Monday, August 4, 2014

NEXT MEETING

August 12, 2014: Logan’s Roadhouse Restaurant, Lake Charles Program. Speaker: Charles Lauret former Louisiana Division State SCV Commander and Commander Army of Trans-Mississippi. 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12.

Charles Lauret

Charles Lauret – Biography
Member of the SCV since 2000.
Brig. Gen. J.J. Alfred A. Mouton Camp #778 of Opelousas, La.
·        1st LT Commander
·        Commander
·        Adjutant
Louisiana Division
·        Southwest Brigade Commander
·        1st LT Commander
·        Division Commander
National SCV
·        Chief Aide de Camp
·        ATM Councilman


·        ATM Commander (present)
Finding Your Way Home
Commander’s Column August, 2014


What is basic and fundamental to our unity as a local SCV camp? I believe the basis of our unity is found in the SCV Charge which we read publicly at every meeting:
“To you, Sons of Confederate Veterans, we will commit the vindication of the Cause for which we fought. To your strength will be given the defense of the Confederate soldier's good name, the guardianship of his history, the emulation of his virtues, the perpetuation of those principles which he loved and which you love also, and those ideals which made him glorious and which you also cherish.”
General Stephan Dill Lee
It is the SCV Charge that defines, motivates, challenges, and unites us as SCV brothers. Our whole purpose for existence is found in this historic statement. We exist to defend the good name of our Confederate ancestors, protect the true history of the War Between the States, and perpetuate the ideals and values of our forbearers. This is our purpose. If we ignore the SCV Charge and focus upon secondary, non-essential issues, then we will see our unity shattered and our effectiveness diminished as a camp. We do not have to like each other to be unified. It is nice when we all like each other, but it is not necessary. We do not all have to have the same personality to work together There will be personality clashes in our SCV Camp but such should not destroy unity. We have to respect each other, even when the personalities of some of our members drive the rest of us up the wall. Why? Because the SCV Charge challenges to emulate the virtues of our Confederate ancestors, who fought side by side with our us fellow soldiers who had different personalities. We do not have to agree on every issue to be unified. But we must focus upon fulfilling the SCV Charge even when we disagree with our fellow members. Interests outside the SCV should not divide us. I am a Baylor Bear. There are members in our Camp who are great LSU, McNeese, University of Houston, Texas A. & M., and UL Lafayette fans. We can have some fun with each other in this area but the support of our favorite college football team should not divide us or cause strife in the Camp. Contemporary politics should not divide us. Our religious preferences should not divide us. We do not all have to dress alike to be united. We do not all like to hunt and fish in order to be united. And we do not have to be Republicans or Democrats to be united in the SCV. The core values set forth by the SCV Charge are basic to our unity. Our responsibility is to work together to implement the principles set forth in the SCV Charge. Any significance issue or position that does not come out of the SCV Charge should not be allowed to divide us. If secondary issues arise, then such issues should be addressed in private, outside of our monthly meeting, not in front of guests or potential members. The recent issue over the banner is a prime example of a divisive issue which negatively impacts our fellowship and unity. As your commander allow me to address this issue within the context of our SCV Charge. I prefer to display in public, banners or flags without the “heritage not hate on it.” I personally don’t think we need any slogan or phrase on a banner or flag representing the SCV which seeks to define us apart from our historic Charge. There are fellow SCV members who like the “heritage not hate” phrase. I will respect their opinion, but to quote our distinguished adjutant, “that’s my opinion, and like a true rebel, I’m sticking to it.” Placing a phrase on a banner or flag is a secondary issue which must not divert us from our historic purpose as established by the SCV Charge:
1. To vindicate the Cause for which our Confederate ancestors fought.
2. To defend the Confederate soldier's good name.
3. To guard of the true history of the War Between the States.
4. To emulate of the virtues of our ancestors.
5. To perpetuate of the principles loved by the Confederate soldier.
6. To support those ideals which made the Confederate soldier glorious.

        I want to work with every member of the camp to fulfill our historic purpose. We cannot vindicate, defend, guard, emulate, perpetuate, or support our great cause and our beloved ancestors if we are diverted by division and conflict over secondary issues. Please help our camp work together as a unified team. In this way we truly honor the ancestors who fought to defend our freedom and our dear Southern way of life.
        Reaching out to enlist new members to join the Sons of Confederate Veterans is critical during this time of the year. Please make every effort possible to encourage perspective members to join. No organization including the Sons of Confederate Veterans can continue to be healthy without a constant inflow of new members.

Yours in Our Great Cause,
Dr. Andy Buckley
Commander


FUTURE MEETING SPEAKERS

September 9, 2014: Joe’s Italian Restaurant Sulphur Program. Speaker: James Ronald Kennedy, former Louisiana Division State SCV Commander and author of The South Was Right. Topic: "Post Appomattox: Reconciliation or Vindication?"
October 14, 2014: Logan’s Roadhouse Restaurant, Lake Charles Program. Speaker: Rev. Shane Kastler member Captain James W. Bryan Camp and author.
November 11, 2014: Joe’s Italian Restaurant Sulphur Program. Speaker: Texas State Representative James White (invited)
December 9, 2014: Captain James W. Bryan Camp Christmas Party.


 Recumbent state of Gen. Lee at the 
Lee Memorial Chapel at Washington &
Lee University with the flags surrounding
the statue before they were ordered
removed by the university president.
(Library of Congress)

SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS ACCUSE UNIVERSITY OF "NARROW MINDED PREJUDICE"
       A recent event at Washington and Lee University has underscored the growing phenomenon of "South-bashing" in the media and in academia. At the behest of several young law students, that school's President made a decision to remove two St. Andrews Cross battle flags from the Lee Chapel on the campus. Lee Chapel is the burial place of Robert E. Lee, who led the Army of Northern Virginia. General Lee became President of what was then Washington College after the War Between the States and is generally credited with saving the school. The Chapel is a beloved and honored place to the more than 65 million Americans who are descended from those who fought for the South in that conflict. 
      The law students, who call themselves "The Committee", delivered an ultimatum to President Kenneth Ruscio threatening civil disobedience unless certain demands were met. One of those demands was the removal of Confederate symbols from the Chapel, saying that the Christian Cross flags made them feel "unwelcome". On July 8th, Ruscio announced that the flags would be removed from the Lee Chapel. We cannot fathom why anyone would attend a school named after Robert E. Lee and then say they were offended by the St. Andrews Cross flag. Nor we cannot fathom how anyone could take them seriously and cave in to their threats. But in the current climate of 'South bashing', such a radical act as this seems to be accepted as some sort of litmus test for the "politically correct police".
       It appears that those who have a very simplistic view of American history have decided that the 150th anniversary of The Civil War is the right time to demonize the Southern culture, to intensify their vilification of Confederate heritage, and to continue to act as if their actions are some sort of moral crusade.
            We who are of Confederate heritage honor our ancestors for their sacrifice, their perseverance and their astonishing courage against overwhelming odds. These men were our family, our kinfolks, and their blood runs in our veins. But the new bigots of political correctness are exhibiting the same kind of narrow minded prejudice and knee-jerk bias that has always been the enemy of brotherhood and understanding.
     This latest example is the breaking point for us. Our patience with this new McCarthyism is exhausted. These mean spirited attacks upon us come from the same sad place as do all racial, religious, and regional prejudices. They are rooted in an ignorance combined with a sense of superiority. 
      Over 50 years ago, that courageous Southerner Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "I have a dream that someday on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to dine together at the table of brotherhood." And that has happened. We have done that for decades now in the South, in great part because Dr. King did not qualify that dream or put asterisks on it. He did not say that we would dine together in brotherhood only if we dishonored our ancestors or if our family could routinely be called bigots, traitors, and racists. He was a far better and wiser man than that. He meant that we would dine together by accepting our past as it is and that we would understand each other by our shared culture of work and weather and food and music and memory. That way we could strive together to heal the wounds of the past and thus build a proud and loving South, where folks are judged only by the content of their characters.
       Slavery was not the sin of the South, but of the Nation. Chattel slavery existed throughout every colony and state for almost two centuries. Slavery was funded mainly by the Northern banks. The greatest profits went to the North. The North built the slave ships and manned them. The cotton also went North, to the vast textile mills in New England. The North's complicity in prolonging and profiting from slavery is one of the best kept secrets of American history. The work of the slaves helped to build America, both North and South. And yet the South has long been the scapegoat of these attacks from academia and the media.
The South is the fastest growing economic region in our nation. African-Americans are returning to the South in record numbers, finding a more traditional way of life here and according to many, better race relations. 
It is long past the time for the new bigots of political correctness to get over their condescending sanctimony and to enter into the real world of brotherhood and fellowship. And it is time they understand that insulting our heritage is not the way to build bridges of progress.

Ben Jones
Chief of Heritage Operations
Sons of Confederate Veterans

Message from Our New
Commander-In-Chief Barrow

Compatriots and Friends,
      Let me take this time to tell you what an honor it is to be elected as your Commander-in-Chief. Words cannot adequately describe my feelings. I am humbled to hold an office that only seventy-three men before me have held. It is my pleasure to be a thirty-five year member of the SCV. I remember attending my first Lee-Jackson Banquet at Aunt Fanny's Cabin in Smyrna, Georgia where all of my family was inducted into the SCV, UDC and CofC. It was a special moment for me but little did I know what the future held.
     Through the unity of our organization and the strength of our Confederate Ancestors, we shall continue to move forward to be the preeminent authority on Southern heritage. There are many days ahead of us in the Sesquicentennial and beyond that give us opportunities to promote and honor the heroic deeds of the men and women of 1861-1865. By their examples we can learn a considerable amount; it is our ancestors who endured "Total War" from an illegal invader. Today, like our ancestors, we must also choose to stand fast or retreat? They knew their duty, do we know ours? General Robert E. Lee once said, "Duty then is the sublimit word in the English language, you should do your duty in all things, you can never do more; you should never wish to do less."
     The Confederate soldiers we honor and whose DNA flows in our veins took a stand to proclaim to the world the values of our American Liberties and their commitment to its Cause. Those Principles of 1776 and 1861 are still alive today. Friends, let us reconfirm our commitment to those liberties and the Cause which we hold so dear.
      I would like to close with a quote from Jefferson Davis' proclamation from April 5, 1865 in the capitol in Danville, Virginia. "Let us not, then, despond, my countrymen; but relying on the never-failing mercies and protecting care of our God, let us meet the foe with fresh defiance, with unconquered and unconquerable hearts."
       I now ask you to make a stand as they did, to be unified with others of the same mindset and lineage. As with anything in life, a unified group is more effective than any individual could ever be. I hope you will join me as we honor our Confederate ancestors and as we re-dedicate ourselves to those Principles of 1776 and 1861. May God Bless You and My God Bless the Sons of Confederate Veterans,
Deo Vindice!
Charles Kelly Barrow
Commander-in-Chief
Sons of Confederate Veterans

Ben Jones named Heritage Chief
Compatriots,
      In light of the issues at Washington Lee University, I feel it is important to let the membership know who I appointed to the position of Chief of Heritage Operations. Mr. Ben Jones, currently from Virginia, was a former US Congressman from the state of Georgia. His expertise in dealing with high profile situations is one of the many reasons he was chosen. His diplomatic skills will prove to be invaluable in this position.
     On many occasions he has proven that he loves his Southern heritage by the fights he has already participated in. One of the most recent that many may remember is when he took on Warner Brothers after they announced they would remove the Confederate Battle Flag off the General Lee, a car he repaired in the Dukes of Hazard. Yes, Mr. Jones is none other than "Cooter" in the hit TV series that still captivates audiences throughout the world. He won that battle, as he has many, and brought awareness to the history of the flag, as well as the Southern people. I hope you will join with him as he guides us through the future heritage issues.

Deo Vindice!
Charles Kelly Barrow
Commander-in-Chief
Sons of Confederate Veterans      



Sunday, July 13, 2014

Desecration of Robert E. Lee's Grave and Memorial Rally and Forum in Lexington, Virginia Saturday July 26th.


Recently Washington & Lee University President Ken Ruscio announced the university would remove the eight regimental Confederate Battleflags surrounding the famed recumbent statue of Robert E. Lee in Lee Chapel. The statue chamber and the Lee family crypt were built onto Lee Chapel as the site chosen for the Robert E. Lee Memorial using private donations raised for the purpose. As such the university accepted the responsibility to ensure that Lee's burial place would be given the proper respect it deserves and it did so for well over one hundred years.
 
Recumbent Statue of Robert E. Lee in Lee Memorial Chapel
at Washington & Lee University. The flags were recently
removed by the university.
(Photographs in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive,
 Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.
)
Sadly, the once proud Southern school has become infiltrated more and more with radical ideology and the academics running the school no longer share the same values as Robert E. Lee. Instead many overtly and openly proclaim disdain for him. When Lee's character was recently attacked, the school offered no response and instead has caved to the demands of a small group of student's who want Lee and everything he stood for repudiated.

For now they have won their fight to remove these flags, but they or others like them will continue their crusade with revolutionary fever to destroy Lee's image in its entirety. The current president, the successor to Robert E. Lee, has now become the nations most notorious grave robber. These radical students undoubtedly dream of the day that sledge hammers will be taken to Lee's recumbent statue just as the mob in Iraq recently did to the grave of the famed Prophet Jonah.

How should decent people react to the cowardly violation of the memorial for an American Icon?   Are we so ignorant to believe that people cannot understand why Confederate flags would be at a deceased general's or veteran's grave? Why has this happened and what can be done about it? The Stonewall Brigade Camp 1296 is putting together an event where these issues will be addressed.

This event will be held on July 26 at an open community meeting to be held at the Holiday Inn Express on N. Lee Highway at 4 pm that day featuring Dr. Marshall DeRosa, Professor of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University. He will present "The Heroical Robert E. Lee: Under Attack by the Useful Idiots of the Ruling Class."  Following Dr. DeRosa's presentation attendees will be invited to express their concerns and to offer ideas and solutions to the matter.

In addition we will hold a Flag Vigil against this cowardly act in downtown Lexington throughout the day and are working to secure a sight near Lee Chapel to hold a rally beginning at Noon. We encourage anyone concerned about this issue to attend and bring your flags and signs in hand to protest what we consider no less than grave robbery as defined under law by the current president of Washington & Lee.

We ask that everyone remember that although we have the right to be angry at this situation, everyone should conduct themselves in a manner that would not further embarrass the memory of Robert E. Lee. We do not need to stoop down to the level of those who started this travesty. The city sidewalks will be accessible to us, but expect W&L security to remove or arrest anyone entering the campus with a sign or flag.

What else can you do? Write, call, and email the university using the contact information listed below. Secondly, if you know any W&L alumni or donors let us know who they are so that we can encourage them to contact the school and consider withholding further support. Thirdly, attend the flag rally and forum if you can. Fourthly, consider contributing to the various heritage defense funds for this purpose.

Contact Information:

President:  Dr. Kenneth Ruscio, Washington and Lee University, 204 West Washington Street Lexington,Virginia 24450. (540) 458-8700 president@wlu.edu

Provost: Dr. Daniel Wubah Washington and Lee University, Washington Hall 214 Lexington,Virginia 24450. (540) 458-8418 dwubah@wlu.edu

BOARD OF TRUSTEES:

Secretary of the University: James D. Farrar, Jr. Washington & Lee University, 203 Washington Hall Lexington,VA 24450. (540) 458-8465 jdfarrar@wlu.edu


Executive Assistant to the Board of Trustees: Katherine Brinkley Washington & Lee University,   202 Washington Hall Lexington,VA 24450. (540) 458-8417 kbrinkley@wlu.edu

Monday, June 30, 2014

CALCASIEU GREYS: July 2014

Next Meeting
               The next meeting of Captain James W. Bryan Camp, 1390, will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, at Joe’s Pizza & Pasta Restaurant, 1601 Ruth St., Sulphur, La. Our guest speaker will be Camp 1390 member, Dr. Michael Berger0on, M.D. Please come for great food and Confederate fellowship.

Be a Confederate Museum Founder
The time has come for us to step up our efforts toward the building of our Confederate Museum and new office building. At the GEC meeting on July 21, 2010 the GEC approved a new initiative to raise funds. Anyone can take part in this, they do not have to be an SCV member. Camps, Divisions, UDC chapters etc. can also take part.
               Donations can be made by multiple payments over a period of time. To make payment contact GHQ at 1-800-380-1896.
               This program got off to a resounding start. Several members have already become Stonewall Jackson level  ($1,000) Founders. One Compatriot has even become a member of the Confederate Cabinet level ($10,000) Founders. Imagine that during the Bicentennial of the War for Southern Independence that your descendants can go to a museum where they can learn the truth about the Confederacy.

There needs to be at least one place where the people of the South and others can go to learn an accurate account owhy so many struggled so long in their attempt to reassert government by the consent of the governed in America!

Finding Your Way Home
Commander’s Column July, 2014


Dr. Andy Buckley, camp commander

People not born in our beloved South find it strange that we Southerners have for 150 years courageously fought to honor the memory of the soldiers who fought on the side of the Confederacy. On January 2, 1864, Major General Patrick Cleburne spoke a warning to Southern people. He wanted them to understand what military defeat would mean to the South. He stated that Southern children would be taught the Northern version of the War from text books published in the North; that the history of the South’s heroic struggle would be “written by the enemy”; and the North’s version of history would regard our gallant dead as traitors. In addressing this issue Frank L. Owsley wrote the conquest of the Southern mind was calculated to remake Southern opinion, to impose the Northern way of life and thought upon the South; write “error” across the pages of Southern history.
     How has this “remaking of the South” worked out?  For the most part this attempt has been a failure. It has been 150 years since General Robert E.  Lee surrendered at Appomattox and millions of Southerners across our region proudly honor the sacrifices and values of our brave Confederate ancestors and celebrate an accurate Southern history.
     Liberal college history professors (I was not one of them) have succeeded in revising the causes and the meaning of the War Between the States in the minds of millions of   Americans, young and old.  But there is still a significant level of Southern pride in Southern hearts. I see it at memorial services in the faces of our fellow Sons of Confederate Veteran members when we place hundreds of flags on the graves of those Southern heroes who are buried in Calcasieu Parish. I see it in expressions on the faces of those singing “Dixie” at our monthly SCV meetings held in public restaurants.  I see it in the stories we tell about our ancestors. This is the way it should be!
          Charles Richardson was scheduled to speak at our June meeting on the Civil War Experiences of Louisiana Governor Francis T. Nicholls, but was unable to be present due to work responsibilities.  In Charles’ absence I was privileged to present the program, “Seven Causes of the War Between the States.” I originally prepared this talk for the Acadiana Civil War Round Table in May. My purpose was to present the accurate historical factors which contributed to the War Between the States. I tried to explain in detail the complex issues which led the eleven states of the Confederacy to secede from the Union: slavery, tariff issues, economic competition, religious conflict, state sovereignty issues, Abolitionism, and the fragmentation of the two party system.
                    I based my presentation on three basic non-Southern sources of historical scholarship: James M. McPherson, Ante-Bellum Southern Exceptionalism: A New Look at an Old Question; Charles and Mary Beard, The Rise of American Civilization and An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution; and Eric Foner, Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men: The Ideology of the Republican Party Before the Civil War and The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery. Even these pro-Northern scholars agreed there were significant causes contributing to the War Between the States beyond the slavery issue. If you would like a copy of Seven Causes of the War Between the States,” e-mail me at andybuckley 1224@gmail.com and I will forward it to you.
Yours in Our Great Cause,
Dr. Andy Buckley, Commander


Upcoming Captain James W. Bryan Program Speakers
July 8, 2014: Joe’s Italian Restaurant Sulphur Program.
Speaker: Dr. Michael Bergeron Captain James W. Bryan Camp Surgeon and Memorial Hospital Oncologist.
August 12, 2014: Logan’s Roadhouse Restaurant, Lake Charles Program. Speaker: Charles Lauret former Louisiana Division State SCV Commander and possible Commander Army of Trans-Mississippi. 
September 9, 2014: Joe’s Italian Restaurant Sulphur Program. Speaker: James Ronald Kennedy, former Louisiana Division State SCV Commander and author of The South Was Right. Topic: "Post Appomattox: Reconciliation or Vindication?"
October 14, 2014: Logan’s Roadhouse Restaurant, Lake Charles Program. Speaker: Rev. Shane Kastler member Captain James W. Bryan Camp and author.
November 11, 2014: Joe’s Italian Restaurant Sulphur Program. Speaker: Texas State Representative James White (invited)
December 9, 2014: Captain James W. Bryan Camp Christmas Party.

31st Tennessee Infantry Battle Flag
William Timmons: My Confederate Ancestor
By Shane Kastler
[Captain James W. Bryan Member, Pastor, and Author]

Southern pride ran deep in the Timmons family.  In 1860, John Morgan Timmons, a respected Baptist minister, would represent his county at the South Carolina Secession Convention.  Being the first state to secede from the Union, John would sign his name to the historic South Carolina Ordinance of Secession, which was a link in the process that led to the War's first battle at Fort Sumter some four months later.
               John's cousin (and my great-great grandfather) was named William Robert Monroe Timmons.  He was an orphan when the War Between the States began in 1861. Having lived in South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, and Arkansas by the age of 19, William eventually found himself in Trenton, Tennessee on September 13, 1861 being
mustered in as a Private into the 31st Tennessee Infantry Regiment, Company G.  For the next year, the 31st Tennessee was stationed at various posts from Fort Pillow, Tennessee to Corinth, Mississippi.
               In the Fall of 1862, as a part of General Braxton Bragg’s Army of Mississippi, the 31st
participated in the Confederacy’s much ballyhooed “Invasion of Kentucky.”   The apex of the Kentucky campaign was reached in the Battle of Perryville on October 6-7, 1862 near the city of Perryville, a battle which is most remembered for its confusion, and its savagery.  Of the 31st Tennessee’s 765 members, 100 casualties were reported, one of which was William Timmons.  When first discovered on the battle field, his wound to the face appeared to be mortal.  But he survived the Perryville wound and was back in battle six weeks later. As the Confederates retreated back into Tennessee, now "Corporal" Timmons remained in a Perryville hospital, having been captured as Prisoner of War.  Records show that six weeks later on November 15, 1862, he was exchanged for Union P.O.W.’s in a trade aboard the Union Steamer “Maria Denning” on the Mississippi River, near Vicksburg, Mississippi.
By March 1865, the 31st Tennessee was in North Carolina struggling valiantly to regain an advantage.  By early April word reached Gen. Joe Johnston that Robert E. Lee had surrendered to U.S. Grant at Appomattox, Virginia.  Johnston surrendered to William Sherman, effectively ending the War.  Corporal Timmons, along with the rest of the 31st Tennessee, was granted parole by the United States government as a part of the Army of Tennessee’s terms of surrender on May 1, 1865 in Greensboro, North Carolina.
               After the war ended, Timmons moved back to Tippah County, Mississippi where he married Mahalla Jane Roten in 1866.  They would eventually move to Arkansas and then settle in Clarksville, Texas.  In 1905, William Timmons succumbed to pneumonia, while visiting his son in Johnston County, Oklahoma. There he was laid to rest; having served in defense of his Southern nation for all four years of the savage war.  His family, including me, remember and honor his faithful service. 

BOOK OF THE MONTH

Louisiana author Danny Brown has written a biography of one of the heroes of the Battle of Mansfield, Colonel James Hamilton Beard of the Consolidated Crescent Regiment. Brown tells the whole story of Beard’s superlative life. He was born  July 28, 1833 in Lowndes County, Alabama. When both of his parents died in a typhoid fever epidemic when he was 11 years old, he and his brother and sister were taken in by their grandmother, but she died four years later. The orphans were then taken in by an aunt and uncle. When he was 17, in 1850, James moved to Louisiana where he had other relatives. Overcoming all adversity, by age 20 he became a successful businessman and postmaster of Red Bluff, La.
               Beard married the love of his life, Kate Tomkies on Sept. 30, 1857 and the couple were blessed with a daughter and a son. The son died infancy. They had moved to Shreveport by 1860, where he was in a mercantile business. His younger brother, Ned, 16 years old, moved in with them about that time and later served in his units in the war.
               With the War for Southern Independence on the horizon, James raised Shreveport’s first military company, the Shreveport Greys, of which he became captain. They went to Pensacoa, Fla. and then to Virginia as Compnay D, 1st  Special Battalion (Dreux’s) Louisiana Infantry. The battalion commander, Lt. Col. Charles Dreaux, became the first Louisiana officer killed in action when he died in a skirmish with the Yankees near Newport News, Va. on July 5, 1861. Beard was promoted to major on July 15, 1861.
               Beard did routine duty in Virginia until he returned to Monroe, Louisiana in early 1862 to help organize a new unit. He was made major of the 11th Battalion, Louisiana Infantry on May 15, 1862. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel and commander of the battalion on August 3, 1863. On Nov. 3, 1863, the 11th and 12th battalions were consolidated with the 24th (Crescent) regiment, and Beard  was promoted to colonel and commander of the new Consolidated Crescent Regiment. The regiment was placed in Brig. Gen. Alfred Mouton’s Louisiana infantry brigade.
               Beard then led the Crescents in Mouton’s famous charge at the Battle of Mansfield where he died a heroic death  carrying the regimental battle in the successful assault on the Yankee line on April 8, 1864.
               The book is loaded with photographs and letters written by Beard and other people in his life. Lives That will Not Rust is co-published by BMC-BIC Media Alliance.  The book is now available online from Amazon.com and BIC Alliance (www.bicalliance.com); $12, 100 pages, trade paperback.

Gen. ROBERT  E. LEE quote         

September 9, 1861 address to his men:
“Keep steadily in the view of the great principles for which you contend . . . . The safety of your homes and the lives of all you hold dear depend upon your courage and exertions. Let each man resolve to be victorious, and that the right of self-government, liberty and peace shall find him a defender.”

150-years-ago
Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia
            [National Park Service]
When Federal Maj.  Gen. William T. Sherman moved from New Hope Church, Georgia, Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston was compelled to follow on a parallel line. This shift put the Confederates in front of Marietta, in a battle line extending from Lost Mountain across Kennesaw Mountain to Brush Mountain, a distance of about 12 miles. Pine Mountain, an isolated eminence in front of this line, also was occupied. 

           This position covered Marietta, the Western and Atlantic Railroad, which at this point passed between Kennesaw and Brush Mountains, and the bridges across the Chattahoochee River which would be indispensable if  the Confederates were compelled to withdraw. Proceeding east from New Hope Church, Lost Mountain is approximately 71/2 miles, Kennesaw Mountain 14 miles, and Brush Mountain 17 miles distant. Several days of rainy weather checked military operations. By June 14, however, a portion of the Federal Army had worked close to the Confederates on Pine Mountain. Generals Johnston, William Hardee, and Leonidas Polk rode to the summit of Pine Mountain that day to observe the enemy's line, and while there a battery of Federal guns, three-quarters of a mile distant, fired, one of the shots killing Polk instantly. The Confederate line of 10 miles or more was too long for the number of available troops, and Johnston soon concentrated them on Kennesaw Mountain. 

           The main Federal force now advanced toward Kennesaw Mountain, and as the Confederate position was neared, Sherman's men spread out on a line paralleling it and extending south. There was continuous skirmishing, but the operations were hindered by heavy rains which converted streams into torrents and roads into ribbons of mud. Discerning that the Federals were attempting to envelop his flank by the movement to the south, Johnston moved Hood from the right to the left of his line in an effort to strike the Federals as they maneuvered for position. On the morning of June 22, Federal troops advanced toward Marietta along the Powder Springs Road. By noon they had reached the intersection of the Macland and Powder Springs Roads, situated on a ridge which offered a strong defensive position.

          The Federal troops were massed in the woods around the road intersection, only a portion of them entrenching. During the morning, Hood had concentrated his troops on the Powder Springs Road, and in the afternoon they were ordered to attack. From Confederate prisoners it had been learned that such a movement was intended, and the Federals had a little time to prepare for the assault. It began at 5:30 p. m., the Federal skirmish line being quickly engulfed, but failed to reach the main line owing to heavy artillery fire. 

      Prior to the Confederate assault, Hooker, in command of the Federal column, established his headquarters in the home of Valentine Kolb, which stands on the Powder Springs Road, 4.5 miles southwest of Marietta. Many of the fortifications erected during this engagement are also still in existence.

Indecisive skirmishing continued for several days. Sherman had the choice of making a frontal assault, or attempting another turning movement. The heavy rains and the all but impassable roads would make the turning movement especially difficult. Furthermore, the troops were tired of marching and wanted to fight. Lincoln, running for reelection, needed a Federal victory to bolster his policy of continuing the war. If the frontal assault succeeded, all military resistance in north Georgia might be ended ; if it failed, the flanking movement still could be attempted. These considerations determined Sherman to risk a frontal attack.

The assault was made at two separate points against the Confederate center on the morning of June 27. One column struck south of Kennesaw Mountain along the Burnt Hickory Road. Another was hurled against a salient south of the Dallas Road, defended by General Benjamin F. Cheatham, and known now as Cheatham's Hill. Eight thousand troops were sent against the Confederates at Cheatham's Hill, and 5,300 at the point south of Kennesaw Mountain. At Cheatham's Hill the Federals lost 1,580 men in killed, wounded, and captured, against slightly over 200 in Confederate losses; in the attack south of Kennesaw Mountain, the Federals lost about 600 men, including 30 officers, against about half that number of Confederates. The attack thus failed with heavy losses. Military critics charge Sherman with having made one of his few mistakes in ordering the frontal attack. 

Realizing that the Confederate position could be carried only by a tremendous sacrifice of men, Sherman resumed the flanking tactics which he had employed so often. A Federal column was extended far beyond the Confederate left, and Johnston's line of communications to Atlanta was threatened. Consequently, on the night of July 2, the Confederates withdrew, thus ending the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain.