By the time we have our June 9th camp meeting, we will have new officers for our Texas Division. I will bring you up to date on what is going on at the state level. Our division is in real trouble and is fixin' to split in half. It reminds me of the Baptist churches that I have belonged to over the years. This happened to our division back in the late 1990's and we made it through all of that and became stronger. I believe that if you are doing the right thing God will see you through it. There will always be organizations that people join just to hold positions, collect ribbons or medals, and really do nothing to help the organization reach their goals. We should always keep in mind what the real purpose of the SCV is. That reason is to keep alive the good name of the Confederate soldier and inform the world why he fought. This is not an easy task when you have so many lies written about him. So many will hear these lies and not do anything about it. They are in constant fear that someone will accuse them of being a rascist. As a whole, these were good Christian men and women who supported the Confederacy. They mainly supported their state and looked to God for guidance. This was more important to them back then because most did not travel outside their state. With no television, radio, or computers back then it was hard to keep up with what was going on outside their small world. Regardless of what happens at our state convention, we will continue to support our local camp, and continue to fight for what is right.
Lieutenant Commander Comments
The next meeting for Camp # 129 Sons of Confederate Veterans will be at Poppa Rollos Pizza on Valley Mills Drive on Tuesday, the 9th of June at 7 PM, with dinner at 6 PM. The speaker will be Mr. Mozell Johnson of the Arlington SCV Camp. He will be speaking on anything and everything concerned about the movie "Gone with the Wind". Be there and bring a friend!
May 31, '15, Sunday
This past Friday, the 29th, Toxey Cathey and I visited with our SCV brother, Norm Lovorn at the Temple VA Hospital. As most of our members know, Norm has been going through some serious health issues and the last several months has been in the hospital more than out. He has need of surgery for some clogged arteries but in order to be able to survive that some clotting and blood pressure issues had to be controlled. A visit to his local doctor culminated in his being rushed to Temple where he underwent a colon resection and removal of part of the small intestine on Saturday the 23rd. After several days in ICU, he was allowed visitors. It is good news to report that Norm is of good cheer and looking forward to returning home. His color is better than it has been lately and he attributes God's healing hand and our prayers for the difference. Let's continue to keep Norm in our supplications to the Lord as he needs to get stronger for the vascular surgery to be done. BTW, it is good to see those flags flying proudly at Fletcher.
Hayden H. Moody, Chaplain
Confederate Book Reviews
Shock Troops of the Confederacy: The Sharpshooter Battalions of the Army of Northern Virginia, by Fred L. Ray. The title of this book is slightly misleading. By sharpshooters this book is really referring to the elite light infantry of the Army of Northern Virginia. Light infantry typically conduct reconnaissance in order to determine enemy troop deployments, or, conduct screening missions in order to prevent the enemy from determining friendly deployments. Marksmanship was the most important requirement to be a soldier in these units, though very few of them carried telescoped rifles. Nearly all of these men carried imported British 1853 Enfields and used imported ammunition as well. These units were extremely effective in Grant's overland campaign of 1864 in which they took a heavy toll of Union officers and artillerymen. The book also offers a brief look at Union sharpshooter units as well as Confederate sharpshooters in the Army of Tennessee. Overall this is an excellent book about how the Southern army actually fought the war.
The Dogs of War, by Emory M. Thomas. This short, (less than 100 pages) book examines the delusions that both sides had in 1861 when the WBTS began. These delusions influenced the way in which the war was fought, and led to unexpected consequences. Many men on both sides believed that the enemy lacked sufficient resolve to see the war through to the end. Southerners believed that "King Cotton" would cause the European powers to immediately come to the South's aid. Foolish Abraham Lincoln believed that Southern secession was caused by a tiny minority of elites in the South and that the average man still loved the Union would return of his own accord if given the chance. Some on both sides of the Mason Dixon line believed that a war would be invigorating for American society. IF the South seceded primarily to defend slavery then that was one of the biggest misjudgements in history because the slave society was incredibly vulnerable to disruption from invading armies and the loss of white manpower to the Confederate military. This is an excellent book.
The Campaign to Appomattox, by Noah Andre Trudeau. This is one of the "Civil War Series" booklets put out by the National Park Service. Like the others in this series this one is well written and well illustrated. Noah Andre Trudeau has authored a number of WBTS books including a book I reviewed last year entitled Out of the Storm: The End of the Civil War April-June 1865, which covers the material covered by this booklet.
Pursuit to Appomattox: The Last Battles, by Jerry Korn. This is another volume in the excellent Time-Life series on the WBTS. The book begins with an overview of the situation in March, 1865, leading to the attack upon Fort Stedman at Petersburg. Then it turns to the situation in the Carolinas as Sherman's army marches north from Savannah. The rest of the book deals with Lee's evacuation of Petersburg and his desperate retreat to the west, trying to reach Johnston's army in North Carolina. Like every book in this series this volume is an outstanding mid level read: more in depth than the National Park service booklets, yet not to the level of a major history.
Civil War Limericks, by Charles H. Hayes. Mr. Hayes was our camp speaker a few moths back, and this is the book on which he based his talk. This book is a series of character sketches with a limerick, a caricature drawing, and a brief write up of the personality involved. This book is a light, highly entertaining read.
War for the Plains, by the Editors of Time-Life Books. This book is a part of the series "The American Indians", published by Time-Life Books. This series was, I believe, one of the last put out by Time-Life Books before they went belly up. This short volume (192 pages) covers the Minnesota Indian uprising of 1862, the fighting on the Southern Plains in the 1860s and 1870s, and the events leading up to and including the Battle of the Little Bighorn.
06/09/15 Waco Camp Meeting 6:00/7:00 @ Poppa Rollo's
06/25/15 Brazos Rose Chapter meeting @ 6:00 West Waco Library
07/20/15 Deadline to sign up for Sam Davis Youth Camp (7/26/-8/1 )