December 2012 Newsletter
The words, "Merry Christmas" are barely heard these days. Our history is either twisted or outright lied about. America is definitely changing in every way. Some changes are good, most are not. We, the SCV, must carry on our fight to make sure that historians and the entire American media do not forget what the Confederate soldier did and why he did it. We must make sure our children and grandchildren know where they come from and not be ashamed about it. In order to carry on this fight we must work together to make sure we do our part. Our camp is growing but we have plenty of work left to be done. This means we need good leadership in our camp. Our camp elections will be held at our December meeting. I have not talked to any of our present officers to see if they want to continue in their positions. I'm sure they will continue if no one else steps forward. The only exception to this is our newsletter editor, Cary Bogan. He has done a great job for many years but has asked for someone to take his place. This newsletter is the last one he will do. We definitely need someone to step forward and fill his shoes. If you want to fill any of the present positions such as camp commander, Lt. Commander, Chaplain, etc. please speak up at the meeting.
SPEAKER FOR THE NEXT MEETING
The speaker for the next camp meeting will be J.Pat Baughman and his topic will be "The Scottish Migration to the South and the Role they played in the War." Visitors are welcome.
Lt. Commander Statement
WE HAVE OUR WORK CUT OUT FOR US!!! Just recently a colleague's son was talking about his high school classmates not knowing if George Washington fought for the British or the Americans during the American Revolution. I decided to test college biology students. I teach biology, so for bonus points on a test, I asked a set of matching questions. I took America's eleven major wars starting with the Anerican Revolution to the current War on Terror, gave the students a famous commander from that war and asked them to match them up. Now there were some matches that I had little expectations on, like Vietnam and Westmoreland, or the Mexican War and Zachary Taylor. But I did think that a vast majority would relate George Washington to the American Revolution. I was wrong. Out of 58 students asked this matching question, right at half, 29, placed George Washington with the correct war. Sad to say 31 got Ulysses Grant and the American Civil War, two more than Washington. Third highest was Eisenhower and World War II, but only 18 matched him correctly. Folks, this is sad. Half or less of a set of college students do not know the basics of American history. This gives me little hope of our politicians fixing the "fiscal cliff" when we have already jumped off and splatted at the bottom of the much higher educational and moral cliffs. WE HAVE OUR WORK CUT OUT FOR US!!!
Here it is again, December, the month in which we commemorate the virgin birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Have you, as I, noticed changes during recent years in the demeanor that is generally expressed during this celebration in recent years? Surely, our Confederate ancestors would hardly recognized the general attitude displayed today regarding Christmas. They would be aghast at a city or county government denying the public display of a nativity scene, as some have done, or refusing students the right to sing Christmas carols. I am sure that feelings would be high enough to start a real "civil war".
I recall my mother (b.1906) and dad (b. 1899) telling of great family gatherings, attending church Christmas programs, and how much an orange was prized when found in the Christmas stocking. We were a more simple and God loving generation back then. Maybe this is the reason that some 150,000 soldiers of the CSA professed Christianity, committing their lives to God's care, during the war. Secular Humanism and Commercialism had not yet become dominant in the culture of the mid 19th century. Also, being required to face the enemy's ranks of musketry would naturally cause one to have a more somber regard for life.
Christ's birth, which should give us more joy than any other event in history, for it is the one thing that gives us hope for the future. To demonstrate the negativism that has crept into the thought process of the general population concerning Christmas, a large finance company's survey indicates that 45% of those surveyed would rather skip Christmas altogether. Consumer Reports says, 90% of the population have at least one thing that they dread about Christmas; 68% dread the long lines; 37% each dread gaining weight and going into excessive debt (well, that's easy to cure); 28% dislike shopping for gifts; and 25% regard traveling unfavorably. Surprisingly, 24% of those surveyed disliked "seeing certain relatives" , and 15% of the population (which would be approximately 35 million people) don't like "having to be nice". Time for an attitude change, huh?
Let us keep our focus on the "reason for the season". For God so LOVED the world that He gave His only begotten Son (John 3:16). Our duty is to make this a better world by sharing that love with each other.
"Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them and they were greatly afraid. And the angel said, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger" ".
Merry Christmas and Deo Vindice,
Hayden H. Moody, Chaplain
Confederate Book Review
Ben McCulloch and the Frontier Military Tradition, by Thomas W. Cutrer. Ben McCulloch had an amazing and eventful life. He came to Texas with his Tennessee neighbor, Davy Crockett. Fortunately for Ben he got sick on the way and missed the Alamo. He was one of the artillerymen with the Twin Sisters guns at the Battle of San Jacinto. He became a Texas Ranger and participated in numerous Indian skirmishes. He helped drive Mexican General Adrian Woll's army from Texas, but left prior to the disaster at Mier, Mexico. During the Mexican War he fought at Monterrey and Buena Vista, where Zachary Taylor credited him with detecting the approach of Santa Anna's Mexican army. He was a Forty-Niner and a county sheriff in California. He was the U.S. Marshall for Texas and a Brigadier general in the Confederate army. He was the victorious general at the Battle of Wilson's Creek, and fell slain at the height of the Battle of Pea Ridge. As the title indicates, one of the themes of the boo is the tension that existed between the professional West Point officer class and the citizen soldiers that made up much of the Confederate army. This book is recommended as a superb biography of one of Texas's greatest heroes.
Forts Henry and Donelson: The Key to the Confederate Heartland, by Benjamin Franklin Cooling. This is an excellent history of this pivotal action which helped to break Southern defenses in the western theater at the beginning of 1862. That is the problem with this book: to hear how inept the Southern leadership was is extremely depressing. The men fought bravely, but this is a depressing book.
12/11/12 CAMP MEETING
01/08/13 CAMP MEETING HONORING LEE AND JACKSON
01/08/13 ROSE MEETING
01/19/13 ROBERT E. LEE BIRTHDAY (1807)
01/21/13 STONEWALL JACKSON BIRTHDAY (1824)
03/09/13 GRAVESTONE DEDICATION AT LEVITA, CORYELL COUNTY