Volume X Issue 5 May 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
Yes, another month has rolled around. Our speaker this month is the new Executive Director at Beauvoir Dr.
Tom Payne! He is going to bring us up-to-date on all the latest happenings, what's coming up, and let us know
how we can help. Our division candidates will be announced this month but, will not be given the floor to
speak. I think if they show up to shake hands with the knowledge that they will not be speaking, that speaks
volumes itself! We have two new members to vote in, updates on the relic show, the trail of honor, and a few
more business items to discuss. So, bring someone with you, come early, and as sure as tide and time wait for
no man, I'll probably see you at our next meeting at Penn's in Brandon at 7pm on May 6, 2017.
-Tim Cupit

Bob Bankston, Civil War Relic Hunter
Mr. Bob Bankston was our guest speaker for the
April 1st meeting. He has been hunting Civil
War encampments, supply stations, and
battlefields for decades. He has found some of
the most interesting and delicate remnants of one
of the most difficult times in American history.
These items give us an elusive glimpse into the Some items found by Mr. Bankston: (left to right) clay jug,
ornate pickle jar, whiskey bottle, small crock container, pint
every day life and sometimes mundane routine whiskey jar with eagle, imported french mustard jar, domestic
of the soldiers who fought that great war. mustard jar, glass ink well, and Confederate crock ink well.

MEETING AGENDA FOR MAY 6, 2017
Agenda for May 6, 2017 present – no speeches
- Open with prayer at 7pm sharp - Members need to turn in their ballots for division
- Pledge of Allegiance to the US flag and salutes elections.
- Trivia by Ralph Smitherman - May 13th 10am meeting at War Memorial building
- Guest speaker; Dr. Tom Payne: Beauvoir – Q&A to discuss division bylaw changes
- Trail of Honor May 19 set up, 20th, 21st, & 22nd
Unfinished Business turkey shoot!
- Adopt Minutes from April 1st meeting.
Motion, 2nd, Discussions, Vote. New Business
- Camp T-Shirts are $20 – proceeds go to fund the - Vote in new members – gives us eight votes at
Relic Show Reunion
- www.scv265.com & Stats from Chris Merck - Did everyone sign in?
- OCR Report by Brandi Gray - Does everyone have a door prize ticket?
- Kroger card program - Door prizes
- Report from cleanup at McWilliam's house by Tal - Open floor
Floyd - Close meeting with prayer at approximately 8:25pm
- Memorial service reports by Ian Powell - Please leave $1.00 for the girls who clean up behind
- Relic Show update us!
- Announce candidates for division positions that are
RELIC SHOW UPDATE
As of April 6, 2017 we have sold 182 tables for our relic show! Chris and Carl Merck traveled to the
Corinth Civil War Relic Show to recruit vendors and promote our show. We are finalizing designs on
our fliers, newspaper ads and radio ads. We need to find people willing to do a living history at our 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
Bugle Call
A letter found many years after the battle fields had returned Later sitting around the camp fire I asked our bugler why
to planted fields and woods. The words of a Confederate we had been sent behind the enemy's position and then
soldier writing home to his family expressed some of his sounded the bugle. The bugler told us that the commander
day to day life in the camp... had instructed his sergeant to lead us to the rear of the
enemy and sound retreat. He hoped that the enemy would in
The letter in part reads: the noise of battle think it was their own bugle and act
which they did.
“Dear wife and children. My love to all of you from so far Our Chaplain gave a sermon not to long back about a man
away. Slept some the other night. We skirmished two days named Gideon. Gideon was called by God and how he took
ago. Drove them yanks from the field. Whipped them good. 300 men and caused the enemy to retreat so fast they even
Most of my time is waiting and downright boring. The killed each other in their panic. This happened when
company bugler sounds most all of the time. There's a Gideon’s men sounded their bugles and shown their lamps
different bugle call for getting up, cleaning up, fixing up, in the darkness of the night.”
and washing up. I think there is a bugle call for most
everything we do. In fact there's even a bugle call for going Even though the letter written above was fiction, the truth
to bed. of the letter stands as an example of knowing the author. We
The other day when we were fighting them Yankees some of know God’s voice by reading the Bible which is a light unto
us boys snuck through the woods and got behind them while the world. The story of Gideon in the Book of Judges
all the shooting was going on. After we got into position we chapters 6, 7, and 8 bare witness that even in the heat of
hid ourself good. Then when the heat of battle rose up and life's battles we can know God’s voice and the light of His
them Yankees looked to over take our men. We had our truth that causes the enemy to retreat. For where there is
bugler sound retreat knowing that them Yankees uses the light there can not be darkness. And Jesus is our light.
same calls. You should have seen it. Our bugler stood up
and sounded retreat. Sudden like, the shooting stopped and May God Bless each of you with the sounding of God’s
all them Yankees looked like chickens with no rooster. Then trumpet.
they ran past us so fast with out saying a word and kept on
running. I don't tell if them Yankees ever stopped. Thomas Fortenberry, Chaplain. Camp 265

3RD LIEUTENANT COMMANDER’S REPORT
By Ian Powell
This month I thought I would share a little tidbit about my family name. As I was researching my family tree,
I decided to find the meaning and origin of my family's last name – Powell. The name actually has three
meanings: in England it means “an apostle of Paul”; in Wales it means “one who lives by a pond/pool”; and in
Scotland it means “highlander”.

We have a number of events that are coming up in May & June. The 3rd weekend in May is the Trail of
Honor, the 2nd weekend in June is the Mississippi Division SCV Reunion in Oxford, Mississippi, and the 3rd
weekend in June is our Civil War Relic Show. We will need volunteers & helpers at both the Trail of Honor
and the Relic Show, so plan to attend and be ready to work!
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

ADJUTANT’S REPORT
by Charles Lewis
"Captain, my religious belief teaches me to feel as safe On March 18th several camp members picked up trash
in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my as part of the Adopt a Highway project. Thank you for
death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be your time and work.
always ready, no matter when it may overtake me.
That is the way all men should live, and then all would The 4th brigade picnic was March 25th. Camp 265
be equally brave" – Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson donated a Confederate note as a door prize.

We had a packed house at the April meeting. Mr. Bob Governor Phil Bryant issued a proclamation
Bankston spoke on relic hunting, specifically on glass proclaiming April Confederate Heritage Month, and
bottles. It is amazing what can be found in a trash pit. April 24, 2017 as Confederate Memorial Day.
Memorial Services were held all over the state
Several candidates for brigade and division officers honoring our Confederate Veterans. Some 265 camp
spoke. These offices will be filled at the reunion in members and O.C.R.members participated in the
Oxford on June 9th-11th. If you are interested in being Brandon and Vicksburg services.
a delegate let me know.
(601-845-6303 or 601-842-3211) Reminders:
- Trail of Honor - May 20th-22nd.
Thanks to Bill Hinson for the "City of Brandon" - Relic Show - June 17th-18th
commemorative plate you presented to our camp.
We need all the help we can get for these events. Even
Allen Terrell spoke on the condition of Rodney though they are on specific dates we need help the day
Presbyterian Church. He asked each member to donate before and after to set up and take down. Also, we
$20.00 toward paying the engineering expenses. need to continue selling ads. The money from these
Information on donating can be found on the Mary ads help offset the expense of the Relic Show.
Ann Forrest O.C.R. website, or you can contact Chuck Even though we have been having a full house feel
Gray. free to bring a guest or invite someone to our meeting.

Mr. Jerry McWilliams donated a painting (valued at Charles Lewis, Adjutant
$600.00) for fundraising at the Relic Show.Thank you
Mr. Jerry.

The OCR Report
The MAFOCR has been busy volunteering for several projects this month including the clean
up day at Mr. Jerry McWilliams’ house. Special thanks to Mrs. Robbie Lewis and Ms. Charla
Lewis for going over to represent our Chapter. We attended the Confederate Memorial Service
hosted by the Lowry Rifles Camp #1740 on April 15 at the Brandon Cemetery and laid a
wreath to honor those who fought as well as the MS Division Confederate Memorial Service
on April 22 at Soldiers Rest in Vicksburg. It's going to be a busy summer and we look forward
to working with our host camp the Rankin Rough & Readys # 265 in all of their upcoming
activities.
SCV OFFICER ELECTION 2017 CONFEDERATE HERITAGE MONTH
March 31, 2017 marks a great
victory in the fight to preserve our
Confederate heritage and history!
Governor Phil Bryant signed a
These gentlemen stopped by our April meeting to
proclamation stating that April is
introduce themselves and try to earn your vote in the
now Confederate Heritage month,
2017 SCV officer elections. Good luck to you all!
whereas April 24th is Confederate
Memorial Day, to honor those who
served in the Confederacy.

Fourth Brigade Commander candidates Bill Hinson (left) and Chris Bryant.

Fourth Brigade Councilman candidates Patrick Charlton (left) and
Bruce Warren.

First Lieutenant Commander candidate Connor Bond (left), and On Saturday March 18th, members from Camp 265 gathered in downtown
Division Commander candidate Jeff Barnes. Brandon to pick up trash along a one-mile stretch of Highway 80 just east
of the Confederate statue on the square.
Members of Camp 265 attended the Fourth Brigade picnic in Forrest, Mississippi on March 25th.

MAFOCR ladies in mourning at the Forrest memorial service on Monday
April 17, 2017.

Photo of Camp 265 members at the 155th anniversary of the Battle of
Shiloh.
Members of Camp 265 pitched in to help clean up around Mr. Jerry McWilliams’ house, in return for his donation of an oil painting to be given away at this
year’s Civil War Relic Show.

On Saturday April 15th, several members of Camp 265 and the MAFOCR dressed in period-style attire and attended a memorial service at the Brandon
cemetery.

ADOPT-A-FLOOR
Members of MAFOCR and Camp 265
gathered at the Blair E. Batson
Children’s hospital of Mississippi and
donated snacks to the hospital pantry
through the Adopt-A-Floor program. A
free food pantry is made available to
the parents of ill children in the
hospital so they don’t have to leave
their loved ones side.
Members from MAFOCR and Camp 265 deliver their Thank you letter sent to MAFOCR by
donation to the Adopt-A-Floor program. Volunteer Coordinator Angela Compere.
PLEASE SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS - THEY SUPPORT US!
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
ADMISSION IS FREE!
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

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Our next meeting is May 6th
at Penn’s in Brandon at 7:00pm.
Come early!