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October 2003
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The Commanders Thoughts

   As many of you know, I write articles about what we do in two local newspapers. I now have started writing for a third newspaper called the Barbers Hill * Dayton Press. Now the news about our camp and the SCV will be reaching out from Crosby towards Dayton and south of I-10. The more men there are that we can reach out to the better. This increases our chances of the Swamp Angels growing. The two local newspapers only publish once a month while the Barbers Hill * Dayton Press is published every week. The more we do then the more I can write about. This is a great and exciting educational tool for the public.

   We had a visitor at our September meeting. Tommy Mayhood is a member of the Grimes County Greys SCV camp in Anderson, Texas. This is Brigade Commander Westmorelands camp. Mister Mayhood lives in Liberty and teaches at the Dayton High School. Compatriot Mayhood will be coming to our meetings from now on. He also offered his help in our camp and has agreed to head our Scrapbook Committee. This took some weight off of my shoulders.

   My wife is trying to get the Order of the Confederate Rose (OCR) chartered for our camp. She only needs four people in order to get the charter. Compatriot Mayhood and I joined the Spaights Angels OCR in order to give them the people they need to get started. Now they only need two more people. The OCR is a very important organization that will help our camp in many ways. If any of you Swamp Angels, or your wives, girlfriends, or mothers and sisters want to join then e-mail Judy at spaightsangels@msn.com . She will have applications at every meeting.

   Many of you have missed the past few meetings and therefore missed out on some major decisions in the camp. At the September meeting an angel was chosen that will represent the Swamp Angels camp. The angel is wearing a Roman uniform and holding a spear. At the October meeting we will decide how this angel should be dressed. Some ideas are replacing the spear with a musket and bayonet, dressing him in a worn out, gray uniform, and have him wearing brogans with the angels toes sticking out.

   I am still looking for anyone that can take the picture of this angel and draw it out and give it color. The drawing will need any additions we decide on at the October meeting. Ask your neighbors and friends if any of them can draw.

   Our camp is lucky to have a Judge Advocate. Many camps that have been chartered for many years do not have Judge Advocates. Compatriot Matthew Morones took the office last month so that his talents as a Board Certified Attorney can better serve the camp. Now his wife has agreed to build our camp a web site. Like with the newsletter and scrapbook, this web site can also be entered into competition at the State and National Conventions.

   The next two meetings are very critical for a final planning of our Chartering Ceremony. There are many things still needed to be talked over. Only the Executive Committee knows one particular thing about the ceremony that will make it the talk of Texas for a long while. You do not want to miss this ceremony.

   I have talked to the Dayton Public Library about excepting book donations from our camp members. The Head Librarian said that she would have to read the books before they would be excepted. I expected this. Only after a few books have been donated will we know if she will except the truth or the usual lies of the North. I will be talking to the Liberty Public Library soon about their excepting book donations from our camp. All book donations need to go through the Commander first.

   On the evening of September 19th I was at the Dayton Old Times Days Committee meeting. I talked to them about having room to put up tents and a booth for recruiting. Our camp and our goals were excepted very well by this committee and I was told that the City of Dayton would also be glad to see us back. I will give more details about this meeting at our camp meeting next Saturday, October 11th

   Those of you with computers have been keeping up with the problems that two organizations have been causing the SCV. The Save the SCV (SSCV) and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) are issues that need our attention. Next year our camp will have 2 votes at the Divisional and National Conventions. Start thinking right now about being a delegate at these conventions. Judy and I will be making both conventions. I will be bringing this up at a future meeting.

Respectfully submitted,

Commander Vernon Gillen

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Picket Duty

Our buddy Abe Lincoln said what?


   "It's bad. It's damned bad."
Abraham Lincoln's first reaction to the Union Army's rout at First Manassas.

   "I failed, I failed, and that is about all that can be said about it."
Abraham Lincoln's self-criticism of his famous "Gettysburg Address".
"There is really no crisis except an artificial one...If the great American people will only keep their temper, on both sides of the line, the trouble will come to an end."
   Abraham Lincoln made this statement on February 15, 1861, while en-route to his inauguration.
   "I know the hole he went in at, but I can't tell you what hole he will come out of."
   Abraham Lincoln made this remark when asked the destination of Sherman's destructive March to the Sea.
   "Hold on with a bull-dog whip and chew and choke as much as possible."
   Abraham Lincoln offered Ulysses S. Grant this encouragement during the latter's grueling Siege of Petersburg in 1864-65.
   "It is a good face. I am glad this war is over at last."
Abraham Lincoln spoke these words on the day he was shot when a prankster presented him with a photo of Robert E. Lee.
   "My first impulse would be to free all the slaves, and send them to Liberia, to their own native land. But a moment's reflection would convince me, that whatever of high hope (as I think there is) there may be in this, in the long run, it's sudden execution is impossible. What then? Free them, and keep them among us as underlings? Is it quite certain that this betters their condition? I think I would not hold one in slavery, at any rate, yet the point is not clear enough for me to denounce people on. What then? Free them, and make them politically and socially our equals? MY own feelings will not admit of this; and if mine would, we well know that those of the great mass of white people will not...A universal feeling, whether well or ill-founded, cannot be safely disregarded."
   "I am not in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office..."

   Abraham Lincoln said this in his September 15, 1858 campaign speech.
   "I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so."

   Good ol Abe in his March 14, 1861 First Inaugural Speech.
"I will say, then, that I am not, nor have ever been in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races ... I am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race."

   It seems that our buddy Abraham Lincoln was not the slave freeing angel that history wants us to think he was. I wonder why this is not taught in our schools.

Lieutenant Commander Gene Rivers

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The Adjutants Minutes

   Commander Gillen started off another meeting without a quorum.

   A visitor, Compatriot Tommy Mayhood, who is a teacher at nearby Dayton High school attended the meeting. He is a member of the Anderson Camp but our meetings are more convenient for him.

   The camp 2029 flag was discussed and tabled for the next meeting.

   Commander Gillen made an executive decision on the choice of angel but the uniform for the angel will be discussed at the next meeting allowing the members a chance to voice their opinion.

   Gene brought camp t-shirts to view and sell to raise funds for the camp.

   A marker dedication at Bolivia Peninsula will be held on October 4.

   The Commander is now writing about our camps meetings in the Barbers Hill Press, Liberty, and Thicket Newspapers.

   A website for our camp is being prepared by the Judge Advocate's wife.

   Commander Gillen's wife, Judith, gave a presentation on "How The Confederates Ran A Field Hospital" and on joining the OCR.

   Gentlemen, the Swamp Angels need a quorum at the next meeting in a major way. We all need to make a major effort to be there. Business needs to be handled properly and it takes your attendance to do this. The future of the Camp depends on members attending these meetings. The camp asks only for you to attend one day a month and only a couple of hours of that day. Lets see you there if at all possible.

Randy Billingsley

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Spaights Angels

   I want to welcome two new members, Mr. Tommy Mayhood and Commander Vernon Gillen to our OCR Chapter.

   The following is a report for the Texas Society, Order of Confederate Rose.

   The Texas Society Order of Confederate Rose met for their executive meeting in Waco, Texas at Ryan's Family Steak House on September 13, 2003 with Director Eileen Lehmberg presiding. The Director called the meeting to order at 12 noon. The invocation was given. Pledges and Salute to the flags were said by all present.

   Eileen Lehmberg called for the adoption of the order of business. Elizabeth Satterfield made a motion to add Fund Raising under Old Business. Jane Ginn seconded the motion. Motion passed.

   Introduction was made of members present. Each member showed items sent by their chapter for fund-raising. Sherrill Dunbar, Candy Helms and Elizabeth Satterfield - Chapter 18, Jane Ginn - Chapter 26, Dorothy Loudermilk - Chapter 23, Norma Holley - Chapter 31, Betty Nelson - Chapter 19, Jennifer Evans - Chapter 9, Paula Jones - Chapter 8, Shirley Woodlock - member at large and Eileen Lehmberg - Chapter 4.

   The court case in Louisiana is solved and over. She asked members not to wear red OCR pin from Alabama. A thank you note from TDSCV Commander Steve von Roeder was received thanking the TSOCR for money presented to the Division after the Silent Auction. Thank you notes were received from the scholarship winners. The TDUDC gave permission for the TSOCR, Inc. to use pictures of 6 flags from their collection, on note cards, to be sold at the TSOCR sales table at the UDC convention. After expenses for the cards are deducted from the total sales of cards, 25% will go back to the TDUDC for flag conservation. To receive these pictures on disk, the TSOCR Inc. must pay $100 for the work done by the photographer. The photographer, not the UDC, dictated the cost. We were not told about the extra cost until it was time to receive the disk with the pictures. Jane Ginn made a motion to send Betty Nelson seconded $100 for work done on these 6 flag pictures and the motion. Motion passed.

   $1500 was made from the Silent Auction at the 2003 State Convention. The Silent Auction will be held from 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. at the 2004 Convention. Betty will send out a notice to each Chapter about the Silent Auction in January or February of 2004. Total members 314 with 265 regular and 49 life. Total Legacy members 30. A Financial report will be included in packets sent to each Chapter Representative. Elizabeth asks that members use New Membership Application Forms. E-mail Elizabeth Satterfield moved that all funds for life memberships be designated as "restricted funds" and that only the interest earned there from be available for expenditure. The motion was second by Candy Helms. Motion passed.

   The 2004 State SCV Convention will be held at Nacogdoches in June. This will also be the time for the Annual TSOCR business meeting. The 2004 National SCV Convention will be held in Dalton, Ga. on July 31 - August 2. The Annual Confederation of States OCR meeting will be held at the same time.

   There will be a marker dedication at the Chretien Point Plantation in Louisiana Oct. 11, 2003 at 10 a.m. This is the marker TSOCR gave $1000 in Marilyn Sweeney's name. The Director said fund raising on the State level should be an effort by each chapter. Elizabeth

   Satterfield will be the chairperson for the fund raising committee. Different types of fund raising ideas were discussed. We need an idea for something that will sale as well as the pillows.

Judith Gillen

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The Front Line

   This is an e-mail (in part) that was written by our SCV Commander-in-Chief R. G. Wilson. In this article he describes only a few of the battles that we are fighting.

   For refusing to remove his Confederate flag license plate from his car, a city worker in Tampa, Florida, is fired from his job and denied unemployment benefits. A monument to Jefferson Davis, erected in 1908 in New Orleans, is spray painted with a swastika and an obscene word. In Nashville, Tennessee, Vanderbilt University officials announce they are going to rename the Confederate Memorial Hall, which was built in 1935 with the help of a $50,000 donation from the United Daughters of the Confederacy in Tennessee. In Missouri, state officials order the Confederate flags flying over two Confederate memorials -on state property- removed. A County Commissioners in Alabama bans Confederate symbols from county property. And a Mississippi city has banned flying the Mississippi State Flag over City Hall, fire stations, and the civic auditorium - because it contains a Confederate flag symbol.

   When the St. Louis Post-Dispatch commissioned a Zogby poll to gauge public opinion on flying the flag, 66% of the people opposed removing the flag from the Missouri memorials - while only 30% agreed the flag should be taken down.

   These are just a few examples of attacks on our heritage, on our monuments, and memorials. I could recite dozens more from every southern state, from Texas to Virginia.
   The federal government has begun to implement new policies about battlefields from Gettysburg to Vicksburg that reinterpret history to end what they characterize as a 'pro-southern bias.'
For example, at Point Lookout Cemetery in Maryland, thousands of Confederate prisoners of war (from Point Lookout Prison) are buried in a mass grave. But the federal government refuses to allow the SCV to fly the Confederate Battle Flag at that cemetery to honor those soldiers' memory - except one day a year.
At last year's memorial celebration, critics found some of the speeches of SCV members, including Rev. Alistair Anderson, "inflammatory." (Rev. Anderson said the Confederate cause "righteous" and "just.") So this year the Veterans Administration required speakers to submit their speeches in advance for review - and then they deleted the portions it felt would be offensive.

   According to the linked article by Pat Buchanan, "Political Correctness at Little Round Top," the National Parks Service "has embarked on an effort to change its interpretation materials at major Civil War battlefields to get rid of a southern bias and emphasize the horrors of slavery."
This new government policy originated in 1999, when Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL) inserted a directive in the Department of Interior's Appropriations Bill. Congressman Jackson instructed the Secretary of the Interior "to encourage the National Parks Service managers of Civil War battlefield sites to recognize and include in all of their public displays and multi-media educational materials, the unique role that the institution of slavery played in causing the Civil War "
As Pat Buchanan states in his column, "There are places to argue the great issues of 1861 but for the Parks Service to impose its orthodoxy on these questions and pervert battlefields to indoctrinate visitors in the party line is to dishonor those hallowed grounds." To read this article, please go to the link below:

http://www.townhall.com/columnists/patbuchanan/printpb20030106.shtml .
   I want the SCV to be in the forefront of these fights to preserve our Southern heritage. I want us to fight to preserve our memorials and stand up to defend our flag and our other symbols every time they are attacked. I want us to lead a crusade that will make our Southern heritage honored - and not reviled.
Today, the challenge the SCV faces - to keep faith and accomplish our mission - is greater than at any time in our 108-year history. But not all the news is bad.
At Point Lookout Prison, over one thousand members of the association of POW families raised $32,000 to buy land next to the Confederate Memorial Cemetery, and today a Confederate flag flies there to honor the memories of the men who died at Point Lookout Prison. (The association is now trying to raise the funds to erect a complete memorial.)
In North Carolina and South Carolina, school officials have lifted bans on students displaying Confederate flags, after hearing from heritage supporters. In Mississippi, with the help of a $65,000 donation from the National SCV, the Mississippi Division won a major victory in a statewide referendum on the flag. In Georgia and South Carolina, governors who championed the removal of Confederate flags in their states were turned out of office by voters. In Missouri, spokesmen for the SCV and for the Sons of Union Veterans united to speak out against the state government's decision to remove Confederate flags from memorials.

Commander-in-Chief R. G. Wilson

   There will be battles that our camp may have to fight in the future. It is important to remember that higher ranks may be building a strategy and may order us to stand down until a move is to be made. As your Camp Commander, I will never back down from our enemies unless ordered to do so.

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Notices

1. On October 12th Judy and I will be celebrating our 17th anniversary. She has given me the best years of my life. Happy Anniversary Babe.

   If you want to tell your loved one Happy Anniversary or Happy Birthday then let me know. I would be more than happy to write it here.

2. There has been another addition to the Point System. A Swamp Angel can earn 5 points for donating a book that promotes the truth about the Confederacy and our Southern heritage. The book must be excepted by the library.

3. If any of you take pictures of anything our camp or a camp members does then remember that we are building a scrapbook for next years competition. If the picture is real good and shows some of our activities then I might send it to the Confederate Veteran Magazine. As SCV members you will start getting this magazine every two months. You should get your first issue soon.

4. The following is information about the next National Convention. I encourage you to try to be a delegate at this Convention if you can. We will elect our camp delegates sometime after the first of the year. We can have two delegates but, others can still go if you want.

SCV 2004 CONVENTIONDALTON, GEORGIA

July 28-July 31, 2004

   The Order of Confederate RoseConfederation of States has booked 60 rooms at the WINGATE INN. The cost of the room is $64 per night for a double and children under 18 free. The OCR in Florida will be the hostess for the Annual OCR Meeting and have made these fine arrangements for the OCR and SCV to take advantage of during the Reunion.

   I had previously checked with the Trade Center (where 99% of the events will take place) and asked about walking distances from the various places. The ladies at the Trade Center told me "you will not want to walk here. We are at the top and the motels are at the bottom of the hill. It will not be safe to walk". The good news about the Wingate Inn they are the only one with a 15 passenger bus to take us to the Trade Center. They are also one of three that have indoor corridors. They offer a 51 items for breakfast 6-10 a.m., biscuits and gravy, waffles, fruit, toast (3 kinds), etc. Probably the best deal we will find. I know some others are cheaper but when you consider the features, it is worth it.

   You must call the Wingate Inn directly (1-706-272-9099) to get the lower rate of $64. Ask for the block of rooms for the ORDER OF CONFEDERATE ROSE. SCV gentleman, you will not find a better rate and the rooms are going fast in Dalton.

ABOUT THE WINGATE INN:

   Check out: www.wingateinns.com (DO NOT MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS THROUGH THIS OR YOU WILL NOT GET THE $64 RATE!) You must call them.

   84 rooms, 4 suites: Children under 18 free: Cable TV, HBO, Coffee Maker in Room, Outdoor Pool, Extra large spa, Deluxe Breakfast, Weight Room, Pets allowed with fee, High Speed internet, Business Center, Interior Corridor, In room safe, 2 phonescordless & speakerphone, hairdryers, Microwaves, Refrigerators, Iron & boards.

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