Volume IX Issue 5

S O N S O F C O N FE D E RAT E V E T E RAN S CAM P # 2 6 5

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May 2016

CAMP
265

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COMMANDER’S QUOTE: “If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way. If not- you’ll find an excuse.”

COMMANDER’S REPORT
Our speaker this month will be another Mississippi Author, Miss Bridget Smith. Her book is about
Confederate General Earl Van Dorn. Books will be for sale before and after the meeting and signed by the
author if you so choose. We will need to discuss the upcoming Relic Show and the Trail of Honor. So
bring someone with you, come early, and as sure as time and tide wait for no man, I’ll probably see you at
Penn’s in Brandon on May 7th, 2016 at 7pm.
-Tim Cupit
THIS MONTH’S GUEST SPEAKER - Bridget H. Smith
Bridget H. Smith was born and raised in Columbia, Tennessee, not far from the
setting of her Civil War era novel Where Elephants Fought. From the first glimpse
into the lives of Jessie Peters and General Earl Van Dorn, she was intrigued and soon
found herself immersed in the world of research for over twenty years. She has a
Masters in English and has taught in high school and college for the last twenty-five
years. She lives in Raymond, Mississippi, with her husband, Ray, and her four
children and is currently at work on her second novel, a more modern tale of sin and
eccentricities set in her beloved South.
Where Elephants Fought - For 150 years, scholars and
amateur Civil War buffs have misinterpreted the infamous
murder of the well-known Confederate General Earl Van Dorn.
Based on twenty years of intense research, the author suggests
that all is not as it appears. The real motivation behind the
doctor’s decision to murder Van Dorn is not a story of jealousy
between a husband and wife, but of loyalty and sacrifice. This
story reveals one woman’s struggle with the blame for
another’s crime and the secret that fractured the Peters family
forever. Perhaps most compelling is the impact the tragedy has
had on the Peters family, with the continued perpetuation of the
150 year old lie to this day.
MEETING AGENDA FOR MAY 7, 2016
- Open with prayer at 7pm sharp
- Pledge ofAllegiance to the U.S. Flag and salutes
- Trivia
- Guest speaker; Bridget Smith/Subject: General Earl Van Dorn
-Adopt minutes fromApril - 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 U.S. flag and MS flag bumper stickers available
- Events Committee Report
-Any other unfinished business? New business?

- Relic show report
- Trail of Honor on May 21st, 22nd, and 23rd
- Order of the Confederate Rose (OCR) report
- SetAdopt-a-Highway Date
- Did everyone sign in?
- Does everyone have a door prize ticket?
- Door prizes
- Close with prayer at approximately 8:20pm
Please leave $1.00 tip for the crew that cleans up!
*STAYAND HELP PUT UPTABLES*

CHAPLAIN’S REPORT
by Tom Fortenberry
MISCONCEPTIONS
Growing up in the South I had in my early years
experienced that the high school education I
received about the Civil War had more or less
painted the North, and Lincoln, as the glorious
saviors of the nation while the South was pictured
as nothing more than a bunch of racist, uneducated,
hillbillies that wanted nothing more than to tear the
nation apart.
The older I have become I have learned that the
South was not the evil incarnate that it has
been made out to be and that, in fact, there were
some outstanding reasons the Southern States
joined together in a common cause. History books
often record the version of the winner. Yet the truth
is that the North was not the savior that sacrificed
their sons to free the black man. In reality, like most
wars, there were heroes and villains on both sides,
there were good causes to fight for like the
destruction of the institution of slavery in the North,
and the idea of a limited federal government with
strong states’ rights in the South. Yes you read it
right. It was observed that slavery in the South had

started to decline well before the start of the War of
Aggression and by 1864 had disappeared almost
completely from southern life. In fact General
Robert E. Lee never owned slaves as most Southern
people could not afford. And President Lincoln did
in fact want to free the slaves simply by sending
them to other countries. Some even made it there,
never to return.
In the end slavery in the North continued through
the war and did not end in the states of Missouri,
New Jersey, Illinois, and New York until well after
the war in 1867.
History is much more complex than any simple
high school lesson. Often our misconceptions are
simply based on our lack of understanding by not
living our lives as God has and continues to teach us
by His Word and through the lives of others.
May God Bless and Keep You
Thomas Fortenberry, Chaplain Camp 265

ORDER OF CONFEDERATE ROSE
Mary Ann Forrest Chapter was chartered on April 9th, 2016

RELIC SHOW UPDATE
As of April 20th, 2016 we have sold 210
tables for our Relic Show! We are
currently working on radio commercial
ads, as well as creating newspaper ads.
We have printed flyers that are to be
distributed to our members for
placement in various businesses and
establishments around the greater tricounty area. We really need to focus on
selling more ads in order to raise money
for our show. We also need to find
living histories, and start securing the
names of volunteers that will be willing
to help with the show!

CIVIL WAR TRIVIA:

MS Society OCR State President, MOCR Chapter President, Brandi Gray with
Melissa Stillman & Brandi Gray, OCR OCR Chapter Vice President, Charla Lewis
Mary Ann Forrest Chapter President

Who was the youngest general in the
Civil War?

TAL FLOYD’S ANCESTOR WRITE UP:
1st Sergeant JamesA. Wilson
Letter Translation:
Meridian, Miss. December 18th, 1864
Dear Son,
I promised to write you a letter and I now take the opportunity of doing so
and if I should never see you again I wish you to keep this letter and you
and your brother keep the instructions I now give you. If you live you will
have to do the duty of a citizen and I admonish you to be kind to your
brothers and sister and obey the instruction of your Mother. Do not keep
company with bad boys. Do no mischief and you will not get into trouble
but have the goodwill of all. Be industrious, learn from your book, and be
wise and good. Be honest and just in all your dealings.
And now my dear sons I advise you should you ever become men
to never vote for a man who was in favor of secession or had anything to do
with bringing about this accursed war for it is their will that I now have to
be separated from you, perhaps never to see you again. Thought I hope it
may please God to spare my life and enable me to return in peace to you.
YourAffectionate Father,
JamesA. Wilson
To: Thomas Wilson
ADJUTANT’S REPORT
by Sid Boteler
Presidential Quotations Regarding the Importance and Value of the Bible
"All the good Savior gave to the world was communicated through this book."
- Abraham Lincoln, 16th President
"The Bible is the one supreme source of revelation of the meaning of life, the nature of God, and spiritual nature and
needs of men. It is the only guide of life which really leads the spirit in the way of peace and salvation. America was
born a Christian nation. America was born to exemplify that devotion to the elements of righteousness which are
derived from the revelations of Holy Scripture”
- Woodrow Wilson, 28th President
"The strength of our country is the strength of its religious convictions. The foundations of our society and our
government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these
teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country."
- Calvin Coolidge, 30th President
“We cannot read the history of our rise and development as a nation without reckoning with the place the Bible has
occupied in shaping the advances of the Republic. Where we have been the truest and most consistent in obeying its
precepts, we have attained the greatest measure of contentment and prosperity.”
- Franklin Roosevelt, 32nd President
Quotes from The American Patriot's Bible, The Word of God and the Shaping of America,
Dr. Richard G. Lee, General Editor

CLEANUP & RESTORATION OF THE OLD RODNEY
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
April 2nd, 2016
Members of SCV Camp #265, Rankin Rough and Ready's; the Order of
Confederate Rose, Mary Ann Forrest Chapter; men of the Crystal Springs
Southern Rights, Camp #712; and SCV 3rd Brigade Councilman Trent Lewis,
in conjunction with citizen volunteers helped with the cleanup and restoration
project of the Old Rodney Presbyterian Church.

CAMP MEETING - April 2, 2016
Thank you, Mrs. Paulette French, for the presentation
on the 10th Mississippi Volunteer Infantry Regiment.
Congratulations newly-appointed 3rd Lt. Cmdr. Tal
Floyd and Sergeant-at-Arms Butch Kuriger. We
appreciate everyone for coming out and enjoyed seeing
the numerous visitors.

Camp Members, Tal Floyd & Butch Kuriger,
swearing in as 3rd Lt. Cmdr. & as Sergeant-AtArm, respectively.
"The Army of Northern Virginia was never defeated. It merely wore itself out whipping the enemy."
- Confederate General Jubal Early (1816-1894)
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Our next meeting is May 7th
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