Volume X Issue 4 April 2017

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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
I assure you our next meeting is on April 1st. It’s not an April Fool’s joke! We will have Bob Bankston as our
speaker. He is one of the premier Relic Collectors in Mississippi. He will bring some of his most interesting
finds and discuss them. He is one of our Relic Show vendors and has been instrumental in helping us promote
the show and in securing quality vendors. We have at least one and maybe more new members to vote in to
the camp. I will update everyone on the progress of our Relic Show and much more. I don’t know how else to
say it, it’s going to be another great meeting. So, bring someone with you, come early, and as sure as water is
wet, I’ll probably see you at our next camp meeting at Penn’s in Brandon at 7:00pm.
-Tim Cupit

Special Guest Speaker for March, Cindy Gardner
Some people believe that Mississippi has been inhabited by people for only a few hundred years.
Nothing could be farther from the truth. Cindy Gardner is the site administrator for Two
Mississippi Museums, which includes the new Museum of Mississippi History and the
Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. She attended our March meeting and gave a preview of what
the new museums will cover. You can begin your tour with artifacts from over ten thousand years
ago, all the way to modern day Mississippi. The grand opening will coincide with Mississippi’s
Bicentennial Celebration on Saturday December 9th, 2017. We can’t wait to take a tour through
the new facility!

MEETING AGENDA FOR APRIL 1, 2017
Agenda for April 1, 2017 - Memorial Service at Brandon Cemetery April 15th at
- Open with prayer at 7pm sharp 10am
- Pledge of Allegiance to the US flag and salutes - Vicksburg Memorial Service on April 22nd at 2pm
- Trivia - Sound system feedback
- Guest speaker; Bob Bankston: dug relics - Q&A - Relic Show update
- We have sponsorship Letters available
Unfinished Business
- Adopt Minutes from March 4th meeting. New Business
Motion, 2nd, Discussions, Vote. - Vote on new members
- Camp T-Shirts are $20 – proceeds go to fund the - Fourth Brigade Commander candidates, Bill Hinson
Relic Show and Chris Bryant, and Fourth Brigade Councilman
- www.scv265.com & Stats from Chris Merck candidates, Bruce Warren and Patrick Charlton, will
- First Thursday Coin Club meeting at Brandon library each have three minutes to give their campaign
6:30pm speech.
- OCR Report by Brandi Gray - Did everyone sign in?
- Kroger card program report by Chris Merck - Does everyone have a door prize ticket?
- Adopt-a-hwy report by Ian Powell - Door prizes
- Blair E. Batson OCR/SCV Adopt-A-Floor campaign - Open floor
report by Charla Lewis - Close meeting with prayer at approximately 8:25pm
- 4th Brigade picnic report by Tal Floyd - Please leave $1.00 for the girls who clean up behind
us!
RELIC SHOW UPDATE
As of March 14th, 2017 we have sold 172 tables for our Relic Show! Commander Tim Cupit traveled to
the Memphis Relic Show to solicit vendors and promote our show. We are currently working on the
design for our 4”x12” flier, and we need to find people willing to do a LIVING HISTORY at our Relic
Show- please keep that in mind and spread the word! Camp T-shirts are for sale and the money is used to
help fund the Relic Show. We also need help raising money by selling ads in our newsletter or soliciting
donations. Any help with this endeavor would be greatly appreciated by all of us at Camp 265.
Remember: if you ask, you may be told no, but if you never ask- you’ll never be told yes!

CHAPLAIN’S REPORT
by Tom Fortenberry
Have a Coke!
Many of us around these parts know well the story of injury. As a result, Colonel Pemberton began and soon
the battle of Vicksburg. We remember the courage and developed a mixture of coca leaves, extracted in wine,
sacrifice of our soldiers who fought to defend the and extract of kola nuts. His new mixture soon took
citizens and the honor of the Confederate States of the place of morphine and was even being sold in the
America during those times of trial. Confederate local drug stores and surrounding areas with great
General John C. Pemberton, Commander of success.
Confederate forces at Vicksburg stands at the forefront
of those days. Years after the end of the War of Aggression, John S.
Pemberton continued to produce his formula but was
While General Pemberton is well remembered there is forced to modify it to remove the alcohol due to the
another, Colonel John Stith Pemberton, nephew of 1886 prohibition. As time passed Pemberton continued
General Pemberton, defended the area around to change his mixture with the addition of carbonated
Columbus, Georgia. Unlike his uncle General water and syrup to what we have today. In 1894 Coca
Pemberton, Colonel Pemberton did not posses such a Cola was first bottled in Vicksburg, Mississippi at 25
celebrated military history as his uncle. cents per gallon. Have a Coke!

While both had been trained and educated in medicine It is always amazing how places and names though
and pharmacy. Both men were separated by many hundreds of miles and years apart are brought
hundreds of miles yet their names and places would together. So also our faith.
later join them together.
We are closer than we realize and joined in one cause.
During the time Colonel Pemberton was fighting in May God Bless each of you.
defense of Columbus Georgia, he was almost killed.
As a result he began to use his learning in medicine to
help both himself and others who experienced great May God bless and keep you.
pain from wounds received in battle. Morphine was Thomas Fortenberry, Chaplain. Camp 265
often used and was of its nature an addiction added to

The OCR Report
We appreciate the show of support for the
Blair E Batson adopt a floor project at our
last meeting. We are preparing for more
upcoming events in the next few months and
appreciate what Camp 265 does to help our
success! Please check out our website
www.maryannforrestocr.com
ADJUTANT’S REPORT
by Charles Lewis
"Believe that you can whip the enemy, and you have April is Confederate History Month. What a great time
won half the battle." – J. E. B. Stuart to visit the cemetery and pay respect to your ancestors.
There are memorial services going on all over the
We had a full house at the March meeting, and got an state:
overview of the two new museums scheduled to open
in Jackson in Dec. 2017. - Saturday April 1st Crystal Springs Confederate
Memorial Service
I want to welcome back,as an active member, Lonnie
Pridgen. Remember that membership dues are due on - Saturday April 8th Clinton Confederate
or before July 31st. At the Nov. meeting there will be a Memorial Service, Clinton City Cemetery,
drawing for a special door prize (valued at 300 to 600 Clinton MS
dollars) for members who's dues are current. You don't
want to miss a chance to win it. - Saturday April 15th Brandon Confederate
Memorial Service, Historic Brandon Cemetery,
At the March meeting we agreed to purchase a sound 10:00 A.M. Brandon, MS**
system from the MS Council for the Blind, Jackson
chapter. Thanks Mr. Ralph Smitherman for bringing - Saturday April 22nd State Confederate
the offer to the camp. Now no one should have a Memorial Service, Soldier's Rest Confederate
problem hearing the speakers. Cemetery, 2:00 P.M. Vicksburg MS**

The camp and OCR adopted a floor at Blair E. Batson. - Sunday April 30th Jackson Confederate
This project consists of supplying free snacks to Memorial Service, Greenwood Cemetery,
parents of hospitalized children. Often parents do not Jackson MS
want to leave their child to get food, so these snacks
play an important roll at a stressful time for them. We ** Camp 265 members and OCR members will
passed the hat at the March meeting and a total of participate in these services.
$150.00 was collected to buy snacks. Other members
brought snacks. Thanks to all. We delivered them to Keep in mind: Trail of Honor May 20th - 22nd Relic
the hospital on March 9th. Show June 17th - 18th
We are in the process of putting together an enhanced We will need help the day prior to the event to set up.
camp roster. We NEED your home telephone number, Come if you can. All help is appreciated.
cell number, email, if you have a Facebook account
and any other means of contact. Please give this – Charles Lewis, Adjutant
information to Tim Cupit, Chuck Gray, or me Charles
Lewis. By doing this we will be able to keep you
better informed on camp activities.

C IV I L W A R R E L I C S H O W
B R A N D O N C I TY H A L L
S A T . J U N E 1 7 TH 9 AM - 5 PM
S U N . J U N E 1 8 TH 9AM - 4 PM
F O R I N F O C A L L T I M C U P IT 7 6 9 - 2 3 4 - 2 9 6 6
Tim Cupit presented Mr. Paul A. McCraw (Above) with Mr. Willard Earl Chatham also received his certificate of
his certificate of membership upon the record of his membership upon the record of his Confederate ancestor
Confederate Ancestor, Private Otho Grantham of Co. A, Sergeant Kirkland Obediah May, Co. G, 7th Mississippi
38th Mississippi Cavalry. Infantry, “Goode Rifles” – Welcome!

The rifle Mr. McCraw is holding is an original U.S.
Model 1842 Musket, also known as a "Liege". Retired as
the standard infantry firearm in 1855, the U.S. Model
1842 musket was returned to service with the onset of
hostilities in April 1861. Thousands of the .69-caliber
smoothbores – the first regulation percussion muskets
ever made – were stored in Southern arsenals before the
War. Countless Confederate soldiers went into battle
carrying Model 1842 muskets, like the one Mr. McCraw
is holding above, even as late as December 1863. The
muzzle of the weapon's 42-inch-long barrel could also be
fitted with a socket bayonet.

The Confederacy's meager cache of modern firearms was
snatched up by the South's regular state militias within
weeks of the start of the War. The leavings – obsolete
flintlocks and percussion smoothbores – were distributed
among the throngs of impassioned volunteers who,
initially at least, accepted them with little complaint.

It was not long, however, before infantrymen began to
chafe at fumbling with flints and smoothbores while their
Yankee counterparts carried percussion rifles. Even those
Brandi Gray, President of the Mary Ann Forrest chapter of
Rebels familiar with the intricacies of firing a flintlock the Order of Confederate Rose, presented Camp
were hardpressed to overcome the smoothbore's Commander Tim Cupit with a token of appreciation and
appalling inaccuracy. dedication to the cause of our Confederate ancestors.
Congratulations Mr. Cupit!
So loath were Confederate foot soldiers to bear
smoothbores that, in May 1861, several companies of the
28th Virginia mutinied, and, in the words of Jubal A.
Early, Colonel of Volunteers, "declared that they would
not take muskets." Only Early's dire threats of summary
discharge and public disgrace persuaded the men to
accept the weapons - all except eight holdout soldiers,
who were hooted out of camp.
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Our next meeting is April 1st
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Come early!