Saturday, August 31, 2013

Preservation News August 2013

Preservation News - August 2013

Save Chickamauga

It was the second bloodiest battle of the war, but until now, the Civil War Trust hasn't had the opportunity to protect any land at Chickamauga. Today, we can change that – and protect not just any acreage, but the site where the battle began! These 109 acres at Reed's Bridge will dramatically improve battlefield interpretation.

From Our President

Jim Lighthizer Photo
August 2013
Dear Civil War Preservationist,
Although it may be tempting to slow down and take it easy during the heat and humidity of August, here at the Civil War Trust, we've been keeping remarkably busy – closing on one of our largest ever transactions AND launching a new effort to save our very first land at the war's second bloodiest battlefield.
In late 1998, I visited the staff of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park on behalf of the Civil War Trust board of trustees. During that meeting, we identified the area of Reed's Bridge, where the first action occurred along Chickamauga Creek, as a top preservation priority.

It may have taken 15 years, but today you and I finally have the chance to make that vision a reality! Not only can we save these 109 acres—potentially the Trusts' very first victory at Chickamauga—but, thanks to a combination of government matching grants and the generosity of major donors, like the Georgia Battlefields Foundation and the Lyndhurst and Williams Family Foundations, we're already 90 percent of the way to our goal! That means that we can multiply every dollar you contribute toward this project by a factor of 10 – even as we commemorate the battle's 150th anniversary in just a few weeks. Help Save Reed's Bridge at Chickamauga! »
- Jim Lighthizer, Civil War Trust President

Victory at Fleetwood Hill!

Victory at Fleetwood Hill! Thanks to our generous members, the support of the preservation community – and a $700,000 matching grant recently announced by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, the Trust has officially declared victory in our effort to secure the crest of Fleetwood Hill at Brandy Station!

$2.2 Million in Virginia Grants Announced

Virginia Grants Brandy Station was hardly the only battlefield to benefit from the preservation matching grants announced by the Commonwealth on August 15. Funding was awarded to 13 different projects totaling 1,265 acres of battlefield land.

Failure in the Saddle: Fight at Reed's Bridge

Reed's Bridge Read historian David A. Powell's account of the cavalry action that started the Battle of Chickamauga – on the very land the Trust has the chance to save.

Growing a National Park

Growing a National Park In 1996, the NPS owned only a single acre of land at Glendale, the penultimate of the Seven Days' Battles for Richmond in the summer of 1862. Now, thanks to an influx of land preserved by the Trust, the park is up to 394 acres.

2013 Teacher Institute

2013 Teacher Institute Ever wonder what goes on at one of the Trust's acclaimed Teacher Institutes? Go behind the scenes with video from our 2013 National Teacher Institute in Gettysburg.

Hallowed Ground Wins National Honors

Hallowed Ground For the fifth-straight year, the Trust's membership magazine has won top honors in the APEX Awards for Publication Excellence! The magazine's recent redesign was also featured on the website of the international Society of Publication Designers.

Animated Maps & Battlefield 360

New Hubs Love the Trust's dynamic animated maps and interactive 360-degree panoramas of stunning battlefield vistas? You're not alone; they're some of our most popular online resources. And new hub pages help unite them in one location.

August Civil War Battles

August 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 August. Access our history articles, photos, maps, and links for the battles listed below:

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Franconia Museum Rose Hill Raid Reenactment - September 29, 2013


Experience the reenactment of Confederate Raider John Singleton Mosby's dramatic capture of Union Colonel Daniel Dulany at the Rose Hill manor house. The house no longer exists, but the reenactment will occur at its exact spot on a bluff in Rose Hill that overlooks the valley leading to Mount Vernon and the Potomac River. Emboldened by the capture of Union General Stoughton in Fairfax and the Herndon Raid earlier in the year, Mosby set out to capture the Union recognized Governor of Virginia in Alexandria, but settled for his aide in nearby Rose Hill.

Witness Dulany's capture by Mosby and his men on horseback at the exact location at the end of May Boulevard where it occurred 150 years ago. Learn that one of Mosby's Raiders was Dulany's son, French.  Gather at the nearby Rose Hill Elementary School for a narration of the Rose Hill Raid by noted local historian and Mosby expert Don Hakenson.  Hear from modern day reenactors who have assumed the role of the Colonel and Mosby. Listen to excerpts from the diary of Anne Frobel who lived at nearby Wilton Hill and although a Southern sympathizer, was a friend of the Union colonel.

John S. Mosby will be played by noted Living Historian Jimmy Fleming.  Colonel Dulany will be played by David Hillier, whose wife, Susan Hillier, will portray Ann Frobel.  All will be in period garb.

The capture will take place at approximately noon and Dulany will be taken to the school for the program, sponsored by the Franconia Museum and the Rose Hill Civic Association. Come early to witness the capture and the program. Please do NOT park on May Boulevard across from the school.

As part of the program, Hakenson and the Franconia Museum will display items worn and used by some of Mosby's men who lived in the Franconia area. The Museum will present artifacts from the local area which are part of its collection. The seven books in the series "Franconia Remembers" will be on sale, as well as Civil War books by Hakenson and other local authors.

The Rose Hill Elementary PTA will have refreshments on sale. Enjoy songs by the fabulous Carter Gospel Singers as part of the program.  Come and witness the reenactment, learn about the raid, hear from the reenactors and browse through the various collections of Civil War and Franconia memorabilia.  




September 4th - Battle of Sharpsburg Camp #1582, Sons of Confederate Veterans Meeting Announcement
Battle of Sharpsburg Camp #1582, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Wednesday, September 4th, 2013, 7:00 P.M., Sharpsburg Town Hall, 106 East Main Street, Sharpsburg, MD.  Our guest speaker will be local historian and author Toby Law who will be talking about the fighting on Herr's Ridge during the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg.  The meeting is free and is open to the public.  For more information contact Camp Commander Michael Wasiljov, 301-992-3122-C,

Saturday, September 14th:  Susan will be traveling to Tampa, FL to speak at the September meeting of the Augusta Jane Evans Wilson Chapter #2640, UDC, Antonio's Past Grill, 11401 N. 56th St., Temple Terrace, FL, 10:45 a.m.

September 14th, 2013 - 33rd Annual Fall Civil War Mosby Bus Tour
Please arrive at 8a.m. to sign in. The bus will leave Truro Parish (10520 Main Street, Fairfax City) promptly at 8:30a.m. We will be driving through Fairfax, Loudoun and Fauquier Counties, with a special visit at Welbourne and much more! We hope to arrive back  around 5:30p.m.
Tour Leaders will be Don Hakenson, Eric buckland & Gregg Dudding
Special Guest will be noted Mosby Historian Tom Evans.
Price:  $65 for members of the Stuart-Mosby Historical Society or $75 for non-members.
To Sign-up for the tour please contact:
Don Hakenson – Phone:  703-971-4984 or email:
Or send a check made payable to:
Don Hakenson, 4708 Lillian Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22310
Sorry, no refunds after September 1st, 2013. Also, we will be stopping for lunch at noon, but lunch is not a part of the fee.
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Saturday, September 28th:  SAVE THE DATE, I-95 Richmond Battle Flag Flag Raising/Dedication, 10:00 a.m. Details to Follow

Sunday, September 29th :  SAVE THE DATE,  Va Flaggers 2nd Anniversary Celebration/Picnic, 3:00 p.m.  Details to Follow

November 8-10, 2013 - 2013 Honey Springs Battle Reenactment

April 19, 2014:  Susan will be traveling to Quincy, FL to speak at the Confederate Memorial Day Service at the Soldier's Cemetery, sponsored by the Finley's Brigade, SCV.

September Programs with Prince William County Historic Preservation 

September 7-8
WWII Weekend 
11am – 4pm; Free
Admiral Black the last owner of Rippon Lodge was a WWII veteran and survivor of Pearl Harbor.  Learn about daily life of soldiers in the European and Pacific Theatres. World War II living historians will portray Axis and Allied soldiers. They will discuss their equipment, armaments and historic military vehicles. Learn about the home front and the many ways that citizens supported the war effort. View collections of original WWII artifacts.
** Saturday Special Event:  Book Signing and Author Talks.  Authors include John Gordon, Christopher Hamner, Stephen Rusiecki, Tom Hone, Robert Dorr, Kathleen Kinsolving
** Sunday Special Event:  Meet Molly from the American Girl Doll Series.  Tour the house will Molly and her friends and learn about life on the home front from the kids point of view
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA. 703-499-9812
September 7
Herbs Through Thyme:  Historic Foodways of the 19th Century 
11 a.m. – 2 p.m., $30 per person, space is limited, reservations required  
Come experience a new way of learning and enjoying history!  The food of the past was very different depending on where you lived and your social class.  You will be able to enjoy recipes of food that was popular in the 19th century among plantation owners in the “big house” and also the slaves and servants in the slave quarters.  Program includes food, drink, historic commentary and tour.  
Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA 20109; 703-367-7872.
September 14, 15, 28, 29
Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park Guided Tours  
11am - 3pm, tours leave on the hour, donations accepted    
Bristoe Station Battlefield staff and volunteers will provide guided tours of the battlefield. Learn about Camp Jones and the two battles that took place here in 1862 and 1863. Tours begin on the hour and depart from the kiosk in the parking lot on Iron Brigade Unit Avenue. Last tour at         3pm.  Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. No pets please.  Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, The parking lot is located off of Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, VA. (703) 366-3049.
September 14
Bluegrass at Brentsville 
1pm - 5pm; $10 per person, $5 PWC employees with ID, children free under six
Enjoy the lively sounds of bluegrass bands on the grounds of Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre.  Music will be held from 1-5pm with additional activities on the grounds.  Buildings will be open for tours and food available for purchase.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, VA. 703-365-7895
September 21
Nature Trail Walk
1pm; $5 per person, free for children under six
Take a guided tour along the nature trails at Brentsville and learn about the plants and animals that call this part of Virginia home.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, VA. 703-365-7895
September 22
Victorian Sundays
11am; FREE
On Sundays in Victorian America, it would not be hard to find the citizens of cities and towns.  They were worshiping and fellowshipping at the community church.  Join us at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Center’s Union Church for a unique program that focuses on 19th Century worship practices and church centered activities.  The program is conducted by Historic Faith Ministries, a volunteer community group.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, VA. 703-365-7895
September 28-29
PWC Farm Tour
10am - 4pm Saturday; 12-4pm Sunday; Free
Join site staff as we learn about farm life here in Brentsville and PWC during the mid-1800s.  Tour the 1850s cabin and feed chickens and other animals.  Help make apple butter and try a sample!  Historic games will also be played throughout the day.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, VA. 703-365-7895
September 28-29  
Ben Lomond Heritage and Farming Festival  
11am - 4pm; Free
Join us at Ben Lomond as we celebrate the local area’s farming heritage.  Living history demonstrations will highlight Ben Lomond’s vast history.  Demonstrations include a Civil War encampment, 19th century laundry, dairy production, historic gardening, music and taste various foods from Ben Lomond’s history.  Program part of the Prince William Farm Tour.  
Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA. 703-367-7872. 
For More information About Prince William County Historic Preservation

Friday, August 30, 2013

Va Flaggers Update 8-26-2013 - Gen. John R. Chambliss Camp #1779


On Thursday, August 14th, I traveled to Emporia, VA to speak to the gentlemen of the Gen. John R.Chambliss, Jr. Camp #1779, SCV, and their guests.

I was warmly welcomed and enjoyed a great night of sharing information about heritage defense efforts in the Commonwealth.

On Saturday, August 24th, I headed back to Emporia to attend the annual Memorial Service for Gen. John R. Chambliss, Jr., held by the camp.

"Born in Hicksford (present-day Emporia) on 23 January 1833, Chambliss graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1853. During the War Between the States, he commanded the 41st Virginia Infantry Regiment in the Seven Days' campaign. He next led the 13th Virginia Cavalry and served under J. E. B. Stuart. Chambliss was killed in an engagement on the Charles City Road east of Richmond on 16 August 1864. His former West Point schoolmate, Union Brig. Gen. David M. Gregg, took charge of the body and sent it home.

When he died, his personal effects were collected. Among the most poignant of them was a book of biblical scriptures. Within this book was the written words of the slain general: "If I am killed, will some kind friend deliver this book to my dear wife? J.R.C., Jr., June 8, 1864"

Afterwards, I toured the Emporia Cemetery, where the camp keeps fresh flags on all of the Confederate graves, and flags flying on poles they erected, including a Louisiana flag to honor 6 Zouaves soldiers who rest there, believed to be one of the first burials in the cemetery.

Many thanks to the men of Camp #1779 for their hospitality, and for their dedication to honoring the memory of our Confederate dead.

That evening, I attended a cookout, where I was honored to be presented the Sons of Confederate Veterans Stephen D. Lee Award, by Va Div. 2nd Brigade Commander Everettte Ellis, awarded at the 2013 SCV National Reunion in Vicksburg.  Words cannot express my gratitude for being so recognized, and I am humbled and thankful to be the 2013 recipient.

I want to take this opportunity to dedicate the award to the memory of my four Great-Great Grandfathers who served the Confederacy, and in honor of the men, women, and children of the Virginia Flaggers, all of whom inspire me daily with their courage, conviction, and steadfast devotion to our Cause.

Susan Hathaway

Va Flaggers

I-95 Battle Flag Donation Information:
Va Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston, VA 23150

Contributions can also be made through PayPal here…

Susan Hathaway's Stand


Mr. Demastus,

Three hurrahs for a singular Virginia Flagger, Susan Hathaway!  I want to commend her for the stand she took in holding up our battle flag in public . . . ALONE. 

As she said in her August 21 post to this board:  "Recently, I was advised that we should fly/carry the First National because 'no one knows what it is'.  HUH????  I believe THAT is exactly the kind of reasoning that has gotten us where we are today.  By buying into the guilt by association hogwash, our own folks have shunned the battle flag, leaving the impression that we are all ashamed of it and prefer it stay 'in a museum, hidden from public view."

YEA, Susan!  Would that more of us had your courage to confront the enemy.  You give encouragement to the Southern People.  I too display the flag in public when I do my 5-mile run around a local park here in Atlanta.  It is wonderful to see how encouraged our people are (black and white) when they see this flag.  I am photographed EVERY time I run.  And when I answer the question about what I am doing, my answer varies from "I am still fighting the War" to a longer discourse.  And, sometimes, I just listen to individuals with all kinds of misunderstandings.  And, sometimes, I am cussed at, but not nearly so often as you might think.

As Jefferson Davis said, "The contest is not over, the strife is not ended.  It has only entered on a new and enlarged arena.  The champions of constitutional liberty must spring to the struggle, like the armed men from the seminated dragon's teeth, until the government of the United States is brought back to its constitutional limits, and the tyrant's plea of "necessity" is bound in chains strong as adamant:

For Freedom's battle once begun,

Bequeathed by bleeding sire to son,

Though baffled oft, is ever won."

So help me God, I will sacrifice all I own and take a bullet to the brain, before I will lay down this Cross of St. Andrew.  God bless our forebears and the heritage they have bequeathed to us.  Give me strength, Lord, to do my part now that my turn has come.

Alan Keck

Va Flaggers Response to the petition against the I-95 Battle Flag:

Petition Statement
"As we progress through history, symbols change in meaning. Given the extreme controversy over this particular symbol, it does not serve as a positive representation of the city of Richmond, nor does it serve as a positive reminder of the South's determination to keep the institution of slavery for their profit.
The Africans who were brought by force into southern slavery passed on long ago, but their pain was very real. Give these Africans their voices back and let them speak eloquently through our voices by saying no to the hanging of this Confederate flag. We should, in this day and age, be hanging the American flag—not a flag representative of brutality for all to see while passing by Richmond on I-95. This flag does not serve to better the community as a whole, nor society."
We believe that everyone has the right to express their opinion, but find the wording of the petition inflammatory and misleading. It references "Southern Slavery" when the fact is that the institution of slavery was an American institution, legal and practiced for more than 85 years under the U.S Flag, and assert that it is disingenuous to lay the entire sin of its practice and existence at the feet of the Confederacy and her flags. The petitions suggests an American flag is a better representation of our community. We assert that the Confederate Battle Flag IS an American flag, as Confederate Soldiers are American Veterans by Act of U.S. Congress.
With a population of approx. 205,000, the signers of this petition represent less than 5% of Richmond's citizenry. Factor in that the majority of the signers appear to be out-of-towners and the representation is even lower. At the height of the Commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of the War Between the States, we believe it most certainly does represent Richmond, which served as the Confederate Capital.
We continue to receive overwhelming support, both locally and nationwide, from those who are anxious to support this memorial, with donations often marked in memory of their Confederate ancestor. After the War Between the States, Union veterans often lent their support to monuments and memorials to the Confederacy. Americans were united in their efforts to remember our dead and honor our Veterans. Sadly, this petition clearly is intended to divide our community and inflame others to act out against a memorial to American Veterans. We are determined that the flag will fly as a reminder that there are many of us who have not, and WILL not forget the honor, valor, and sacrifice of our Confederate ancestors.
Jimmy Jones, Va Flaggers

Va Flaggers I-95 Battle Flag Project

Va Flaggers I-95 Battle Flag Update 8-27-2013
Va Flaggers Response to Chesterfield County Democratic Committee
The Va Flaggers are extremely disappointed that the Chesterfield County Democratic Committee (CCDC) has asked the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors to issue a resolution condemning the erection of a Confederate Battle Flag on I-95 to honor the Confederate Veterans who fought and died during the Bermuda Hundred Campaign. 
We find it particularly ironic that the CCDC 's website contains the following statement…
"The CCDC values inclusion.  Our membership includes people from all aspects of life.  We represent all voters regardless of religion, race, or ethnicity."
…and yet the very same group is asking the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors to discriminate against American Veterans and their descendants. Confederate Soldiers are American Veterans by Act of Congress,  many of whom were members of the very party they represent and for whom they claim to speak. 
We are confident that the Chesterfield County Supervisors will see this request for what it is…an attempt to incite and divide the population of Chesterfield County, and gain free publicity for their organization. 
We call on the Supervisors and the citizens of Chesterfield County to stand firm in their commitment to honor the Chesterfield County residents who fought and died in her defense during the War Between The States, and to deny this outrageous request by those who would denigrate the honor and valor of Confederate Veterans. 
Chesterfield County is rich in War Between the States history, with many sites that attract visitors and residents alike and bring the county much needed revenue.  A resolution condemning a memorial and/or the flag under which the Confederate soldier fought and died, would be an insult to the residents of Chesterfield County (many of whom are direct descendants of the very men to whom this memorial will be dedicated) and a detriment to the county's potential tourism revenue.
Jimmy Jones
Va Flaggers
Chesterfield County Resident
Please see the contact information below, and take a moment to let the Supervisors know that you support the I-95 Battle Flag/Confederate Memorial.
Contributions to the I-95 Battle Flag project can be mailed to:
Va Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150

All correspondence should be addressed to:
P.O. Box 40
Chesterfield, VA 23832-0040
Janice Blakley , Clerk to the Board of Supervisors
Bermuda District
Dorothy Jaeckle, Chairman
Office: (804) 748-1211
Home/Voice Mail: (804) 748-4364
Fax: (804) 717-6297
Home (804) 748-4364

Dale District
James M. "Jim" Holland
Office: (804) 748-1211
Fax: (804) 717-6297
Voice: (804) 768-7528

Clover Hill District
Arthur S. (Art) Warren
Office: (804) 748-1211
Voice Mail: (804) 768-7396
Fax: (804) 717-6297

Matoaca District
Steve A. Elswick, Vice-Chairman
Office: (804) 748-1211
Voice Mail: (804) 768-7400
Fax: (804) 717-6297

Midlothian District
Daniel A. Gecker
Office: (804) 748-1211
Voice Mail: (804) 768-7397
Fax: (804) 717-6297

County Administrator
James J. L. Stegmaier
Office: (804) 748-1211
Fax: (804) 717-6297
TDD: (804) 748-1910

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Br. Gen. John T Hughes Camp #614, Sons of Confederate Veterans 2013/2014 Renewal Dues

Dear Compatriot,

It’s that time of year to renew our memberships in the SCV. This will pay our dues for the Fiscal Year 2013. As always, the Camp appreciates your support! If you could, take a few minutes now to return this to us.

Hughes Camp has had a good year, our meetings have been well attended, and we’ve gotten out in the public some. Our Roster currently stands at 52 members, which is the same as last year. We gained some
but lost a couple to transfers etc.

Your renewal is appreciated, we have a really solid and growing camp.

Keep up the good work!

Sincerely yours, Larry Yeatman –Adjutant

Renewal Form:

Fund Request Deadline

   Sons of Confederate Veterans
                                               Heritage Rally 2014
The Budget and Finance Committee will review funding requests prior to the Fall GEC (General Executive Council) meeting. Those requests must be received no later than September 23, 2013 and must be received in one of two formats, to be considered at that time!
  1. It is preferred that requests and supporting documentation be sent as attachments to an email message directed to Adjutant-in-Chief Ritchie ( and Executive Director Sewell ( 
  1. If you send the request and supporting documents in hard-copy format, they must be sent to AIC Ritchie, Executive Director Sewell and Army Commanders Earnest, Strain and Owens, who also serve on the Budget and Finance Committee. Mailing addresses can be found on the National Committee page at:

  2. Those requesting funds should read the Funding Proposal Guidelines found on the Forms and Documents page of at:

    The form to be used to make a Funding Request is also on the Forms and Documents page at:

    The information requested on the form is the minimum that is needed to consider a request. Those making requests are encouraged to submit supporting information if it helps clarify the purpose and other particulars of the project.

If you have any questions regarding the guidelines, form or process, please contact me.

Stephen Lee Ritchie
(765) 759-8038

Monday, August 26, 2013

Sale of Slave Tom in New Jersey

The only Northern State to outlast New York in preserving African slavery was New Jersey, holding onto this labor system until 1865.  New York in the early 1700s was increasingly dependent upon the slave trade and suffered great mortality in imported slaves – so much so that New York was referred to  a "a death factory for black people" (Slavery in New York, Berlin/Harris, 2005, pg. 12)
Bernhard Thuersam, Chairman
North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission
"Unsurpassed Valor, Courage and Devotion to Liberty"
"The Official Website of the North Carolina WBTS Sesquicentennial"
Sale of Slave Tom in New Jersey
"Know all men by these presents, that I, Enoch Williams, of the township of Newark, in the County of Essex, and State of New Jersey, for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred and eighty dollars paid, or secured to be paid by Phineas Crane of the Town, County and State of the aforesaid, unto the said Enoch Williams, for which payment I have given, granted, bargained and sold unto the said Phineas Crane, my Negro man named Tom;
[T]o have and to hold the said Negro man unto the said Phineas Crane, for himself, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns; and doth warrant, secure, and forever defend the sale of said Negro man named Tom unto the said Phineas Crane, his heirs and assigns forever. 
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty-ninth day of May, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nine.  Enoch Williams
Sealed and delivered in the presence of: Elizabeth Crane[and] Polly Williams."
(History of Montclair Township, State of New Jersey, Illustrated, Henry Whittemore, Suburban Publishing Company, 1894, page 32)

Sunday, August 25, 2013

RELEASE: SCV Reports Increased Activity at Annual Reunion

Sons of Confederate Veterans
August 19, 2013    


SCV logo  


(BROOKLET, GA - August 19, 2013)   In the 1980s, a group of ladies met for their regular get-together in Brooklet, Georgia.  Christmas was a-comin' so the conversation naturally turned to who was gonna put up what decoration for Christmas. The enthusiasm began to build as more ambitious ideas were discussed; and the next thing they knew the Brooklet Peanut Festival was born.
The reason the peanut crop was chosen as the cornerstone of the Festival is that it is a major agricultural crop in the area, providing much needed jobs and income to the residents and contributing greatly to the prosperity of the community.  It is estimated that between 12,000 and 15,000 people attend each year; but because it is one of the last free festivals, there is no way to get an accurate count.  The Festival is always held on the third Saturday in August.
This year was the 24th annual Festival, and 8 years ago, Randall Burkhart, a Brooklet resident, convinced the 34th GA Artillery re-enactors to set up a booth to sell t-shirts to raise money to buy powder for re-enactment events.  One thing led to another, and although they never fired their artillery, a group began to show up for the parade. The 34th Georgia, working along with the Ogeechee Rifles SCV Camp in Bulloch County began to organize and participation at the event grew, with the re-enactors marching and firing their muskets becoming a top attraction for the Festival.  Many SCV Camps in the 5th and 6th Brigades of the Georgia Division now are regulars at the Festival including Camp Davis, the Ogeechee Rifles, the Ebenezer Rifles, E. Porter Alexander Camp, the Savannah Militia Camp, and the Immortal Six Hundred Camp.   
The major goals of the SCV participants are to build a good relationship with the local community and portray an accurate image of the brave Confederate soldiers who defended Georgia during the federal invasion.  The Brooklet community warmly welcomes the SCV every year; and folks passing by congratulate the re-enactors for a job well done.
For more information or to have the SCV present an educational program for your event, please contact Jack Bridwell, Division Commander for the Georgia Sons of Confederate Veterans at 1-866-SCV-in-GA or view information online at    

Ray McBerry Enterprises is the public relations firm for the Georgia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans. 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Va Flaggers: VMFA/MOC Update

Last week saw another GREAT week of Flagging in the Capital of the Confederacy.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, Flaggers greeted visitors and staff at the Museum of the Confederacy, filling them in on the PC direction in which the museum has been heading, their refusal to fly a Confederate flag on the grounds at Appomattox, and their plans to merge the museum and her collections with the ultra PC Civil War Center at Tredegar and the Virginia Historical Society.  Traffic was heavy both days, and we were able to hand out literature detailing the planned merger, and requesting that folks take a moment to contact Board Members and ask them to stop this plan before it became finalized.
On Thursday, August 8th, 10 Flaggers would gather on the Boulevard outside of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and 10 Flags would fly in place of the 2 that were removed from the Confederate Memorial Chapel by VMFA officials.
The weather was beautiful and response was overwhelmingly positive on this afternoon.  Flagger Jimmy J filed the following report:
"I stood the front corner of the VMFA today for about 45 minutes after others had left today...  2 young guys walked by, stopped, then turned around and came back.....and shook my hand and told me how much they appreciated what I was doing because they knew why we were out there. A while later a middle aged man walked up and shook my hand, thanked me and told me as he walked away, "I can't wait to see yall's flag on 95". What a great afternoon!!"
Just a few days later, on Saturday, August 10th, we were thrilled to have 15 Flaggers on the sidewalk at the VMFA throughout the afternoon, including some new faces!  We were able to spread the line and cover several entrances... forwarding the colors, educating the public, and protesting the VMFA. 
Late in the afternoon, a storm system moved through.  Several Flaggers took shelter, rode the storm out, and returned to the sidewalk once the sky cleared! 
The rainy weather meant that conversations were few, but those the Flaggers talked to overwhelmingly agreed that Confederate flags SHOULD be returned to the Confederate Memorial Chapel.
This week, we will be Flagging the VMFA at 200  N. Boulevard on Tuesday, August 13th, 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., and on Saturday, August 17th, Noon - 4:00 p.m.
We will be flagging the Museum of the Confederacy, 1201 East Clay St,  Wednesday, August 14th, 11;30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Consider joining us, and be a part of those taking a stand for our Confederate Veterans, and the flags under which they fought and died.
RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!
Grayson Jennings
Va Flaggers

Friday, August 23, 2013

Woodlawn Cemetery Independnece Missouri

Attached are some photos at Woodlawn Cemetery in Independence Missouri Jackson County.  Compatriot JM Herman took these photos, enjoy.
Jason-Nathaniel: coffman
Hughes Camp 614