Volume IX Issue 4

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April 2016
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Newsletter of the raNkiN rough & ready’s
C om m ande r ’s Q uot e : " I f i t i s i m por t ant t o you, you w i l l f i nd a w ay.
I f not , you w i l l f i nd an e xc us e . "

Commander’s Report
Our speaker this month will be Miss Paulette French. She is a Mississippi author
and her latest book is on the Civil War. She will have copies for sale and will be
available before and after the meeting to sign them. Also, Miss Paulette is a vendor at our upcoming Relic Show. We will be installing a new 3rd Lieutenant Commander, we have several new members coming in, and just an overall good meeting planned! So, come early, bring someone with you, and I sure as I have cut my
grass twice already, I'll probably see you at Penn's in Brandon on April 2, 2016 at
7pm.
Tim Cupit

M o r e A b o u t O u r S p e a ke r : Pau l e t t e Fr e n c h

P

aulette French is a retired educator with a longstanding interest in Civil War history and, in particular, a
keen personal interest in the history of the 10th Mississippi
Infantry Regiment of which she became a ‘self-appointed
archivist’. She is a member of the Jackson
Civil War Roundtable and co-authored a Civil
War history brochure tour of Greenwood Cemetery in Jackson, Mississippi, compiling selected biographies of some of
the twelve hundred Confederate veterans interred there.

Agenda for April 2nd, 2016
• Open with prayer at 7pm sharp
• Pledge of Allegiance to the US flag and salutes
• Trivia
• Guest speaker; Paulette French / Subject The
10th MS Inf.
• Adopt minutes from March 5, 2016 - need a
motion, second, discussion, vote
Unfinished business
• Camp T-shirts are $20 – proceeds go to fund
the relic show
• www.scv265.com and stats
• First Thursday Coin Club meeting at Brandon
library 6:30pm
• We have flags and Mississippi flag bumper
stickers available

• Any other old business?
New business
• Relic Show report
• 4th Brigade picnic report
• OCR report
• Events committee report
• Trail of Honor on May 21st, 22nd, and 23rd
• Ted Joy update
• New members
• Did everyone sign in?
• Does everyone have a door prize ticket?
• Door prizes
• Close with prayer at approximately 8:20pm
PLEASE LEAVE $1.00 FOR THE GIRLS THAT
CLEAN UP

Relic Show Update
Corinth Relic Show

• We have sold 200 tables to our show
as of March 21, 2016
• We are working on radio ads and
newspaper ads.
• Flyers are ready for distribution to
members.

• we need to raise money for our
show.
• we need to find living histories
for our show.
• We need to start securing names
Memphis Relic Show
of volunteers that will be
helping with the show.

Be Sure to Welcome Our Newest Members:

Donovan Vanek

John Douglas

Adjutant’s Report By: Sid Boteler
Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson 1824 through 1863
Known as one of the country's greatest generals, served under General Robert E. Lee in the Confederate
Army. General Jackson's tremendous success in combat against great odds was observed in numerous
battles, including the battle of Bull Run, Shenandoah Valley, Cross Keys, Port Republic, Seven days battle,
Second Battle of Bull Run, Etc. When he died generally exclaimed, "I have lost my right arm". As professor
of Philosophy and Tactics at Virginia Military Institute, General Jackson once said: When we take our
meal, there is the grace. When I take a drink of water, I always pause to lift up my heart to God in thanks
and prayer for the water of life. Whenever I send a letter, I send a petition along with it, for blessing upon
its mission and up on the person to whom it is sent.
When I open a letter, I stopped to pray to God that he may prepare me for its contents. When I go to my
class room and await the arrangement of the cadets in their places, that it is my time to intercede with God
for them.
General Jackson had faithfully taught a colored Sunday school class in Lexington Virginia. He wrote to his
pastor, the Reverend Dr. White: Dear Pastor, In my tent last night, after at fatiguing day's service, I remembered that I failed to send you my contribution for our colored Sunday school. Enclosed you will find my
check for that object, which please acknowledge at your earliest convenience and oblige yours faithfully.
T. Jackson
Taken from America's God and Country encyclopedia of quotations ps 313,315
Sid Boteler

Chaplain’s Report
By: Tom Fortenberry
The Quaker Cannon
True to say I have heard many stories of which I suppose most have
a variety of truth in them. The
long and short of it of course depending on the author.
Leroy L Spooner, a name of which
I cannot claim relationship once
was told by some to have set up a
Quaker cannon. As the story goes,
Spooner got tired of them yankees passing his house so close
every day. So Spooner constructed a very large cannon, painted it
black and set it up on top of the
hill next to his house overlooking
the Chunky River. The results of
this caused them yankees to keep
far away from Spooner and of
course Spooner lived in peace to
the end of the war. After the war it
is said that Spooner dismantled
his cannon, chopped it up, and
burned it in his fire place for winter heat. So the story goes.

In 1863 the confederate forces
constructed cannons made of pine
logs and placed them overlooking
the Mississippi river at Port Hudson, Louisiana. The cannons were
painted black to make them more
convincing in the hope of fooling
the Union forces into believing a
greater force stood before them.
It is recorded that after two of Admiral Farragut’s vessels passed by
Port Hudson and observed the
cannons. The Union chose to never attack from the river again.
There are many other stories of
Quaker Cannons used to change
the direction of the enemy.

The long and short of this story is
the author. It is our human nature
in that we most often believe
what we hear and read first. The
stories of Mr. Spooner and the
recorded history of the Battle of
Port Hudson are but two stories
both true and false. I would invite
you to become part of the story by
reading and living the word of
God. He is the living author of our
life.
May you be blessed and may
God’s truth give light unto your
path.
Thomas Fortenberry Chaplain

Fourth Brigade Picnic - March 26, 2016

Volunteering
at the
Brandon
Garden Club
Luncheon

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