Monday, April 6, 2015

CALCASIEU GREYS April 2015

NEXT MEETING
Captain James W. Bryan Camp 1390 will meet
from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, at Logan’s
Roadhouse, 3509 Gerstner Memorial Blvd. (Hwy. 14),
Lake Charles, La. Our program will be presented by
Compatriot Travis Lanier on his Confederate
Ancestor. Please attend and enjoy great food and
Confederate fellowship.
2015 Capt. J. W. Bryan Meeting Dates & Location
(Please mark these dates on your calendar.)
Apr. 14 --Logan’s Roadhouse – Lake Charles
May 12 --Joe’s Italian Restaurant – Sulphur
June 9 --Logan’s Roadhouse – Lake Charles
July 14 --Joe’s Italian Restaurant – Sulphur
Aug. 11--Logan’s Roadhouse – Lake Charles
Sept. 8 --Joe’s Italian Restaurant – Sulphur
Oct. 13 -Logan’s Roadhouse – Lake Charles
Nov.10 -Joe’s Italian Restaurant – Sulphur
Dec. 8- Annual Christmas Party (TBA)

SESQUICENTENNIAL EVENT
The Sons of Confederate Veterans will host a
national Confederate Heritage Rally at 1 p.m.
Saturday, May 30, 2015 at the Confederate Monument
in front of the Caddo Parish Court House in
Shreveport. Let’s have a big turnout from Captain
James W. Bryan Camp. For details check out the web
site at http://confederate150.com/2015.html.

Finding Your Way Home

Commander Column April, 2015

                                                             











Dr. Andy Buckley, cmdr.

Bid Farwell to Ben Lyons, Jr. Longtime SCV
Member.
Ben Lyons, Jr. age 92 longtime SCV Captain James W.
Bryan member passed away Saturday, March 21 in a
Groves Texas care facility. Ben was a native of DeQuincy
and a resident of Sulphur for most of his adult life. He
and my Dad, Andrew J. Buckley, Jr. were ordained
deacons in the First Baptist Church Sulphur in 1954. Ben
was proud of his Confederate ancestor, our beloved
Southland, and his family. His son Rev. Ben Lyons III is
an active member of our camp. It was an honor and a
privilege to preach Ben’s memorial service. He was a
servant of Christ and a great patriot. Although Ben had
been unable attend meetings for the past decade, due to
his failing health, we will miss him.
Enlistment of New Members Keeps Our Camp
Growing.
Several weeks ago Luke Dartez forwarded me the
Louisiana Divisional report. If I remember correctly the
Captain James W. Bryan Camp is now the second largest
in Louisiana with 50 members. We have received five
new members in recent weeks: Ed Sherwood, Robert
Couch, Jessie Harrell, Don Lavender, and Daniel Britain
Briggs. But we have lost two longtime members to death,
Olan Bunch and Ben Lyons. Dr. Charles White, Jack
Crist, and Evan Ellis were dropped from our roster in
January. We need to replace these five former members. I
would challenge every member of the Captain James W.
Bryan Camp to consider bringing a friend, a family
member, or a potential new member to our next meeting,
Tuesday, April 14 at Logan’s Roadhouse. It might be
your next door neighbor, a friend or fellow church
member, or a relative. Our monthly meetings represents a
great opportunity to recruit potential new members.
Captain James W. Bryan History Medal Report.
To date seventeen high schools are participating in our
U.S. History medal program. Listed below are the students
who will receive our first history medal and certificate.
Several schools have requested we give two medals, one for
regular history and a second for Advanced Placement
history, so we’ll actually be awarding 20 medals. If you
pledged to contribute toward the purchase of a medal for
your favorite high school, please send a check for $12.00 to
Luke Dartez as soon as possible.
1. Johnson Bayou High School: Haleigh Jinks.
2. Grand Lake High School: Emily Lemoine.
3. Vinton High School: Mohamed Alikhan
4. De Quincy High School: Destiny Mock
5. LaGrange Senior High School: Dalen Simien – AP history
and John Peters – Regular history
6. Washington Marion High School: Denasia Fontenot
7. Sam Houston High School: Logan Olsen
8. South Beauregard High School: Nicholas Puzon
9. DeRidder High School: John Thomas Stewart
11. Bell City High School: Richard Curtis Broussard
12. Sulphur High School: Aaron Pena-Regular history; AP
history (TBA)
13. Starks High School: Caleb Seneca- Regular history;
Ashton Says- AP US History
14. Hackberry High School: Sarah Elizabeth Lyons
15. Saint Louis Catholic High School: Josephine Hawkins
16. Barbe High School: Alec McGee
17. East Beauregard High School, Bailey Payne.
Upcoming Speakers and Programs.
     April 14, Logan’s Roadhouse: Travis Lanier will speak on
his Confederate Ancestor.
     May 12, Joe’s Italian Restaurant: Charles Richardson will
speak on Governor Francis T. Nichols.
     June 9, Logan’s Road House, Dr. Andy Buckley will speak
on Confederate Crackers and Cavaliers.
     July 14, Joe’s Italian Restaurant local educator Robin
Semple will speak on engineers in the War.
We Need Your Presence for Two Important
Events.
This spring will be a busy time for our camp. We need
all the members of our Captain James W. Bryan Camp to be
present for commemorating the Battle of Pleasant Hill April
12-13 – This annual event recreating the battles of Mansfield
and Pleasant Hill and the Spring Festival at Niblett's Bluff
Park April 18-19 in Vinton. Please help us, we are counting
on you to make these events a great success.
I Laughed At This One.
     Not wanting to leave the confessional
unattended, a Catholic priest called his rabbi friend
from across the street and asked him to cover for
him. The rabbi told him he wouldn't know what to
say, but the priest told him to come on over and
he'd show him what to do. The rabbi comes and he
and the priest are in the confessional. In a few
minutes a woman comes in and says "Father
forgive me for I have sinned. I lied." Priest says:
"How many times?" Woman: "Three times." Priest
says, "Say three Hail Marys, put $5.00 in the box,
and sin no more."
     A few minutes later a man enters the
confessional. He says, "Father forgive me for I have
sinned." Priest says, "What did you do?" Man says,
"I stole." Priest asks, "How many times?" Man
replies, "Three times." Priest says, "Say three Hail
Marys, put $5.00 in the box, and sin no more."
The Rabbi tells the priest that he thinks he's got
it so the priest leaves. A few minutes later another
woman enters and says, "Father forgive me for I
have sinned." Rabbi says, "What did you do?"
Woman replies, "I committed adultery." Rabbi
asks, "How many times?" Woman says "Once."
Rabbi says, "Go do it two more times, we have a
special this week, three for $5.00."
Yours in Our Great Cause,
Dr. Andy Buckley Commander

UPCOMING EVENTS
     Captain Bryan camp is planning to have
recruiting and informational tables at two
Confederate History Month events in April. First,
will be the largest historical reenactment in
Louisiana, the Battle of Pleasant Hill on the actual
battlefield the weekend of April 11 & 12, three
miles north of Pleasant Hill at 23271 Hwy. 175,
Pelican, La.
Schedule:
SATURDAY – April 11, 2015
6-10 a.m., Breakfast at American Legion Hall.
10 a.m., Parade in Downtown Pleasant Hill.
11 a.m., Battle Re-Enactment in town.
2 p.m., Main Battle Re-Enactment.
7 p.m., Period Ball and Court Presentation.
SUNDAY – April 12, 2015.
6-10 a.m., Breakfast at the American Legion Hall
10 a.m.-Noon, Open Camp Activities.
10 a.m. – Church Services (open to all)
After Church, Mail Call.
2 p.m., Battle Reenactment.
     Please consider volunteering at our recruiting and
information table for whatever time you can spare. We’ll
discuss this more at the March meeting.
     Second, Captain Bryan Camp will have a recruiting
and information table at the annual Spring Fling at
Niblett’s Bluff Park, April 18 and 19. There will be plenty
of fun, food and entertainment during the weekend.
Plans are also being made to have either a War For
Southern Independence living history or reenactment.
Please come to the March meeting for more information
on this important event for our camp.

STATE CONVENTION COMING UP
Compatriots,
     It is once again time to join together for our Louisiana
Division Reunion.
     This year we will meet in Monroe on May 23. We are
going to meet at the Courtyard by Marriot Hotel which is
a new facility.
     The Division Executive Council meeting will be on
the night of the 22nd at the same facility at which all are
welcome to attend.
     The hotel has a block of rooms set aside for the Sons
of Confederate Veterans with a room rate of $119 per
night for a king or queen double room. The phone
number for the hotel is 318-388-0034 for reservations.
Ask for the Sons of Confederate Veterans rate.
     I hope that you will all attend. I also ask that you will
attend the awards banquet on the night of the
23rd beginning at 6:00 P.M. The meal will be catered by
Kayla's Kitchen from West Monroe. The buffet style
meal will consist of: brisket or pulled pork, twice baked
potatoes, green beans, and corn casserole. For desert
there is peach cobbler. Tea to drink or water.
     Our speaker that night will be Ronnie Kennedy
speaking on "Our past and our future." I feel sure that
you will want to be there as Ronnie is always interesting
and entertaining.
     Please fill out the registration form included in this
issue as soon as possible so that I can have a reasonable
count on those expected to attend.
Thank you and I look forward to seeing you there.
Thomas E Taylor
Commander, Louisiana Division
Sons of Confederate Veterans
tcrusader@juno.com

HERITAGE ATTACK RESPONSE
Compatriots,
     The opinion column by Charles Dean of the
Huntsville (Alabama) Times is dated April 1, 2015, but
it is not an April Fool's joke. The fool is Mr.
Dean. This man's attack on the symbol under which
our ancestor's fought and died is as hateful as it is
uninformed.
     I suggest that each of us send Mr. Dean an e-mail
(cdean@al.com), and let him now that he, not us, is the
one guilty of bigotry here. Please compose your letters
to him as gentlemen of a great tradition, taking the high
road in the way of General Lee.
Chief of Heritage Operations Ben Jones' letter:
Mr. Dean,
     You are practicing what serious historians call
"presentism", i.e., assuming that folks who lived
150 years ago can be judged in a modern context. And
apparently you have not read Mr. Lincoln's First
Inaugural, where he said that he had no desire to end
slavery in the South. He said in that address that it was
Constitutionally protected.
     He also said he supported the Corwin Amendment,
which would re-enforce that position.
     Apparently too, you have not read his letter to
Horace Greeley written well into the second year of the
War, when he said that if he could preserve the Union
with slavery, that would be fine.
     And you have forgotten that slavery was not the
Southern sin, but the National sin. For the cotton, and
most of the profits went North. Read "Complicity" or
"The Half Has Not Been Told."
     I hear the sound of jerking knees, Mr. Dean. Do
your homework. Read the full history of slavery in this
nation.
     Accept that our nation's Capital is named after
Virginia's biggest slaver, whose picture is probably in
your wallet.
     Accept that our Declaration of Independence was
written by another slaver, and that the "Father of our
Constitution" and the force behind our Bill of Rights
also bought and sold human beings.
     Understand that they were of the previous
generation of Southern leadership, and were of the
same mind as their sons and grandsons.
     Your sophomoric simplification of a very complex
issue is terribly amateurish, and is an insult to the 70
million Americans whose ancestors took up arms for
the Southern Cause.
Ben Jones
Washington, Virginia


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Texas Sons of Confederate Veterans, Supreme Court transcript

Image of Texas SCV License Plate design
from the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Here is a link to the Walker vs. Texas Sons of Confederate Veterans Inc. case argued before the Surpeme Court Monday. Click here.

Here is a link to the Supreme Court blog on the argument analysis: Click here.

The State of Texas denied the Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans' application to have a Sons of Confederate Veterans vehicle license plates based on the SCV logo, which the state claims to be offensive. The Texas SCV sued and the case has now been heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. The court's ruling should be announced in June.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

CALCASIEU GREYS -- March, 2015

NEXT MEETING
     Captain James W. Bryan Camp 1390 will meet
from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, at Joe’s Pizza and
Pasta Restaurant in 1601 Ruth St., Sulphur, La. Our
program will be on “The History of the 9th Battalion
Louisiana Infantry in the Battle of Baton Rouge and
the Siege of Port Hudson.” Compatriot Mike Jones
will present the program. Please attend and enjoy
great Confederate fellowship and delicious food.

2015 Capt. J. W. Bryan Meeting Dates & Location
Mar. 10 –Joe’s Italian Restaurant – Sulphur
Apr. 14 --Logan’s Roadhouse – Lake Charles
May 12 --Joe’s Italian Restaurant – Sulphur
June 9 --Logan’s Roadhouse – Lake Charles
July 14 --Joe’s Italian Restaurant – Sulphur
Aug. 11--Logan’s Roadhouse – Lake Charles
Sept. 8 --Joe’s Italian Restaurant – Sulphur
Oct. 13 -Logan’s Roadhouse – Lake Charles
Nov.10 -Joe’s Italian Restaurant – Sulphur
Dec. 8- Annual Christmas Party (TBA)

EXCITING NEW SCV TV CHANNEL
     The Sons of Confederate Veterans had instituted
a dynamic new communications tool, SDV TV on the
Internet. If you have Internet access, check it out at
https://vimeo.com/120903649. The current offering
is a brief recap of the SCV Recruiting and Retention
meeting and actions.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Captain Bryan camp is planning to have
recruiting and informational tables at two
Confederate History Month events in April. First,
will be the largest historical reenactment in
Louisiana, the Battle of Pleasant Hill on the actual
battlefield the weekend of April 11 & 12, three miles
north of Pleasant Hill at 23271 Hwy. 175, Pelican,
La.
Schedule:
SATURDAY – April 11, 2015
6-10 a.m., Breakfast at American Legion Hall.
10 a.m., Parade in Downtown Pleasant Hill.
11 a.m., Battle Re-Enactment in town.
2 p.m., Main Battle Re-Enactment.
7 p.m., Period Ball and Court Presentation.
SUNDAY – April 12, 2015.
6-10 a.m., Breakfast at the American Legion Hall
10 a.m.-Noon, Open Camp Activities.
10 a.m. – Church Services (open to all)
After Church, Mail Call.
2 p.m., Battle Reenactment.
      Please consider volunteering at our recruiting
and information table for whatever time you can
spare. We’ll discuss this more at the March meeting.
      Second, Captain Bryan Camp will have a
recruiting and information table at the annual Spring
Fling at Niblett’s Bluff Park, April 18 and 19. There
will be plenty of fun, food and entertainment during
the weekend. Plans are also being made to have
either a War For Southern Independence living
history or reenactment. Please come to the March
meeting for more information on this important
event for our camp.

Pvt. Elijah Leach
Co. B, 31st Va. Inf.
(Liljenquist Collection, Library of Congress)
SCV RECRUITMENT
The Sons of Confederate Veterans has established a
web site on the Internet for recruitment. It is located at
http://www.1800mydixie.com/index.html. The site has
general information about the SCV, a recruitment
video, a statement of our purposes and a link to the
main web site. SCV members with Internet access
should familiarize themselves with this web site and use
it as a recruiting tool.

MY CONFEDERATE ANCESTOR
     Captain James W. Bryan Camp features the stories
of camp member’s Confederate ancestors in our
monthly newsletter Calcasieu Greys. We would like to
invite members to submit a brief biography of your
ancestor for our upcoming issues. The biography
should be 750 words or less and include all service
information, rank, place of enlistment, branch and unit,
the battles in which your ancestor fought, final resting
place, family information, and any anecdote concerning
your ancestor. Please include a photograph of yourself
and your ancestor. Send your biography to Mike Jones,
Editor at m4082@msn.com or Dr. Andy Buckley
Commander at andybuckley1224@gmail.com

SCV CONFEDERATE MUSEUM
     The truth about the South's struggle to
form a new nation is under attack as never
before. The National Battlefield Parks have be
taken over by the “it's all about slavery”
provocateurs. Museums have changed their
collections and interpretations to present what
they call the cultural history of the War for
Southern Independence. In reality this new
perspective is nothing more than South
bashing. The forces of political correctness
have gone into high gear. They attempt to ban
any and all things Confederate through their
ideological fascism. Even what was once a
highly respected museum now claims proudly
they are not a museum for the Confederacy,
merely about it.
     There needs to be at least one place where
the people of the South and others can go to
learn an accurate account of why so many
struggled so long in their attempt to reassert
government by the consent of the governed in
America!
     The General Executive Council of the
Sons of Confederate Veterans made the
commitment in October of 2008 to start the
process to erect a new building that will have
two purposes. One of the uses of this new
building will be to give us office space and
return Elm Springs to its original grandeur.
      However the main function is to house The
Confederate Museum. We are planning a
museum that will tell the truth about what
motivated the Southern people to struggle for
many years to form a new nation. At the SCV
Reunion in July of 2009 the GEC set up a
building fund for this purpose. One of the
goals is to provide an accurate portrayal of the
common Confederate soldier, something that is
currently absent in most museums and in the
media.
     You are invited to make your stand for
the future by contributing to this fund.
Send checks to:
Sons of Confederate Veterans
c/o TCM Building Fund
P.O. Box 59
Columbia, TN 38402

CONGRESS AUTHORIZES
BATTLEFIELD FUNDING
     The legislation, part of an omnibus lands
package included in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015
National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 3979),
reauthorizes a highly successful federal matching
grant program for the preservation of Civil War
battlefields. In addition, the bill expands that
existing program to provide grants for the
acquisition of land at Revolutionary War and War of
1812 battlefields.
      “This is a historic moment for the battlefield
preservation movement,” remarked Civil War Trust
president James Lighthizer. “For 15 years, the Civil
War Battlefield Preservation Program has been an
invaluable tool for protecting the hallowed
battlegrounds of the Civil War. Now, for the first
time, battlefields associated with America’s other
formative conflicts, the Revolutionary War and the
War of 1812, will also benefit from this publicprivate
partnership.”
     The legislation, originally introduced in 2013
as the American Battlefields Protection Program
Amendments Act (H.R. 1033), reauthorizes the Civil
War Battlefield Preservation Program, a matching
grants program that encourages private sector
investment in historic battlefield protection. Since
the program was first funded by Congress in FY
1999, it has been used to preserve more than 23,000
acres of battlefield land in 17 states. The battlefields
protected through the program include some of the
most famous in the annals of America, including
Antietam, Md., Chancellorsville and Manassas, Va.;
Chattanooga and Franklin, Tenn.; Gettysburg, Pa.;
Perryville, Ky.; and Vicksburg, Miss.
The bipartisan bill was sponsored by U.S.
Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Thad Cochran (RMiss.)
and Congressmen Rush Holt (D-N.J.) and
Rob Wittman (R-Va.) in their respective
chambers. In addition, the bill was championed by
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Mary
Landrieu (D-La.) and House Natural Resources
Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.). A complete list
of House and Senate cosponsors can be found on
the Congress.gov website (Senate and House).
     “We owe our Congressional champions in
the House and Senate an enormous debt of
gratitude for believing in this program and guiding
it through an often complicated legislative
process,” Lighthizer noted. “Thanks to their
tireless efforts, thousands of acres of genuine
American history that might have been lost to
development can still be preserved for future
generations.”
     In addition to reauthorizing the existing
Civil War matching grants program, the bill
expands the program’s authority to provide grants
to protect Revolutionary War and War of 1812
battlefields. Similar to the Civil War grants, which
are awarded for priority battlefield land identified
in a 1993 government report on Civil War
battlefields (updated in 2011), funding for
Revolutionary War and War of 1812 battlefields
will target sites listed in a 2007 study by the
American Battlefield Protection Program. Among
the battlefields that could potentially benefit from
the expanded program are: Bennington, N.Y. and
Vt.; Brandywine, Pa.; Cowpens, S.C.; Caulk’s Field,
Md.; Guilford Courthouse, N.C.; Princeton, N.J.;
River Raisin, Mich.; Saratoga, N.Y.; and
Yorktown, Va.
     In his remarks, Lighthizer also noted that
this legislation, by encouraging the protection of
battlefield land, also honors the courage and
sacrifices of all who served in America’s
military. “Preserved battlefields are living
monuments – not just to the soldiers who fought
in those hallowed fields – but to all Americans
who have worn our nation’s uniform. There are
no better places to learn about the human cost of
the freedoms we enjoy today.”
     The combined Civil War, Revolutionary
War and War of 1812 matching program is
authorized at $10 million a year for seven years,
through the end of FY 2021. The FY 2015
Omnibus Appropriations Act (H.R. 83) currently
under consideration by the Congress includes $8.9
million for the program.

THE BATTLE OF BATON ROUGE
A First Hand Account
      Here is the report of Captain Thomas Bynum on the Battle of
Baton Rouge, from the Official Records. Headqrs. Battalion of
Infantry Stewart's Legion, Comite Bridge, La,, August 8, 1862.
      Sirs: I herewith submit a report of participation of this battalion
under command of Lieut. Col. Samuel Boyd, in the action of
the 5th instant: Its force consisted of the following: One field, 3
staff, 9 company officers, and 190 enlisted men. They
composed the center of Colonel Allen's brigade, the 30th
Louisiana Regiment (Colonel Breaux), on the right, and the 4th
Louisiana Regiment (Lt. Col. Hunter) on the left. The line of
battle was formed in the woods back and leftward of the
residence of Capt. E.W. Robins, and about three-fourths of a
mile to the rear of the central portion of Baton Rouge. As soon
as the line was formed it was put in forward motion, feeling its
way, slowly forward. Marching straight to the front through
briars, hedges, and over picket fences, the brigade was halted in
the face of a line of the foe drawn up to receive us and after
giving them two well directed volley's charged upon them, when
they fled. The brigade, having paused a few moments, resumed
its line as well as the nature of the undergrowth would permit,
and marched some 200 or 300 yards forward in a left-oblique
direction. Receiving reports of a battery of the enemy supported
by a regiment right to our front, about 160 yards distant, our
commander, after calling for three cheers for the Confederacy,
ordered us to charge. Alarmed at our shouts and dash the
enemy broke, taking off their battery, but leaving heaps of slain
and wounded. It was here that Captain Chinn fell from a wound
in the leg while gallantly responding at the head of his company
to Colonel Allen's orders. Resuming our course, we soon found
ourselves upon te edge of an old field, on the opposite side of
which is the Benton Ferry road and the inclosures of the racetrack.
Square in front was posted along the road-side a number
of the enemy's skirmishers or sharpshooters, and to the
outskirts of the corporation of Baton Rouge. A regiment (the
Sixth Michigan) supported the battery, and its men were placed
behind the fences, outhouses, and houses in the neighborhood
of Hockney's. Colonel Allen, taking the colors of this command
in his hand, rapidly drew up his command in line, who at his call
and example rushed, under a galling fire of grape, canister, and
Minie, across the field. There was not a shrub even as a screen
on it, and over 300 yards of the open space the foe sent many a
missile of death and shaft of anguish within 100 yards of the
cannon. Lieutenant Causey, of Buffington's company and
commanding it, fell, shot through the brain. No victim in this
great struggle against fanaticism and the principles of rapine and
spoliation leaves to his family and friends a brighter memory for
chivalrous courage and unsullied patriotism. A few yards farther
on Lieutenant Colonel Boyd fell shot through the arm, and was
borne off the field. In a moment or so after the fled, leaving two
cannon and a lieutenant and 8 or 10 privates prisoners in our
hands. In passing beyond the fence inclosing Turner's house
and getting partially into the street the gallant leader fell helpless
from his horse into the arms of his trusty soldiers and was
by them carried from the fiield. It completely paralyzed
his old regiment (the Fourth), at whose head he was even
in the moment of victory. Notwithstanding his repeated
shouts to go forward, it became confused and muddied
up, lost in a maze of stolidity and dismay. At this critical
moment the undersigned first became apprised by
Colonel Breaux, now commanding the brigade, that it was
his duty to assume command of this battalion. With
serious misgivings in his capacity in this emergency and
sorrowful at the necessity he aimed to do his best in
seconding the gallant, fearless, and conspicuous example
of the commanding officer to save his troops from panic
and to rally them into line. His efforts surpasssed by the
daring courage of Lieutenant Barrow, commanding
Captain Chinn's company; by the energy of Lieutenant
Barnett, of Captain Bynum's company, and by the cool
and noble example of Lieutenant Brown, of the same
company. A partial success only rewarded their exertions
-- we were saved a panic; but the annoying fire from the
enemy's sharpshooters left them no other alternative but
to fall back across the field to the shelter of the woods.
Here another effort was made to rally the brigade into
line, now massed confusedly. The commanding officer
employed every incentive and expedient that courage
could suggest, but with haggard results. The men made no
response to his appeals. They were not cowed or panic
stricken. They were exhausted -- hopelessly exhausted --
and seemed to be staggering under the half of that last
ounce which breaks the camel's back of
endurance. Having been under arms more than sixteen
hours; having neither supper, breakfast, nor sleep; having
marched over 12 miles, and having gone through four
hours' hard fighting, it is not a matter of surprise or of
blame that they paid but little heed to the rallying cries of
their leaders. Their conduct was, however, only in
accordance with the example of troops who had been
under fire and were reputed veterans. Many vicissitudes
of this battle must remain unnoticed the undersigned was
not called to command till a late hour, and many events
doubtless noted by the experienced eye of Colonel Boyd
must be chronicled because of his absence. While Colonel
Boyd was in command his promptitude and courage ably
sustained the policy of Colonel Allen. His adjutant,
Lieutenant Breeden, was conspicuous for daring
devotions to duty throughout the trials of the day. The
men generally behaved with coolness and courage. Upon
returning to headquarters, near Ward's Creek Bridge, the
undersigned was relieved of his command by Lieutenant
Barrow.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Tom. Bynum Captain, Comdg. Battalion
Infantry, Stewart's Legion





















Wednesday, February 4, 2015

CALCASIEU GREYS -- February, 2015

NEXT MEETING
The next meeting of Captain James W. Bryan Camp 1390
will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, at Logan’s Roadhouse,
3509 Gerstner Memorial Boulevard (Hwy. 14), Lake Charles, La.
Our guest speaker will be Richard H. Holloway, director of the
Forts Bulow and Randolph State Historic Site, Pineville, La. His
program will be "Louisiana Troops Serving Under Stonewall
Jackson", a talk he has given to SCV groups across Texas
and Louisiana.
Captain James W. Bryan was stationed at Fort Randolph in
the last year of the War for Southern Independence. Many of
our men from Lake Charles were in Captain Bryan’s unit,
Company I, “Calcasieu Tigers,” 28th (Thomas’) Louisiana
Infantry Regiment. Captain Bryan was often in command of the
regiment as the senior captain, throughout the war. They fought
at the Battle of Chickasaw Bayou, the Siege of Vicksburg, and
were stationed at Fort Randolph the last year of the war. See
Richard’s complete biography on page 2.

Finding Your Way Home

Commander’s Column February, 2015












Dr. Andy Buckley, 
camp commander

Did you know there are millions of “closet
Confederates” in the United States? I have met dozens of
them right here in Lake Charles during the past year.
These men do not display the Battle Flag or other
Confederate symbols. They may have never heard of the
SCV, but they do have a sympathy and love for the
Confederacy. Many have proudly stated they have
Confederate ancestors and consider themselves “Sons of
the South.”
      Most of the “closet Confederates” I have met are
open to hear about the existence of the SCV.
Most want to know who we are, what we do, and
what we stand for. They may join our ranks, but even if
they chose not to do so, most of these men are glad to
know an organization like the Sons of Confederate
Veterans is defending the Southern Cause and the honor
of our Confederate forefathers.
      For over a hundred an fifteen years, the Sons of
Confederate Veterans have upheld the honor of the
South and boldly proclaimed pride in our heritage. We
are not ashamed of our Confederate ancestors who
sacrificed so much to defend our home. To the contrary,
we are honored to be their descendants. Indeed, we are
privileged to be the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Here are some thoughts I have been pondering in the
days following our Lee-Jackson Banquet.
      First, I believe we should be sensitive when we stand
up to defend our Southern way of life and celebrate our
Confederate ancestors. If we are not careful our voices
will sound like "the hate speech of racists." There are no
hard core “racists” in our Captain James W. Bryan Camp
1390 therefore we should make every effort to minimize
this perception and make certain it never becomes reality.
Those who have sympathy for the Confederacy should
be attracted to our great cause, not repulsed. This is what our
ancestors would want.
Second, I do not suggest we change our core beliefs and
values. These principles are defined in our SCV charge and
are non-negotiable. I do believe we must adjust the way we
communicate our message. There is a way to present the
defense of our Southern way of life and the true history of
the War Between the States without sounding combative,
judgmental, condescending, or critical. It is not what we
defend, but our methodology and our attitude toward those
who fundamentally disagree with us.
Third, our treatment of other races and ethnic groups
reflects upon the character and values of our ancestors. Two
of my Confederate ancestors, John H. Drennan and J.
Thomas Garrett, had their funerals conducted in their
homes. Based upon newspaper reports, large numbers of
African American men and women stood outside during
their funerals to honor these former Confederate soldiers.
There was something in the character of my ancestors and
their treatment of their fellow man that was attractive to
people of color in Calvert, Texas. Because our ancestors
were true Christians, they treated people of color with
dignity, friendship, and respect. Can we afford to do any
less?
     Fourth, the future of the SCV depends upon reaching
younger adults, ages 20-39. Sadly, many of our SCV camps in
Louisiana are not gaining but losing ground. Three camps
disbanded this fall. Many would blame this decline on
revisionist history, secular culture, or political correctness. I
think our failure to grow is related to our failure to attract
younger members.
     About two-thirds (66%) of all Americans born before
1946 are practicing Christians. These are our parents and
grandparents. We call this generation, “The Greatest
Generation.” In contrast to the Greatest Generation, only
15% of the Millennial Generation, people born between
1980 and 2000, are practicing Christians. The Millennials
represent the largest generation in American History,
surpassing the Baby Boomers, who were born between 1946
and 1968. The Protestant Church in America has all but lost
the Millennial Generation. In 2015 both churches and our
SCV must reach younger people in order to survive.
We need to enlist for our Captain James W. Bryan Camp
1390 a record number of young adult men this year. We’ll
take the old ones too. See you Tuesday, February 10th at
Logan’s in Lake Charles.
     In the words of our distinguished Adjutant, Luke Dartez,
“I’m a Rebel. That’s my story and I am sticking to it.”
Yours in our Great Cause,
Dr. Andy Buckley
Commander















Richard Holloway, Feb. meeting guest speaker.

HOLLOWAY TO GIVE FEB. PROGRAM
     Our February program speaker is Richard
Holloway, Director of the Fort Randolph and
Buhlow State Historic Site in Pineville, Louisiana.
Richard is an accomplished War Between the States
historian and re-enactor as well as a longtime SCV
member. He will be speaking on the subject
"Louisiana Troops Serving Under Stonewall Jackson", a
talk he has given to SCV groups across Texas and
Louisiana.
     Richard H. Holloway is a native of Alexandria
and is a member of the Lieutenant Governor’s
Louisiana Sesquicentennial Civil War and
Reconstruction Task Force and currently serves as
2nd Vice President of the Louisiana Association of
Museums. He has been President of the Civil War
Round Table of Central Louisiana since 2008 and
also served as a founding Board of Director
member of the Confederate Memorial Hall of New
Orleans Foundation and the Republic of West
Florida Historical Society. Richard is also a member
of the Louisiana Historical Association and Team
Red, White, and Blue. In 2009, he represented the
State of Louisiana at the U.S. Capitol and Library of
Congress for a Civil War commemoration as a
guest of the United States Congress. He
participated in Governor Edwards’ trip to Paris in
1984 where he was introduced to French President
Francois Mitterrand and Jacques Chirac, mayor of
Paris. Richard was a founding member of the Jena
SCV camp and is currently rejoined as a member of
the Alexandria SCV camp.
      Richard has been a Civil War reenactor for 35 years
and has participated at events across the United States
and England. He has also reenacted at Spanish Colonial,
Revolutionary War, Seminole War, Mexican War and
World War II events. Most recently Richard was involved
in the Chalmette National Battlefield’s celebration of the
200th Anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans, where
he also participated in 1815 era social functions at the US
Mint and the Cabildo.
       Richard’s first appearance onscreen was in
“Louisiane” with Margot Kidder in 1983 and has been in
over 20 movies, 15 documentaries, and two country
music video’s since then in various capacities. He has a
vast collection of Louisiana historical items which he
often loans to museums around the state.
Richard has received a Legion of Merit medal from
the Louisiana National Guard and was given the
Louisiana Museum Professional Award for 2014. He was
given the key to the parish in Jefferson Parish for his
work in genealogy. Richard has worked at the Louisiana
State Archives where he researched Louisiana’s history
and did all of the integral research for the state attorney
general’s $800 million dollar lawsuit pertaining to
asbestos. He gave tours in Liverpool, England pertaining
to the American Civil War there as well as serving as the
University Records Manager for The George Washington
University in Washington, DC. During his tenure at the
university, he trained over 400 office managers and
completely restructured the facility’s entire archives using
modern procedures. During this time, Richard was a
writer and co-editor for the Mid-Atlantic Regional
Archives Conference’s newsletter and was a member of
the prestigious Washington Rare Book Group, which met
in the Library of Congress. Before returning to Louisiana,
he worked for the Texas Society of Professional
Engineers and also was a campaign manager for a Texas
senator and worked with George W. Bush’s 1st
gubernatorial campaign. After a short stint as the director
of the Louisiana Cotton Museum at Lake Providence,
Richard moved back to Alexandria to became a land title
researcher for Chesapeake Oil Company. He worked
four years as an interpretive ranger at Fort Jesup State
Historic Site in Many until the long drive forced him to
find more local work. He was an archivist for the
Louisiana National Guard for almost a decade and during
that time he was director of Louisiana Native American
Library and Museum located at Camp Beauregard. As a
member of the Louisiana State Guard, he worked to
preserve the state’s military records and other emergency
services during Hurricanes Katrina and Gustave. He was
put in charge of the records recovered from Jackson
Barracks until they were removed back to New Orleans
which led to him reapplying with Louisiana State Parks
to work at their new Forts Randolph and Buhlow
facility.
      He has taught classes on Louisiana during the
American Civil War as an adjunct professor at
Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and LSU at
Alexandria.

New Members to be voted forSCV Membership February 10th

     Ed Sherwood, has attended our meetings for the
past 3 years so by now he should know what he’s
getting in to. Ed is a native of Port Arthur Texas and
earned the MA in History from Lamar University. For
the past 7 years Ed has taught U.S. History at McNeese
and SOWEA Technical Community College. His
Confederate ancestor is Private Alfred Sherwood,
Company C, 8th Texas Calvary.
     Robert Couch retired after a career in the U.S.
military. Robert’s ancestor is James Nichols Brashear,
Company B, 13th Kentucky Calvary. His ancestor’s
family was brutalized by Union soldiers and were
therefore forced to resist the abuse of power by an
invading force. Robert has been researching the War
Between the States for over 25 years and is ready to go
to work in our camp.
     Brittian Daniel Briggs works for Halliburton
Corporation in Galveston, Texas and lives in Victoria.
His Confederate ancestor is Lt. W.C. Easterwood, 27th
Texas Infantry 1st Regiment Company B from Milam
County, Texas. Easterwood also served in 4th Texas
State Calvary Company B and is Brigg’s Great
Grandfather’s adoptive father.
     Wayne Prouse has transferred into the Bryan
Camp as an associate member. Wayne continues to
serve as the chairman of the SCV Confederate Grave
Registry in Texas and as the Assistant to the Texas
Congressman in Beaumont.

2015 Capt. J. W. Bryan Meeting 
Dates & Location

Feb. 10 – Logan’s Roadhouse – Lake Charles
Mar. 10 –Joe’s Italian Restaurant – Sulphur
Apr. 14 --Logan’s Roadhouse – Lake Charles
May 12 --Joe’s Italian Restaurant – Sulphur
June 9 --Logan’s Roadhouse – Lake Charle
July 14 --Joe’s Italian Restaurant – Sulphur
Aug. 11--Logan’s Roadhouse – Lake Charles
Sept. 8 --Joe’s Italian Restaurant – Sulphur
Oct. 13 -Logan’s Roadhouse – Lake Charles
Nov.10 -Joe’s Italian Restaurant – Sulphur
Dec. 8- Annual Christmas Party (TBA)

Confederate Medal Changes

     The media company requires purchase of 100 two
inch medals at $5.34 per medal. We originally voted to
purchase 25 medals, so this will have to be presented to
the camp in the February meeting. This would put our
final price at $534.00 which includes the grey/red ribbon.
The medals will be solid bronze with no color. Adding
color would increase the price to $10.00 per medal
($1534.00 total), which is cost prohibitive. The company
could not deliver full color medals until the summer
anyway, due to overseas manufacturing.











Pvt. William Kniep,
Creuzbaur’s Battery, 5th Texas Light
Artillery, killed in the battle of Calcasieu
Pass and buried on Monkey
Island, Cameron Parish. The site
of the battlefield cemetery may
be endangered by a major
construction project. (Photo
courtesy of Kniep family)

CALCASIEU PASS BATTLEFIELD
CEMETERY TO BE PROTECTED

      State Archaeologist Charles “Chip” McGimsey,
recently told the Lake Charles American Press that state law
requires that the Calcasieu Pass battlefield cemetery, on
the former LeBoeuf property, must be protected during
an LNG plant project being built on Monkey Island in
Cameron Parish, where the battle was fought May 8, 1864.
He was quoted as saying, “I had a conversation with
[SCT&E] on Wednesday [Jan. 29] and explained to them
the new situation.” McGimsey added, “If this is in an area
where they have no plans to develop it and they commit
to leaving it as green space, then it’s not an issue.”
      The final site for the SCT&E [Southern California
Telephone & Energy] has yet to be determined.
After Hurricane Rita, representatives from the Federal
Emergency Management Agency visited Monkey Island
and researched the state’s land purchase records for the
area, McGimsey said. In an 1859 Track Book, he added,
FEMA agents discovered the approximate location of the
LeBoeuf property in the northwest section of the island.
“It very clearly shows that their tract of land and
presumably their house is in the northwestern half of the
island,” McGimsey said. “They could be off by 15 to 25
feet, but it’s clearly going to show that the LeBoeuf’s
property and farmhouse, and thus the cemetery, are in the
western half of the island and pretty close to the Calcasieu
River, too.”
     The LNG plant is being built on 230 acres and is so
large it would take up about a third of the island.
A site sketch map the American Press obtained from
McGimsey’s office shows the LeBoeuf property in the
northwest section of the island, as delineated in the 1859
Trac Book. The LeBoeuf “Farmstead and Cemetery” is
also shown at that site on an 1898 nautical chart. The
farmhouse appears to have stood just north of where
SCT&E’s mock ups show the LNG plant’s line of six
liquefaction trains.
      Desecrating a historic cemetery in Louisiana is a
crime and state law provides for both fines and
imprisonment upon conviction.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
also has regulations safeguarding historic cemeteries
such as the one at Calcasieu Pass. Richard
McGuire, FERC’s acting director of its Division of
Gas—Environment and Engineering, said if
SCT&E moves ahead with its proposal, it will have
to go through the commission’s pre-filing process.
As part of that process, SCT&E will be required to
hire independent archaeologists to conduct land
surveys on Monkey Island in the “area of potential
effect.”
     He added that FERC’s first priority is to get
applicants to avoid cemeteries completely.
McGimsey said the cemetery is not something
that will stop the project. He added, however, that
if human remains are unearthed at any time during
construction, his office will shut down the
immediate area. Work can then continue outside
the discovery site.
If approved by federal officials, SCT&E’s
estimated $9.2 billion facility seeks to export up to
12 million metric tons of LNG each year to
countries worldwide. The project is expected to
create up to 2,000 construction jobs during peak
times. The original press story was by Frank
DiCesare.

THE BATTLEFIELD DEAD

      The following sailors and soldiers were killed at
the Battle of Calcasieu Pass on May 6, 1864,
according to a monument in front of the Cameron
Parish Courthouse:
U.S. Navy sailors:
Quartermaster John W. Tindall; Seaman Joseph
Johnson; Ensign Henry Jackson; Ensign S.R.
Tyrrel; Seaman John Scott; Quartermaster John
Jacobs; Ord. Seaman William Hayden; Ensign A.
H. Berry.
Confederate States soldiers:
Pvt. William Kneip; Cpl. Ferdinand Fahrrenthold;
Pvt. John Lynch; Pvt. Henry Foestermann; Pvt.
Aaron Russell; Pvt. J. d. Lancaster; Sgt. R. M. Jones;
Pvt. A. Scrinkle; Pvt. W. A. Jackson; Pvt. P.
Whittenberg; Pvt. N. Yvarro; Pvt. Jackson J.
Risinger; Pvt. William Ingle; Pvt. William Guehrs.
Guehrs was posthumously awarded the
Confederate Medal of Honor for his self-sacrificing
gallantry at the Battle of Calcasieu Pass. The medal
is on display at the Imperial Calcasieu Museum.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

CALCASIEU GREYS - January, 2015


LEE – JACKSON BANQUET 2015
      Captain James W. Bryan Camp 1390 and Calcasieu Chapter 1513, United Daughters of the Confederacy, will hold a joint Lee-Jackson Banquet in honor of generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, January 24, at Pat’s of Henderson Restaurant at 1500 Siebarth Drive, Lake Charles.
     We will have live traditional Southern music played by violist Susan Jones in the prelude before the banquet 6:15-6:45 p.m. The banquet program, beginning at 7 p.m., will include tributes to Lee and Jackson,  and Cmdr. M.F. Maury. General Stephen Dill Lee’s “Charge to the Sons of Confederate Veterans” will be read.  Paul Gramling, current ATM Councilman & NE La. Brigade cmdr. will be our guest speaker. Also in the course of the evening we’ll have installation of 2015 officers and our candlelight tribute to our own individual Confederate ancestors.
     The menu for the meal this year includes a seafood platter, at no extra cost, and our appetizer, popcorn catfish and shrimp.  The cost will be the same as last year, $30 per person. Please send your check, payable to Sons of Confederate Veterans, to Camp Adjutant Luke Dartez, 908 Henning Road, Sulphur, La. 70665-7673. Please have your check to Luke by Jan. 17 so he can give an accurate count to Pat’s. 


Dr. Andy Buckley
Finding Your Way Home
Commander's Column January, 2015
I laughed at this. A young preacher was contacted by the local funeral director to hold a grave side committal service at a small local rural cemetery for a man with no family or friends. The preacher started early but quickly got himself lost, making several wrong turns. He arrived an hour late, the hearse was nowhere in sight, and the workmen were eating lunch. The pastor went to the open grave and found the vault lid already in place. Taking out his book, he read the memorial service and prayed. As he was returning to his car, he overheard one of the workmen say: "Maybe we'd better tell him it's a septic tank."  
      By the end of August, 1864, General Lee's army around Petersburg were on reduced rations. Soon Lee received a report that there was no more corn in the Confederate stores to feed his troops. To address this critical situation, a local scout, George Shadburne, informed Wade Hampton that there were some 3,000 head of cattle behind the Union lines, some five miles from Grant's headquarters. The cattle were lightly guarded by 120 Union soldiers and some 30 civilians. Hampton sought and received Lee's approval of a plan to capture the herd. At 1 a.m. on September 14, Hampton and some 3,000 troopers headed south, around the Union army. Hampton had taken the precaution of taking with him a detachment of cavalry troopers from Texas who had prior experience in both herding cattle and liberating cattle from their previous owners.
     Two days and thirty miles later found Hampton some four miles from the cattle. At 5 a.m. Rosser's men charged into a camp of startled Yankees and in 30 minutes killed and captured 219. An hour later the entire force overwhelmed the small group guarding the herd. After calming the frightened cattle, Hampton and his men started south with the cattle and a bonanza of other supplies. 
        The column was over 7 miles long and the choking clouds of dust told the whole world where they were headed.
      The Confederates made it to safety two days later with only 10 killed and 47 wounded and 2,500 head of cattle. For days the Rebels would taunt the Yanks with offers of steak and beef for dinner, inviting them to come over and eat. The Prince George County Historical Society in Virginia has an annual steak dinner on the anniversary of the raid to commemorate the event.
     As we look forward to our annual Lee-Jackson Banquet on Saturday, January 24th, I would challenge every member of the Captain James W. Bryan Camp to consider bringing a friend, a family member, or a possible new member to the banquet. It might be your next door neighbor, a friend or fellow church member, or a relative.
      The Lee-Jackson Banquet is always one of the highlights of the ear and represents a great opportunity to recruit potential new members. The program will be outstanding with Paul Gramling serving as our keynote speaker, Charles Richardson presenting the Lee Tribute, Nelson Fontenot presenting the Jackson Tribute, and Greg Newton presenting the Year in Review. This year we will be honored to have as our special guests the ladies of the Calcasieu Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
Yours in Our Great Cause,
Dr. Andy Buckley, Commander


PAUL GRAMLING
LEE-JACKSON BANQUET
BANQUET SPEAKER
     Our guest speaker for this year’s Lee-Jackson Banquet is Paul Gramling, an excellent orator and long-time member of the Gen. Richard Taylor Camp 1308 in Shreveport, the second largest camp in the Army of the Trans-Mississippi, ATM.
      He has served as camp adjutant, three terms as commander of his camp; 2nd Lt. Cmdr., 1994-96, of the Louisiana Division; 1st Lt. Cmdr., 1996-1998, Louisiana Division; Commander of the Louisiana Division, 1998-1990; Army of Trans-Mississippi Commander 2000-2002; National Chief of Heritage Defense, 2004-2006; Louisiana and ATM Heritage Defense chairman, 2006-2008; Sesquicentennial Committee, 2007-Present; Chairman, Heritage Promotion Committee 2010-2014; Northwest Brigade Cmdr., Louisiana Division, 2014-Present; and ATM Councilman, 2014-Present.
       Paul Gramling is also a living history reenactor and has taken part in many major events nationwide.

     
Gen. Stephen D. Lee
Author of the SCV "CHARGE"



MESSAGE FROM OUR HERITAGE CHIEF

      This new year is the 150th anniversary of the end of the fighting between the armed forces of the United States of America and the Confederate States of America. May it also be the end of the ongoing mendacious attacks on the honored heritage and history of the men who carried that fight for the Southern cause.
     May this be the year when the national media recognizes that the War Between the States was about the cultural, political, economic and Constitutional differences that had evolved from the shared national experience and not about the single issue of slavery in the Southern region. 
     May this be the year when the full truth about slavery as the "American Sin" and not the "Southern Sin", be fully understood. May Americans learn that slavery was financed in the North, controlled by the Northern slave traders, and that the profits from the trade and from the cotton went mainly to the North.
     May this be the year when the divisive demagoguery of "political correctness" is exposed as the idiocy that it is and becomes a thing of the past, remembered only as a sad and silly period when decisions were made by an odd and distorted view of relationships, sensibilities, and common sense. May it be the year when people go back to making decisions based on the admonitions of our great religious teachings, and not on appeals to victimhood or prejudice. May this be the year when we begin to judge people by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin. 
     May this be the year when the 70 million American descendants of those who fought for the Confederacy proudly stand up and be counted. May our voices be heard in such numbers that it will turn the tide of hatred and ignorance that comes daily against us.
     May this be the year when those bigots who use the beloved symbols of our courageous ancestors to spread a gospel of racial hatred and superiority be exposed as the fools they are. May this be the year when the flags of our forefathers once again stand for that which is the best within us, rather than the worst.
      May this be the year when we counter-attack the demagogues who wish to destroy every vestige of our Confederate heritage. May this be the year when our statues, monuments and gravestones are not attacked by vandals of every stripe, and when our flags fly more than ever in places of deserved honor.
     May this be the year when every member of our brotherhood becomes more involved as spokesmen for the Cause, and when all of us do something of active service every day to carry a positive message about our ancestry. 
     May this be the year when the national media stops portraying our ancestors as "traitors" and portraying us as "Nazis", "white supremacists" and "racists". May this be the year when they recognize their own sanctimonious posturing and when they realize the stupidity of anyone assuming a moral superiority in matters of the heart.   
           May this be the year when our national leaders transcend the weary, mean-spirited and divisive politics of yesterday and break through to policies that bring Americans together in mutual respect and purpose. 
     May this be the year when we Sons of Confederate Veterans lead a victorious struggle for an honest modern understanding of the extraordinary and exemplary courage of our honored and beloved ancestors. May this be the year when we stand fearlessly together against the orchestrated smear campaign of those who would "culturally cleanse" the nation of any positive thought of our forefathers. 
     May this be the year when our membership puts aside our petty differences and our personal ambitions and solidly unite for a higher and more important cause.
     May this be the year when we Sons of Confederate Veterans restore
s the good name of Robert E. Lee and the million men who left home and hearth to follow him. May our nation realize that the men of the Confederacy were thoroughly American, and that they were of many ancestries and races and creeds, and that they did what they did in their time because their forefathers had done the same.
    And above all, may this be the year when a Loving Creator guides all of us in every moment as we face the challenges of protecting our heritage while building our future. May the Great Healer intervene in the hearts and souls of all of us, and bring to closure the ancient wounds of our Nation's past.
Ben Jones, Chief of Heritage Operations
Cmdr. Matthew F. Maury
     Matthew Fontaine Maury was born Jan. 14, 1806 in Virginia and rose to international fame for his pioneering work in navigation, hydrology and meteorology. He became known as the “Pathfinder of the Seas.” He served 36 years in the U.S. Navy, but when his native state seceded in 1861, he resigned and offered his services to Virginia. Gov. John Letcher appointed him a commander in the Virginia Navy, which was soon incorporated into the Confederate States Navy.
     In 1861 he began experiments with underwater mines, then called torpedoes. His research led to the first successful use of electric mines in naval warfare. Maury also advocated the building of an inexpensive fleet of shallow-water gunboats with large caliber guns in large numbers, to protect Southern ports and inland rivers. However, with the success of the Ironclad C.S.S. Virginia, the government decided to go with that more expensive alternative. He was sent to Europe in late 1862 to purchase ships for the Confederate government. He also used his worldwide fame to promote the cause of Southern Independence. Maury was successful in purchasing two ships for the Confederacy, including the C.S.S. Georgia. He also continued improving electric mines. Following the war, Maury went into voluntary exile for a while in Mexico, then in 1868 took a position as a professor of physics at the Virginia Military Institute until his death in 1873. In his private life, Maury married Ann Hull Herndon in 1835 and they were blessed with eight children. His oldest son, Richard Launcelot Maury, joined the Confederate Army in 1861 and was commissioned a second lieutenant with the 21st Virginia Infantry, and received promotions to major and lieutenant colonel with the 24th Virginia Infantry. Colonel Maury was wounded twice in the war, in 1862 at the Battle of Fair Oaks and in 1864 at the Battle of Drewry’s Bluff. He surrendered with Gen. Lee at Appomattox Court House April 9, 1865.
NEW BOOK
A FINE BODY OF MEN
As armies formed across the country in early 1861, the call to the colors sounded and volunteer groups began to assemble. One such unit formed in New Orleans was the Orleans Light Horse, an independent light cavalry troop described by the New Orleans Daily Picayune as a “fine body of men all splendidly mounted.” It is a thoroughly researched Civil War regmental history. Donald P. Moriarty follows their service with the Confederate States Army to the war’s end in 1865. As the escort company to Lieutenant General Leonidas Polk and later Lieutenant General Alexander P. Stewart, the Orleans Light Horse was an integral part of the Army of Mississippi and the Army of Tennessee. A Fine Body of Men provides service records and additional biographical information for the company’s 215 cavalrymen, while inviting readers to experience the major campaigns of the Civil War’s Western Theater alongside these brave soldiers. [Soft Cover, 304 pages]
Published by The Historic New Orleans Collection.
A CONTEMPORARY DESCRIPTION
OF STONEWALL JACKSON
[Editor’s note: The below is a contemporary description of Stonewall Jackson by Field-Marshall Viscount Wolseley of the British Army. In October, 1862, he visited the camp of the Army of Northern Virginia, while on leave from the British Army in Canada, and interviewed both Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. He gave his impressions in his auto-biography,  The Story of a Soldier’s Life, 1904. Here are his impressions of Jackson.]

      “Shortly afterwards I had the advantage of an interview
with General Jackson, always spoken of then and to be
remembered for all time as ‘Stonewall Jackson:’ a man of stem principles, who took seriously whatever he had to do and in whom the beautiful side to his character had been developed by this war. What a hero! and yet how simple, how humble-minded a man! In manner he was very different from General Lee, and I can class him with no one whom I have ever met or read of in history. Like the great commander whom he served with such knightly loyalty, he was deeply religious, but more austere, more Puritan in type. Both were great soldiers, yet neither had any Goth-like delight in war. He did not, as Lee did, give one the idea of having been born to the hereditary right of authority over others. General Lee, the very type, physically and socially, of a proud Cavalier, would certainly have fought for his king had he lived when Rupert charged at Naseby; Jackson would have been more at home amongst Cromwell's Ironsides upon that fatal June 14. More than any one I can remember, Jackson seemed a man in whom great strength of character and obstinate determination were mated with extreme gentleness of disposition and with absolute tenderness towards all about him.
    “I had expected to see in Stonewall Jackson something of the religious moroseness we find attributed to the Commonwealth Puritan in our Restoration literature; but he was, instead, most genial and forthcoming during the extremely pleasant hour I spent in his tent. In repose it might be said there was something sad about the expression of this most remarkable man's face. As his impressive eyes meet yours unflinchingly, you knew that his was an honest heart. His closely compressed lips might have lent a harsh coldness to his features had not his face been lit up by a fascinating smile which added to the intense benignity of expression that his Maker had stamped upon it. In all the likenesses I have seen of him this marked characteristic is wanting. But how rare it is to find it even in the pictures of saints and angels by the greatest artists. In their endeavours to represent it on canvas or in marble most have missed that bright light of highly gifted benevolence and spiritual contentment which, without doubt, must have pre-eminently distinguished the face of ‘Him whom they crucified.’ ”