Monday, July 8, 2013


TO ALL: Please forward to everyone whom you deem interested in this notice. If you receive this notice more than once, please forgive me & hit delete. If you wish to be removed from my mailing list, please advise & I will honor your request immediately, as there are addresses in my address book that I don't recognize. Thank you!

Once again, we are drawing for the hot cast bronze bust of NBF at the party - the tickets are $2 each. I am attaching the page of tickets with this message if you would like to enter the drawing print them off, fill out the information side & mail it & the check made payable to NBF Monument Fund back to me at the address below.  Please mail them for me to receive them no later than July 12. Remember the 4th of July holiday the mail will not run.  I am also including the annual FRIENDS OF FORREST NEWSLETTER with this message.

There will be just a few special items in the auction this year - for you Confederate Navy enthusiasts - we have a VERY NICE replica of the CSS Tennessee - the famed ironclad in the Battle of Mobile - it was ironclad here in Selma at the Confederate Naval Ordnance & Ironworks. Also, the 1994 Commemorative SCV issued portrait of NBF by Nicola Marshall - beautifully museum framed.  It's absolutely GORGEOUS!!!

Gene Andrews, Exe Dir of the NBF Boyhood Home in Chapel Hill, TN is our guest speaker this year. Gene is an outstanding learned speaker on the subject of Nathan Bedford Forrest!  I promise you he will NOT lull you to sleep! The Tallassee Armory Guards Camp 1921 String Band will be entertaining us this year along with a special feature - Scots/Irish Folk song singer/songwriter, Jed Marum from TX...who has recently released his new CD "SouthWind4" which is very beautiful! 

We will have our famous Southern Fried Catfish supper at 6:00 PM....unfortunately, Bobby Holloway, our Master Chef will not be with us this year. I would like to ask each of you to put Bobby & Belinda Holloway on your most fervent prayer list; as you know, Bobby has been fighting cancer for quite a while now but NOW Belinda, my partner in crime, had cancer surgery on June 3. Belinda had her left kidney, spleen & 80% of her pancreas removed & will start Chemo treatment on July 12, so she & Bobby won't be here this year. I cannot imagine my life without her or Bobby! The doctors say they are confident that they got all the cancer, but the margins were so narrow, Belinda is going to have to go through chemo treatment as a precautionary measure...for 6 months...please pray for her AND Bobby! Bobby was diagnosed in 2004 & given 5 years to live and he is STILL with that is proof positive that there is POWER IN PRAYER!  

This is a special year as we are once again in THE BATTLE FOR SELMA #3...we hope you ALL will make plans to be here!  If you need directions to Fort Dixie please send me an e-mail & I will forward the directions to you!

Confederately yours,

Pat Godwin

Celebrating the 14th Annual Birthday Party of Ole' Bedford at Fort Dixie!!!

When: Saturday, 13 July 2013
Where: "Fort Dixie" Home of Butch & Pat Godwin                                                             
10800 Dallas County Road 30                                                              
Selma, Alabama  36701                                                              
334-875-1690 or cell: 334-419-4566
E-mail -
Time:  3:00 PM til ya wanna go home

Come enjoy the "Spirit of Memphis" as we celebrate the 192nd Birthday Anniversary & the 14th Annual Birthday Party for Lt. Gen. Nathan B. Forrest. Spend the day at Fort Dixie for the BEST "Southern Menu" South of the Mason-Dixon Line – Southern Fried Catfish & all the fixin's, ice cold watermelon– Live Southern Music, Inspirational Southern "talk"  and the BEST Southern Folk in the Heart of Dixie! Auction of GREAT Southern/Confederate items & door prizes, plus drawing for NBF Hot-Cast Bronze Bust. Bring ya kith 'n kin, ya in-laws, ya out-laws, lawn chairs, umbrellas, patio tents, insect repellant, sunscreen. Dress cool & casual!

On May 17, 2001, The Friends of Forrest, Inc. filed a civil rights lawsuit against the mayor of Selma & the City of Selma in federal court in Mobile, Alabama for discriminating against our Southern heritage, Selma's history, Alabama's history & America's history positions began on Feb. 27, 2003 & ended April 1, 2003 – court date was then slated for 12 Jan, 2004. However, on Aug. 17, 2003 Judge Brevard Hand dismissed the case. In the course of the following months, the enemy attorneys filed motions for the FOF, Inc. to pay the city's legal fees & costs.  Judge Hand denied their motion & ruled in April 2004 that the City of Selma would be required to pay their own attorney fees & costs which exceeded over $200,000!  We consider this, within itself, a win!  The city of Selma paid over $200, 000 to deny her noble Southern Heritage!  This case has proven there is NO justice in these United States for white Southerners! Now, we are at WAR again with the City of Selma because of Selma's local terrorist, Rose Sanders who has, after almost 12 years, once again waged war on the NBF monument & instigated the theft of the bronze NBF bust in Mar 2012. KTK Mining of VA, contracted by FOF & UDC to secure & develop Confederate Circle at Live Oak Cemetery has filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Selma for U.S. Constitution violations of 1st & 14th Amendments – NO DUE PROCESS when the city council voted on 25 Sept 2012 to revoke our building permit. Court date is set for fall 2013.
Please call Pat Godwin @ 334-875-1690 for reservations  by July 10– for head-count purposes only.

Cost is on DONATION basis only.  All proceeds go toward Confederate Circle Security & Beautification Enhancement Project at Live Oak Cemetery, Selma Alabama.

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