Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Proclamation by the President - To the people of the Confederate States:

Proclamation by the President

To the people of the Confederate States:

The termination of the Provisional Government offers a fitting occasion again to present ourselves in humiliation, prayer and thanksgiving before that God who has safely conducted us through the first year of our National existence. We have been able to lay anew the foundations of free government and to repel the efforts of our enemies to destroy us. Law has everywhere reigned supreme, and throughout our widespread limits personal liberty and private right have been duly honoured. A tone of earnest piety has pervaded our people, and the hundred victories which we have obtained over our enemies have been justly ascribed to Him who ruleth the Universe. We had hoped that the year would have closed upon a scene of continued prosperity, but it has pleased the Supreme Disposer of events to order it otherwise. We are not permitted to furnish an exception to the rule in Divine government, which has prescribed affliction as the discipline of nations as well as of individuals. Our faith and perseverance must be tested, and the chastening which seemeth grievous will, if rightly received, bring forth its appropriate fruit. It is meet and right therefore that we should repair to the only Giver of all victory, and, humbling ourselves before Him, should pray that He may strengthen our confidence in His mighty power and righteous judgment; then may we surely trust in Him that He will perform His promise and encompass us as with a shield. In this trust and to the end, I, Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States, do hereby se apart Friday, the twenty-eighth day of February, instant, as a day of Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer; and I do publicly invite the Reverend Clergy, and people of the Confederate States, to appear at their respective places of worship, to humble themselves before Almighty God in prayer for His protection and favour to our beloved country, and that we may be saved from our enemies and from the hands of all that hat us.

Given under my hand and the Seal of the Confederate States, at Richmond, this twentieth day of February, A.D., 1862, by the President,

Jefferson Davis

Monday, February 18, 2013

Confederate Memorial, Orange, Texas

The Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) organization is building a $50,000 memorial with large columns and 36 different flags from the Confederate States of America. The site will be on the Interstate 10 access road.
Granvel Block of Orange, Texas is the commander of both the statewide SVC group and the Orange camp. He said the memorial will be for educational purposes. For instance, most people don't know that the Confederacy had 36 different flags. At the memorial, each flag with have a name plate and history of the flag. He hopes the memorial will become a tourist attraction for Orange.
He described the memorial as a design to resemble the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C., with columns in a circle, but without the dome. The 13 white columns will represent each of the 13 states in the Confederacy.
People who have Confederate ancestors or relatives who were in the SCV have bought memorial bricks and benches for the memorial. Block said the flags and memorial will be seen from the new overpass at MLK Drive and the lights from the overpass with shine on the memorial to make it a sight of beauty.
Block said the group wants to preserve history. He said some people, white and black, do not like the Confederate battle flag because they don't understand history. "So many things (about the Confederacy) have been taught wrong or with a poor skew," he said. As examples, he said the Civil War was not fought over slavery and that slaves were owned in the north, not exclusively in the south. He said individual state governments were sovereign and that "our states were invaded by northern troops."
The Sons of Confederate Veterans received a City of Orange building permit for the project in January and paid the $260 fee. Block said the recent rainy weather has delayed the beginning of construction. He expects the dedication to draw a crowd from across the country. The SCV has more than 35,000 members internationally and about 3,000 in Texas, he said. The SCV has local groups, known as 'camps,' in Beaumont, Woodville and Lake Charles.
The building site is triangular and 0.45 acre. The Orange County Appraisal District reports that Block bought the land in May 2010 for $10,000 in the name of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The site is appraised at $9,500 and the annual tax bill of about $260 has been sent to the national organization in Tennessee.
David L. Moore3rd Lt. Cmdr., Texas DivisionTexas Division Media GroupSons of Confederate Veterans(817) 694-0092 (C)*************************************

Sunday, February 17, 2013

SCV Telegraph- SCV Leadership Workshop March 2nd

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SCV National Leadership Workshop

As we approach the challenging years of the Sesquicentennial, leadership training has become even more important to the defense of our Southern heritage. In an effort to insure that our members better understand the challenges of leadership roles and to aid our leaders in acquiring the knowledge to better perform their duties, the SCV has scheduled a Winter National Leadership Workshop.
This year's event will be held March 2, 2013 at The Gift Horse at 209 West Laurel Ave, Foley, Ala 36535. It will be hosted by the Fort Blakeley Camp 1864. A tentative schedule for the day is posted below along with registration and lodging information.
Please note that this event will include relevant presentations and individual workshops for more specialized training for Commanders and Adjutants; however, ALL members are invited to attend!

8:00 - 8:10 Welcome & SCV Protocol Cmdr. Tommy Rhodes, Camp 1864
8:10 - 8:25 Introductions & Overview Lt. CIC Charles Kelly Barrow
8:25 - 9:10 Commanders & Command CIC R. Michael Givens
9:10 - 9:20 BREAK
9:20 - 10:05 Adjutants & Administration AIC Stephen Lee Ritchie
10:05 - 10:15 BREAK
10:15 - 11:00 Recruiting & Retention Lt. CIC Charles Kelly Barrow
11:00 - 11:45 Vision 2016 Past Chief of HD Tom Hiter, Ph.D
11:45 - 12:45 DINNER
12:45 - 1:30 TBA ANV Field Rep. Jack Marlar
1:30 - 1:40 BREAK
1:40 - 2:10 Camp Operations & Success Lt. CIC Charles Kelly Barrow
2:10 - 2:20 BREAK
2:20 - 3:05 Commander's & Adjutant's Workshops CIC, Lt. CIC & AIC
3:05 Concluding Remarks & Discussion Lt. CIC Charles Kelly Barrow

Registration, which includes dinner, is only $15 each and will be handled through our General Headquarters at Elm Springs. You may mail a reservation with a check or call 1 (800) 380-1896 ext 209 (Cindy) or email with credit card information (MC, VISA or AMEX).

America's Best Inn & Suites
1517 S. McKenzie Street (Hwy 59)
Foley, Al 36535 251-943-3297
$ 69.95 SCV Rate ( Host Hotel)

Best Western Riviera Inn
1504 S. McKenzie Street (Hwy 59)
Foley, AL 36535 251-943-8600
$ 89.00 SCV Rate

Econo Lodge Inn & Suites
2862 S. McKenzie Street (Hwy 59)
Foley, Al 36535
$ 84.15 SCV Rate

Make Res. By 18 February

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

SCV Telegraph- Heritage Rally 2013 update

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In just over a month, on Saturday March 16, the SCV's 2013 Sesquicentennial Event will be held at Beauvoir in Biloxi, Mississippi. This event will be the dedication of the building for the new Jefferson Davis Presidential Library. We say "new" as Hurricane Katrina, in 2005, destroyed the first Presidential Library, which was dedicated in 1998. Now, at long last, the new building is complete.
On March 16 there will be a parade, speeches and a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new library building beginning at 1 PM. The building, which is unique in of itself, will be open to be toured but the exhibits will not yet be installed. Beauvoir has not yet set the date for when the exhibits will be available.

In addition to the building dedication, Beauvoir, restored to its appearance when Jefferson Davis lived there, is available for tours as are the grounds of Beauvoir, including the recreated rose garden that Varina Davis enjoyed. In addition, on the grounds is a Confederate Cemetery which is the last resting place of many of the Veterans that lived at Beauvoir when it was a veteran's home as well as the location of the Tomb of the Unknown Confederate Soldier.                                      Visitors may tour the grounds for free but there is an admission fee for a home tour. See for more information. 

Additional information about the 2013 Sesquicentennial event and information for some of the local accommodations can be found at: Hotels are filling up fast.
Make your plans now to come to Beauvoir on March 16 for the SCV's 2013 Sesquicentennial Event!

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Confederate Memorial Service and CSA Headstone Dedication Wayne Co.

Confederate Memorial Service and Headstone Dedication April 6, 2013

Fort Heiman Camp No. 1834, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Murray, KY, will be conducting a Memorial Service and military headstone dedication for Pvt. Henry M. Ezell, Company K, Twelfth Kentucky Cavalry, CSA, on Saturday, April 6, 2013, time to be later announced, at Sparks Cemetery on Sparks Cemetery Lane at Patterson, Wayne County, Missouri.   The public is invited.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Lincoln's Greatest Failure

Lincoln's Greatest Failure
(Or, How a Real Statesman Would Have Ended Slavery)

Recently by Thomas DiLorenzo: Lincoln the Racist

"Every other country in the world got rid of slavery without a civil war . . . . How much would that cost compared to killing 600,000 Americans when the hatred lingered for 100 years."
~ Ron Paul to Tim Russert on "Meet the Press" in 2007
The new Steven Spielberg movie about Lincoln is entirely based on a fiction, to use a mild term. As longtimeEbony magazine executive editor Lerone Bennett, Jr. explained in his bookForced into Glory: Abraham Lincoln's White Dream: "There is a pleasant fiction that Lincoln . . . became a flaming advocate of the [Thirteenth] amendment and used the power of his office to buy votes to ensure its passage. There is no evidence, as David H. Donald has noted, to support that fiction". (Emphasis added).
In fact, as Bennett shows, it was the genuine abolitionists in Congress who forced Lincoln to support the Thirteenth Amendment that ended slavery, something he refused to do for fifty-four of his fifty-six years. The truth, in other words, is precisely the opposite of the story told in Spielberg's Lincoln movie, which is based on the book Team of Rivals by the confessed plagiarist/court historian Doris Kearns-Goodwin. (My LRC review of her book was entitled "A Plagiarist's Contribution to Lincoln Idolatry").
And who is David H. Donald, cited by Bennett as his authority? He is a longtime Harvard University historian, Pulitzer prize-winning Lincoln biographer, and the preeminent mainstream Lincoln scholar of our time. One would think that Goodwin would have considered his work, being a Harvard graduate (in political science) herself.
The theme of the Spielberg movie is the subtitle of Goodwin's book: "The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln." Nothing gets a leftist's legs tingling more than someone who is very, very good at the methods of political theft, plunder, subterfuge, and bullying. Goodwin the court historian has devoted her life to writing hagiographies of the worst of the worst political bullies – FDR, Lyndon Johnson, the Kennedys, and Lincoln. (It was her book on the Kennedys that got her in trouble and forced her to admit plagiarizing dozens of paragraphs, and paying a six-figure sum to the victim of her plagiarism. That got her kicked off the Pulitzer prize committee and PBS, but only for a very short while).
Lincoln's "political genius" is grossly overblown in Goodwin's book. In addition the book, like virtually all other books on the subject, completely misses the point. If Lincoln was such a political genius, he should have used his "genius" to end slavery in the way the British, French, Spaniards, Dutch, Danes, Swedes, and all the Northern states in the U.S. did in the nineteenth century, namely, peacefully. Instead, the slaves were used as political pawns in a war that resulted in the death of some 800,000 Americans according to the latest, revised estimates of Civil War deaths that has come to be accepted by the history profession. To this number should be added tens of thousands of Southern civilians. Standardizing for today's population, that would be the equivalent of more than 8 million dead Americans, with more than double that number maimed for life.
Lincoln the "political genius" thanked his naval commander Gustavus Fox for helping him maneuver/trick the Confederates into firing on Fort Sumter, where no one was hurt let alone killed. This, Lincoln believed, gave him the "right" to ignore the constitutional definition of treason (Article 3, Section 3) as levying war upon the states, and levy war upon the (Southern) states in order to "prove," once and for all, that the American union was NOT voluntary, and NOT based on the principle of consent of the governed, as Jefferson declared in the Declaration of Independence. The main purpose of the war was to destroy the Jeffersonian states' rights vision of government and replace it with the Hamiltonian vision of a highly centralized, dictatorial executive state that would pursue a domestic policy of mercantilism (the Federalist/Whig/Republican Party platform of protectionist tariffs, corporate welfare, and a national bank to finance it all) and a foreign policy of empire and imperialism. The purpose – and result – of the war was to consolidate all political power in Washington, D.C. and to render all states, North and South, as mere appendages of their masters and overseers in Washington. This of course is exactly what happened after the war and it happened by design, not coincidence.
A real statesman, as opposed to a monstrous, egomaniacal patronage politician like Abe Lincoln, would have made use of the decades-long world history of peaceful emancipation if his main purpose was to end slavery. Of course, Lincoln always insisted that that was in no way his purpose. He stated this very clearly in his first inaugural address, in which he even supported the proposed Corwin Amendment to the Constitution, which would have prohibited the federal government from EVER interfering with Southern slavery. He – and the U.S. Congress – declared repeatedly that the purpose of the war was to "save the union," but of course the wardestroyed the voluntary union of the founding fathers.
Jim Powell's book, Greatest Emancipations: How the West Ended Slavery, provides chapter and verse of how real statesmen of the world, in sharp contrast to Lincoln, ended slavery without resorting to waging total war on their own citizens. Among the tactics employed by the British, French, Spanish, Dutch, Danes, and others were slave rebellions, abolitionist campaigns to gain public support for emancipation, election of anti-slavery politicians, encouragement and assistance of runaway slaves, raising private funds to purchase the freedom of slaves, and the use of tax dollars to buy the freedom of slaves. There were some incidents of violence, but nothing remotely approaching the violence of a war that ended up killing 800,000 Americans.
The story of how Great Britain ended slavery peacefully is the highlight of Powell's book. There were once as many as 15,000 slaves in England herself, along with hundreds of thousands throughout the British empire. The British abolitionists combined religion, politics, publicity campaigns, legislation, and the legal system to end slavery there just two decades prior to the American "Civil War."
Great credit is given to the British statesman and member of the House of Commons, William Wilberforce. After organizing an educational campaign to convince British society that slavery was immoral and barbaric, Wilberforce succeeded in getting a Slavery Abolition Act passed in 1833, and within seven years some 800,000 slaves were freed. Tax dollars were used to purchase the freedom of the slaves, which eliminated the only source of opposition to emancipation, wealthy slave owners. It was expensive, but as Powell notes, nothing in the world is more expensive than war.
Powell also writes of how there was tremendous opposition to ending slavery in the Northern states in the U.S, especially Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island, where violent mobs wrecked abolitionist printing presses; a New Hampshire school that educated black children was dragged into a swamp by oxen; free blacks were prohibited from residing in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, and Oregon; abolitionist "agitators" in Northern states were whipped; and orphanages for black children were burned to the ground in Pennsylvania. Nevertheless, Northern state abolitionists persevered and ended slavery there peacefully. There were no violent and enormously destructive "wars of emancipation" in New York or New England.
Cuba, Brazil, and the Congo also ended slavery peacefully in the nineteenth century by real statesmen in those countries. But not in the United States. "Some people have objected that the United States couldn't have bought the freedom of all the slaves, because that would have cost too much," Powell writes. "But buying the freedom of the slaves was not more expensive than war. Nothing is more costly than war!" In fact, the North's financial costs of war alone would have been enough to purchase the freedom of all the slaves, and then ended slavery legally and constitutionally.
It is a myth that Lincoln toiled mightily in his last days to get a reluctant Congress to pass the Thirteenth Amendment, as portrayed in the Spielberg movie. What he did spend his time on was micromanaging the waging of total war on Southern civilians, who he always considered to be American citizens, since he denied the legitimacy of secession. More importantly, as documented by historians Phillip Magness and Sebastion Page in their book, Colonization After Emancipation, Lincoln spent many long days at the end of his life communicating with foreign governments and plotting with William Seward, among others, to "colonize" all of "the Africans," as he called them, out of the United States once the war was over.
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Sunday, February 10, 2013

SCHEDULE UPDATE: 2013 Missouri Division/Missouri Society Reunion


Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are having to do a "flip-flop" and reverse the order of the two tours planned for the 2013 Missouri Division/Missouri Society Reunion.  A wedding has been scheduled at the Historic Bolton House for the afternoon, which will require that our tour of that home be changed to the MORNING LADIES TOUR.  Obviously, the tour of some of Jefferson City's historic Confederate homes and other sites will be subsequently changed to be in the afternoon right after the MOSB Business Session and will be available to all who want to attend.  

We apologize for the necessity of making this change, and we wish we did not have to make this change for those who were looking forward to seeing the Bolton House in the afternoon, but we have no choice but to go forward with this reversal of the tours.  

We have spent several hours getting the rest of the reunion scheduled in a way that will hopefully run smoothly and on time.  Please review the revised "Schedule of Events" which reflects the change in the tours.  All other functions of the Reunion will transpire as they were scheduled. 

I should also be mentioned that M.M. Parsons Camp member Mark Schreiber, who was our tour guide at the Old Missouri State Prison two years ago, will be the tour guide for both tours this year.  Compatriot Schreiber knows the history of the Jefferson City area like no other, and always gives a great tour.  Both of these tours a free of charge and transportation will be provided.



Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Darrell L. Maples - Commander
Missouri Division - SCV 
(573) 635-8815 hm.
(573) 821-2420 cell

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Hughes Camp Commander Message

Confederate Patriots:

We have found a new place to meet.  It is called Kross Lounge/Ernie’s Restaurant in Sugar Creek Missouri.  The address is 605 N Sterling, Sugar Creek, MO 64054.  A big thanks to all that helped us get a new meeting place.  Our next meeting will be February 13th on a Wednesday.  Now we can drink some beer again at our meetings, especially Frank Adams.  We will not be meeting Thursday because it is Valentines Day. 

Please check out the Missouri Division Sons of Confederate Veterans website.  James Bradley has redesigned it.  James has been working with Neil Block of Anderson camp in Huntsville on a complete list of Confederate Soldiers in Higginsville, graves registrations, rolls of honor, monuments/grave markers, and a master graves list, it is on the website. 

I have three Missouri Division SCV polo shirts.  If you ordered one you should come to the next meeting and I will give you your shirt.  We are still taking orders for them, so if you do not have one and want one, let me know. 

There are two SCV related events coming up in the three months or so.  We have the Missouri Division SCV Reunion in Jefferson City on March 22nd and 23rd and the Coffee Camp is having their 13th Annual Confederate Heritage supper in Osceola on April 27th.  I will be going to both of these events and would encourage anyone of the Hughes camp to attend these events also.  See this months newsletter for more information on these events.  Festival season is coming up and I am going to order more camp merchandise to sell at these events.  I hope to see you all at the next meeting.

Yours in the Bonds of Confederate Brotherhood,
Jason-Nathaniel: coffman
John T. Hughes Camp 614 Commander

Friday, February 8, 2013

MO SCV Care Packages Update

Attached are two documents, one a certificate and one a letter from the Army... this is with regard to our care packages that we sent to the 1138th which is deployed in Afghanistan.  I want to take this opportunity to thank Gary Ayres for all his hard work coordinating this project, and I want to thank all the camps and members who made donations. 


Darrell Maples - Cmdr.
MO Division - SCV

Click here to read the letter:   Army Letter

Thursday, February 7, 2013

SCV Telegraph- Relief Fund

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A number of years ago the SCV established a relief fund to assist our Compatriots when they experience a loss. An example is aid given to some of our compatriots in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and in the tornados that hit Alabama about a year ago. The news reports today show that severe weather has again crossed Alabama, Georgia and other areas.

We do not have any reports of SCV members being affected by these storms but if there are members who have suffered a loss the Relief Fund may be able to assist. In this instance of severe weather, if you have been affected, contact AoT Commander Tom Strain at or 256-990-5472.

Chuck Rand
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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Preservation News January 2013

Save 112 Acres at Gettysburg

Most visitors suppose that the famous Union "fishhook" position rested its flanks on Little Round Top and Culp's Hill, but the Union and Confederate lines were even longer than most people realize. The Civil War Trust now has the tremendous opportunity to save 112 acres of the Gettysburg battlefield – and save forever the "forgotten flanks" of this iconic battle.

From Our President

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January 2013
Dear Civil War Preservationist,
What a year 2012 proved to be! Thanks to your generosity and continued support, the Civil War Trust turned in another record year on the battlefield preservation front. We closed 39 separate transactions at 26 different battlefields in eight different states – or in other words we saved another 3,735 acres of Civil War battlefield land, putting us over the 35,000 acres saved mark. How about that!?
And we don't plan to rest a bit in 2013. Just this month we introduced a new campaign to save another 112 acres at Gettysburg. As always, we are only as good as our members... and frankly you've been great. So help us continue the push in this sesquicentennial year.
- Jim Lighthizer, Civil War Trust President

Record Setting Year for the Trust

Record Setting Year The Trust saved 3,735 acres in 2012, pushing us over the 35,000 acres saved mark. Learn more about our amazing, record-setting 2012.

The Forgotten Flanks of Gettysburg

Forgotten Flanks Garry Adelman discusses the "forgotten flanks" of the Union and Confederate armies at the Battle of Gettysburg in this article and video. Learn more about land that the Trust is working to save.

McPherson: "War on the Waters"

War on the Waters Check out our new interview with Pulitzer-prize winning author Jim McPherson. We had a chance to talk with him about his new book on the Union and Confederate navies during the Civil War.

Updated Legacy Giving Page

Legacy Giving Page Learn about how the new 2013 tax law changes may affect you by visiting our updated legacy giving page. Learn more about how your legacy can help save our Civil War heritage.

35,000 Acres and Counting

35,000 Acres A blockbuster 2012 has now pushed the Civil War Trust above the 35,000 acre saved mark. Check out all the places where we, with your help, have saved hallowed ground.

Lincoln's Second Inaugural

Lincoln's Second Inaugural January 2013 witnessed the second inaugural of President Barack Obama. Learn more about Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address, delivered in 1864.

Civil War 150: Battle of Arkansas Post

Civil War 150 Learn more about the powerful Union river and land assault against the Confederate bastion of Fort Hindman at Arkansas Post   150 years ago this month.

Updated Vicksburg Pages

Vicksburg We've been updating and expanding our 1863 Vicksburg Campaign battlefield pages. Check out some of our newer battlefield offerings - history articles, photos, videos, facts, recommended books, and more.

Winter Encampments

Winter Encampments Feeling chilled this winter? Well imagine being a Civil War soldier living in a winter encampment. Learn more about what life was like during the Civil War winters.

Civil War Trust – Amazon Bookstore

Bookstore Did you know that the Civil War Trust receives a small percentage of each sale from our Civil War Trust-Amazon bookstore? You get a great book at a low price and we get to save more battlefield land!

January Civil War Battles

January battles Expand your knowledge of the Civil War by learning more about some of the great Civil War battles that occurred in the month of January. Access our history articles, photos, maps, and links for the battles listed below:

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The 2nd Missouri Capitol was destroyed by fire, when a bolt of lightning struck the dome.

What is the history of the Missouri State Capitol? 
The first state capitol building in Jefferson City was built in the period of 1823-1826 and was destroyed by fire in 1837. A new capitol building had been approved at the time and was completed in 1840. The second capitol was destroyed by fire on February 5, 1911, when a bolt of lightning struck the dome. The present capitol was built in the period of 1913-1917 and stands upon the same spot as its predecessor, high atop a bluff overlooking the Missouri River.

The structure, covering nearly three acres, is a symmetrical building of the Roman renaissance style, surmounted by a dome of unusual beauty. It stands upon 285 concrete piers which extend to solid rock at depths from 20 to 50 feet. It is 437 feet long by 200 feet wide through the wings. The exterior is of Carthage, Missouri limestone marble, as are the floors of all the corridors, the rotundas and the treads of the stairways. There are 134 columns in the building - one-fourth of the stone used in the entire structure.
The grand stairway is one of the capitol's outstanding features. It is 30 feet wide and extends from the front portico to the third floor. It is more than 65 feet from the wall on one side of the stairway to the wall on the other side. At the entrance is a mammoth bronze front door, 13 feet by 18 feet.
Atop the lantern of the capitol dome, 260 feet above the ground, is a classic bronze figure of Ceres, goddess of grain, chosen to symbolize the state's great agricultural heritage.
Inside the building, the view of the dome from the first floor rotunda is magnificent. A huge bronze chandelier, weighing 9,000 pounds, hangs from the dome's eye, 171 feet above. The paintings of Frank Brangwyn on the eye, panels and pendentive of the dome are clearly visible from the ground floor. Artwork throughout the building dramatically depicts scenes of Missouri's history, countryside and people. Especially famous are murals by artist Thomas Hart Benton in the House Lounge. The Missouri State Museum on the ground floor is another popular feature.
Free guided tours are given seven days a week during normal working hours, except Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Easter and Thanksgiving.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Victory at Franklin? We're So Close

Save Franklin
What was once considered impossible is now tantalizingly close to becoming reality. As we announced back in November, we needed to raise $339,000 to secure the "strip center" tract at Franklin – scene of some of the bloodiest fighting of the entire Civil War. Well, thanks to the generosity of our supporters we are now only $49,000 away from this important goal. Just one more push, one more charge, will produce one of the Trust's most important preservation victories ever.
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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Fw: SCV Telegraph- February is National Recruiting Month

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February is National Recruiting Month!

There is NO better month to PUSH recruiting; as an individual, as a Camp, or as a Division!!

The National "Proration" membership policy makes February the very BEST month to recruit new members to our organization! Check the "explanation" of the program at Become familiar with it and USE IT! Reinstating former members are also eligible for the prorated dues structure which is another incentive to sign up our former members living in your community.

There is no better time for a new recruit or a returning delinquent member to get the "best bang for his buck!" This means that for a total of $50, he will be paid in full until July 31, 2014, and receive nine issues of the Confederate Veteran magazine and membership privileges!
The prorated dues amount decreases on May 1st as our fiscal year winds down but of course the bargain benefits do as well! NOW is the time to do it!

Divisions, Camps or possibly individual members may even want to offer to pay the proration fee as an additional incentive to recruitment! NOW is the time to begin Camp and Division recruiting contests, as there is no better time to recruit or to simply give that gift membership that you always meant to give.

If YOU don't make use of this GREAT recruiting tool you're missing the very best opportunity we have to offer during the year!

"Every MEMBER, Recruit A MEMBER!"
Let's DOUBLE the membership of the Sons of Confederate Veterans!

Deo Vindice!
Charles Kelly Barrow
Lt. Commander-in-Chief
Sons of Confederate Veterans

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Confederate Headstone for Missouri Grave


Friday we received a new government military headstone for Pvt. Henry M. Ezell of Company K, Twelfth Kentucky Cavalry, CSA.  The headstone goes to his currently unmarked grave site in Sparks Cemetery at Patterson, Wayne County, Missouri.  We are working with a next of kin living at Pacific, Missouri, on planning a memorial service and headstone dedication sometime this spring.  I told Billy Bowden of the James Morgan Utz Camp #1815 - Florissant, Missouri.  If anyone in Missouri is interested in participating in some sort of memorial service at the cemetery please let me know.
Attached is a photograph of the new headstone.
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Gregory S. Miller
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 Murray, KY  42071
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