Volume IX Issue 10

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

ROUGH
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READYS

RANKIN

October 2016

CAMP
265

RANKIN DISPATCH
N E W S LE TT E R O F T H E RAN K I N R O U G H & R EADY’S

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

COMMANDER’S REPORT
We set up at the Muscadine Jubilee on September 10, 2016. It was encouraging to see the support for our State
Flag and the patriotism of the crowd leading up to 9/11. We collected 277 signatures for initiative 58 and met a
ton of good people who showed overwhelming support for what we were doing! Our speaker this month will be
historian and Mississppi author Jim Woodrick. He will be presenting a program on his book about the siege of
Jackson MS. We are going to have another great meeting that starts at 7pm and the OCR will have their meeting
at 6:15pm so, come early, bring someone with you, and as sure as we handed out 1,200 Mississippi flag bumper
stickers at the Muscadine Jubilee, I'll probably see you at our next meeting on October 1, 2016 at Penn's in
Brandon.

-Tim Cupit
September Guest Speaker
Our guest speaker for the September 3rd meeting was Bro. James
Taylor. He spoke about the hardships faced by soldiers and their
families due to the separation from loved ones during the Civil War. A
most powerful and heartfelt presentation with some humor and poetry
sprinkled among the stories. There were very few dry eyes in the room
after he spoke - surely there was a lot of dust in the air! We can’t wait to
have him back! Thank you Bro. Taylor!

MEETING AGENDA FOR OCTOBER 1, 2016

- Flag rally report
- MHC flag debate report
- Any other unfinished business?

Agenda for October 1, 2016
- Open with prayer at 7pm sharp
New Business
- Pledge of Allegiance to the US Flag and salutes
- Set MDOT Adopt a Highway trash pick up date
- Trivia
- Guest speaker; Jim Woodrick – The Siege of Jackson – Q&A - Dues are due! Drawing for Confederate bond
valued at $600 will be at the November meeting.
Only paid members are eligible for the drawing!
Unfinished Business
- Camp T-Shirts are $20 – proceeds go to fund the Relic Show - New Members
- Did everyone sign in?
- www.scv265.com and Camp Facebook stats
- First Thursday Coin Club meeting at Brandon library 6:30pm - Does everyone have a door prize ticket?
- Door Prizes
- We have flags and MS flag bumper stickers available
- Open Floor
- Events committee report by Tal Floyd
- Close with prayer at approximately 8:20pm
- Dues are due!
- Election for camp officers held at November meeting
Please leave $1.00 tip for the crew that cleans up!
- Fall Muster is Oct. 14th, 15th, & 16th
*STAYAND HELPPUT UPTABLES*
- Muscadine Jubilee report

CHAPLAIN’S REPORT
by Tom Fortenberry
Out of the Trenches
If I were to tell you without qualification that the American
people have a God-given right to alter or abolish any
government or unjust laws and to replace them with
something new, how would that strike you? Would you reject
the idea because it is only me who is saying it? Does the idea
seem too radical, or too extreme? Would it make a difference
if you realized that without this type of radical thinking, there
wouldn’t be a United States of America at all? Let’s put it into
context: It was the year 1781 and General George Washington
with the help of the French defeated the British at the Battle of
Yorktown thus ending the First Revolutionary War. It is
recorded that as the British Army marched out to surrender,
their band played, “ the world turned upside down”.
Good for us and yet sadly for the British rule their world did
turn upside down.

Still think the idea of a right to alter or abolish any of our
present governments is too radical or extreme? Well, some
people certainly think so, and they’ve taken steps to make
sure nothing like what happened in the American
Revolution or the War of Aggression ever happens again.
First, they have taken pains to discredit the Declaration and
the Scriptures to restrict the way it is taught. Second, they
have enacted statutes to strongly discourage any “throwing
off” of the government, to wit:

Rebellion or insurrection. Whoever incites, sets on foot,
assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against
the authority of the United States or the laws thereof …
shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than
ten years, or both…. 18 U.S.C. §2383.
Seditious conspiracy. If two or more persons … in any place
subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to
overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government
of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to
The founding documents which laid the bedrock of our nation oppose by force the authority thereof, … they shall each be
have not changed. And yet many have turned the world upside fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty
down by laying aside and discarding both the Constitution and years, or both. 18 U.S.C. §2384.
The above regulations are only a few of the many laws by
the Word of God into the trash bin.
which we are subjected beyond the intent of the founding
documents.
I pray that today as it has for many who have come before us
that their witness will instill in each of us to carry the Truth in
our hearts and lives. Thus we continue to teach our children in The War of Aggression did not begin at Fort Sumter nor did
it end at Appomattox. The war against our freedom
faith to proclaim our freedoms as we stand and proclaim.
continues today in its attempt to turn the world upside down
by the removal of anything connected to the Confederate
We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are …
men and women who fought for their release from a
endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights….
destructive government. Maybe it should be our purpose to
That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted
help in the removal of their good names from the schools,
among Men…. That whenever any Form of Government
streets, towns, cities, and other places which continue to fail
becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the
in measuring up to the honored and noble character of those
People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new
who fought for Southern Independence.
Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and
organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem
Jesus and twelve men turned the world upside down. And
most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. … Mankind
are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to we can also turn the world upside down by taking the fight
to the enemy with the first step out of the trenches.
right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are
Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a
accustomed. But when a long Train of Abuses and
good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for
Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a
the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their
God Bless
Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to
provide new Guards for their future security. Declaration of
Independence (1776).
– Thomas Fortenberry, Chaplain. Camp 265

“All we ask
is to be let alone.”
- Confederate President, Jefferson Davis

ADJUTANT’S REPORT
by Sid Boteler
Washington had four bullets through his coat, yet
unharmed
Tensions between Britian’s King George and France's King
Louis XV exploded into the first global war - the Seven Years
War, called in America the French and Indian War. It was
sparked by the ambush in 1754 of a French detachment in the
Ohio Valley by British militia led by 22 year old Virginia
Colonel George Washington. It spread to ever major power in
Europe and their colonies in the Caribbean, India, Philippines
and Africa. Over a million died. 1,400 British troops marched
over the Appalachian Mountains to seize French Fort
Duquense, near present day Pittsburg. One of the wagon
drivers was 21 year-old Daniel Boone. On July 9, 1755 they
passed through a deep wooded ravine along the Monongahela
River. Eight miles south of the Fort, they were ambushed by
French regulars, Canadians, and Potawatomi and Ottawa
Indians. Not accustomed to fighting in open fields over 900
British soldiers were annihilated in The Battle of the
Wilderness or the Battle of Monongahela.
Col. George Washington rode back and forth druing the battle
delivering orders for General Edward Braddock, the
Commander In Chief of the British forces in America.
Eventually, Braddock was killed and every officer on
horseback was shot, except Washington. Washington carried
Braddock from the field. Braddock's field desk was captured,
revealing all the British Military Plans enabling the French to
surprise and defeat the British forces in the battles of Fort
Oswego, Fort William Henry, Fort Duquesne and Carrilon.
The British losses convinced the Iroquois tribes of the Senecas
and Cayugas to switch allegiances to the French.

Before he died Braddock gave Washington his battle uniform
sash, which Washington carried with him the rest of his life,
even while Commander-In-Chief and President. Washington
presided at the burial service for General Braddock, as the
chaplain was wounded. Braddock's body was buried in the
middle of the road so as to prevent it from being found and
desecrated.
Shortly thereafter, writing from For Cumberland, George
Washington described the Battle of Monongahela to his
younger brother, JohnA. Washington, July 18, 1755:
“As I have heard, since my arrival at this place, a
circumstantial account of my death and dying speech, I take
this early opportunity of contradicting the first, and assuring
you that I have not composed the letter.
But by All Powerful Dispensations of Providence, I have been
protected beyond all human probability or expectation. For I
had four bullets through my coat, and two horses out from
under me, yet escaped unhurt. Although death was leveling my
companions on every side of me.”
An Indian warrior later declared:
“Washington was never born to be killed by a bullet. I had
seventeen fair fires at him with my rifle and after all could not
bring him to the ground.”
Taken from "Miracles in American History”
by Susie Federrer

NEW MEMBERS

Welcome Carl W. Spratlin to the Camp #265 family!

At the September 3rd meeting we welcomed several new
members to the Camp #265 family. Most of the new
members appeared in person to receive their membership
certificates, except one. This certificate was an unusual one,
special if you will. New member John H. Chipley’s
Confederate ancestor was himself a member of Co. A, 6th
Mississippi Infantry– better known as the original “Rankin
Rough & Ready’s”. Mr. Chipley was unable to attend the
meeting to receive his certificate, but we still welcome him
just the same. If you see these new members, shake their
hand and let them know they are welcomed to the family!

We would like to thank the
Brandon Coin Club once again for
making a donation for our monthly
door prize drawings. For the
September meeting, a Roman
Diocletian coin dating from 284302 A.D. was donated!
Welcome also Michael A. Bowling to the Camp #265 family!

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Louis Foley was present at the September 3rd
meeting to present several certificates of
appreciation to members for their hard work and
dedication to the SCV cause.

Photo of CSV members at the funeral of Alex C. Heathman, Jr.,
complete with Confederate battle flag draped over his casket.

THE LONG GRAY LINE
byAlex C. Heathman, Jr.

September 3rd guest speaker Bro. James Taylor and Louis Foley.

His eyes gazed down the dusty road,
At the winding columns of Gray.
His heart felt sad for those brave men
For the horror they'd meet that day.
His heart felt heavy, his throat drew tight,
His eyes felt the sting of tears;
He knew that soon he may be dead
Defending the land he loved so dear.
He carried with him a piece of cloth,
Of red & white & blue.
The Confederate flag, that
Glorious flag of honor, tried and true.

Brandi Gray accepted a certificate from Louis Foley on behalf of
her husband Chuck Gray.

His thoughts turned to home, for now
And happier times gone by.
Before that horrible conflict began
And brothers had to die.
He thought of happy, funfilled days
And children's smiling faces.
Of home, and family & old dear friends
And of more tranquil places.
He remembered his wife's last words
To him, "Come safely back to me,
I pray to God for this war to end soon,
And for him to watch over thee."

Louis Foley presenting Tim Cupit a certificate of appreciation for
his dedication and hard work.

He turned his thoughts back, once again,
To the winding columns of Gray.
And wondered how many of these valiant men
Would live to see another day.
With tears in his eyes, and sadness
Of hear, he slowly rode away.
To live and fight for the Southern cause
With those other brave men in Gray.

Members of the Mary Ann Forrest chapter of the OCR were
presented achievement pins for their sashes after donating school
supplies for local school children.

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS - THEY SUPPORT US!

The Sons of Confederate Veterans
Camp #265

THE RANKIN DISPATCH
317 Lake Heather Road
Brandon, MS 39047

Our next meeting is September 3rd
at Penn’s in Brandon at 7:00pm.
Come early!

NON-PROFIT ORG.
U.S. POSTAGE PAID
BRANDON, MS
PERMIT NO. 265