Monday, October 31, 2016

Passing of Hughes Camp's Former Commander Tim Apgar

Dear Missouri Division and Hughes Camp Compatriots,

As Darrell Maples reported yesterday, Tim Apgar passed away yesterday after his long battle with Leukemia. Let's all keep his family in our thoughts and prayers, to include his wife Sue, Daughter Mindy, sister in law and UDC member Trish Spencer, and brother in law and Hughes Camp member Jerry Spencer.

Tim was a long time Commander of Hughes Camp. My time frame is rough, but he served Hughes Camp in that capacity from about 2006 until around 2012-when he retired from Independence Power and Light and retired to the lake area, living  in Versailles, Missouri. His wife Sue was a born and bred Versailles person I believe, and her mother, Rita Hammand, lived there until this last May when she passed away. Rita was a long time UDC member. Tim and Sue were able to be close to Rita to cae for her in her later years.

Tim was a staunch defender of our Confederate history. Tim was a new member to the SCV in 2005 or 2006, when Hughes Camp was in need of a new Commander. New member or not, Tim was willing to jump in and volunteer to run for that position. As a Commander, he was a consummate professional and his managerial skills from Independence Power and Light helped him in running a well organized Hughes Camp ship. Our membership blossomed under his Command, growing 20 members or so to well over 60.

Tim attended nearly all functions such as the Reunions, Lee Jackson and Secession Day Dinners. He was also a great financial supporter of our Camp and Heritage Defense Fund efforts. Tim went the extra mile for our organizations.

Tim spearheaded a grave marking project at Woodlawn Cemetery in Independence, where the camp marked over 20 Confederate Graves. His research of who needed markers was extensive. He worked well with the cemetery sextant there. Woodlawn is owned by the city of Independence, and Tim's strong Independence ties to the city aided greatly in us obtaining that level of cooperation.

After Commander retirement, Tim served as a Western Brigade Commander I believe.

Tim's funeral will be in Versailles, Missouri. The arrangements are not final yet but will be handled by Kidwell -Garber funeral home in Versailles. Tim will be buried in the cemetery that is on W Hwy as you head south out of Versailles. It's maybe 3/4's of a mile south of the square. Tim always joked to me that his cemetery plot there was their future lake home!

We will know tomorrow what days etc the funeral will be. I'm thinking somewhere between Tuesday to Thursday this week. Jerry Spencer told me yesterday that since Tim was not a suit and tie guy, Sue is thinking about burying Tim in his Confederate Frock Coat and embroidered shirt she had made him, along with his slouch hat. They do plan on having Confederate Flags present. I asked Jerry, if he thought Tim might like a Confederate Honor Guard volley salute. Jerry is going to ask Sue and Mindy about that.

I have often wondered if an honor guard salute would be appropriate for us SCV guys at our funerals. On one hand, we are not Confederate Soldiers, but on the other hand, we have done a good job of honoring our Confederate soldiers, and if it has been our life and passion to defend our heritage, I believe our Confederate Ancestors would be proud to have us do that for our members, as that still keeps their traditions and memory alive.

So, while I don't know if it is wanted yet for sure, I'm looking for 4 plus volunteers that have uniforms and can handle a musket firing, to volunteer for this duty, as honor guard. If you can do that somewhere along the line of midweek, please respond to me, then I'll keep you posted from there.

God Bless Tim and his family.

Sincerely yours,
Larry Yeatman, Adjutant, Hughes Camp 614

Monday, August 22, 2016

Black Confederates Book 

Silas ChandlerI have received numerous emails over the past year inquiring as to when my book, tentatively titled,Searching For Black Confederate Soldiers, will be completed. While I greatly appreciate the interest, these messages left me feeling incredibly frustrated. To make a long story short, it has been very difficult focusing on this project over the past few years. I have experienced bursts of energy on a few occasions, but nothing sustaining. Chalk it up to being burned out and distracted by other projects.
But this past week I realized that there was another problem. I have spent so much time on this subject over the past 8 years that I lost sight of what it is I even want to say in the form of a book. Naively, I believed that my familiarity with the subject meant that I did not have to waste time outlining chapters and smaller sections. Somehow this book was going to write itself.
What ‘woke me up from my dogmatic slumbers’ was picking up a copy of Thinking Like Your Editor: How to Write Great Serious Nonfiction and Get It Published by Susan Rabinder and Alfred Fortunato, which was suggested to me by a friend in my book writing group last spring, but I had never bothered to read before now. This book was just the kick in the ass that I needed. Almost immediately I started sketching a proposal along the lines suggested by the authors. What question will this book pursue from beginning to end? What will the table of contents look like and what specifically will be addressed in each one. Why is this book needed and why am I the person to write it? Simple questions, yes, but framed in a way that allowed me to approach the subject with fresh eyes.
For the first time in years I am once again excited about this subject. Yesterday I completed a draft of the proposal that outlines what the book is about and its central argument. I have sample chapter that is also close to completion. Today and tomorrow I will work on two sections that focus on the books that already occupy this market and how my own research, writing, and public outreach on this subject will help to set my book apart from the field. Once it is ready I will share it with a few friends, have them tear it apart, and start all over.
Finally, I am going to pursue an agent to help with selling the proposal as a trade book. This project has all the elements of a solid history trade book and I have absolutely no doubt that it will sell well. It is definitely a step in a new direction and I am going to rely heavily on the advice of my good friends in Book Squad, but I am convinced that this is the right move and the right time to pursue it.
Not too long ago I was convinced that I had missed my window of opportunity, but the horrific events in Charleston last summer and the continued debate about Confederate iconography that ensued all butguarantees that the debate about Black Confederate soldiers will remain a popular and misunderstood subject.
Again, thanks to all of you who have expressed interest in this project. I hope you can hold out with me for just a little longer. It will hopefully be worth the wait

Sunday, August 21, 2016



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I can think of very little that makes me want to punch someone in the face as much as listening to a sanctimonious, meddling outsider lecture us on what we should or shouldn't be doing. NEWSFLASH... WE, the sons and daughters of the greatest army ever assembled, will decide exactly when and how we honor our Confederate dead, and we do not need your permission, nor your approval, nor your patronizing, condescending advice!
Susan Frise Hathaway


RVA Monument Guards - Weekend Protests Update 

Many of you contacted us to express concern about the risk of vandalism and damage to our monuments in light of the protesters who gathered in RVA over the weekend and announced plans to hold a rally at the RE Lee monument.
We have known about the planned protests for weeks, and communicated directly with the Richmond Police and the State Capitol Police regarding their plans and ours. 
One of the most disturbing aspects of the planned protests was a professed communist group that specifically targeted the monuments.  We monitored their activity in the weeks leading up to August 13, and their attempt to tack on the "March to Destroy White Supremacy" to the larger protest was a dismal failure.  There were only a small handful visible among the hundreds of "minimum wage" protestors, and they garnered no attention from protest organizers or the media. 

We are pleased to report that when our monument guards arrived Saturday afternoon to begin their first shift, they reported that there had not been any damage of any kind to any of our monuments.
We doubled our patrols on Saturday as a precaution, with folks on duty throughout the afternoon, evening and overnight.  Monument Guards reported a heavy presence by the Richmond Police Department, and hourly foot patrols of the Robert E. Lee Monument by the Capitol Police, which continued overnight and into Sunday morning.
The Va Flaggers would like to offer our thanks and appreciation to the Richmond and Capitol police, who were out in force during the protests, and helped protect our monuments from suffering any damage, and to all of our Monument Guards who volunteered to help with increased monument patrols over the weekend.
For over a year now, the RVA Monument Guards have been a presence on Monument Avenue, keeping a watchful eye over our monuments there and others throughout the Capital of the Confederacy.  If you would like to assist with this ongoing effort to patrol and protect our monuments, please send an email to for more information.
Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers


Duke Danger
David Duke Enemy of Southern Heritage
Fellow Compatriots,
I am sure you all are more than aware of the damage unleashed upon our Southern heritage last year by Nikki Haley, the Republican governor of South Carolina. Haley's actions began the latest and most severe round of Southern cultural genocide—the ferocity of which I have not seen in my 50 years of defending Southern Rights. As bad as Nikki Haley's attack was there is one coming that may very well spell the total or near total death of our Southern Rights defense in Louisiana—David Duke!
Let me be clear about this, I was a supporter of Mr. Duke many years ago after he announced that he no longer held racist views and believed in equal rights before the law. Subsequent to that statement Mr. Duke has, often with Confederate flags flying in or near his ranting, made crude racists remarks that offers our enemies the very tools they need to "tar-brush" every member of the SCV or other Southern heritage organizations as bigoted, racists and "Heritage Klansmen."
In his upcoming campaign for U.S. Senator from Louisiana if Duke attempts to wrap himself in the Confederate flag as a champion in defense of our flag and monuments, you can count on it, every time we attempt to defend our heritage as being non-racist, Duke's name and image will be thrown at us. As unfair as it is, we will be tarred by the brush of a racist David Duke—all the goodwill we have gained for being an open and inclusive group will evaporate from both the Black and White community. If you think it is difficult defending our heritage and rights today, just wait until our movement is seen as an adjunct of David Duke's Louisiana. As I said, I once supported Mr. Duke; fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me! I refuse to be a fool for such a racist, whose racism is more in line with the racism of the North than the warm friendly race relationship of the South. Remember, Duke does not represent the South; after all, Mr. Duke's relatives wore the Blue of the Yankee invader not the Gray of our Confederate ancestors.
During the National Sons of Confederate Veterans Reunion this past July, Ron and I witnessed many "minority" members of our movement who openly cast their lot with us in defending our Southern heritage. For example there were several African-Americans vendors selling pro-South books and articles, a Hispanic Confederate selling SCV grave markers (his ancestors fought in both the War for Texas Independence and the War for Southern Independence), the Heritage Luncheon speaker was an African-American retired police chief who spoke on the subject 'A Black Man's View of the SCV,' and at the Awards Luncheon, an award was given to an African-American lady from Virginia for her resolute defense of Southern heritage. As many polls have demonstrated, not only do a vast majority of White Southerners support our message but a large and growing number of minorities are awaking to the fact that the Confederate flag, Confederate monuments, and their fellow Southern White neighbors, are not their enemies. Recently a poll demonstrated that over 65% of Louisianans support keeping Confederate memorials and monuments. The same poll also demonstrated that a sizable number of African-Americans (42%) also said to "leave the monuments alone." Duke can and will destroy this ever enlarging pool of good will.
Fellow compatriots of the Louisiana Division SCV, the Kennedy Twins are not trying to tell you to support or not support any candidate but we do want you to be aware of the danger that some people pose to the defense of our heritage and rights. Ron and I have always believed in a Liberty Based Society of very limited government where liberty always trumps government. Just because a man "sounds" good on a given issue does not mean he is one of us—he may very well just be using our issue to gain our support for his agenda. Duke's entry into this political race demonstrates why we must gain for one of our own a high political office so he can use the moral suasion of his office to counter the anti-South antics of anti-South cultural bigots such as Haley and Duke. As for now, we must be aware of the danger of allowing our Southern heritage efforts to be linked to someone who is an unrepentant bigot. Please consider these things in the upcoming Senatorial campaign.
Deo Vindice,
Walter D. Kennedy, Past Cmd. La. Div. SCV
James R. Kennedy, Past Cmd. La. Div. SCV
(In agreement with the above statement)


It seems that it is now fashionable to rabidly hate yet another flag besides the Confederate Battle flag. Earlier this year the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) received a complaint from an African-American charging his employer with discrimination because a co-worker wore a cap with the Gadsden flag (a Revolutionary War banner featuring a coiled snake above the words "Don't Tread On Me.") on it.  The supposed offense came because the flag's designer, Christopher Gadsden owned slaves. EEOC likely welcomes such nonsense to justify their existence, so they began investigating if wearing Gadsden Flag headgear to work could be considered racial harassment. Folks, will the utter insanity of political correctness ever just go away? Are we now, as a Nation, so pitifully dumb?
I wonder what the next target will be? Will offended souls start a bonfire of dollar bills because George Washington owned slaves?  Let's up the ante – Grant is on the fifty dollar bill and he held his slaves well after the Civil War was over.  Come on now. If something is offensive then it is offensive – pitch those greenbacks into the flames if you feel so strongly about it. Perhaps millions of offended will stop drinking Coca Cola because a former Confederate soldier invested it?   Just wait, one day someone will figure out that Old Glory flew from the mast of slave ships that docked in America – not the Confederate flag. I'll say one thing for political correctness – it is pretty selective.
John Wayne Dobson
Macon, GA


Two Hundred-fifty Half-Starved North Carolina Heroes
The war nearly over in early April 1865 and Southern regiments vastly outnumbered and starving, the defense of Fort Gregg by the decimated Thirty-seventh North Carolina demonstrated the resolve to continue the struggle for independence. Like the earlier heroic defense of Fort McAllister in Georgia, Fort Gregg can be easily compared to the embattled Texians at the Alamo.
Bernhard Thuersam,   The Great American Political Divide

Two Hundred-fifty Half-Starved North Carolina Heroes
"The Federal infantry soon came into sight. One Mississippian later wrote: "Ah, what a contrast, what a soul-sickening spectacle to behold. 25,000 men, flushed with recent victory, to be hurled against 250 . . . half-starved heroes, whose hearts of steel [quailed] not even at such fearful odds."
"About ten o'clock the enemy commenced charging with four or five lines," Lieutenant [Dallas M.] Rigler [of Mecklenburg County] would write a few years after the war. "We did not fire until they were within forty yards, and then gave them one volley; they wavered, and then the first line gave way; the second came forward, and came within thirty yards of the fort. We yelled and fired – they stood a few seconds and then broke. The third retreated also, but the fourth and fifth came to the ditch around the fort.
While this fighting was in the front, one line came in the rear and almost got inside the fort through the door. About twenty men charged them, drove them back. About eleven o'clock they scaled the walls of the fort, and for several minutes we had a hand to hand fight. We used the bayonet, and killed almost all of them that came on top."
Private [Angelum M.] Garrison [of Mecklenburg County] chronicled: "A man of Company D, of our regiment, volunteered to shoot while three of us loaded, and we did the best that was possible. This soldier of Company D took good aim, and I think he must have killed or wounded scores of the enemy."
Twenty-year old Lieutenant [Dallas M.] Rigler would conclude his story of the defense of the fort:
"About half-past eleven they attempted to scale the walls again. We met them with the bayonets, and for several minutes it was the most desperate struggle I ever witnessed; but it did not last long. Soon they were all killed or knocked back, and then a deafening shout [arose] from our boys. [But] by this time the ammunition was almost out, and our men threw bats and rocks at them in the ditch. No ammunition would we get, and after a short struggle, they took the fort, and some few did fire on us after they got possession, but their officers tried to stop them."
General [Cadmus] Wilcox would add this, viewing things from outside the fort while in the Confederate lines: "As they [Federals] appeared at this point [Fort Gregg], they were either shot or thrust off with the bayonet . . . Again and again this was done. At length numbers prevailed, and the parapet of the little work was thickly covered with men, six [Northern regimental] flags seen on it at one time; and from this dense mass a close, and of necessity destructive fire, was poured down upon the devoted band within."
(The Thirty-seventh North Carolina Troops, Tar Heels in the Army of Northern Virginia, Michael C. Hardy, McFarland & Company, 2003, pp. 228-229)


Seminary Ridge Museum at Gettysburg
Plus A New Museum at Monterrey Pass
Saturday, October 15, 2016
And, Learn about the South Cavalry Field Encounter At the Foot of Big Round Top
We'll spend almost two hours at the new Seminary Ridge Museum, which focuses on the July 1, 1863 battle that included fighting on the streets of town and the death of Union Major General John Reynolds. The Museum has four floors chock full of colorful and interesting displays. Elevators make the tour an easy task for all. After lunch at Pickett's Buffet next to the site of the famous charge, we'll take a short drive to the base of Big Round Top to explain the late afternoon battle on July 3 that pitted Union cavalry against Confederate infantry. On the way to Monterrey Pass, we'll travel through Fairfield, the site of a cavalry encounter earlier the same day. At the new museum, you'll hear the full story of a midnight battle involving Union General George Custer that was fought in a tremendous storm as a long Confederate wagon train retreated toward the Potomac River. 
Reynolds, John F Union  Gen776                                                                                          
MG John F. Reynolds
Start the day with coffee and donuts at the Museum, 6121 Franconia Road, in the Franconia Governmental Center. Board a comfortable, restroom equipped motor coach for the trip to the battlefields as well as lunch, gratuities, fees and a McDonald's snack card on the way home.

Sponsored by the Franconia Museum
Both Sides Tour October 15, 2016 Registration Form 
Contact Don Hakenson at 703-971-4984 or
Carl Sell at 703-971-4716 or
Ben Trittipoe at 571-274-2467 or

Cost: $100.00. ** Cost includes bus, lunch, and a fast-food value card on the way home, as well as entrance fees to the historic sites and a contribution to the Franconia Museum. Bottled water will be provided on the bus. No cancellations after October 11, 2016. Tour will be Held Rain or Shine.  Leave from Franconia Museum at Franconia Governmental Center, 6121 Franconia Road. Free parking.
***Price does NOT include cupola tour. Add $20 for tour. (Cupola is NOT handicap accessable).
Make checks payable to Don Hakenson. 
Mail to:
Both Sides Tour
4708 Lillian Drive
Franconia, VA  22310
Coming in April  2017: Spend a day visiting battle sites from the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign near Winchester, Virginia.


Lincolnology: The Real Abraham Lincoln Revealed in His Own Words Paperback –
by Lochlainn Seabrook
There are two Abraham Lincolns: Lincoln the political celebrity, whose image has been carefully crafted by Lincoln scholars, biographers, and mythographers, and the true Lincoln, whose actual words are almost completely unknown to the general public. Why are they not known? Because they have been concealed, ignored, or misconstrued by Lincoln apologists. In some cases they have even been destroyed. Lincoln's business associates, family members, and personal friends, for example, intentionally burned many of his writings. What is it that Lincoln devotees are so afraid of, and why have they been so careful to bury all traces of the real man? The reason is simple. Exposing the hidden but authentic Lincoln would uncover both his felonious behavior and the illegalities of his war on the South in 1861. In his stunning 1,050-page work, "Lincolnology" - the only study ever undertaken on the president's suppressed, misinterpreted, and forgotten writings and speeches - Southern historian and award-winning Tennessee author Lochlainn Seabrook seeks to replace these pages so nefariously torn from our American history books. With nearly 2,000 footnotes and a 1,000-book bibliography, this well documented 400,000-word volume will forever alter the way America views its sixteenth chief executive. This special Civil War Sesquicentennial Edition includes an exhaustive index and provocative in-depth chapters on everything you need to know about so-called "Honest Abe," from his war crimes, political outrages, anti-South Reconstruction plans, black colonization efforts, and atheism, to his real views on race, secession, the Constitution, and abolition. Also included are photographs of Lincoln, his cabinet, and his military chiefs. Introduction is by Dr. J. Michael Hill, President of the League of the South, former Professor at Stillman College, former Professor of British History, University of Alabama, and author of Celtic Warfare. Foreword is by Robert Lovell, M.A., five-term mayor of Leesburg, Florida, ten-year Republican State Committee Representative, Lieutenant Colonel in Hardee's Corps, and author of Cracker Outlaw. Lochlainn Seabrook is the winner of the prestigious Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal. Known as the "American Robert Graves" after his celebrated English cousin, Seabrook is a seventh-generation Kentuckian of Appalachian heritage, the sixth great-grandson of the Earl of Oxford, and the author of over thirty popular books, including: "Abraham Lincoln: The Southern View"; "The Unquotable Abraham Lincoln"; "A Rebel Born: A Defense of Nathan Bedford Forrest"; "The Quotable Jefferson Davis"; "The Quotable Robert E. Lee"; "The McGavocks of Carnton Plantation: A Southern History"; "Nathan Bedford Forrest: Southern Hero, American Patriot"; "Carnton Plantation Ghost Stories: True Tales of the Unexplained From Tennessee's Most Haunted Civil War House!"; and "The Caudills: An Etymological, Ethnological, and Genealogical Study."


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Thursday, August 18th:  Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 20th:  Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, 9:00 a.m. - NOON
Saturday, August 20th:  King William County Fest, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, In Front of Historic Courthouse
King William Road, King William, VA 23086.  The Virginia Flaggers will have a table with information and merchandise available.

Tuesday, August 23rd:  Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 27th:  Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

August 27, 2016 - The Olde South Ball
Spartanburg, SC

Monday, September 5th: The Virginia Flaggers will join the Powhatan Troop, Camp #1389 for the Annual Powhatan Labor Day Parade. 11:00 a.m.  Historic Powhatan County Courthouse.

Sept. 7 - Meeting Announcement, Battle of Sharpsburg Camp #1582, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Battle of Sharpsburg Camp #1582, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Wednesday, September 7th, 2016, 7:00 P.M., Sharpsburg Town Hall, 2nd Floor, 106 East Main St., Sharpsburg, MD.  Our guest speaker will be historian and author, Mr. Dan Toomey who will be presenting a talk on, "War Came By Train".  The meeting is free and is open to the public.  For more information, contact Camp Commander Michael Wasiljov at or 301-992-3122-C

Friday, September 16th - Sunday, September 18th:  The Va Flaggers will have a table set up at the Field Day of the Past, intersection of Rout 623 (Ashland Road) and Route 622 in Goochland County. Off I-64, exit #172 (Rockville Manakin) south. Grounds are located 1/8 mile from the interstate.

Sept. 17 - 36st Annual Fall Mosby's Confederacy Bus Tour
Sponsored by the Stuart~Mosby Historical Society
Date:  Saturday, September 17th, 2016
The Tour Leaders will be Don Hakenson & Eric Buckland & Honored Special Guest: Tom Evans
The bus will be leaving the Truro Rectory (10520 Main Street, Fairfax City) at 8:30 a.m. We will be visiting the Falkland Farm (the home of the notorious Nick Carter), Mosby's Grave, in Warrenton, Marshall, Mount Bleak (A Mosby safe house and later the home of Ranger George Slater), the Clarke Hotel and more. We will (hopefully) be arriving back at Truro around 5:30 p.m. Price: $65 members for the Stuart-Mosby Society - $75 for non-members
To sign up for the tour please contact one of the following:
Don Hakenson ~ Phone: [703] 971-4984 ~ email:
You may also send a check made payable to Don Hakenson to
Don Hakenson , 4708 Lillian Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22310
Come with us and tour Northern Virginia's historic "Hallowed Ground". We will be stopping at a "fast food" restaurant for lunch. But Lunch is on your own. This tour is the longest continuous running Mosby bus tour in America! Sorry, we cannot make refunds after September 10, 2016

Sunday, September 25th:  SAVE THE DATE!  Va Flaggers 5th Anniversary Picnic/Auction.  3:00 p.m. Mechanicsville Moose Lodge Picnic Pavilion, Mechanicsville, VA

Saturday, September 17th:  Dedication of the Campbell County Confederate Monument, Campbell County Guards Camp #2117.

Oct. 29 - An SCV family day Whitehall Confederate Memorial Park in Seven Springs Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Friday, January 20th, 2017:  Susan Hathaway of the Va Flaggers will be the guest speaker for the Lee-Jackson Banquet of the Lt. General Wade Hampton Camp #273, SCV.   Seawell's Restaurant, 1125 Rosewood  Drive, Columbia, SC, 6:00 p.m.

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

In old Albany, strangers paid for slurring Confederate general

By Linda Emley

    In 1877, the Edward Brothers of Missouri printed an Illustrated Map of Ray County that listed the town of Albany, population 150.  It was 1 mile north and east of Orrick and was a brisk little town that had seven business houses, a school, a mill and a church. Albany was where Capt. Bill Anderson was shot in 1864. After reading the following story, it looks like he wasn't the only famous "Bill" that got shot in Albany.

    The Richmond Missourian, Mar. 8, 1937: "Elmer Pigg and Jewell Mayes have decided that the signed article by Oliver J. Thompson, Lawrence Ks., in the Kansas City Star, might well be set down in local print. One reason for re-production is the hope that somebody in Ray County may have heard it first-hand from a parent or other person, and if so, will please write the local version for these chapters. Another reason for this presentation is that the story continues to be discussed locally – and, if true, (as it may be), it adds to the lore of Southwest Ray County.

   "The following is Mr. Thompson's signed statement: In the Sunday Star on Dec. 27, 1937, I read a story picturing Wild Bill Hickok as a gloried 2-gunman of the West. There are several stories about Wild Bill that my father told me, which I have no reason to doubt. One of them I heard him relate several times.

   "A short time after the Civil War, when the enmity and hard feeling still ran to grudge fights and murder along the Missouri and Kansas border, my father, accompanied by Si Jesse of Independence, journeyed to the town of Albany, east of Liberty. Their object was to purchase some horses owned jointly by Bob McCorkle and a man named Story, who was known as Bud Story, and McCorkle hired a wrangler for the horses by the name of John Wright, all three having served in the Confederate army.

"When my father and Jesse arrived at Albany it was in mid-afternoon and they stopped at the only store to get something to eat. When they entered there were two men other than the storekeeper. They were sitting on a long table to one side of the building eating cheese with hard-tack and drinking cider from a large earthen jug. They made some minor purchases and were eating when several other men came in.

   "My father asked about McCorkle and Story and was directed to Wright, who had entered and was sitting near the fireplace at the end of the building near the pair that sat on the table. Jesse and my father went over and were talking to Wright about the horses when three men rode up and dismounted and came into the store.

   "One of these was in a uniform of the army and wore sergeant's stripes. Another in buckskin and the third was a well-dressed young man whose mustache was as well-kept as his clothes. The sergeant introduced himself to the storekeeper as a representative of the army wishing to purchase horses. He gave his name as Sgt. Earl McClure.

Wild Bill Hickok

   "Then he introduced the well-dressed man as Billy Hickok, 'the best shot in the whole Uunion army and killed more rebels than any one man that fought for Abe Lincoln.' The other fellow was Luke somebody, who had been scouting in the West. No one had said a word but the soldier, and none seemed interested in him.

   "After his first spell of bragging passed, he asked where he could find Story and McCorkle, as he wished to buy their horses. Wright told them they would be in soon, as they had to get some supplies. He had no more than spoken when they entered the door. One wore a gray coat and the other a pair of gray pants of Confederate uniforms. Wright said they were the men the sergeant was looking for. The sergeant looked them over a minute and said he wouldn't buy horses from any rebel. Hickok spoke up and gave his idea of Sterling Price.

   "Before he had finished, the younger of the two men setting on the table stuck his knife in the top of the head of cheese and walked over to the three. Taking the sergeant and Hickok by the shoulders, he turned them toward him. 'Listen, You —- ! General Price is not present to speak for himself, but he has several representatives here who will answer in his place. 'Pologize now or —- !'

    "The sergeant and Hickok both dropped their hands. There was a flash and two rapid gun shots. The sergeant staggered and fell to the floor. Hickok's gun fell to the floor and he was holding his right hand about the wrist. 'Down on your knees and pologize!' demanded the young man, still holding his gun pointed at Hickok. Hickok dropped to his knees and staring terror-stricken straight at the young man, offered amends to General Sterling Price.

   "When he had finished, the young man ordered him to 'get the hell out of the county and stay out until he could learn some common sense.' Hickok got up and the scout took the sergeant with him! After the trio had gone, the young man went back to his cheese – and the group talked about the matter as if it were an everyday occurrence.

   "Wright asked the older man if he had pulled his gun. 'Naw,' he replied, 'If Jesse had needed any help I would have plugged the nearest one with this knife.' It was Jesse and Frank James, who sat on the table.

   "Many people thought that Hickok was left-handed, but my father always said that after that fracas at Albany his right hand was a little stiff from the flesh wound and he used his left faster than his right. He also claimed that the reason Hickok gave up his vaudeville tour of the county was because Jesse James followed him about for about a week, and when he came out on the stage to do his act he always found Jesse James sitting in the front row and even Hickok did not dare attempt to take him, although there was a large price on his head at that time. My father always stated that Hickok became so nervous before he gave up the tour that he drank heavily and he thought that James was gunning for him."

   Did Wild Bill really get shot by Jesse James in Albany? Many such tales usually have some shred of truth and this one could be based on a true story. There was a man named Oliver B. Thompson who lived in Lecompton, Kan. in the 1930s. Oliver's father Lewis may have visited Albany and been an eye witness to this story from the 1870s.

    Wild Bill toured with Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show from 1872 to 1873 before he moved to Deadwood, Dakota. Wild Bill was shot in Deadwood in 1876 by Jack McCall, who was revenging his brother's death. There are many interesting stories associated with Bloody Bill, Wild Bill and Buffalo Bill, but I find this one fascinating because Jesse James had to be thinking about his friend Bill Anderson's death a few years earlier at Albany while sitting in that store eating cheese.

Yes, it looks like Wild Bill picked a bad day to visit Albany and speak poorly of southern "Rebels," and we have a story that shows Ray County was truly a part of the "Wild West" .
Have a rootin' tootin' six-gun-shootin' story for Linda? You can write her at or see her in person at Ray County Museum.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Danville 29 Bypass Cabell Memorial Battle Flag Documentary/Update

A crew from Sky High Poles raises the Commonwealth's largest Confederate Battle flag at a ceremony attended by over 700+ supporters on land leased by the Va Flaggers adjacent to US Rt. 29, just north of Danville, Va, July 23rd, 2016, Photo Courtesy Judy Smith Photography
On the day of the flag raising ceremony in Danville, there were a number of media outlets present.  One of them was a documentary film maker from Richmond.  Although we had no idea what kind of piece he was producing, we thought the finished product turned out very well and wanted to share it with all of you, especially those who couldn't be there that day...

Although the video has been removed, the content of this report remains, and was one of our favorites...
If you are driving on route 29 near Danville, you can't miss the World's largest Confederate Battle flag on the side of the road.
Standing at one hundred and nineteen feet tall and 30 feet by 50 feet in dimension, there is no confederate battle flag which can rival it.
This is the 14th battle flag installed near the last confederacy capital during the Civil War.
A group called the Virginia Flaggers decided to put big flags up all around the area after City Council of Danville prohibited flying the flag on city property.
"There are folks that want us to go away. They want our history to go away. They want that flag to go away, because they know what it really means and it really means resistance to tyrany and an over reaching federal government , and we're still fighting that battle today. This is our history, our heritage, and we're not going to lie down and let these people take it away from us," said Susan Hathaway, who is the founder of the Virginia Flaggers.
Though the flag is met with some opposition from the public, today there were no protestors at the ceremony.
The group says they have already been contacted by another Danville resident who wants to put a flag up and the group says they will not stop putting up flags any time soon.

Finally, sharing these great comments from a Danville resident, posted online. These words beautifully summarize the situation in Danville...and many other localities across America...
"For MOST it is about heritage, honor, and respect for their ancestors. They were ok with that taking place at the graves of the veterans and historic sites, but once the few places that had flags, statues, and monuments were attacked, their only recourse was to protest. The entire city of Danville stood as the Last Capital, not just the mansion, but preservationists were content with that one small monument in 40 square miles. I'd say they had already compromised as far as humanly possible. Are their protests big? Yes, but they (and their views) have been totally disenfranchised and eliminated. Their view and opinion is instantly disregarded by most and labeled hateful and racist ( before they can even articulate it). (The actions of) one idiot in SC with one picture buried in his Facebook posts was able to (be leveraged by others as an excuse to) destroy historic statues and monuments and change the names of streets, colleges, and sports teams. The COEXIST crowd doesn't really want that, they want inclusion, but only those who think the same."

  The 29 Bypass Gen. William Lewis Cabell Memorial Battle Flag as seen from the 29 BypassPhoto Courtesy Judy Smith Photography
Great turnout and meeting last night in Mathews, Virginia, with the Lane Armistead Camp SCV Camp #1772 at the historic Mathews Courthouse! Thanks to Commander John Anderton and the men of Camp 1772 for the warm welcome and generous support!

For our Cause!
Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Slavery Was Not the Cause of the War Between the States, The Irrefutable Argument

Slavery Was Not the Cause of the War Between the States, The Irrefutable Argument. was reviewed in the most recent Confederate Veteran magazine, July-August, 2016, and here is the review:

 I have several fundraising specials and quantity discounts for camps, chapters and units on that include my book AND the two-DVD set on black Confederates, Mixed Up with All the Rebel Horde, Why Black Southerners Fought for the South in the War Between the States featuring Professor Edward C. Smith.
Stop getting beat up over slavery! Fight back! My 360 page book (and Kindle eBook) is easy to read and thoroughly documented with 218 footnotes and over 200 sources in the bibliography. There are 86 sample pages on the website where you can buy copies signed and numbered by the author.
"Historians used to know - and it was not too long ago - that the War Between the States had more to do with economics than it did with slavery. The current  obsession with slavery as the "cause" of the war rests not on evidence but on ideological considerations of the present day. Gene Kizer has provided us with the conclusive case that the invasion of the Southern States by Lincoln and his party (a minority of the American people) was due to an agenda of economic domination and not to some benevolent concern for slaves. This book is rich in evidence and telling quotations and ought to be on every Southern bookshelf."
Clyde N. Wilson
Emeritus Distinguished Professor of History
University of South Carolina
"Gene Kizer persuasively shows how the North fought the South out of necessity to prevent economic collapse. No where else is proof of this motive made clearer with indisputable evidence. Mr. Kizer writes with authority from the desire to tell the truth. His common sense style is the product of honesty. One cannot read his work without concluding that this is a man to be trusted."
James Everett Kibler
Professor of English
University of Georgia
Author of
Our Fathers' Fields;
Walking Toward Home;
and many other
outstanding books
I am working hard on Volume Two of Slavery Was Not the Cause of the War Between the States and two other similar publications that will be out in the next few months.
THANK YOU, and God bless!
Deo Vindice,

Monday, August 15, 2016

Moberly's Oakland Cemetery Monuments

Ladies & Gentlemen,
     The Three Civil War Monuments in Moberly's Oakland Cemetery have been restored. Thanks should be extended to the City of Moberly & the Randolph County Historical Society for there efforts in leading the way in what is a source of pride for many people in many different ways.

    This event is a part of the City of Moberly 150th year Sesquicentennial. Re-dedication of each monument will take place on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29TH  STARTING AT 2:00 PM. Posting of the Colors will start at the GAR's Soldiers Monument on the west side of the cemetery. Proceed to the GAR Lincoln Monument at the center and end with the UDC Monument at the foot of the hill.

     SUV & DUV members with be responsible for the speakers at both GAR monuments and SCV & UDC members for the UDC monument. The City & RCHS can have and invite as many additional speakers as they wish. It is the desire of this writer to have as many Dignitaries & Scholars here to participate.

     This notice is being widely distributed among members of the SUV, DUV, UDC & SCV/MOSB. MCWRA Civil War Re-enacting Company members in Missouri and surrounding states.

      This Magic City came to be at the close of the war and was built by the survivors. It sprang up around the railroads going west and southwest and the coal mines that fueled them. There are well over 100 known soldiers of that conflict buried in this one cemetery. The three monuments erected here are very unique and a great source of pride for the community.

     We hope you can join us there! Take the Rollins Street exit off US HWY 63 about 1 mile south of junction US HWY 24. Oakland Cemetery is on the north side of Rollins Street a very short from HWY 63.

     Cannons will be posted at monuments when they arrive.

     Color Guards will line up to the east and north parts of the cemetery and march to the "west". UDC monument is in the southeast center and will be closet to your parking at the end of the day.

      There will be some activities before the ceremony.
Welcome to this special place & day.

Neil Block, Farris Battery
SCV Missouri Division
Graves Committeeman
Camp #1743, Huntsville, Mo        

Saturday, June 25, 2016

The SCV Charge

   Sons of Confederate Veterans
Compatriots and friends,
Below is the correct Charge given to the USCV in 1906 and it can also be found in our Constitution on pages 3 and 4.
Over the years, there have been many variations and add-ons; however, this is the Official Charge and it "highly encouraged" that it should be the one used. How can we as an organization who defends the truth and fights revisionism but then in turn use a version of The Charge that is not true or historical accurate be taken seriously? Be sure your Division and its members use the correct Charge.
 Charge to the Sons of Confederate Veterans
"To you, Sons of Confederate Veterans, we will commit the vindication of the cause for which we fought. To your strength will be given the defense of the Confederate soldier's good name, the guardianship of his history, the emulation of his virtues, the perpetuation of those principles which he loved and which you love also, and those ideals which made him glorious and which you also cherish."
Lt. General Stephen Dill Lee, Commander General,
United Confederate Veterans,
New Orleans, Louisiana, April 25, 1906.

Deo Vindice!

Charles Kelly Barrow
Sons of Confederate Veterans

Sons of Confederate Veterans, PO Box 59, Columbia, TN 38402