I just received an email that Lynn Simpson is stepping down as Lt. Commander after serving for six years. He has done a great job of representing us at the division level and was mainly responsible for us getting a Rose chapter started here in Waco. I hope I can convince him to run for commander. I have been commander off and on for the entire life of the camp which got chartered in 1990. Others who have served this post are Norman Tate, Cary Bogan, Jim Shannon, and Johnny Scarborough. Our camp has grown under all those who served in this position. We can continue to grow but I think it is time to let someone else be in charge. I will fully support whoever steps forward to accept it. We will hold elections at our December meeting. I hope to see all of you at our December meeting on the 10th.
SPEAKER FOR DECEMBER MEETING
The speaker for the next meeting will be Gayle Avant, a retired Baylor professor. His topic will be "Karl Marx's viewpoint on the WBTS and why he admired Abraham Lincoln".
Lt. Commander Comments
After six years as Lt. Commander, I am going to step-down. I am a firm believer in term limits of every aspect of society. Term limits are the best way of getting new and fresh ideas into any organization, be it a local service club or the US Senate. A second reason to step-down is to train new leaders within a group and allow others to shine. I will still be a strong and committed member of the SCV and I would like to thank all those in the camp that made my job so much easier.
I would also like to remind everyone that I am working with a local monument company to make markers for some of my Confederate relatives. The more stones we have made the cheaper they will be. I am hoping in the $150 each range. The VA is enforcing stricter rules on the marking of all veteran graves and it is impossible to get a VA stone for any veteran who died before 1990 if their grave is already marked. The stones I am looking at purchasing will have a face approximately 20”X10” and will be about 8” thick. They should look great as a foot stone. All will have the Southern Cross of Honor, name, birth date, death date, and unite designation. If you are interested let me know. I plan to place the order around February.
Lynn A. Simpson, Lt Commander
Though it seems it was just a couple of weeks ago we were celebrating Labor Day; not so. Thanksgiving has come and gone and Christmas is nearly here. I have been told that life is like a roll of toilet paper, “the closer to the end, the faster it goes.” Without a doubt this year has zipped by more than any other.
Fellows, as we celebrate this coming Christmas let us not forget the “reason for the season”. Let’s keep in mind that it was an act of the most sincere love that brought our Savior, Jesus Christ, down to this sinful world to offer us the opportunity of everlasting life. It is up to us to take Him up on that offer.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16,17.
This is the sole reason that little Baby was born in that manger in Bethlehem. Let us so live that His birth, life, death and sacrifice not be in vain.
Merry Christmas, and a Happy 2014.
Deo Vindice and keep Him smiling’,
Hayden H. Moody, Chaplain
Mosby's Rangers: The True Adventures of the Most Famous Command of the Civil War, by Jeffry D. Wert. This book is a history of the 43rd Battalion of Virginia Cavalry, popularly known as Mosby's Rangers after it's famous commander, John Singleton Mosby. This organization was a unit of partisan cavalry that operated very successfully in northern Virginia and Maryland from 1863 to the last days of the war. The battalion, when not engaged in active operations, wouls disperse among the population in the rural areas of Fairfax, Loudoun, Farquier, and Prince William counties. This area became known as "Mosby's Confederacy". Because of Mosby's operations the Federals were forced to deploy resources all out of proportion to the size of his unit to guard installations and rail lines and to seek out his men. The biggest blows that the Federals landed against Mosby were a result of information given by the occasional deserter/malcontent. Interestingly, following the war, Mosby became a Republican and benefited from political patronage. Jeffry D. Wert is a fine author and this book is a worthy addition to his previous WBTS books.
Give Me Eighty Men: Women and the Myth of the Fetterman Fight, by Shannon D. Smith. This excellent, short book was originally a history master's thesis. It concerns the events surrounding the Fetterman Fight of December 21st, 1866, in which eighty U.S. soldiers and civilians under the overall command of WBTS veteran Captain William J. Fetterman was decoyed into a trap by at least 1,500 Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapaho Indians and destroyed to a man. The accepted narrative is that Fetterman was an arrogant fool who loudly boasted that he could "ride through the whole Sioux nation with eighty men"--and paid for his arrogance. The reality is quite different. This image was constructed after the fact by the colonel in charge who was made the scapegoat for the disaster. Key to his revision of the events was the diligent testimony of his first and second wives who were both present at the nearby military post when the disaster occurred. Victorian norms dictated that a "lady"--a woman of social standing and good reputation--was not contradicted, or called a liar. So, the narrative that has passed down into history is, basically skewed. In fact, Fetterman was considered by his contemporaries to be a very professional and circumspect soldier. This is an interesting book for those who both like western history and enjoy knowing how history came about.
Little Big Horn 1876: Custer's Last Stand, by Peter Panzeri. This is one of the Osprey Campaign series of short overviews of great military campaigns. As is usual with the Campaign Series the book is well illustrated with an excellent series of 3D and 2D maps which I found particularly useful on my recent visit to the battlefield park. The only negative with the book is the annoyingly large number of typographical errors, which unfortunately is common with Osprey books in general.
12/10/13 Waco Camp 129 monthly meeting 6:00-Poppa Rollo's