Read history, works of truth, not novels, and romances. Get correct views of life and learn to see the world in its true light."

General Robert E. Lee

"There is a trus glory and a true honor: the glory of duty alone--the honor of the integrity of principle."

General Robert E. Lee


Chaplain Comments

 Greeting Compatriots!

This month's newsletter had a good way of sneaking up on me, so I will keep the column brief!

First and foremost, I want to ask the members of our camp to keep those impacted by Hurricane Harvey in their prayers. I also ask that ya'll pray for those that have been and will be impacted by Hurricane Irma in the coming days.

These past few months have been extremely stressful on the fight for preserving our history. It seems like everyday, there is always talk about some Confederate statue or memorial coming down somewhere. Indeed, it is basically an uphill fight that is extremely challenging and may even seem impossible at times. But do not give up! As Christians we fight these uphill battles everyday, always  striving to make ourselves better Christians. So let us carry over this strong will to fight to preserve the history of the South and educate those that choose to fight back. It will get better, do not give up hope!

I will see everyone on the 12th!

Deo Vindice

Koby Westbrook, Chaplain

"There is a great harvest here, which ought to be reaped at once, and if it should pass this season we fear that much of it will be gathered by the enemy of souls."

Beverly Tucker Lacy

Chaplain, Stonewall Jackson's Brigade

"The Lord is at work among us. His stately steppings are often heard and his presence felt to the comfort of our souls. We have had for the past week very interesting prayer-meetings. They were well-attended and the very highest interest manifested. Souls are hungry for the 'bread of life' ".

P.A.  Johnson

Chaplain, 38th Mississippi Volunteers


Confederate Book Reviews

 Thunder Across the Swamp: The Fight for the Lower Mississippi, February 1863-May 1863, by Donald S. Frazier. This is the second book in Professor Frazier's projected four part series on the war in southern Louisiana during the WBTS, which he calls his "Louisiana Quadrille" series . Like the first volume,  Fire in the Cane Field: The Federal Invasion of Louisiana and Texas, January 1861-January 1863, this volume deals on the micro level with events taking place in south Louisiana that are not generally familiar with the average WBTS reader. In this book, the events described are taking place against the backdrop of the strategic Federal build up for, and campaign against Vicksburg. At the operational level the Federals are attempting to extend their control of the area along the Bayou Teche and the Atchafalaya Basin. There were a great many rich land owners with large plantations who attempted to save their fortunes by taking the Oath of Allegiance to the U.S. Government. However, generally this did not save them from having their property seized or destroyed, and their slaves becoming Contraband of War. In general, the Confederate forces in this area held their own against vastly superior Union forces, including strong naval forces. But they were unable to retake key positions like New Orleans and Baton Rouge, and they were unable to offer any substantial aid to the Confederate forces defending Vicksburg and Port Hudson. There are fierce battles aplenty, both on the land and the waterways. However, the Southern forces lacked the resources to really hurt the U.S. military. This is a very detailed look at this area of the WBTS, and should be read by someone who is very familiar with the overall course of the war. This is a very good book.

 Miller Cornfield at Antietam: The Civil War's Bloodiest Combat, by Phillip Thomas Tucker. Yes, this is another book by Phillip Thomas Tucker. Yes, his books are generally on subjects that I find very interesting, but they are poorly edited and repetitious. This one was published by a different publisher, who seems to have done a better job in making it flow, so, in that sense, this is a decent volume. Especially since, a couple of weeks after I read the book, I visited the Miller Cornfield at Antietam. There is a bit of repetition in this one, but not to the extent of some of his other volumes. Generally, I enjoyed the book, particularly because of the prominent role of Texans in this fierce engagement. While well illustrated, the book does not have a single map--an odd oversight for a tactical battle book. The 1st Texas Infantry Regiment was the most heavily engaged unit in Hood's Texas Brigade, losing 82.3% of their strength--which was a record for regimental losses in the WBTS. For those of you who enjoy pure combat narrative, this is your kind of book. Enjoy.

 Decoying the Yanks: Jackson's Valley Campaign, by Champ Clark and the Editors of Time-Life Books. This is yet another volume in the Time-Life series "The Civil War". I reread this one because of my recent trip to visit my wife's younger sister who lives in Harper's Ferry WV, who is in fact married to an SCV member. He took me on a couple of days sight seeing in the Shenandoah Valley. Like all of the books in this series it is well done and beautifully assembled--the world is worse off because of the demise of Time-Life Books. These volumes are suitable for both novice and more seasoned readers.

13 Days to Glory: The Siege of the Alamo, by Lon Tinkle. This is one of the earlier books written on the Alamo, in 1985, and, in fact, was one of the first books that I read when I was growing up. This book is extremely well written, and enjoyable to read. However, it has been overtaken by much more recent scholarship which has greatly clarified what we know of the battle. This book is dramatic reading, and a crackling good one at that, but there are more recent books that are much more accurate. It is still worth reading, though. 

"June 15,1861--Yesterday was set apart by the President as a day of prayer and fasting, and I trust that throughout the Confederacy the blessing of God was invoked upon the army and country."

Judith White McGuire

"If it is a crime to love the South, its cause, and its President, then I am a criminaL. I am in your power; do with me as you please. But I fear you not, I would rather lie down in thyis prison and die, than leave it owing allegiance to such a government as yours."

Isabelle "Belle" Boyd



  09/12/17  Camp meeting @ Poppa Rollos-  Eat/Socialize 6:00pm--Program & business meeting @ 7:00 pm

 10/20/17  Annual Genealogy Lock In @ WWL--SCV & Rose tables






 Commander Comments

 Greetings to fellow members of the Thin Gray Line--

I recently read a book entitled Miller Cornfield at Antietam about the epic fight of the 1st Texas Infantry at the aforementioned battle. I will review the book soon in this column but, suffice it to say, it was an inspiring look at an incredible unit performance in combat. The 1st Texas Infantry lost 82.3 % of its strength in knocking numerous yankee units out of the cornfield and holding out for an extended period of time. It is something that makes me proud to be a Southerner and to know that we are America's warrior class. We have nothing to be ashamed of as Southerners.

Next meeting I will be on vacation, and, what do you know, I will be staying in Harper's Ferry, WV, with my sister in laws family for a week. I will be visiting Sharpsburg and Gettysburg. The rest of the time will be spent in the DC area taking in Washington stuff (yawn!). Maybe I can get in some stuff in the Shenandoah Valley, as well. Our fearless Lieutenant Commander, Bobby Jones, will be in charge of the meeting. I will miss ya'll alot but I know that the camp will be in good hands during my absence.     

On the culture war front the latest nonsense is rather interesting. The imbeciles at HBO responsible for the series GAME OF THRONES (no opinion on that show) have announced their next project: a TV series entitled CONFEDERATE which is set in a different future where the won their independence, and there are at least two American nations existing with a demilitarized zone in between. And where SLAVERY STILL EXISTS. Hmm. Wow. I can see where this is going from a mile away. Evil Southerners. Hypocritical Christians. Virtuous slaves and abolitionists. Probably lots of  rape and foul language. Yuck. I for one will pass. Apparently, there is even a backlash among the lefties on this one. They are mad that the people in charge of this projected series are WHITE. Oh the intolerance.

I hope that everyone continues to enjoy their summer, manages to stay as cool as possible, and continues to support the Cause of remembering our Southern warriors.

In the Service of the South!

Cary Bogan

Camp # 129 Commander


Lieutenant Commander Comments

 The next meeting of the BG Felix Robertson Camp # 129 will be on the 8th of August at Poppa Rollos Pizza, 703 N Valley Mills Drive, Waco TX. Dinner will be at 6 PM, with the meeting starting at 7 PM. The speaker will be announced at the meeting.  Visitors are invited and encouraged.


Chaplain Comments

 Howdy everyone!

Hopefully everyone is continuing to have a great Texas summer and has been able to find all the nice shady spots around town! It has definitely been a Civil War filled month for both my mom and I. A few weeks ago, we took a Saturday trip up to the Texas Civil War Museum in Fort Worth for the first time. It is definitely a place that needs to go on everyone's bucket list. If anyone needs any more inspiration to go (if for whatever the name itself isn't enough) then, in case you did not receive the division-wide announcement, recently the SCV Medal of Honor Committee  approved the Confederate Medal of Honor to be awarded to a  Color sergeant who was with the 1st Texas Infantry. That medal will be displayed on a permanent basis at the Texas Civil War Museum!

I would like to extend a prayer request to our camp regarding the SCV's Chaplain-in-Chief, Ray Parker.  I believe on the 24th of July, he was admitted to the Palm Bay hospital in Palm Bay, Florida, after his wife took him to the emergency room. One of the nurses stated the reason he was admitted was due to congestive heart failure in addition to pneumonia they found while in the emergency room. Since then, Mrs. Parker has alerted us that they tried to do a chemically induced stress test on Tuesday, the 25th, however, Chief Parker's heart rate became so low, they had to stop it. They also did a heart cath, in which they found 30% blockage on his lefty and right side of his heart. She also stated that he is still struggling with pneumonia and fluid on his lungs. I implore the members of our camp to keep the Parkers in your prayers.

I will see everyone Tuesday, August 8th.

Deo Vindice,

Koby Westbrook, Chaplain


Confederate Book Reviews

 The Civil War: A Visual History. This large, well-illustrated volume is published by Dorling Kindersley, a publishing house that is known for their well done, attractive, and accurate books. I have a number of their books, on a multitude of historical subjects, and I can attest to their historical accuracy and reliability. It is easy to slap together a book, fill it with pictures of dubious reliability, and put the "Civil War" in the title. Because of the popularity of WBTS subjects it will almost certainly sell. This company is to be commended for the conscientious way in which they produce their books. This volume hits the mark like other historical books they have published: it is accurate, enjoyable to read, and covers the subject well. This volume is organized into chapters for each year of the war along with a chapter each on the origins and aftermath of the war. Each chapter begins with a timeline and introduction. Each two page spread covers a particular topic with numerous sidebars and notations on related subjects. There are also biographic sections throughout the book. This format is particularly well suited to a new reader on things related to the WBTS. This book is highly recommended for both introductory readers and more seasoned ones who enjoy a well written book.  

Forward to Richmond: McClellan's Peninsular Campaign, by Ronald H. Bailey and the Editors of Time-Life Books. This is yet another volume in the Time-Life series "The Civil War" published in the 1980s. Unfortunately, Time-Life Books is no more. These books are readily available on used books sites and at used book stores. As the title implies, this book covers Yankee General McClellan's attempt to capture the Confederate capitol of Richmond via the James and York Rivers. Confederate General Joe Johnston retreated to the vicinity of the city where he was replaced by General Robert E. Lee ...and the war changed drastically. Lee's aggressive strategy drove the Yankees away from Richmond, thus causing Southern morale to soar. At that point in the war the South was on the ropes. Lee's ascendancy ensured that the WBTS would be a long and drastic military and cultural event. Like all Time-Life Books this one is highly recommended.

 With Santa Anna in Texas: A Personal Narrative of the Revolution, by Jose Enrique de la Pena, edited and translated by Carmen Perry. This is the "infamous" book that came to prominence in 1975 that had the second hand account of David Crockett's alleged surrender and execution at the personal hand of Santa Anna. De la Pena was a Lieutenant Colonel in Santa Anna's army at the Alamo. While he was not a direct witness to some of the events he described his account is very interesting. He was NOT a fan of Santa Anna, being extremely critical of his conduct of the campaign in Texas. The alleged surrender episode, if it occurred--and I do not think that it did--makes Santa Anna look like a murderer. The episode with the executions is related in a number of Mexican accounts. Some tie Crockett to it, and some do not. It seems reasonable to me that if Santa Anna personally ordered the execution of one of the most well known Americans of the time that he would have bragged about it at some point. Also, there are some people who think that the diary was not actually written at the time, but was compiled from other sources back in Mexico. There is probably some truth to that. However, I think that Colonel de la Pena's insights into the conduct of the campaign are fascinating. Sparing the lives of the prisoners taken at the Alamo and Goliad alone could very well have won the war for Mexico. The murder of the helpless men at Goliad stiffened resistance considerably. A good case can be made that if all of the prisoners were sent home with their tales of incompetence and mismanagement in the Texan military and government that the war effort would have collapsed. There would have been no San Jacinto. Texas may or may not have remained part of Mexico. This book is an excellent read, if considered in that respect. There are plenty of interesting tidbits about the Mexican campaign in Texas, and for that it is highly recommended.  



 08/08/17  Camp meeting at Poppa Rollo's. Optional dining at 6:00 pm. Speaker at 7:00 pm

 08/10/17  Brazos Rose Chapter meeting at West Waco Library at 6:00 pm

  09/08/1863  The Second Battle of Sabine Pass. Lt. Richard W. Dowling leading 46 men of the Davis Guard fought 5,000 Yankees. The Davis Guard took 350 prisoners and killed 50 Yankees. No Davis Guard casualties.

  Coming in October: Genealogy Lock-In at West Waco Library 







 Commander Comments

To my fellow members of the Thin Gray Line!


Well, we are now fully, 100% into summer, like it or not. I hope that all of you are staying as cool as you can, and that nobody is having an major mechanical problems with their air conditioning. From the Rancho Bogan we had a water overflow that caused a bit of damage to an adjacent bedroom from our air conditioner. It seems like when you have alot of long haired dogs it tends to clog the a/c drain pipe. The solution to that is to change your filters once a month.  If it still clogs it means you have algae in the pipe. I finally broke down and put in a cut off switch, so hopefully that problem is solved.

Well, there were rumors going around that "antifas" (an antifascist group) was going to show up at Gettysburg on the anniversary of the battle and burn various flags and desecrate monuments and Confederate graves. Funny, there are NO Confederate graves at Gettysburg; all of the Southern dead were removed from the battlefield not long after the war.  Anyway, "antifas" d was a no show; I guess that they were intimidated by the presence of the dreaded Civil War reenactors with their nasty bayonets. That would have been an excellent picture. Portly reenactors chasing these millennial dirtbags with red scarves over their faces around. Oh, my kids are millennials so, no, I know that not all millennials are dirtbags.

As for the I-35 flagpole I think that it is time to a) get some barbed wire up on top of the fence, and, b) get the security cameras up and running, based upon funding. When that is done the battle flag will go back up, without fanfare. I like the idea of the flag flying to show to everyone that just because idiots in New Orleans are tearing down Confederate monuments we in Waco are still proud of our Southern Heritage...and are not ashamed to show it.

Another project. The brigade is putting together a monument inventory list, by county. Our camp will be responsible for McLennan, Falls, and Limestone counties. The inventory would include a listing of basic information on the monument, a comprehensive pictorial record of the monument in case of vandalism, and responsible people to keep an eye on the monument. In McLennan County we have the Oakwood Cemetery Monument, and our own I-35 flag monument. In Falls and Limestone Counties...I do not known what exists there, much to my embarrassment. This will probably be a short list, but an important one. We need to know what is out there in order to defend it.

As we approach the fall season, and cooler weather, we should think about becoming more active again. The Veteran's Day Parade is coming up, and we want to show our colors in that. I think that activities in some of our local cemeteries would be appropriate. I am certainly open to suggestions from the camp as far as things that we can do. Continue to enjoy your summer, and I will see you Tuesday night.

In the Service of the South-

Cary Bogan

Camp Commander

Camp # 129


From our fearless ADJUTANT:

Renewal notices have been mailed out to each of our active members. If you did not receive your notice, the renewal fees are $53.00 and must be paid BEFORE September 1, 2017 to avoid a late fee being charged. You may send your renewal fees to my address or bring them to one of the next two meetings. My address is:


3121 Sturgis Lane

Waco TX 76708

I have all membership numbers, but please put your current address with your renewal payment.



3121 Sturgis Lane

Waco, TX 76708

254-754-5742 home

254-715-8035 cell

254-755-0410 work


 "With all my devotion to the Union and the feeling of loyalty and duty of an American citizen I have not been able to make up my mind to raise my hand against my relatives, my children, my home."

General Robert E. Lee.

"When a man makes a mistake, I call him into my tent, talk to him, and use the authority of my position to make him do the right thing the next time."

General Robert E. Lee.


Lieutenant Commander Comments

 The Sons of Confederate Veterans' monthly meeting will be Tuesday, July 11th, at Poppa Rollo's Pizza, 703 N Valley Mills Drive. Meal will be at 6:00 PM and the speaker at 7:00 PM. Charles Oliver, member of Waco Camp # 129, will speak on Alexander Stephens, the Vice President of the CSA. Visitors are welcome AND encouraged. For more information visit or call 254-772-1676.


 "I yield to no man in sympathy for the gallant men under my command; but I am obliged to sweat them tonight, so that I may save their blood tomorrow."

Lieutenant General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson.

"Major, my men have sometimes failed to take a position, but to defend one, never!"

Lieutenant General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson.


Chaplain Comments

 Greeting Compatriots!

I hope everyone had a great Independence Day holiday. This time of the year is extremely important regarding American history. Not only in 1776 when independence was declared, but July 4th has proven to be a very significant date throughout America's 241 years. Most notably around the time of our study of history was July 4, 1863. Many historians consider this day to be the turning point of the War Between the States. One of the major events around this time was the Battle of Gettysburg that lasted July 1-3. However, the other major event that many people never think of happening at the same time as Gettysburg was the siege of Vicksburg, which ended July 4. We need to not only keep our entire country in our minds during this holiday, but also our ancestors that fought, where all gave some, but some gave all, to try and secure our independence in 1863.

I apologize for a short column, but it has been a very busy couple of weeks for us. I thought I would end with a short excerpt of an address to the Baptist General Convention of Virginia on June 4, 1863, to give an example of the outlook and balance between war and Christianity during this time, just before this "turning point" of the War Between the States:

"DEAR BRETHREN:--Again have we assembled in our annual convention with the cloud of war still darkening the land. We humbly recognize in this desolating scourge the tokens of God's just displeasure against us for our sins; and although we have reason to adore his goodness, that in the midst of deserved wrath He hath remembered mercy, and saved us from the hand of those who hate us, hot humbling us before our enemy, yet, how grievous has been our chastening--Thousands of once happy homes are made desolate; at thousands of hearth-stones tears are falling and anguished hearts are breaking; our country has become the land of Rama; throughout its borders is heard a voice of "lamentation and weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and will not be comforted because they are not." Still, whilst we "despise not the chastening of the Lord," we take courage, and, in reference to the public welfare and the common cause, can say with his servant of old, "We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed." We behold in the fiery trial, through which we are passing, that baptism of offerings by which men and nations are disciplined for the work appointed to them.

We have thought it meet, at this momentous crisis of our history, in which the interest of our country and of the church are so deeply involved, to address you, somewhat at length, upon the state of the country, the character of the war, and our duties as patriots and Christians.

Though God in scourging us has used the hand of a wicked nation as His avenging instrument, we are daily more convinced of the righteousness of our cause, and have abiding faith, through His favor, of ultimate, and we trust not distant deliverance from our ruthless enemy. We are contending not only for political liberty, but for rights of conscience, assailed by fanaticism in the name of religion. The cause and purpose of this atrocious war are no longer disguised. The mask is thrown aside and the long-cherished purpose of the foe is openly avowed. We would speak here of the origin of this war, because its history is so intimately connected with that of the church, and teaches such a fearful lesson of the danger of spiritual pride and religious intolerance."

I strongly encourage our members to read the rest of this address which can be found at the following link, as it is very insightful.

Deo Vindice

Koby Westbrook, Chaplain


 "Our regiment is doing well. I try to preach on the Sabbath--usually twice. We have also a regimental prayer-meeting every evening at twilight. Upon these services there is usually a good attendance, and a serious attention that is very gratifying. Ask for the prayers of all."

J.M. Carlisle, Chaplain, Seventh Regiment, South Carolina Volunteers.

"Zion is flourishing again in this army. There are as many as twenty chapels. We have had a meeting in progress two weeks, and the interest is increasing daily. We have had several conversions, and there were, I reckon, fifty mourners at the altar for prayer last evening. Our chapel seats between 300 and 400, and is full every night unless the weather is very inclement."

J.M. Stokes, Chaplain, Wright's Georgia Brigade.


Confederate Book Reviews

 Pickett's Charge: A New Look at Gettysburg's Final Attack, by Phillip Thomas Tucker. Yes, this book is somewhat original in that the main thesis is that the PLAN for Lee's attack on the 3rd of July was good, but the execution was fumbled badly by the good general's subordinates and lack of supervision by Lee himself. The crux of the author's argument is that "Pickett's Charge" had three interrelated components: the artillery bombardment, a cavalry attack by Jeb Stuart against the rear of the the Union army on Cemetery Ridge, and the massive infantry attack against the front of the ridge. The author does not go into detail on the cavalry portion, though it was an integral part of the operation. Other authors have discussed this.  The problem is that Lee never went into detail on his exact intentions at Gettysburg, probably in order to avoid making his subordinates look bad.  The Confederacy was at a major disadvantage in a long war, so Lee was looking for an opportunity to deliver a war ending knock out blow to the Union Army of the Potomac. In his eyes the situation at Gettysburg presented an ideal opportunity. Unlike Virginia, the ground was much more open, thus increasing the potential effectiveness of his artillery. The Union army was so concentrated that a massive blow from two directions could cause enormous damage. The highly concentrated artillery bombardment would clear out the defending guns, and stun the infantry on Cemetery Ridge. The open ground would enable the infantry to move rapidly and seize the position. Certain artillery units would advance with the infantry keeping the flanks clear. The infantry would be well supported in that the troops that seized the ridge would be reinforced by fresh, or comparatively fresh units quickly. Heavily decimated troops would not have to go it alone after taking the Union position. While it may seem to lack finesse, the author's arguments do make sense.  The problem was in the execution. Lee's command style was to give a mission to his subordinates, and then stand back and have them do the detailed planning. In this case, his subordinates were not up to it. Lieutenant General Longstreet was not in a cooperative mood. He did not want to do the attack, and he let everyone know it. His planning and supervision left much to be desired. Some of the supporting infantry units on each flank did not do their jobs--for whatever reason. Some of the units in the attack other than Pickett's Division had been hard hit on the first and second days of the battle. Their unit strengths were not as high as expected. General Lee does not seem to have been aware of this. That is probably the result of shoddy staff work. Plus, the Union return artillery fire caused heavy casualties in Southern infantry units as they awaited for the order to attack. The Confederate artillery bombardment was not as effective as hoped for because of poor fuses, effective Union counter battery fire, and lack of some types of ammunition. Of course, Jeb Stuart's cavalry attack was stopped well short of the rear of the Union center thanks to George Armstrong Custer. However, the what ifs are fascinating to contemplate, and that is what makes this an interesting book. This author has had serious editing problems with his books in the past. This one seems to be much better done. However, I got the impression that this book could have been a bit shorter and still gotten its point across. Nevertheless, I would still recommend to WBTS readers.  

The Battle of Glendale: Robert E. Lee's Lost Opportunity, by Douglas Crenshaw. This book is a volume in the History Press series on the Civil War. This short, well illustrated and mapped volume provides a concise view of one of the most interesting early war battles fought by General Lee. There will be a never ending argument about what was the real "turning point" of the WBTS. An pretty food argument can be made that the Battle of Glendale/ Frayser's Farm was an extraordinary missed opportunity to win the war early for the South before the North's superior resources could be brought to bear. After the Battle of Gaines Mill the Union Army of the Potomac was in headlong retreat from Lee's aggressive Army of Northern Virginia. With the Union commander, McClellan, out of the picture, hiding on a yankee gunboat, and no other general designated as the overall commander, the Union army was uniquely vulnerable in it's position at the Glendale crossroads. Lee had planned a series of converging attacks from three different directions to destroy the Federal force. One of the columns was under Stonewall Jackson. Due to fatigue, incompetence, and lack of will only the column under James Longstreet hit home. This column hit hard inflicted losses, took a large number of guns, and captured a Union general but was unable to arrest the course of the Federal retreat. The next day Lee tried once again to stop the yankees at Malvern Hill, but by then it was too late. The golden opportunity had passed. This book gives an excellent account of this missed opportunity.

The Rebel Mountain Reader, by Mark K. Vogl. This book is a series of essays put together by SCV compatriot Mark Vogl. Some of you may recall that Mark has spoken to our camp several times. Mark is a U.S. Army veteran and a graduate of the Citadel who writes well. Some of his essays are on military matters, such as the Red River Campaign, an analysis of Lee's reasoning for the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg,  and the war at sea, while others are on sentimental subjects such as "Christmas in the Confederate White House" and "Christmas Letters From Confederate Soldiers".  He also has an interesting look at Jefferson Davis's record as a war leader. All of these essays are well written and interesting and contribute to our understanding of the WBTS.

"The real issue involved in the relations between the North and the South of the American States, is the great principle of self-government. Shall a dominant party of the North rule the South, or shall the people of the South rule themselves. This is the great matter in controversy."

Robert Barnwell Rhett, Representative and Senator of South Carolina.

"Mr. President, we have now maintained this unequal contest for nearly four years, and invoke the judgment of the world whether or not we have established our capacity for self-government, and our ability to resist the power of the enemy to subjugate us."

Gutavus Adolphus Henry, Senator from Tennessee.



 7/11/17  Camp meeting at Poppa Rollos-6 pm:  eat and/or socialize, 7 pm:  Speaker

 7/18-23/17  SCV National Reunion, Memphis, TN







 Commander Comments

 Fellow Members of the Thin Gray Line--

Well, another month has come and gone, and summer is officially here. We are nearly halfway through with the year of our Lord 2017. As time rolls by in our lives, at whatever pace it seems to take...either fast, or slow, take time to recall our charge as members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. We are the guardians of the memory of men who once walked these same streets and towns, who dreamed some of the same dreams we have had. They are no longer around to protect their memories...but we darn sure are here. It is OUR duty to stand up for them, and articulate their arguments for the modern day masses. Amen. 

As you are probably aware, the monuments are down in New Orleans, and I don't see them going back up. We can only hope that they end up somewhere, in the hands of somebody, who will display them where they can be seen, and educate other people. Some video footage I saw showed some of them in a junkyard. For some weird reason, the pedestal and column of the Robert E. Lee monument are being left up--minus the statue of course--which old Mitch says that he is going to sell, probably to try and recoup some of the money which has been squandered on this nonsense. At the SCV Texas Division Reunion the prediction was made that there will be trouble in Dallas because anti-Confederate groups want to take down the statue of Robert E. Lee in one of their city parks.

Myself, Charles Oliver, Toxey Cathey, Bobby Jones, and John Dickey attended the Texas Division Reunion in Fort Worth on the 2d, 3rd, and 4th of June. A good time was had by all, but the atmosphere was pretty somber because of all the goings on in New Orleans and else where. Division and Brigade officers were selected. Our own Charles Oliver ran for the position of second Lieutenant Commander at our brigade, but, alas, he did not win. The new slate of officers is coming in at a critical moment and seems to be keenly aware of how critical this period is in history. Some constitutional amendments came up, but were tabled for procedural reasons. Toxey attended the OCR meeting.All in all, the reunion was, mostly, sweet and to the point. 

Some important points courtesy of our hard working adjutant, soon to be also the Texas Division adjutant.

Annual renewals are in the mail, and as of right now, each person will have the option to renew on line, by mail, or by bringing their renewal to the adjutant. The deadline for renewals is September 1, after that date a late fee will be assessed.

Also, everyone should check out the Texas SCV website and become familiar with what all it presents. There are numerous awards that various members of the camp are eligible to receive as well as several awards that we, as a camp, should be giving out to the high school students, CAP Cadets, JROTC, and several other youth organizations. Let's begin thinking about these things; there are always ways to become more active in the community.

Also, we have the end of an era coming up in this camp. Every since we helped sell the WBTS cannon to the Texas Civil War Museum we have been blessed with financial resources in this camp. Those days are over. With the expenses of putting up the flagpole our days of financial prosperity are coming to an end. We need to begin thinking of ways to start raising money for our camp, because we will be out of money soon. Perhaps conduct a seminar at the Holt Collier Statue and sell flags, bumper stickers, etc.

God Bless the South!

In the Service of the South!

Cary Bogan

Commander, BG Felix Robertson Camp # 129 


 "Shoot at everything blue, and keep up the scare."

Lieutenant General Nathan Bedford Forrest


"SIR, I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note, asking one hour to consider my demand for your surrender. Your request cannot be granted. I will allow you twenty minutes from the receipt of this note for consideration; if at the expiration of that time the fort is not surrendered, I shall assault it. I do not demand the surrender of the gunboat."

Lieutenant General Nathan Bedford Forrest


Lieutenant Commander Comments

 The Sons of Confederate Veterans monthly meeting will be Tuesday, June 13th at Poppa Rollo's Pizza, 703 N Valley Mills Drive. The meal will be at 6:00 PM and the speakers at 7:00 PM. Representatives from the Pearce Civil War and Western Art Museum, Navarro College will speak on Confederate items in the museum. One speaker will talk about Robert E. Lee. Visitors are welcomed AND encouraged. For more information, visit, or call 254-772-1676.

 "Captain, my religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me." He added, after a pause, looking me straight in the face: "That is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave."

Lieutenant General Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson


"Should the steps be taken which is now threatened, we shall have no other alternative: we must fight. But do not think that all Christian people of the land could be induced to unite in prayer, to avert so great an evil. It seems to me that if they would unite in prayer, war might be prevented and peace preserved."

Lieutenant General Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson


Chaplain Comments

 Greetings Everyone,

May is always an exciting month for me, as I am sure it is for many of you as well. I always enjoy doing the Memorial Day ceremonies, wherever we have them at. It was unfortunate that we were not invited back to the VA this year, however, our ceremony at Oakwood Cemetery was great (perhaps even better). It is always nice for us to go out and honor all the American veterans, but especially those that do not receive the praise that is due them, and that is what I pride myself on the most about our camp. And I am really looking forward to this summer in the hopes that we can outreach into surrounding areas and hopefully recruit more people into the camp and further our mission work.

I'd like to ask our members to keep those affected by recent acts of war hiding under the name of terrorism in your prayers. England has especially been hard hit, mostly in London, in recent weeks, and victims have included Americans. Many people call these attacks on Christianity, but I believe it is on a bigger scale than even that. These are acts of war on all people, and it is getting out of hand. As Christians, persecution is nothing new, as Christians have been attacked physically and spiritually for nearly 2000 years and counting. But as Jesus commanded us, we must endure it, because in the end, we shall be saved (Matt. 10:22).

I will see everyone on the 13th, Lord willing. Deo Vindice.

Koby Westbrook, Chaplain


"One young man was very anxious to learn to read. I procured a spelling-book, and in a few days he learned so as to be able to read the Bible. He has since professed conversion."

J.E. Martin, Coporter


"On last evening fifteen were buried with Christ in baptism. And still the good work goes on. Our meetings are increasing in interest, and each evening scores of soldiers are inquiring, 'What shall we do to be saved?' Brother Kitzmiller has been laboring with us with a zeal and earnestness characteristic of a true Christian."

John H. Tonkies, Chaplain, Seventh Florida Regiment


Confederate Book Reviews

 One Damn Blunder From Beginning To End: The Red River Campaign of 1864, by Gary D. Joiner. This book is a volume in "The American Crisis Series" series edited by Gary Woodworth of TCU. This volume is a relatively short (under 200 pages) summary of the campaign which covers a great deal of ground. The military aspects of the campaign are well covered with the use of 16 excellent maps. The author is also careful to cover the intricate politics of this strange campaign, a campaign that was dictated as much by a desire to overawe the French occupation force in Mexico and seize large quantities of cotton for the benefit of New England textile manufacturers. Grant wanted to do other things with the troops involved, such as seizing Mobile, Alabama. He put a number of constraints on the troops involved in the operation, constraints that hampered the Union commander, Massachusetts politician Major General Nathaniel Banks. The defending Confederate forces were extremely well led by Major General Richard Taylor, son of President Zachary Taylor. This is an excellent book on this generally overlooked late war Southern victory that at the very least saved Texas from yankee invasion.

Another Look at Six Myths in The Lost Cause, by Richard Lee Montgomery.  This is a very short (48 pages) guide to Lost Cause Myths by a former speaker at our camp who is a Baptist Pastor. This sort of material is commonsense to us, who actually study and read about the period of the WBTS. However, it is NOT familiar to many members of the "great unwashed" who swallow hook, line, and sinker, the stupid drivel put out by the liberal news media. The author simply states each of the myths, and then he refutes it in a single chapter. The six myths that the author addresses are: 1) The War Between the States was Fought over Slavery; 2) The Confederate Battle Flag was Flown on Slave Ships; 3) The Confederate Battle Flag represented the Southern Nation; 4) Only the North had men of color in their ranks; 5) Only  the people in the South  were  Racists; 6) God was on the side of the North. The author does an excellent job of dissecting each of these subjects and giving a more realistic appraisal of its truth. 

The Road to Shiloh: Early Battles in the West, by David Nevin and the Editors of Time-Life Books. This is the fourth volume in the excellent, and out of print Time-Life Series on the WBTS. This book has the usual high standards associated with this publishing house: well written, authoritive, and just plain nice looking books. Unfortunately, Time-Life Books is no more, and the series is out of print. They are readily available on the secondary market. This volume covers the early fighting in Missouri and Kentucky, then it moves on to Forts Henry and Donelson. The last two chapters of the book are devoted to Shiloh, which really wrapped up the early phase of the war. 


"All the South has ever desired was that the Union, as established by our forefathers, should be preserved and that the government, as originally organized, should be administered in purity and truth."

General Robert E. Lee


"There is nothing left for me to do but to go and see General Grant and I would rather die a thousand deaths."

General Robert E. Lee



06/08/17  Brazos Rose Chapter #56 bi-monthly meeting at West Waco Library 6:00 pm

06/13/17  Camp 129 meeting at Poppa Rollo's. 6:00 pm eat and socialize. 7:00 pm speakers

06/30/17  Deadline to file application for Sam Davis Youth Camp, Clifton--July 9th-15th 

 Commander Comments

Dear Fellow Members of the Thin Gray Line--

I hope this finds all the members of our camp healthy and reasonably contented. I know with all of the silliness going on in America now that there are days where it is hard to be optimistic. However, as a Christian, I know that I am on the winning side. In other words, I know how the battle will ultimately end.  

Well, there is some good news out of Virginia. A judge issued a restraining order against the city of Charlottesville preventing them from taking down the R.E. Lee statue. The order is good for six months, which should allow the pro-monument folks time to marshall their legal arguments. Apparently, in Virginia, there is a law protecting "military" monuments...and I would think that a monument to Lee would qualify. The downside is that the judge said that the city can rename the park so we will have the absurd situation where there is a Lee statue in a park with another name. These nitwits are the modern day Taliban.

I am sure that all of you are following the New Orleans situation. The Liberty Place monument is gone. While I have no strong feelings about that one, it does set a precedent. That original nitwit, Mitch Landrieu, has said that the monuments will come down soon, as there is some serious civil disorder going on. This has attracted all of the crazies: the BLM crowd, the anarcho-syndicalists (whatever that is), out and out communists, etc., etc. The funny thing is that these brownshirt wanna be's are referring to monument supporters as NAZIS. If it wasn't so sad I would say that it was funny.  The Andrew Jackson monument, which is deeply part of the French Quarter area, is now coming under attack. Where is this going to end? Not with Confederate stuff, by any stretch of the imagination. I saw an interesting statement on Facebook that pointed out that these morons are intensely anti-American AND anti-Western culture. The Confederate symbolism is merely the low hanging fruit...the symbols of the Texas Revolution, and for that matter of the American Revolution and Founding are also very much potential targets. After all, how many of the Founders were slaveholders, and for that matter, a number of the men at the Alamo owned slaves. The republic of Texas was a slave holding nation, as was the state of Texas. Where will it end. Rename Washington, D.C., or Washington State????

Well, once more I want to throw out to the camp that we need more leaders. We need a 2 Lieutenant Commander for recruiting now, and we will need more officers at the end of the year. We need new blood in our camp. Some men who have not been in leadership roles must step forward. It is necessary for the camp to have fresh blood in our key positions as often as possible. It is nice to be a sponge and enjoy the camp meetings but it is not good for the organization. This groups vitality, and vigor are helped by numerous people moving through the leadership positions. 'Nuff said!

Our fearless adjutant has informed me that the VA does not want us at the Memorial Day Ceremony. I am not going to lash out at anyone...yet, but something appears to be rotten in Denmark. We WILL do something, on our own  if we have to. Possibly a ceremony at Oakwood at the Confederate Monument by the Confederate plot. With all that is going on I would not be surprised if somebody at the VA U.S. Government organization decided to get POLITICALLY CORRECT. We will NOT be ignored and we WILL not be forgotten.

I look forward to seeing everyone Tuesday night at Poppa Rollos.

In the Service of the South,

Cary Bogan

Camp Commander


 Notice of Upcoming Event

The Battle of Tomlinson Hill

Civil War Reenactment

Saturday, May 20, 10:00 & 3:00

Sunday, May 21, 1:00

Gates open at 9:00 AM each day.

A live battle demonstration with cannons, horses, living history demonstrations & camps. Concession stand, horseshoes, silent auction & raffle items. Admission $5 per car. Proceeds support restoration of historic log cabin and tabernacle.

From Lott, east on Texas 320. Right on FM 2027, 1/3 mile on right, Old settlers & Veterans reunion grounds at Tomlinson Hill.

Good things to know about the event:

Campground for tent camping-Includes availability to water and restrooms with showers.

RV Hookups-Electricity only.

Picnic Pavilion-has electricity, serving tables.

Bar-B-Que Pits-(Commercial sized) under pavilion with electricity and water.

Family-sized BBQ pit. Use of picnic tables, swings, jungle gym, horseshoe pits.

$75.00 per day/night, $25.00 each RV, $100.00 deposit.

Old Settlers and Veterans Association of Falls County

2965 FM 2027 P.O. Box 91

Lott, Texas 76656

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     254-493-0567                       254-584-2205

"Duty, then, is the sublimest word in our language. Do your duty in all things, like the old Puritan. You cannot do more; you should never wish to do less."

General Robert E. Lee

"I cannot consent to place in the control of others one who cannot control himself."

General Robert E. Lee                          


Lieutenant Commander Comments

 The Sons of Confederate Veteran's monthly meeting will be Tuesday, May 9th, at Poppa Rollo's Pizza, 703 N Valley Mills Drive. Meal will be at 6:00 PM and the speaker at 7:00 PM. Shirley Woodlock, member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy will speak on "Stone Mountain and the Man Who Carved It". Visitors are welcome and encouraged. For more information, visit or call 772-1676.


 "If all in the South fought like the Irish, Seccession would long since be an accomplished fact."

Major General Patrick Romayne Cleburne

"I want you to try to teach to your children and to your children's children that ours was not a lost cause. I want you to tell them that we were fighting for the right..."

Lieutenant General Wade Hampton


Chaplain Comments

 Howdy Compatriots,

This year is definitely flying by before our eyes. And it has been a very active one indeed, especially this last month. First off, for those that were unable to attend the Mexia reenactment on April 29th and 30th, you missed a couple of surprisingly beautiful days to watch a nice demonstration of Civil War combat, even though bad weather threatened both days. Doing reenactments only gives reenactors a small taste of the life of combat in the 1860s. Although there aren't really bullets flying back and forth, and those that "take a hit" come back to life after the battle is over, one thing that really sticks to my mind that I have the opportunity to experience is the camaraderie and friendship among soldiers. Every reenactment, I feel that I become closer and closer to those that reenact along with me, just as soldiers who fought countless days along side each other built those bonds and trust that could not be broken. It is evident that without this camaraderie, the unit would crumble, being unable to sustain itself, and in the heat of battle, it would be worthless.

Another big event that has risen up lately is the Confederate memorials in New Orleans being removed. It is unfortunate that we live in a time where history apparently needs to be erased, even if it offends a loud minority. I could go on and on about the negatives of the situation, and add fuel to the fire, but instead, believe it or not, there are some positives to this that can be articulated. First off, this is more of a relocation, not a permanent removal and burning of these monuments. Also, these monuments have been disgraced, abused, and vandalized for years, and in my opinion, it is best to put them in a more protected and suitable environment where visitors can actually enjoy going and seeing them, like a museum, instead of leaving them out to be neglected as they have been. As a professor of mine likes to say, we're still fighting the Civil War, it was a limited was, with limited peace. It is important that we keep the New Orleans city officials in our prayers as they go through this difficult and controversial process.

I look forward to seeing ya'll Tuesday the 9th.

Deo Vindice,

Koby Westbrook


 "Every company has prayers, nightly, immediately after roll-call, and nearly all attend and are respectful; the officers, in some instances, conducting the exercises and leading in prayer."

S.W. Howerton, Chaplain, Fifteenth North Carolina Regiment

Confederate Book Reviews

 The Civil War: A Concise Account by a Noted Southern Historian, by Grady McWhiney. This book is a real short account of the WBTS, that does hit all of the major themes, and gives the South a fair shake in the process. It is very short, only 142 pages including the index. By the looks of it, this was designed to be an introductory college text for non history type students. It is in the same league as An American Illiad: The Story of the Civil War, by Charles P. Roland, and Blood Brothers: A Short History of the Civil War, by Frank Vandiver. The book spends the first 45 or sop pages on the lead up to the war, and this part is probably the greatest strength of the book, because it succinctly details the various crises, compromises, and whatever else that led up to the war. In this, unlike many other WBTS histories, Mr. McWhiney fairly details the Southern point of view. The remainder of the book covers the fighting, and it does so very well. The military movements are summarized with the extensive use of campaign maps. The political forces that sometimes propelled military strategy are covered. In all, this book is an excellent of the WBTS period for the novice, as well as a short refresher for the more seasoned reader.

The Last Battle of the Civil War: Palmetto Ranch, by Jeffrey Wm Hunt. This is an excellent book covering the bizarre end of the WBTS in south Texas. The "Battle" of Palmetto Ranch is, frankly, a gross exaggeration. It is a skirmish, and not a big one at that. One Confederate soldier died of his wounds, two Yankees were killed in action, and two Yankees were missing, presumed dead. Another 70+ Yankees were captured, and released the next day. The entire Confederate force was mounted, cavalry and artillery. The Union force was all infantry, which accounts for the low casualties: neither side really came to grips with the other.   Basically, an informal truce was in effect along the Rio Grande, and an ambitious Union colonel decided, on his own, to grab some last minute glory. He failed, in an embarrassing fashion, but it had no effect on the outcome of the war. Shortly afterward, Colonel RIP Ford, the Confederate commander, disbanded his force, and sent them home. In a strange postscript, one other Union officer was court-martialed for his actions at Palmetto Ranch, and RIP Ford testified at his trial. This is an excellent book.

A Fate Worse Than Death: Indian Captivities in the West, 1830-1885, by Gregory and Susan Michno. This book ties in with the book I recently reviewed about the Texas frontier during the 1860s. It uses a lot of the same source material. The book covers stories of Indian captives. The title refers to the treatment and abuse that mature women/girls who were unfortunate enough to be captured received from the Indians. Mature males tended to be killed, while younger boys and girls were adopted into the tribe or treated as slaves.  If they caused a great deal of trouble, they would be killed as well. Needless to say, the Indians do not receive the "noble savage" treatment in this excellent book.

"I used to have some Christian feelings toward Yankees, but now that they have invaded our country and killed so many of our men and desecrated so many homes, I can't believe that when Christ said "Love your enemies," he meant Yankees. Of course I don't want their souls to be lost, for that would be wicked..."

Eliza Frances Andrews



 05/09/17  Camp 129 meeting at Poppa Rollo's. 6:00 pm Eat and socialize  7:00 pm Speaker, Shirley Woodlock

05/20 & 21  The Battle of Tomlinson Hill- See Commander's comments above  (This is the first time for this event)

05/27/17   Flag graves for Memorial Day which is Monday the 29th

05/29/17  MEMORIAL DAY--Check on the Camp's plans for participation with the VA

06/03      Jefferson Davis Birthday  06/03/1808-12/06/1889

06/08/17  Brazos Rose Chapter #56 bi-monthly meeting @ West Waco Library  6:00 pm








 Commander Comments

Greetings, Fellow Members of the Thin Gray Line--

Best Wishes to all as the Texas weather gets downright, pleasant. Enjoy it while we can, before it is HOT in two months or so. I did a 70 mile bike ride in the Salado area on the 25th, and, in Texas, spring time is beautiful. Now is the time to get out and enjoy the scenery.

Let's do some talking about...numbers. Yuck! If you are like me I HATE any kind of numbers. However, we are going to look at some numbers related to the WBTS. Especially with Confederate Memorial Day this month, and the Federal Memorial Day next month. We are going to take a brief look at the costs of "Lincoln's War".

Here are some numbers that have been accepted for the WBTS for some time:

Union               2,128,948 men served in the military.

                           110,100 killed in action

                           224,580 died of disease

                           275,154 wounded in action

                           211,411 prisoners of war of whom 30,192 died in captivity

Confederate  750,000-1,082,119 served in the military.

                           94,000 killed in action

                            164,000 died of disease

                            194,000 wounded in action 

                             462,634 prisoners of war of whom 31,000 died in captivity

A couple of quick observations are in order here. A large percentage of the Confederate soldiers taken prisoner were captured in the last period of the war. Also, note that the numbers of men who died in captivity were approximately equal, which puts away any contention that Andersonville was a uniquely bad place. Heck, the Yankees were much better supplied, so there is little excuse for so many deaths in their prison camps.

Also, as of late, these figures have been, I think, reasonably, challenged by some experts. Some statisticians have pointed out discrepancies in these numbers. Some believe the actual total of dead for the war was more like 761,000, breaking down into 411,000 Union dead and 350,000 Confederate dead. Plus, there were at least 50,000 dead white Southern civilians and 80,000 dead slaves.

What is the point of this? Forget the yankee figures. Look closely at the figures for Southern losses and it is readily apparent how hard the South fought AND how costly an endeavor the WBTS was for our Southland. Well over a quarter of Southern men of military age died during the WBTS, if you use the 1 million plus figure for enlistments; if the smaller figure is accurate then it is more  like 40% of Southern men perished. That is a lot of heartbreak and loss. And, it is a demographic disaster  because the men who were lost were the leaders of the community, the ones who would step up and take responsibility for their communities and families.  When I was at the military academy during a history class one of my professors noted that the South lost a higher percentage of its manpower during wartime of any developed country except one--and that exception is World War One France. Our Southern ancestors were the very personification of Alpha Males. That is why I am proud to be a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.                        


 At the request of our adjutant here is important membership information from the National Headquarters.


The SCV Membership Card serves two purposes. It is a reminder that your membership expires on July 31 each year and it contains your Membership Number. Once you become a member, you will continue to receive a renewal notice each year, usually during the month of June advising you that your renewal is due on July 31. But if you do not pay your renewal, then your membership does expire, and you will have to be reinstated if you wish to rejoin.

Up until this year, there has been a 90 day "grace period" that allows you to renew without paying a late fee or reinstatement fee. However, beginning with the renewals for 2018, there will only be a 30 day grace period. However, with a new system that is to be available in June, renewals can be paid online directly to the National Headquarters. This system was just released for testing and should take affect starting in June when the 2018 renewal notices go out. At that time, you will use the renewal notice information to make your online payment. If you choose not to pay online, you can still submit the renewal payment to the camp.

The National Headquarters does not send out new membership cards after renewals have been paid. That is done in order to avoid the additional postage expense for nearly 6000 members. However, a replacement card can be provided by the camp, if the original card has been lost or destroyed.

Hope that helps clarify the issue with your membership card.

"I have  fought against the people of the North because I believed they were seeking to wrest from the South its dearest rights. But I have never cherished toward them bitter or vindictive feelings, and I have never seen the day I did not pray for them."

General Robert E. Lee


Lieutenant Commander Comments

 The Sons of Confederate Veterans' monthly meeting will be Tuesday, April 11th, at Poppa Rollo's Pizza, 703 N Valley Mills Drive. The meal will be at 6:00 PM and the program at 7:00 PM. The program will be related to "April--Confederate History Month". Visitors are encouraged and welcomed. For more information, visit or call 254-772-1676.

"We feel that our cause is just and holy; we protest solemnly in the face of mankind that we desire peace at any sacrifice save that of honor and independence; we seek no conquest, no aggrandizement, no concession of any kind from the States with which we were lately confederated; all we ask is to be let alone; that those who never held power bovver us shall not now attempt our subjugation by arms. This we will, this we must, resist to the direst extremity."

President Jefferson Finis Davis


Chaplain Comments

 Greetings Compatriots!

In my Texas History class we just recently wrapped up talking about the Civil War. One thing that was so prevalent especially in Texas was the presence of Baptists and their effect on Texas's role in the Civil War. One that comes to mind is Rufus C. Burleson, who served as Chaplain for the 15th Texas Infantry and president of Baylor University prior to and after the war. The Confederate State were built upon religion and prevailed because of it. Religious leaders such as Burleson, "Stonewall" Jackson, and Robert E. Lee were the backbone of morale among Southern soldiers. Seeing their leaders fearless on the battlefield because they knew that whatever was to happen, it would be God's will. This mindset can be hard to grasp, especially for myself. But our ancestors, living day after day in the heat of battle, trusting that God will take care of them. So, compatriots, I ask that you reflect on your religious leaders, see how you can learn and mirror their faith. Or, if you are that leader, what are you doing to show God to your team? Part of being a leader, is leading by example.

I would like to ask our members to pray for the families affected by the church van from the First Baptist Church of New Braunfels that wrecked in Uvalde County and was carrying back members of their congregation down there. And as always, keep in mind and prayer our camp and its members.

I hope everyone has a happy and joyful Easter!

Deo, Vindice,

Koby Westbrook, Chaplain

"God is at work among our men. Many are earnestly seeking the pardon of their sins--some have been converted. Our nightly prayer-meetings are well-attended by anxious listeners, and my tent is crowded daily by deeply penitent souls. Never have I known such a state of religious feeling in our army as at this time. God's Spirit is moving the hearts of our soldiers."

Chaplain S. Strick, 59th Mississippi Infantry Regiment.


Confederate Book Reviews

 Robert E. Lee and the Fall of the Confederacy, 1863-1865, by Ethan S. Rafuse. This book has an ambitious objective: it is to explain why Robert E. Lee and his vaunted Army of Northern Virginia went from its dramatic victory at Chancellorsville in May, 1863, to defeat at Appomattox, just under two years later. The author delves deeply into Confederate strategy during this period, and, like another author I reviewed recently, comes to the conclusion that Lee had no reasonable option other than to adopt offensive operations as his preferred mode of war. A large part of the difference between the last two years and the 1862-1863 period is the fact that the North was slowly getting its act together in the arena of Grand Strategy. We, as Southerners, may not like Grant, but he understood that he commanded the logistically and quantitatively superior army...and he was not afraid to use it. Given the comparative resources available to Lee and his Northern adversaries it is amazing that the Army of Northern Virginia lasted as long as it did. I found this book to be very enjoyable and enlightening; it IS an academic sort of book so that might be a turn off for some people.

Cary Bogan

 Holly Springs: Van Dorn, the C.S.S. Arkansas, and the Raid that Saved Vicksburg, by Brandon H. Beck. This book is a volume in the History Press's "Civil War Sesquicentennial Series". The title of this book is a bit deceptive. It is a history of the portion of the Vicksburg Campaign just prior to Sherman's bloody repulse at Chickasaw Bayou. It tells the story of the dramatic single ship sortie of the C.S.S. Arkansas against Farragut's Union fleet around Vicksburg along with the subsequent scuttling of the ship. The main focus is Earl  Van Dorn's equally dramatic raid on Holly Springs, Mississippi. The raid resulted in the destruction of Grant's supply base for his overland campaign against Vicksburg from the north. Grant was forced to withdraw, while the other prong of the campaign under Sherman floundered at Chickasaw Bayou. Ultimately, Grant learned his lesson about logistics and when he made his final move on the city he resorted to plundering the Southern countryside for supplies. Earl Van Dorn was a noted cavalry commander in the 2d U.S. Cavalry in Texas before the war, where he caught the eye of then Secretary of War, Jefferson Davis. However, in the WBTS to this he had been a dismal failure, being defeated at Pea Ridge and at Corinth. Back in the saddle as a Confederate cavalry commander, Van Dorn at least partially redeemed his reputation...only to be assassinated by the jealous husband of a woman with whom he was allegedly having an affair. This short book is a fine study of a lesser known campaign during the WBTS.

Cary Bogan

The Settler's War: The Struggle for the Texas Frontier in the 1860s, by Gregory Michno. This book is a chronological narrative of, basically, Indian raids along the Texas frontier in the 1860s, before, during, and after the WBTS. It discusses characteristics of Indian raids, in sometimes gruesome detail, and it discusses the various organizations that defended the Texas frontier including the U.S. Army, the Confederate Army, and the various local units that were sometimes called into action. The Indians involved were primarily the Comanches from Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle, the Lipan Apache in the area of the Texas Hill Country, and farther west occasional forays by Mescalero Apaches. In short, Indian raiders went after livestock, children, and women. Men and boys over the age of 12-13 tended to be killed. Infants and babies also tended to be killed because of the noise they made. Younger children would sometimes be ransomed back, while in other cases they would be adopted into the tribe. The fate of younger women and teenage girls, to be blunt, was horrible. They could look forward to sexual abuse and virtual slavery along with constant  physical torment. The Indians were not the politically correct at-peace-with-nature types you see in some Hollywood garbage. This book does an excellent job of showing that there was another war going on in Texas, against an enemy other than the Yankees.  

Cary Bogan

Freedom's Child: The Life of a Confederate General's Black Daughter, by Carrie Allen McCray is an insightful story of the author's mother, Mary Magdalene Rice Hayes Allen. This biography begins 10 years after the War Between the States ends. Mary Magdalene Rice was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, on March 2, 1875, to a former slave, Malinda Rice, and former Confederate General  J.R. Jones. McCray describes her mother keeping a photo of "a white man" on her dresser, but no one really knew who he was until later in Mary's life. The beginning of the story talks about the relationship between Mary and her father, General Jones, a, yet  loving between father and daughter, yet turbulent due to the forbidden openness of blacks and whites. General Jones strongly encouraged education for his daughter, eventually sending her to college. As Mary was growing up, despite being half white, she experienced hate and mistreatment at the hands of whites, and she was rarely in businesses around Lynchburg, even if she was with her father. Eventually, General Jones' reputation and standing in Lynchburg society waned and he became an outcast, but the most important fact about General Jones is that he remained loyal to his daughter, encouraging her to become a well-educated person who fought for right and herself. Mary went on to become a founding leader of the NAACP. She would work closely with those who fought for the rights of African Americans such as W.E.B. DuBois, Langston Hughes, and others that helped with the founding of the NAACP.

Although this is not a story about the War, a battle, or a military situation, it shows the lives of two people...a father and a daughter, race...white and black..., love and hate regarding the struggles of a father's love for his illegitimate daughter, his struggle to remain good with Lynchburg society, yet educate and encourage her to be more than what society considered her to be. I highly recommend this book. I had to read it for a class on "History of the South". It was the only book that I fully read cover to cover.

Ann Westbrook

"I would have preferred that your choice had fallen upon an abler man. Trusting in Almighty God, a good conscience, and the aid of my fellow-citizens, I devote myself to the service of my State, in whose behalf alone I will ever draw my sword."

General Robert E. Lee




04/11/17  Camp meeting at Poppa Rollos: 6:00 pm Eat, socialize  7:00 pm Speaker

04/13/17   Brazos Rose Chapter #56 Bi-Monthly meeting: 6:00 pm @ West Waco Library

04/29 & 30/17  Confederate Reunion Grounds, Mexia--Living History and Reenactments

"Had I forgotten the gallant array and brave appearance of Gen. Johnston's army as they passed our house on their march to their great victory at Manassas? The exulting strains of 'Dixie' or the 'Bonnie Blue Flag' almost giving wings to their feet as they moved triumphantly on, keeping step to the joyous music."

Cornelia Peake McDonald







 Commander Comments

 Greetings, Fellow Members of the Thin Gray Line!

Well, with the nasty mouth of January OVER, maybe things are starting to look up. The weather is ridiculously spring like, though it can go South, no pun intended, at any time. I hope everyone is staying healthy, and no doubt this relatively warm weather is helping a great deal. I am looking forward to spring as soon as possible because I can resume my outdoor activities in full force.

In the upcoming meeting we will need to make a decision about the size of the  fencing around the I-35 flagpole. The weather the last month has been extremely wet, which prevented us from doing work on putting up the fencing and protection. We will be able to put up concertina on the top of the fence which will prevent anyone from climbing over. Concertina wire is barbed wire with razors instead of barbs on the wire. Nasty stuff. Realistically, any slugs seeking to get to the pole would be more likely to try and cut their way through the fence, or penetrate the gate to get in. Therefore, the security of the gate and the thickness of the chain link will need to be looked at carefully. Any fencing will have to require an extra heavy duty pair of wire cutters to cut through, not your wire cutters that you purchase at the Walmart hardwear section.  When the fencing and security is up I want to put the biggest CBF up that we can. I do not want to formally announce it with a ceremony or in the newspaper. I want the "announcement" to be the flag going up.

Once again, I would like to solicit any members of the camp who would like to write short book reviews to submit them to me for inclusion in the newsletter. I am a bookworm, and I enjoy reading, and I have an enormous library of WBTS material. However, it is a lot of work to do the reading to have 2-3 new reviews every month. Any help would be appreciated. I know that I am not the only member of this camp that likes to camp out in their living room easy chair with a good book before crashing every evening. I am sure that there are people who have WBTS reading interests that are different than mine. I tend toward military/academic type books. I think in the reading department would be good for the newsletter.  Yes, diversity is a word that I normally loathe, but in this case it would be good for us.

Speaking of books, I read a very good book, that is a little bit different than what we would be normally used to. It is entitled The Settlers War: The Struggle for the Texas Frontier in the 1860s, by Gregory Michno. This was such an interesting book that, hint, hint, you may see this in the form of a talk in the next six months or so. The topic is relevant to the SCV because it discusses Confederate frontier defense during the WBTS, as well as the horrific ordeal which settlers on the Indian frontier went through...and a lot of the events described in the book occurred in places familiar to us.  It is a fascinating story and deserves to be heard.

Our very own Adjutant John Dickey will be speaking about the nasty yankee prison camp at Camp Douglas in Chicago. This promises to be an excellent talk, especially if you are not familiar with the story. If any yankee gets all high and mighty about how mean Southerners were at Andersonville with you then you will have some ammunition to shoot back at them. The yankees had the resources to take care of our guys at Camp Douglas, while the Southern infrastructure was falling apart during Andersonville's operation.  

I look forward to seeing ya'll at the next camp meeting.

In the Service of the South,

Cary Bogan

Camp Commander


Lieutenant Commander Comments

 The next meeting of the BG Felix Robertson Camp # 129 Sons of Confederate Veterans will be on the 14th of February at 7 PM at Poppa Rollos Pizza 703 N Valley Mills Dr. Dinner is at 6 PM. The speaker for this meeting will be our very own fearless adjutant, John Dickey. His topic will be "Camp Douglas" the infamous yankee prison camp in Chicago where thousands of Southern prisoners of war died of exposure, starvation, and neglect. Unlike the South, the North had the resources and infrastructure to take care of prisoners. This is a disgusting and vile episode of the WBTS. Visitors are invited and encouraged to attend.


Chaplain Comments

 Howdy everyone!

Since our last meeting America has gone through a major change of leadership, along with new ideals. Unfortunately, though, the country has split even further apart, just because of conflicting viewpoints. As historians of American thought and actions leading up to and during the 1860s, we tend to make connections to the split between the northern and southern states then, to the split between our fellow Americans now. Some may even say that the split and diversity today is worse than in the 19th century America. Well, that can be left up to you to decide, but what we need to focus on is bridging the gap between us and those that have conflicting views.

One of the greatest mindsets a Christian can have is realizing that God is in complete control. Undoubtedly, this was on the mind of all American Christians during the 19th century leading up to the War Between the States. As hard (or soothing) as it may be to hear, all governing officials are instituted by God (Romans 13:1). This mindset is exactly what we, as Christians and brothers, need to be spreading to the world, to make this a better place.

Undeniably, I am just preaching to the choir, so, compatriots, I challenge each one of you to reach out to someone, whether it be family, a friend or a coworker, that may have conflicting opinions with you. As our forefathers did after the last war, we must work together to rebuild our nation, and it is on each and every one of us to fix it, lest we split farther and farther away with our fellow Americans and crash in disaster.

Deo Vindice,

Koby Westbrook, Chaplain


Confederate Book Reviews

 The Untold Civil War: Exploring the Human Side of War, by James Robertson. Edited by Neil Kagan. This is a large, glossy, pictorial book published by National Geographic. A lot of books like this, despite their appearance, show signs of being hastily and poorly put together. A publisher puts "Civil War" on the cover and it is assured of making at least some money. This one is not like that. First of all, James Robertson would not have his name associated with it. Secondly, it is put together by National Geographic, who are NOT known for shoddy work. It is not a history of the war. This book emphasizes lesser known facets of the war with the support of excellent illustrations and interesting personal anecdotes. After a lengthy Introduction with a summary of the course of the war the book is organized into six chapters.  The chapters are: The Human Side of War; The Life of Soldiers; Resources, Resolve, & Ingenuity; A War of Firsts; Warriors, Poets, & Scoundrels; and Aftermath. This is a very enjoyable, light read. 

 Simply Murder: The Battle of Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862, by Chris Mackowski and Kristopher D. White. This book is one of the first volumes in the "Emerging Civil War Series", published by Savas Beatie. Like the following volumes in the series this is a combination of battle history and travel guide. Each chapter is organized so as to support one tour stop. These tour stops are distinct from the National Park Service Tour Stops. This volume lives up to the standards set by the other volumes in the series, of which I have about twenty, so far. The next time I go to one of the battle sites the applicable book will go with me in order to aid my touring.

Crisis in the Southwest: The United States, Mexico, and the Struggle over Texas, by Bruce Winders. This book is something a little different. It is a volume in "The American Crisis Series" published by SR Books. This series of books covers a wide bit of ground relating to the WBTS. This book relates how the Texas Revolution and the Mexican War contributed to the outbreak of the WBTS. Bruce Winders is the chief historian and curator at the Alamo so he is very well  qualified to write this book. He briefly covers the lead up and conduct of the Texas Revolution, so there is no in depth recitation of the Battle of the Alamo, folks. There were people in Texas that wanted to immediately enter the U.S., while there were other people that wanted Texas to remain independent. The big problem, however, was that the abolitionists did not want Texas to come in as another slave state and upset the balance in the U.S. Senate.   The admittance of Texas, along with the subsequent Mexican War which resulted in tons more land being brought into the U.S.,  caused extraordinary turbulence in the American political system. These problems were a major cause of the WBTS. This book is an excellent summary of this pivotal period of U.S. history. 


 2/14/17  Camp meeting at Poppa Rollo's. 6:00pm optional meal, socialize. 7:00pm Speaker

 2/25 & 26 Oglesby Lions Club Rattlesnake Roundup/Rose flag sale--see a Rose member

 3/02/17  Texas Independence Day (1836)  FLY YOUR TEXAS & REBEL FLAGS






 Commander Comments

 Greetings, Fellow Members of the Thin Gray Line!

Well, it looks like we might have an early spring with some of the warm weather we are having. Unfortunately, that might also indicate a "Hotter than" you know what summer. Such is life in our beautiful Long Star State.

Well, a lot of things are happening. A court just ruled in favor of the mayor of New Orleans in his bid to take down three Confederate monuments in the city that have been there for many years. It is expected that the monuments will be removed quickly. Where they will end up I do not know. On a related note a bill has been introduced in the Texas House, House Bill 1359, that would make it a criminal offense to remove, alter, or relocate any monuments to "Texas Heroes". Of course, the bill does NOT specifically mention "Confederate", but that is the point. The objective is to protect all monuments, including Confederate, from the idiocy of political correctness.  Who knows, if Confederate monuments were removed , then Texas monuments might very well be next. Who knows what is going on with these idiots. There is a group that thinks that the defenders of the Alamo were mostly interested in their right to own slaves!!?? We are encouraged to contact our state reps, identify ourselves as concerned citizens, NOT as diehard rebs, and "encourage" the state reps to do their duty and protect these monuments to our ancestors. Be courteous, like the southerners that we are, ask about their position, and be prepared to explain why this is important. Be prepared to give them your phone number so they may call you back. This is important.

I-35 flagpole. We will discuss at the camp meeting. I would like to agree on a day where we can get max participation from the camp in order to get the fencing up. We have been delayed by circumstances beyond our control. I anticipate that we will be able to set a specific time at the next meeting for us to gather and do the labor to put the fencing and physical security up. Soon, our flag will again fly in the breeze in Bellmead. I am extremely frustrated by this whole business.

April is coming up and that means Confederate Memorial Day. We need to remember our Southern Heroes by making their graves at local cemeteries, and that means not just Oakwood and First Street. Near and dear to my heart is the beautiful little cemetery in Moody where there are numerous Confederate soldiers interred. When I was commander the last time, wow, '03 or'04 ish, I think, we had a nice little ceremony where the camp honored the men buried there. We want to remember other cemeteries like the Fletcher Cemetery as well.

Cary Bogan

Commander, Camp # 129

"We feel that our cause is just and holy; we protest solemnly in the face of mankind that we desire peace at any sacrifice save that of honor and independence; we seek no conquest, no aggrandizement, no concession of any kind from the States with which we were lately confederated; all we ask is to be let alone; that those who never held power over us shall not now attempt our subjugation by arms. This we will, this we must, resist to the direst extremity."

Jefferson Davis,

President, Confederate State of America


Lieutenant Commander Comments

 The next meeting of the BG Felix Robertson Camp # 129, Sons of Confederate Veterans, will be  Tuesday the 14th of March at Poppa Rollos Pizza at 703 N Valley Mills Drive. Meal will be at 6 PM with the camp meeting beginning at 7 PM. The speaker for this meeting will be the camp 1st Lieutenant, Bobby Jones, who will speak on "Haygood's 1st Regiment, S.C. Infantry". Visitors are welcome AND encouraged.

"I love the Union and the Constitution, but I would rather leave the Union with the Constitution than remain in the Union without it".

Jefferson Davis

President, Confederate States of America


Chaplain Comments

Greetings Everyone!

Recently, I finally got around to watching "Hacksaw Ridge", the story of Desmond Doss, one of only a few conscientious objectors to receive the Medal of Honor for their actions in combat. This dramatized version of his story is one that surely appeals to history buffs near and far, but his story should also appeal to Christians. If you have not seen the movie or at least heard the story of Desmond Doss, then here is a little rundown:

Doss was born (1919) and raised in Lynchburg, VA, as a devout Seventh-Day Adventist. In 1942, Doss enlisted in the military, though, according to the movie, he was under the impression that he would never have to touch a gun and have no problem, since that went against his personal beliefs. To avoid a section 8 discharge, Doss accepted the designation of conscientious objector. He was assigned as a medic to 2nd Platoon, B company, 1st Battalion, 307th Infantry Regiment, 77th Infantry Division. The division was shipped to the Pacific theater, in which his most notorious actions took place on the island of Okinawa. Never in his entire career as a soldier did he fire a single shot. Buy yet he is said to have saved at least 75 soldier's lives. Doss later recounted that every time he would go back to the battlefield to bring back another wounded soldier, he would pray "one more, help me get one more."

The moral of the story I am trying to get across to you is that we need to hold and keep our belief and faith true to ourselves. As Christians, we are called to always stay dedicated to our faith, no matter what obstacle is placed in our way. Doss was ridiculed and harshly judged just for standing up for what he believed in, but God was undoubtedly by his side the entire time. He was a true American hero, and one of the greatest examples of a devout Christian in our modern times. If you have the chance, I strongly recommend watching the movie and doing some research on Doss, he was a truly amazing character.

Deo Vindice,

Koby Westbrook, Chaplain 

"I am holding a protracted meeting. Crowds attend the preaching, and some have professed a change of heart, while others are interested. It is an interesting sight to see men, wounded in every variety of way, sitting attentive to the story of the Cross."

James Conway Hiden

Chaplain, 60th Regiment, Virginia Infantry

(3rd Regiment, Wise Legion)


Confederate Book Reviews

 Retreat to Victory?: Confederate Strategy Reconsidered, by Robert G. Tanner. Robert G. Tanner is a graduate of V.M.I. who is the author of Stonewall in the Valley. This short but very interesting book is a volume in the "American Crisis Series". In brief, the subject of this book is a look at the notion that the South should have used a fundamentally different strategy in the WBTS: they should have used a strategy of avoiding battle and being willing to give up terrain in order to exhaust the North's will to fight. This idea is seen fairly often in grand strategy books relating to the WBTS. The idea is fundamentally ridiculous, for a number of reasons  which the author examines in his book. Most of the South's critical and limited manufacturing capability was located in cities that just could not be easily given up. Atlanta, Richmond, Nashville, and Memphis, to name a few were vital cities whose loss gravely hurt the South. The South did not have the "depth" of terrain which it could easily give up. The territory west of the Mississippi was not critical to the Confederate cause. The heartland of the South was the area still under Confederate control at the beginning of 1864. There was no depth to this area. The Confederacy was a voluntary association of states. None of the states would voluntarily have allowed themselves to be given up. It was shown often during the war that when areas of the South fell under Union control serious desertion problems ensued among soldiers from the affected areas. Allowing the U.S. Army to take control of vast areas of the South resulted in supply problems as these areas were not available drawing supplies. And there are more reasons which are discussed in the book. The author uses  examples from other periods of military history to support his arguments, as well as a detailed at Clausewitzian theory. Though this is probably not a book for WBTS novices, it is a worthwhile and fascinating read.  

Confrontation at Gettysburg: A Nation Saved, Av Cause Lost, by John David Hoptak. This book is a volume in the "Civil War Sesquicentennial Series" by the History Press. This book is considerably longer than most of the books in this series, obviously because of the weightier subject matter. This book is one of the better introductory histories of the Battle of Gettysburg. The book is organized into five chapters: one chapter on the leadup to the battle; one chapter on each day of the battle; and the final chapter on the aftermath. Each battle chapter starts with an introductory section which gives an overview of the day's events, along with a general overview map. Then, the chapter discusses the day in more detail using more specific maps. This, to me, is an excellent way of organizing military operations so that they are understandable to the lay reader. Each chapter has its own mini bibliography in which the author discusses books relevant to that particular day's events. All in all, this is a fine introductory volume on a heavily chronicled event.

The Confederate Book of Quotes & Narratives, by Richard Lee Montgomery. Baptist Pastor Richard Lee Montgomery is a former speaker to our camp. This 140 odd page book is filled with heroic and fascinating quotes from Southerners, both known and not so well known. The voices of four different groups of people are heard in this book: Politicians, Soldiers, Women, and a chapter on Chaplains, Evangelists, and Colporters. A Colporter is someone who distributes Bibles and other religious tracts. Those of you who regularly read this newsletter will get the opportunity to read some of these little gems in the upcoming months. If any of you bought this book when Mr. Montgomery was here you will definitely enjoy it.  

"I would fight them if they were a million."

"We may be annihilated, but we cannot be conquered."

General Albert Sidney Johnston, CSA, killed in action at the Battle of Shiloh, 6 April, 1862.



 03/14/17  Camp 129 monthly meeting at Poppa Rollo's. 6:00 pm eat , socialize----7:00 pm Speaker

 04/15 & 16/17  Mexia Reenactment






 Commander Comments

 Greetings to Fellow Members of the Thin Gray Line--

I write this newsletter column with the knowledge that Christmas and New Year and now safely in the rear view mirror. When I was at the Military Academy this time of the year, after cadets returned back to begin the spring semester after spending Christmas leave with their families was referred to as "Gloom Period". No one was happy to be back at the academy with a foot of snow on the ground, no color anywhere, and the prospect of several months worth of backbreaking class work in front of them. Everyone was in a foul mood. I hope that you and yours are NOT in that sort of mood.

Well. We had our officer elections at our December meeting and your camp officers are the following men. Yours truly (Cary Bogan) for some obscure reason, was reelected as your camp commander. We have a new face in the mix as our new 1st LT Commander is the Honorable Bobby Jones. He will be responsible for arranging speakers. He is going to fit into this job quite well; he in officer positions in a number of other organizations including the VFW. The 2d LT Commander position (Recruiting) is vacant. I would like to see a new face step up to the plate for this one, as well. Our new camp chaplain is the Honorable Koby Westbrook, who will be juggling this job along with being a full time Baylor student. Please give the new officer slate your full support as we begin this new year of fulfilling our charge to honor the memory of the Confederate soldier. 

This meeting is our yearly Lee-Jackson Banquet, held in January near the birthdays of both  these men. Both men were extraordinary human beings, who had few peers back then and certainly none now in this honor challenged era. I will give a few remarks on the lives of Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson at the banquet. I would encourage all Southerners to read some of the excellent biographies that have been written on these men like Douglas S. Freeman's R.E. Lee and James I. Robertson's Stonewall Jackson: The Man, the Soldier, the Legend.

The banquet will be at Poppa Rollos Pizza on the 10th of January. Information is posted below in the 1st LT Commander's column. I was to Roland and Mary Duty for being such excellent hosts for our organization. We went through a period 15-16 years ago where we were bouncing from one establishment to another trying to find a home. Well, we have found it, and we appreciate the hospitality that Poppa Rollos has extended to us. For the banquet, I would like to encourage anyone who has pictures and/or prints, etc. of Generals Lee And Jackson to bring them to the banquet where we can use them as decorations. I have a number of items, mostly of R.E. Lee, but also a few of Stonewall Jackson, which I will be bringing to the banquet.

As your commander I am looking forward to this year and the activities which it will bring, both major and minor. I eagerly look forward to socializing with fellow Southerners, and getting to know you.


In the Service of the South--

Cary Bogan

Commander, Camp # 129


Lieutenant Commander Comments

 The Sons of Confederate Veteran's Monthly Meeting will be Tuesday, January 10th, at Poppa Rollo's Pizza, 703 N Valley Mills Drive. This meeting will be the annual Lee-Jackson Banquet honoring those two great generals. The dinner will be a buffet costing $10.00 which will include iced tea or coffee. The dinner will begin at 6:00 PM followed by the speaker at 7:00 PM. The speaker will be the Brigade Commander Jimmy Dossey. After swearing in the new camp officers he will discuss the business of the Texas Division.  Visitors are welcome AND encouraged. Please bring your spouse and/or family members.


Chaplain Comments

 Greetings Everyone!

I hope that each of you had a safe and cheerful holiday season. Christmas and New Year's are two of the most important days for everyone including Christians. Christmas has always been a time of cheer and having the opportunity to unite with friends and family. Christian families celebrate Christmas day as the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. During the War Between the States, however, it was a very difficult time, especially for our ancestors in the South. But even after all the hardships they were put through, they never lost their faith and always remained true to the Cause, and this is something that we must remember as we go through each and every one of our hardships through life.

New Year's is also important. It is always great to have a new start. Though we should never forget our past, in fact, we must look back to it, so that we may allow this new year to mold us into better people. But like Paul, we must also be looking forward, and look towards the calling of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:13-14). Let us not allow our faith to be focused on who we were yesterday or last year, but allow us to always look forward and continue to grow in Christ.

I would like to extend how honored and humbled I am to serve as the Chaplain of our wonderful camp here. Please feel free to contact me at anytime, as I will be more than happy to talk with you.

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Cell Phone: 254-447-1603

Deo Vindice

Koby Westbrook, Chaplain


Confederate Book Reviews

 The Battle of Franklin: When the Devil Had Full Possession of the Earth, by James R. Knight. This book is a volume in the The History Press Civil War Sesquicentennial Series. This slim volume (150 pages) does an excellent job of presenting the Franklin Campaign that occurred in November, 1864. After Sherman left Atlanta to begin his march to the sea, General John Bell Hood, commander of the opposing Confederate Army of Tennessee, decided to move in the opposite direction toward Nashville, hoping to draw Union forces away from Sherman and possibly move the frontline of the war into Kentucky. This is a desperate and tragic story, since Lincoln had been reelected and at this point, the war was basically lost. After missing a great chance to trap and destroy a Union force at Spring Hill, Tennessee, launched his army in a forlorn, massive frontal attack against entrenched Yankees at Franklin, Tennessee. The resulting slaughter basically knocked the heart out of the Army of Tennessee. The final defeat at Nashville was pretty much foreordained. This sad, tragic story, is well told in this excellent book.

The Blockade: Runners and Raiders, by the Editors of Time-Life Books. This is the third volume in the Time-Life series on the Civil War. This volume has all of the usual excellence associated with Time-Life Books: excellent maps, illustrations, and writing. The book's five chapters cover, in order: the building of the makeshift navies; the battle between the CSS Virginia and the USS Monitor; the conduct of the blockade; the secret war between the North and South fought primarily in Britain, over the construction of ships for the Confederacy; and the cruise of the CSS Alabama.

Cowpens: 1781: The Turning Point of the American Revolution, by Ed and Catherine Gilbert. This is a book in the Osprey Publishing Campaign series. This book is up to the high standards of that series insofar as the specially commissioned artwork is outstanding, and the maps are very good as well. One minor quibble I would have with the book is the subtitle. "Turning Point of the American Revolution". Really. Just about every other history says that the British surrender at Saratoga was the turning point because it led to the French joining the war. Oh, well.



 1/10/17  Camp meeting @ Papa Rollo's--Lee/Jackson Birthday Banquet @ 6:00 PM, Swearing in and speaker @ 7:00                        PM 

1/19/17  Confederate Heroes Day--Texas State Holiday

2/09/17  Brazos Rose Chapter meeting--West Waco Library @ 6:00 PM

                                                             PAST DATES

1/19/1807  Robert E. Lee born

1/21/1824  Stonewall Jackson born

1/29/1861 Texas voted to secede

1/01/1863  Battle of Galveston--General Magruder ran Yankees out

1/11/1863 Captain Semmes sank the Yankees ship USS Hatteras off the Galveston coast






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