Sons of Confederate Veterans Waco

Felix H Robertson Camp #129


Commander Statement


 It is getting to that time of year when we get busier as a camp. We fully support the Mexia Reunion Grounds annual re-enactment. There is plenty to do there and not even put on a uniform. We need help at the front gate to help collect money for those coming to see all the action. I will be in charge of it and contact me if you can help. Lynn Simpson is in charge of the parking for both re-enactors and audience and will need help there also. I have a copy of the current division newsletter. It is a summary of what has been going on for the past two years at the division level. Darrel Barnes has been spending some of his Saturdays & Sundays on Hwy 77 South picking up trash. If you can put in an hour or two see him and find out when he is going. The Mexia re-enactment is set for April 19, 20, & 21st. The 19th is for school kids to visit set up stations showing them what the soldiers wore, samples of the period music, etc. The re-enactment on Saturday is at 2 PM and the one on Sunday is at 1 PM. The Friends Group has collected money from companies in the Mexia area to cover some of the cost. Therefore, we do not have to help finance anything there. Since we do not need to send money there I would like to discuss having a memorial service on April 27th at our flag pole on IH-35 and spend some money to bring in a band and play for the ceremony. See you at the meeting on Tuesday.


NEXT MEETINGS SPEAKER


The speaker will be Mr. Bob Rubel from the Cleburne SCV camp. His topic will be "Civil War in Art, Images of the Conflict!!!" Visitors are welcome. For more information visit www.waco-scv.org.

 

Lt. Commander Statement


 Greetings SCV members,

Spring is here.  That signals all types of changes ranging from temperature to personal actives. Just a few reminders has far as our SCV camp goes.  The Confederate Reunion Grounds Reenactment is on us.  It is scheduled for April 19, 20, 21 and our camp is always heavily involved. We will need four to five members present all three days to help with parking and the gate.  I passed around a sign-up sheet last month and many members signed-up for times, but I will send it around again at this month’s meeting in hopes of filling in the last assignments. Please bring children and grandchildren to the reenactment.  They will love seeing and talking with the reenactors.  So will you.  Bring a friend to the next meeting.  As a camp we are growing about one member a month.  Keep bringing them in.

See you on 9 April at Poppa Rollo’s,

Lynn A. Simpson

 

Chaplain Statement


  My comments today are less a Chaplain’s message than one of an advocate of our Southern heritage. After all, one of God’s commandments to His people was, "Honor thy father and mother." I think that also would include great or great-great grandparents.

In his charge to the Sons of Confederate Veterans in 1906, Lt Gen Stephen D. Lee challenged us to "the defense of the Confederate soldier’s good name, the guardianship of his history, the emulation of his virtues, and perpetuation of the principals which he loved." These virtues are being denigrated at every opportunity and someone’s offended feelings have trumped the symbols of our beloved Confederacy.

The smoke of battle had hardly cleared before the victors had begun to reconstruct history to fit their purpose. With the passing of those men who had experienced the horror and privation of a prolonged conflict in their homeland, forces of progressivism sped to the task of change. Our beloved South is radically and rapidly being shaped today by an infectious malady known as political correctness. At this rate, soon the only thing that we will be able to recognize as Southern will be the catfish and hushpuppies (and the sweet-tea to wash it down).

I have not the space to recount the names of the many streets, parks, monuments and other reminders of our WBS era that have been erased because the political protectors felt someone might be offended. We wouldn’t want a negative effect upon northern business that might want to relocate to the South, or Yankee tourist to be offended by all the statues of Confederate legends astride their gallant steeds. I do want to remind you of a few changes in recent years.

For years Ole Miss’ mascot had been a comical caricature of an antebellum planter, complete with large hat, white goatee and mustache known as Col Reb. The school athletic teams were the Rebels, and the Confederate Battle flag was common as confetti in the stands. Since 2003 Col Reb no longer roams the sidelines and the Confederate flag is banned from athletic events.

At Virginia Military Institute, orders have been given to remove all Confederate symbols from the campus.

The Georgia flag since 1879 was modeled after the Confederate First National with variations. From 1956 until 2001, a period of 45 years, the GA flag included a square replica of the Confederate battle flag. When black leaders threatened a boycott of the 2000 NCAA tournament in Atlanta, which would have cost the city an estimated $50 million, a flag change came in 2001, eliminating the familiar St Andrews cross.

Since the 1960’s, the Confederate battle flag had flown over the SC statehouse, until the push began to remove it in 2000, thence it was removed to the Confederate Soldiers memorial in front of the statehouse, but still on capital grounds. Since that time, state Rep Steve Hart has consistently presented bills before the state house of representatives for the removal of the flag from capital grounds. "I think that the flag sends a symbol to the rest of the country that we're some back woods, pickup-driving, tobacco-chewing bigots, which we aren't. I'm trying to change it. It's not the flag, it's the mentality that's associated with the flag," Hart said. (It’s strange, he didn’t include "gun toten & Bible thumpin" In there.) As far as I can find out, the flag still flies at the Confederate monument.

From renaming Confederate Boulevard in Little Rock, to down-sizing the "Heart of Dixie" on Alabama's license plates, the South is slowly reducing reminders of its Secessionists past for fear of offending tourists and scaring off business.

Closer to home, the controversy is still going on about the replacement of the bronze plaques in Texas Supreme Court building. The reason for the plaques? Construction of the building was partially funded by money left from the Confederate Widows Pension Fund, which was unused because of there no longer being any widows of Confederate soldiers. When George Bush, the younger, began his quest for the presidency he initially supported keeping the plaques, which bore symbols of the Confederacy, but later capitulated and authorized their replacement with new plaques that touted equal justice for all Texans "regardless of race, creed or color."

Gov Rick Perry, who was Lt Gov at the time, opposed NAACP efforts to remove monuments and memorials containing the depiction of a Confederate flag from statehouses and other government buildings across the South. In March 2000 Perry wrote to the Sons of Confederate Veterans voicing his opposition to removing the plaques from the government building.

"Although this is an emotional issue, I want you to know that I oppose efforts to remove Confederate monuments, plaques and memorials from public property," Perry wrote. "I believe that Texans should remember the past and learn from it." he said. Perry has been governor for 12 years now and still the original plaques have not been replaced.

All these instances occurred several years ago. Why should it matter? Because the anti-South, anti-Confederate factions are still out there and working as hard as ever to eradicate, by any means, our Southern heritage. The reason for my selecting this subject is that I heard on the news recently that the Memphis City Council had renamed three of their parks which have for years borne Confederate names. Long-simmering disputes over the names of the parks came to a head in February when the city removed a half-ton, $10,000 granite marker recently installed at Forrest Park by The Sons of Confederate Veterans. The renaming was done in a rush to avoid conflict with a law that was being pushed through state government in Nashville that will prohibit renaming such items of historical significance. This would be the Tennessee Heritage Protection Act of 2013.

And since the law is not retroactive, Gen Nathan Bedford Forrest Park will now be known as "Health Sciences Park", Confederate Park is now "Memphis Park," and Jefferson Davis Park is "Mississippi River Park.

There isn’t much we can do about what has been done, especially in other states and cities far removed from the local scene. By your membership in the SCV and actively serving this camp, you show an interest in preserving history, not only of your family, but the principals of independence our ancestors of the South fought to safeguard. They opposed a large and burdensome central government, excessive taxation, and being ignored when the benefits of that tax was distributed; much the same circumstances we face today. They might have been ill-equipped, poorly fed, frequently exhausted, but ever dedicated and faithful to the Cause. I urge you to take every opportunity to study the Confederacy and those that served it so valiantly. Resist attempts to erase our Southern culture. By acquiring a knowledge of history, we are prone not to repeat the mistakes of the past.

Deo Vindice!

Hayden H. Moody, Chaplain

 

 

Book Review


 Braxton Bragg and Confederate Defeat, Volume II, by Judith Lee Hallock. This is the companion volume to the book by Professor Grady McWhiney which was reviewed last month. As I stated in the last newsletter, Professor McWhiney did not enjoy writing his biography of General Bragg. With a title like this who would? One of his graduate students, Ms. Hallock, took up the challenge and did an excellent job. This book begins in the aftermath of the Battle of Murfreesboro and the high level squabbling that ensued. It goes through the disastrous Tullahoma Campaign, then the wasted victory at Chickamauga, followed by Bragg's relief from command after the calamity at Missionary Ridge. It then covers his time in Richmond as President Davis's military advisor down to the final death throes of the Confederacy in North Carolina. The author does her best to be fair to General Bragg, but it is not a pretty sight. It is pretty inescapable that Braxton Bragg had a very negative impact on the Confederate war effort. One thing that can be said in his defense is that he was devoted to the Southern Cause. Despite the subject matter this is a fine bit of writing.

 Eighteen Minutes: The Battle of San Jacinto and the Texas Independence Campaign, by Stephen L. Moore. This is an excellent, detailed, and thorough account of the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21st 1836. The book begins with a very brief summary of the war up to and including the Siege of the Alamo. The real meat of the book begins as the the Texian forces gather at Gonzales, at first with the intent of relieving the Alamo. This force will form the nucleus of the army that will eventually fight at San Jacinto. Many men will join this army over the next month and a half, and many will drift away. At San Jacinto Sam Houston will have 910 men at the battle with another 250 at Lynchburg guarding the supplies or in the hospital. At the battle seven Texians will be killed outright with another four dying of their wounds shortly;  thirty more will sustain lesser wounds. In exchange for this, Santa Anna's army is nearly destroyed. Escapees numbered only in the double digits while 630 are killed outright, with 700 prisoners of war of whom 200 are wounded. There were six survivors of the Goliad Massacre in the army of whom five fought in the battle. I got the impression that these men contributed more to the army's eagerness to kill Mexicans than anything else. The book notes the constant vicious quarreling among the Texian leadership.This book is highly recommended.

Important Dates


                           { APRIL IS CONFEDERATE HISTORY AND HERITAGE MONTH IN TEXAS}

 April 19, 20, 21--Confederate Reunion Grounds, Mexia--Reenactments, Living History, etc.

 April 26th--Confederate Memorial Day-Place confederate flags on graves

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