VOLUME X ISSUE 8 2017

ROUGH The Sons of Confederate Veterans – Camp 265
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CAMP
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Home of the Rankin Rough & Ready’s – Brandon, Mississippi

Commander’s Report JULY’S GUEST SPEAKER:
I would like to welcome our new members to Camp #265! In my Grady Howell
opinion, when we take in new members, it’s their stamp of
approval on the positive things we are doing in the community
and that ole times here are not forgotten! Please remember we
will have a drawing at the October meeting for a 44 caliber pistol;
along with a holster, belt & buckle, & cap box valued at $350.00.
Only members who are current on their dues will be eligible for
the drawing!

Our speaker this month is Mr. Forrest Cooper. He is a vendor at
our Relic Show and another fine Mississippi author. On top of
that, we have new members coming in, more door prizes to give
away from the relic show, and more food and fellowship than you
can shake a stick at! So come early, bring someone with you, and
as sure as my grass grows faster than it goes through a goose, I’ll
probably see you at Penn’s in Brandon on August 5th, 2017 at
7pm. – Tim Cupit

Meeting Agenda for August 5th
Agenda For August 5th, 2017 Meeting
- Open with prayer at 7pm sharp
- Pledge of Allegiance to the US flag and salutes
- Trivia by Ralph Smitherman
- Guest Speaker – Forrest Cooper – Q & A
Our guest speaker for the month of July was Mr. Grady Howell.
His topic was the M1841 “Mississippi rifle” – a muzzle-loading
Unfinished Business percussion rifle used in the Mexican–American War and the
- Adopt minutes from July 3rd meeting. Motion, 2nd, discussion, American Civil War.
Vote.
- Dues are due by July 31st with a 30 day grace period. Dues The nickname "Mississippi" originated in the Mexican–American
need to be in by August 28th or you will be delinquent! War when future Confederate president Jefferson Davis was
- www.scv265.com and Facebook stats from Chris Merck appointed Colonel of the Mississippi Rifles, a volunteer regiment
- 1st Thursday Coin Club Ed Lofton Brandon Library at 6:30pm from the state of Mississippi. Colonel Davis sought to arm his
- OCR Report by Brandi Gray regiment with the Model 1841 rifles. At this time, smoothbore
- Kroger card program muskets were still the primary infantry weapon and any unit with
- Relic Show Door Prize Winners rifles was considered special and designated as such. Davis
clashed with his commanding officer, General Winfield Scott,
New Business who said that the weapons were insufficiently tested and refused
- Vote in new members the request. Davis took his case to the President James Knox Polk
- Did everyone sign in? who agreed with Davis that his men be armed with them. The
- Does everyone have a door prize ticket? incident was the start of a lifelong feud between Davis and Scott.
- Door prizes
- Open floor Copied from:
- Close meeting with prayer at approximately 8:30pm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M1841_Mississippi_rifle
- Please leave $1.00 for the girls who clean up behind us!

Keep up with what’s happening in and around
Camp 265 by checking out the official
Commander’s Quote: Rankin Rough & Ready’s Facebook page!
“If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way. http://www.facebook.com/scv265
If not- you’ll find an excuse.”
Congratulations to Mr. Frank Altieri for winning
this beautiful patriotic rocking chair from the
2017 Civil War Relic Show. He attended our July
meeting to claim his prize, and was gracious
enough to send us some photos of the chair at it’s
new home. Being a military veteran himself, we
know that he will appreciate and cherish it! Thank
you for your service Mr.Altieri!

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ADJUTANT’S REPORT
by Charles Lewis
"The Army of North Virginia was never defeated. It merely wore
itself out whipping the enemy." – General Jubal Early, CSA

Thanks to all who attended the July meeting. I know you enjoyed Mr.
Grady Howell's historical, yet humorous talk. On Sat. June 24, 2017
Chuck Gray, Brandon Audirsch, and Brayden Gray went to Beauvoir
and helped clean up from the recent storm. Thank you for
representing our camp. This is what the SCV is about. Honoring our
ancestors by stepping up and helping when we are needed, much in
the same way they would have done.

We voted in thirteen (13) new members and one (1) new cadet at the
July meeting. Welcome Lamar Lockard Barber, Thomas C. Henry,
Steven Lee Hood, Thomas M. Luke, Sr., James Samuel Parker, Mike
Wooten, Kim L. Cook, William James Cummins, Fisher Brooks Photo of new Camp 265 members present at the July meeting. Our camp
Hester, Winston Verlee Parish, Ethan Varner, Patrick " Lee " Weeks, family is growing by leaps and bounds!
Ladell Wicker, and cadet Joseph Case Wicker. Now you are members
of the Rankin Rough and Ready's, Camp 265.

The Mary Ann Forrest OCR is continuing to raise money to help
purchase Sparkey the Fire Dog a new uniform. This uniform will cost
the Brandon Fire Dept. about $2000.00. The OCR has set a goal of
$500.00 to help with this expense. Please contribute if you can.

SCV membership dues are due by July 31st, with ONLY a 31 day
grace period, that ends August 31. After August 31st if your dues are
not paid you will be required to apply for reinstatement and pay an
additional $7.50 reinstatement fee. As the August meeting is the last
time we will meet, and be together as a group, before the grace
period ends on August 31st, please make an effort to pay your dues at
this meeting. All members whose dues are paid by the end of Aug.
will be eligible for a prize drawing at the October meeting. THE
PRIZE: A 44 cal. pistol, holster, cap pouch and belt with CSA buckle,
valued at $350.00!
Door prize winners from the Civil War Relic Show holding a check for one
Camp dues are $50.00, checks should be made out to “SCV Camp thousand dollars that was donated to the Wounded Warriors of Mississippi.
265”, and mailed to:

Charles Lewis Please help us support our
1324 Rosemary Road Wounded Warriors of Mississippi
Florence, MS 39073 by visiting their web page at:
https://www.woundedwarriorsofms.com
CHAPLAIN’S REPORT
by Tom Fortenberry
Years ago a farmer owned land along the Atlantic seacoast. He constantly advertised for
hired hands. Most people were reluctant to work on farms along the Atlantic. They
dreaded the awful storms that raged across the Atlantic, wreaking havoc on the
buildings and crops.

As the farmer interviewed applicants for the job, he received a steady stream of refusals.
Finally, a short, thin man, well past middle age, approached the farmer. “Are you a good
farm hand?” the farmer asked him. “Well, I can sleep when the wind blows,” answered
the little man. Although puzzled by this answer, the farmer, desperate for help, hired
him.

The little man worked well around the farm, busy from dawn to dusk, and the farmer felt
satisfied with the man’s work. Then one night the wind howled loudly in from offshore.
Jumping out of bed, the farmer grabbed a lantern and rushed next door to the hired
hand’s sleeping quarters. He shook the little man and yelled, “Get up! A storm is
coming! Tie things down before they blow away!” The little man rolled over in bed and
said firmly, “No sir. I told you, I can sleep when the wind blows.”

Enraged by the response, the farmer was tempted to fire him on the spot. Instead, he
hurried outside to prepare for the storm. To his amazement, he discovered that all of the
haystacks had been covered with tarpaulins. The cows were in the barn, the chickens
were in the coops, and the doors were barred. The shutters were tightly secured.
Everything was tied down. Nothing could blow away. The farmer then understood what
his hired hand meant, so he returned to his bed to also sleep while the wind blew.

Mary Ann Forrest Chapter
of the Order of Confederate Rose
The ladies of the MAFOCR need your help
in their ongoing efforts to raise money for
Sparky the Fire Dog. The Brandon Fire
Department will soon purchase a new
uniform for Sparky the Fire Dog so he can
return to the schools teaching children fire
safety. Contact Brandi Gray for more info.

On Saturday, August 12th come out and help the Lowry
Rifles SCV Camp paint the Brandon Cemetery chain fence
at 7:00 a.m. – Contact Bill Hinson for more information. Photo of Admiral David Farragut (left) aboard the USS Hartford.

For more information on the Mary Ann Forrest Chapter of On August 5, 1864, at the Battle of Mobile Bay, Union Admiral
the Order of Confederate Rose, or to become a member, David Farragut (1801-70) –famous for the order “Damn the
please visit them online at www.maryannforrestocr.com torpedoes, full speed ahead!” given during this battle– led his
flotilla through the Confederate defenses at Mobile, Alabama,
to seal one of the last major Southern ports. The fall of Mobile
You can also visit them on Facebook at: Bay was a major blow to the Confederacy, and the victory was
www.facebook.com/maryannforrest23/ the first in a series of Yankee successes that helped secure the
re-election of President Abraham Lincoln (1809-65) later that
year.
The Confederate Dollar
The Confederate States of America dollar was first issued just before scissors and signed by clerks, continue to stimulate debate among
the outbreak of the American Civil War by the newly formed antique dealers, with even some of the counterfeit notes commanding
Confederacy. It was not backed by hard assets, but simply by a promise high prices.
to pay the bearer after the war, on the prospect of Southern victory and
independence. – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confederate_States_dollar

As the war began to tilt against the Confederates, confidence in the
currency diminished, and inflation followed. By the end of 1863, the
Confederate dollar (or "Greyback", to distinguish it from the then-new
"Greenback" paper US dollar, which was likewise put into circulation
during the war) was quoted at just six cents in gold, and fell further still.

The Greyback is now a prized collector's item, in its many versions,
including those issued by individual states and local banks. The various
engravings of leading Confederates, gods and goddesses and scenes of
slave-life, on these hastily printed banknotes, sometimes cut with
Confederate fifty dollar bill depicting President Jefferson Davis.

SUPPORT CAMP 265 WHEN YOU SHOP!
Do you shop at Kroger? You can now give a percentage of what you spend on groceries directly to SCV265 when you use your Kroger
Plus Card. No cost to you. Big benefit for the Camp and our activities. (This doesn’t interfere in any way with your gas points, etc.)

Go to www.krogercommunityrewards.com and create an account using your actual Kroger rewards card number. Follow the directions
below. It's really easy and every little bit helps! Thank you!

TO USE THE KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM:
• Register online at krogercommunityrewards.com
• Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy and register your card with your organization after you sign up.
• If a member does not yet have a Kroger Plus card, please let them know that they are available at the customer service desk at any
Kroger.
• Click on Sign In/Register
• Most participants are new online customers, so they must click on SIGN UPTODAY in the ‘New Customer?’box.
• Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a
password, agreeing to the terms and conditions
• You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.
• Click on MyAccount and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
• Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
• Update or confirm your information.
• Enter NPO number 80674 or our name Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp#265, select our organization from list and click on confirm.
• To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page.
• REMEMBER, purchases will not count for your group until after your member(s) register their card(s).
• Do you use your phone number at the register? Call 800-576-4377, select option 4 to get your Kroger Plus card number.
• Members must swipe their registered Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to their registered Kroger Plus card when
shopping for each purchase to count.

Do you shop online with Amazon? If so, every time you make a purchase, you can help the camp earn a small amount from Amazon... at
no cost to you! Simply go to http://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-0910868 or go to http://smile.amazon.com and make sure the Rankin
Rough & Ready’s is your supported organization (search for "rankin rough").
PLEASE SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS - THEY SUPPORT US!
The Sons of Confederate Veterans
Camp #265

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317 Lake Heather Road BRANDON, MS
Brandon, MS 39047 PERMIT NO. 265

Our next meeting is August 5th
at Penn’s in Brandon at 7:00pm.
Come early!