Friday, July 25, 2014

Texas Heritage Violation-Flag Pole Cut & Flag Stolen

The Bellmead Confederate Flag Pole Story 2014-07-15
Commander Charles Oliver of the General Felix H Robertson SCV Camp #129 in Waco, Texas related this Information. The title was transferred to the SCV (national) a couple of years ago for insurance purposes. It will be a topic of discussion at the national reunion this week. It is a heavy duty 40 foot Flag Pole located between two hotels an in full view of everyone traveling south on IH 35. It was cut down using what appears to have been a pipe grinder & the Flag was stolen Friday night, 07-11-2014, by vandals. The Pole was left on site. This is the 4th time this has happened. The Insurance Company has always pays for it to be re-installed. The Waco News Paper customarily prints a story. Each time this has happened, the the Waco Camp has gained several new members.
The flag went up Mar 05, 2011, the dedication was meant to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Texas joining the Confederacy.
Waco, Texas - CSA Memorial
The CSA Army of Tennessee Battle flag/Naval Jack flag flying on the flagpole and monument are located on the west-side frontage road along I-35 between exits 338 and 339 in Waco, McLennan County, Texas. The Motel 6 sign in the background is also visible as a point of reference
Reverse of Waco, McLennan County, Texas CSA Monument
This monument was placed by the efforts of the General Felix H Robertson Camp #129 Sons of Confederate Veterans in Waco, Texas. Quite an accomplishment.
The text of the reverse:
"The following regiments had at least one company form in Waco from men of McLennan Co.
Approximately 2000 men
4th Texas Infantry
7th Texas Infantry
15th Texas Infantry
5th Texas Cavalry
8th Texas Cavalry
13th Texas Cavalry
Readers should note the strict sense of the wording. These are regiments in which at least one company was formed in Waco. The list of all the regiments with men from Waco who served would be too extensive for the monument, let alone all the men from the county.
William H. Parsons who formed and was first colonel of the 12th Texas Cavalry Regt was a newspaper editor in Waco when the war started.
The 8th Texas Cavalry Regiment was also known as "Terry's Texas Rangers"