Thursday, June 28, 2012

Western Campaign & Confederate General Albert Sydney Johnston

As you know I collect Toy Soldiers and especially enjoy those that have a tie to my family history/ancestors. If you have collected or thought about collecting you will quickly realize that there are very few toy soldiers representing 1861-1865 in the Western Campaign and most are soldiers from back East.

I have had some discussion with the General Manager of W. Britains  and recommended a General Jo Shelby set (perhaps The Undefeated). I believe that he would like to expand into the western campaign but of course it is a business so they must produce soldiers that will sell. In our discussions I discovered one of his test soldiers for expanding into the western campaign is Confederate General Albert Sydney Johnston. So if you are interested in collecting or would like to buy a toy soldier for a gift please consider buying Confederate General Albert Sydney Johnston which can be found at one of the following links for $28.

Please forward on to others that may be interested across the United States and especially those that had ancestors in the war. Remember General Johnston is the key figure that could influence W Britains to produce soldiers that represent where our families fought. General Johnston was killed at Shiloh where many of us re-enacted this year on the 150th Anniversary. Your help is appreciated.

Remember the Bushwhackers!!!!

Troopr Bob Capps

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Save Gaines' Mill We Need Your Help

Civil War Trust
I am writing you today to ask for your support. Last year, we announced a new $3.2m campaign to save 285 magnificent acres of the Gaines' Mill battlefield. The good news is that we have now raised almost $3,ooo,ooo to pay for this tract. The challenge we face is that we still need $150,000 more — and we need to raise that amount by September 4 or we risk losing this hallowed ground. Please join us in saving this must–have tract.
Jim Lighthizer, President, Civil War Trust
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See our new Gaines' Mill photos, battle maps, and satellite view of the 285 acres we are working to save. See how this historic tract would more than quadruple the amount of battlefield land saved at Gaines' Mill.
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Greatest Charges of the Civil War

Most Civil War buffs know a great deal about Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg, but did you know that the evening assault ordered by Robert E. Lee at Gaines' Mill was the largest charge of the American Civil War? Learn more about the great charges of the Civil War.
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10 Facts about Gaines' Mill

What was Robert E. Lee's first battlefield victory of the Civil War? Gaines' Mill. Learn more about the remarkable history and importance of the Battle of Gaines' Mill in our 10 Facts feature.
Interview with Bobby Krick

Gaines' Mill: Then & Now

Historian Bobby Krick talks about the historical importance of the Battle of Gaines' Mill to the 1862 Seven Days Campaign and the Civil War at large. Learn more about the preservation opportunities and challenges facing this great Civil War battlefield.
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Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Hughes News Weekly Edition


For those in the camp who do not participate on Twitter or Facebook, the following link is a site I think you may find interesting.  The site is an internet website where you can now find a weekly composite of the @HughesCamp tweets on our Twitter account.  You are not required to have an account on the site to access the news articles and SCV related links we are sharing on the social media sites.   Please let us know what you think.

Thanks for your time.

Deo Vindice,

James W. Bradley
Hughes Camp Webmaster

Friday, June 22, 2012

Friday, Jun. 22, 2012 - The Hughes News Weekly Edition

The Hughes News Weekly Edition

The Hughes News Weekly Edition
Friday, Jun. 22, 2012

Courthouse News Service

     (CN) - The Sons of Confederate Veterans do not have a constitutional right to fly the Confederate flag on government property, a federal judge ruled.      The fraternal organization, which is ...
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Thursday, June 14, 2012

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

June 2012 Edition of The Hughes News monthly newsletter

June 2012 The Hughes News monthly newsletter for Brigadier General John T. Hughes Sons of Confederate Veterans #614 of  is now available for you to download and read on your computer.  Use the following link to get your copy today:

Questions about who is buried in Missouri grave

Questions about who is buried in Missouri grave

By: Glenn E. Rice, The Kansas City Star, The Dickinson Press

KEARNEY, Mo. (AP) — In life, Clell Miller was a gun-toting Confederate bushwacker raised in Clay County. He was later an outlaw with Jesse James and was gunned down during a botched hold-up in 1876 in Northfield, Minn.

In death, Miller has become a source of mystery and intrigue.

For years, Miller's family believed the body buried at Muddy Fork Cemetery in Kearney was Clell Miller. But a medical student who gunned down Miller on Sept. 7, 1876, claimed that he kept the outlaw's skeleton.

Now Miller's relatives and a group of forensic researchers would like to know for sure who lies buried in Kearney.

In April, they approached Mary H. Dudley, the medical examiner for Jackson and Clay counties, to petition Clay County authorities to exhume Miller's body.

"For some people it is important to know that he is there," said Ruth Fitzgerald, whose great-grandfather was Miller's cousin. "I guess it would settle some people down and stop some of the rumors."

Miller, whose full first name has been rendered Clelland or McClelland, was buried in Minnesota shortly after he was shot and killed. His remains and those of a fellow James gang member were later exhumed and given to Henry Wheeler, a local medical student who killed Miller during the famous shootout between the gang and town residents.

Months after the shooting, a body presumed to be Miller was claimed by family members and brought back to Missouri, where it was buried in the Muddy Fork Cemetery.

Dudley has the authority to investigate suspicious deaths, but it is up to Clay County Prosecutor Daniel White to seek an order from the circuit court for exhumation.

In correspondence obtained by The Star through a Missouri Open Records request, Dudley told White, "given the cause of death resulted from violent circumstances and the positive identification has not been established, I support the exhumation and forensic examination."

Exhuming outlaws is nothing new for Clay County. In 1995, researchers dug up remains from a Mount Olivet Cemetery in Kearney to substantiate that they belonged to Jesse James. It was determined that they did, though not everyone was convinced.

White said he is skeptical about the Clell Miller effort, and he needs more information before seeking a court order to have the remains examined.

"There is a mechanism which this office used during the exhumation of Jesse James in the 1990s," he said. "Since the exhumation of 19th century outlaws is something that doesn't happen very often, we will need to review the statutes to ensure they haven't changed."

In 1965, Fitzgerald was a senior at the University of Missouri in Columbia when she started researching the life of Clell Miller. While relatives occasionally spoke about Miller, his life and how he died was not a source of family pride, said Fitzgerald, who is a 68-year-old widow living in Virginia.

"They were embarrassed by him," she said. "I don't go around announcing to people that I am related to him. It wasn't something you brought up very much."

Fitzgerald said Miller was raised in Kearney and was a teenager when he joined "Bloody" Bill Anderson's guerillas for a short period during the Civil War. On Oct. 26, 1864, Miller was captured by Union soldiers during a skirmish in which Anderson was killed. Miller was sent to a prison in St. Louis. He was released in April 1865.

Years later, Miller joined the Jesse James-Cole Younger gang.

In 1876, Miller and fellow gang member William Caldwell were shot to death during the attempted bank robbery in Northfield.

The men were buried in the local cemetery. But subsequently Henry Wheeler dug up the bodies and had them shipped to Michigan, where he attended medical school. The remains were used in an anatomy class, Fitzgerald and another researcher said.

Family members learned of what happened and retrieved what was thought to be Miller's body and brought it back to Missouri, where it was buried in Kearney, Fitzgerald said.

A few years later, Wheeler established a medical practice in Grand Forks, N.D.. He maintained that he kept Clell Miller's skeleton. Wheeler donated the skeleton to the Odd Fellows Lodge when he retired in 1923.

About 20 years ago, the skeleton was discovered inside the lodge when the building was sold. A lodge member said the skeleton had belonged to Wheeler.

Fitzgerald said in her letter to Dudley that it is uncertain if the remains buried in Kearney belong to Miller or Caldwell.

James Bailey, a retired Minnesota State University-Mankato law enforcement professor, has researched various aspects of the 1876 bank robbery since 2007. Bailey approached Fitzgerald about exhuming Miller's remains.

Bailey declined to comment. But in emails to Dudley obtained by The Star, Bailey said that he would use a DNA sample from the remains and compare it to a sample he recently received from a Miller relative.

Fitzgerald said she looked forward to finally putting the matter to rest.

"If it is him, well isn't that nice. It proves that he is there," she said. "If it is someone else, I would like to put up a little plaque there that says, 'Clell isn't here."

But White said exhuming the remains may not be worth the trouble.

"Clell Miller was a criminal who died at the hands of angry armed citizens. He literally got what he deserved," White said. "I really don't want to waste any of the county's resources in bringing additional notoriety to outlaws."

Monday, June 11, 2012

June Article for the Hughes Camp Historians Corner

Federal Cavalryman proves Quantrill fought at Cane Hill and
Prairie Grove by Paul R. Petersen

Click the following link to open this informative article about William Quantrill:

Saturday, June 9, 2012

San Antonio Toy Soldier Show

Thought you may be interested in Edmund's Traditional Toy Soldiers. We like Edmund and his works of art. He is a Vietnam Vet and his toy soldiers and made in Anerica and all painted by Edmund.

One of the attachments has a few soldiers from my collection. You probably guessed they are Confederate. The Cherokee Braves were with Stand Watie and I am ordering Stand Watie to go with the set. My great great Uncles Commanding Officer was Stand Watie and Thomas Livingtson. As you can see its great if you can find toy soldiers that represent your ancesters unit.

The 2nd set is Terrys Texas Rangers and Edmund brought me an additional soldier with a Confederate Flag on the left end.

Edmund is working on a Quantrill set and he thought it would be ready in September at the Chicago Toy Soldier Show. He promised me the 1st set.

I thought you may be interested but most toy soldiers are made and painted in China and its nice to buy from a Vet that makes them in America. He does a lot of research to make them as historically accurate as possible.


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Missouri Confederate Cemetery Bench

Attached are two photos of the bench that was set in the Confederate Cemetery at Enterprise, Mississippi.  Twenty-Seven Missouri Confederate heroes are buried at this site.  You may recall that the Missouri Division - SCV and the Missouri Society - MOSB jointly paid to have the bench set.  It is hoped that the Missouri Battle Flag shown will be painted the appropriate colors in the near future.
Special thanks to Ollie Sappington for coordinating this effort.
Please share with  your camp memberships.
Darrell L. Maples - Commander
Missouri Division - SCV

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Confederate Memorial Day At Higgensville 6-2-2012

I really enjoyed everyone that came to the microphone with their flower and told us a little about their ancestor. Some were buried in the cemetery. Everyone that traveled from Kingston (Jason, Jim, & Larry) showed a good presence. I wish I could have been at Kingston but my left shoulder can't lift anything and my right shoulder is limited to 10lbs. I am out of my sling so thats progress.  Hopefully by Lone Jack I will be strong enough except for my knees and I'll will them to work.

Damnant quod non intellegunt
Trooper Bob Capps

Confederate Memorial Day At Higgensville 6-2-2012
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