We are moving forward on getting our 50 ft flagpole up. We are waiting on the money and some bids on putting the pole up. National is going to furnish us with $5,000. Buying the pole, buying the flag, shipping, having the pole installed should take most of this money. We need to think of ways of taking donations since we are going to put up a 6 ft fence and probably stronger light. We will talk about it at our meeting on Tuesday. I will be in Denton giving a talk on our meeting night. Cary Bogan will take my place that night. Our Chaplain, Hayden Moody, will be on vacation for nearly 4 weeks. He is also in charge of the cleanup detail on Hwy 77 South out of Robinson. The Highway Department has the whole two miles mowed and we need to pickup the large pieces before Hayden gets back. Give Cary your name if you can help one Saturday or Sunday. We need at least two on each side picking up trash to make it go faster.
Lieutenant Commander Comments
The next meeting of the BG Felix Robertson Camp # 129 will be on the 8th of September at Poppa Rollos Pizza on North Valley Mills Drive. Dinner will start at 6 PM, the meeting will commence at 7 PM. The speaker will be Mr. Rudy Ray whose talk is entitled "What We Can Do To Win This War". Visitors and the general public are invited and encouraged to attend.
A NOTE FROM OUR ADJUTANT
At present the National SCV is four weeks behind in processing applications and renewals. Right now there are over 400 applications and renewals awaiting attention. The lady who handles this also has to answer the phone and respond to emails. The good news is that the recent silliness about the Confederate Battle Flag has caused a surge in memberships.
I recently preached a sermon entitled "To Be or Not to Be Shaken", describing the author of Hebrews' exhortation concerning the drifting away of 1st century Christians faith through neglect and likening it to end time circumstances. In researching, I came across a web site of interest listing the 26 things prophesied to occur prior to the second coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ. More and more people are beginning to express their feelings that 'something is about to happen'; this is evident by the discussion of the fourth Blood Moon and the Shemttah, each to happen in the present month of September. No man knows the hour of His coming but we have been given indicators of when it is close.
1. False Bible teachers would be money hungry. They would be smooth talkers, have many followers, and slur the Christian faith (2 Peter 2:1-3).
2. Homosexuality would be increasingly evident at the end of the age (2 Timothy 3:3).
3. Earthquakes would be in diverse places (Matthew 24:7).
4. Stress would be part of living (2 Timothy 3:1).
5. Many wars would erupt (Matthew 24:6).
6. People would forsake the Ten Commandments as a moral code (Matthew 24:12).
7. There would be a cold religious system, in denying God's power (2 Timothy 3:5).
8. Men would substitute fantasy in place of Christian truth (2 Timothy 4:4). This is so evident at Christmas when the birth of the Savior is lost behind the myth of Santa Claus.
9. Deadly diseases would be prevalent (Matthew 24:7). The worldwide increase in AIDS deaths is almost inestimable. Over 160,000 Americans die of cancer each year.
10. The fact that God once flooded the earth (the Noahic flood) would be denied (2 Peter 3:5-6).
11. The institution of marriage would be forsaken by many (1 Timothy 4:3).
12. There would be an increase in famines (Matthew 24:7).
13. The popularity of vegetarianism would increase (1 Timothy 4:3-4).
14. There would be a cry for peace (1 Thessalonians 5:3).
15. The possession of Jerusalem would be at the center of international turmoil (Zechariah 12:3).
16. Knowledge would increase (Daniel 12:4).
17. There would be hypocrites within the Church (Matthew 13:25-30).
18. There would be an increase of religious cults/false teachers (Matthew 24:11 & 24).
19. The future would seem fearful to many (Luke 21:26).
20. Humanity would become materialistic (2 Timothy 3:4).
21. There would be many involved in travel (Daniel 12:4).
22. The Christian Gospel would be preached as a warning to all nations (Matthew 24:14).
23. Jesus said Christians would be hated "for His name's sake" (Matthew 24:9).
24. Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken (Luke 21:25-26).
25. Youth would become rebellious (2 Timothy 3:2).
26. Men would mock the warning signs of the end of the age saying, "for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation." (2 Peter 3:4).
Another verse, in the words of Jesus, that I thought very appropriate considering the negative publicity that our Confederate heritage has stirred up recently, (Matt 24:19). "And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another".
Norm has been in and out of the hospital several times this past month; continue to remember him in prayer.
Deo Vindice, Hayden H. Moody, Chaplain
Note: I will be absent this month, see you next month; be Lord willing.
Confederate Book Reviews
The Destruction of the Weldon Railroad: Deep Bottom, Globe Tavern, and Reams Station, August 1864, by John Horn. This book is one volume in "The Virginia Civil War Battles and Leaders Series". These are the books published in the navy blue binding with the State of Virginia Seal on the cover. I have the Battle of the Crater" book in this series and based upon these two this is an excellent series of books. This book is a detailed tactical study with excellent supporting maps. After the Battle of the Crater the U.S. Army at Petersburg began a series of movements to the south and west of the city in order to cut the rail lines that carried supplies to the city. These movements took the form of diversions to draw Southern troops away from the threatened area followed by a large scale movement to cut and/or occupy portions of the Weldon Railroad which went south to North Carolina. Deep Bottom was one of the diversions, while Globe Tavern and Reams Station were battles along the actual rail line. The eventual result was that the Army of Northern Virginia lost the use of the Weldon Railroad and had to move it's supplies much farther to the west. However, smaller and agile Confederate forces inflicted much heavier losses on the Federals. This was a consequence of enormous losses suffered by the Union troops during the Overland Campaign, which severely affected Union morale. The Confederate leadership in this area was excellent, with P.G.T. Beauregard handling much of the overall strategy and the aggressive division commander William Mahone providing much of the punch. This is a fine book for those who are interested in the nuts and bolts of the Petersburg Campaign.
To the Bitter End: Appomattox, Bennett Place, and the Surrenders of the Confederacy, by Robert M. Dunkerly. This book is another excellent volume in the "Emerging Civil War Series". This volume gives a brief description of how the war ended across the South, not just at Appomattox. After General Lee surrendered General Johnston surrendered the remnants of the Army of Tennessee in North Carolina. The next large surrender was the Department of Alabama, Mississippi, and East Louisiana commanded by General Richard Taylor. The last major surrender was the Department of the Trans-Mississippi commanded by General E. Kirby Smith. All of the major surrenders occurred under vastly different circumstances. Indeed, Appomattox was so neat AND orderly that the overall impression of the war's end is one that does not match the reality. This book goes a long way in describing how the war actually ended.
Appomattox 1865: Lee's Last Campaign, by Ron Field. This is a new volume in the Osprey Publishing Campaign Series. The author is a British citizen who specializes in U.S., particularly Civil War era, history. This book, like the other books the author has produced is a fine summary history of the final campaign of the Army of northern Virginia. It is filled with specially commissioned artwork and superb cartography. This account is the best, and most accessible telling of the last days of Lee's army. Highly recommended!
The Strategy of Defeat at the Little Big Horn: A Military and Timing Analysis of the Battle, by Frederic C. Wagner III. This expensive, enormously detailed volume is the final word on the battle for any Indian War buff. Well, maybe not the absolutely final word, but it is darn close. The author has devised heavily footnoted time/movement charts to track the 7th Cavalry during the battle. Because of these the author is able makes some educated guesses as to what actually occurred during this confusing military operation. Complicated and detailed? Heck yeah! Fascinating, if the subject matter appeals to you? You bet!
09/08/15-Camp 129 meeting @ Poppa Rollo's, 6.00 pm eat, 7:00 pm Speaker
09/08/1863--VICTORY-Battle at Sabine Pass in Texas-Lt. Richard W. Dowling with 43 Confederates killed 230 Yankees
10/08/15-Brazos Rose Chapter meeting at West Waco Library @ 6:00 pm
10/16-15-Geneology Lock-In at West Waco Library- noon to 10:30 pm