Monday, October 3, 2011


October 2011
            The next meeting of  Captain James W. Bryan Camp 1390 will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, October 11, at Ryan’s Family  Restaurant, 4501 Ryan Street in Lake Charles. Greg Newton will be giving a very interesting program on one of his Confederate ancestor’s. We’ll also be taking nominations for camp officers for 2012. Please come to this very  important meeting if you possibly can.

          Team work is the key to a successful SCV camp. Each officer should take  his office seriously and be willing to take the time and effort required to carry out the duties of that office. Here is a list of elective offices in this camp: Commander; First Lieutenant Commander; Second Lieutenant Commander; Adjutant; Quartermaster; Judge Advocate; Sergeant At Arms; Surgeon and Chaplain.
            We will read the duties of each office before nominations are taken at our October meeting.
          Thanks to the generosity of former Louisiana Division Commander Scott Thorn and the estate of deceased compatriot Ben Burns, a scholarship fund is being established by Captain James W. Bryan Camp 1390. The initial amount of the scholarship is expected to be $500 annually. A scholarship committee has been established to work out the details. This is a great thing for our camp and will help us create a whole new dimension of service for outreach to young people and the community in which we live. We appreciate this generous gesture for our camp and cause.
            We are also in the process of publishing our Camp Cookbook in regular book form. It has only been available on CD as an e-book. Hopefully we’ll have it ready in time for Christmas. We’ll be able to sell it through our camp quartermaster store as well as on
            Our camp experienced another outstanding and successful gun show in September. We have a prime location and the handed out a lot of information and received most generous support from the public. We are also making progress on getting our camp color guard established. We just need a few more volunteers who have or can get a standard Confederate uniforms and we’ll be all set. We’re welcoming new and enthusiastic members. I think we can all be very proud of Captain James W. Bryan Camp and the progress we are making.
Your obedient servant,
Luke Jones waves the Louisiana Independence
(Secession) Flag. The Louisiana Tigers played
a major role in the First Battle of Manassas.
(Photo by Mike Jones)
Mike Jones, camp commander
First Battle of Manassas Reenactment
          ST. FRANCISVILLE --Louisiana’s Civil War past comes alive at Audubon State Historic Site for a Civil War program on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15-16
              Civil War reenactors dressed in authentic reproduction uniforms of the armies of both North and South will be on hand to present a look at life in Civil War Louisiana. The day’s demonstrations, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Sunday, will include drills, black powder weapon demonstrations, open hearth cooking, costume talks, camp life, and more.
             There will be a small scale reenactment of a Civil War battle at 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. This year will mark the involvement of the Louisiana troops at the Battle of 1st Manassas in Virginia. Visitors will see the fight at Matthews Hill, where Louisiana Tigers drew the first blood in one of the most epic battles of the Civil War.
             The Louisiana Tigers played a critical role at the First Battle of  Manassas.
  "This program starts the commem-oration of the Civil War Sesquicen-tennial in Louisiana,a nation-wide event marking the 150th Anniver-sary of the American Civil War . “We encourage those visiting to learn the rest of the story of the Civil War in the Felicianas by visiting Port Hudson State Historic Site, only a few miles south of Audubon,” said John House, site manager.
           Audubon SHS is the setting for the 200-year-old Oakley House, temporary home and inspiration to John James Audubon in the 1800s. The park includes a museum, picnic areas, Historic buildings, pavilion, and nature trail. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, Oakley House and its lush natural settings are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
         The $4 adult admission to Audubon SHS includes the site video history presentation, the plantation house tour and all special programs. Children (12 and under) and senior citizens (62 and older) are admitted free. Audubon SHS is located 30 minutes north of Baton Rouge near St. Francisville on La. 965 in West Feliciana Parish. For more information, call 1-888-677-2838 toll free or 635-3739 in the St. Francisville area.

Confederate Memorial Hall at 929 Camp St. in New Orleans.
It is 120-years-old, the olest museum in Louisiana and has
the world's second largest collection of Confederate
memorabilia in the world. (Photo by  Mike Jones)
Confederate Memorial Hall Appeal
        NEW ORLEANS – Many of you have visited us over the years, and know about what an inspiring place it is for all true Sons of the South. The title, Battle Abby of the South was given to us over a century ago. Even today visits are often described as a Sacred Pilgrimage.
        This museum exists in two worlds. One hand we are located across the street from the World War II Museum, which boasts of over 80,000 visitors annually. The foot traffic in the area is exceptional by any standard. WE ARE IN THE PRIME LOCATION FOR A CIVIL WAR MUSEUM. On the other hand we live in a hostile political environment that deprives us of recognition on tourist directional signs, and even listing as a Museum/Tourist attraction in most guide publications.
           We therefore must BUY advertisement space in tourist organs where state, city and federal subsidized museums such as the Afro-American Museum. The Back Street Museum and the Ashe Cultural Arts Center, receive it free, along with signs throughout the city directing tourist to their doorstep daily. Not only do WE not receive any state, city or federal support of any sort, but we are completely ignored despite our 120 year history in this location.
         We come to your Camp today to plead with you as individuals and as a camp to join. The Memorial Hall Foundation. The Foundation currently focuses on the following areas of need:
1)      To purchase meaningful advertisement space in all the major tourist organs in the area.
2)      Upgrade our building signage to attract the very high volume of foot traffic that passes daily.
3)      Our building is 120 years old and needs a TLC facelift in several places.
           I ask that your Commander or Adjutant make this appeal a part of your meeting agenda over the next few months. Your mission and ours is identical, EDUCATION. When given the opportunity this museum can fulfill that mission in flying the colors. It is very difficult to meet that goal without the financial support of like-minded institutions such as the SCV.
           If you have any questions, contact us., or 504-523-4522.
          E. Kemper Sublette
         President, Memorial Hall Foundation'
         For more information go to
Battlefield Advocates Honored
         (Chattanooga, Tenn.) – During a ceremony recently at Fairyland Club on Lookout Mountain, the Civil War Trust, a national battlefield preservation organization, recognized three outstanding historic preservation advocates with its Chairman’s Awards for Achievement.  The awards were presented by the Trust’s chairman, Henry E. Simpson, in honor of Alabama historian Daniel Fulenwider, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park historian James Ogden and Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association executive director Mary Ann Peckham.
           “The long term commitment to historic preservation and education demonstrated by each member of this trio is inspirational,” said Simpson.  “Their enthusiasm for American history knows no bounds and their work will continue to benefit the public for generations to come.”Contacts
           For more than two decades, Daniel Fulenwider of Cullman County, Ala., has worked to promote appreciation and understanding of “Streight’s Raid” — Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest’s pursuit of Col. Abel D. Streight across north Alabama in the spring of 1863.  He has led tours of the campaign for military personnel from 27 countries and has traversed the entire route, from Mississippi to Georgia, on foot.  He was instrumental in orchestrating the Trust’s efforts to purchase of land at Hog Mountain, scene of fighting during the Battle of Day’s Gap, and continues to be involved in efforts to promote and interpret the site. 
            Mary Ann Peckham is the Executive Director of the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association a statewide organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Tennessee Civil War Battlefields.   She retired from the National Park Service in December 2000, after serving in six National Park areas.  Her final assignment was as Superintendent of Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro, Tenn.  In addition to her work with TCWPA, she is active with a number of area conservation organizations, including serving on the advisory board of the Southeast Region of the Land Trust for Tennessee.
           Since 1988, James Ogden has been the historian for Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.  Earlier in his career, he did interpretive and research work for the Maryland Park Service at Point Lookout State Park, site of the largest Civil War prison, and for the National Park Service at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Russell Cave National Monument and Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.  Ogden speaks regularly on aspects of the Civil War to historical organizations and leads tours of battlefields throughout Georgia and Tennessee.  He has taught Civil War history courses for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, published a variety of articles and appeared on both A&E’s “Civil War Journal” and the History Channel’s “Civil War Combat.”
           Beyond his involvement with the Civil War Trust, Simpson is a member of the law firm Adams and Reese/Lange Simpson, LLP in Birmingham, Ala.  He has previously served as a lecturer at the University of Alabama, the state chairman of the U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society and the state chairman of the American College of Trial Lawyers. 
            The Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States.  Its mission is to preserve our nation’s endangered Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds.  To date, the Trust has preserved nearly 30,000 acres of battlefield in 20 states.  Learn more at, the home of the Civil War sesquicentennial.

Ed Cotham,  left, author-historian, gave the memorial
at the Sabine Pass commemoration.
(By Mike Jones)
By Mike Jones
          SABINE PASS, Texas -- The stunning Confederate victory  of the Battle of Sabine Pass on September 8, 1863, was remembered with memorial services and a reenactment of the battle on September 10 and 11 at Sabine Pass Battleground State Historic Site.
        Among the activities on Saturday were the court martial and execution of Lt. Elijah P. Allen for desertion, the memorial service and battle reenactment.
Ed Cotham, author of Sabine Pass: The Confederacy's Thermopylae (University of Texas Press, 2004), was the guest speaker. He noted in his speech that the small garrison of Fort Griffin, about 41 men, voted unanimously to stay and fight against the Union invasion fleet and troops in spite of the odds against them. He also commended the bravery of the Union Navy which was so badly beaten in the battle
       Ladies from the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Order of the Confederate Rose laid the memorial wreaths at the Dick Dowling Monument. The memorial service was hosted by the Jefferson County Historical Commission.
      The master of ceremonies was Ron Ellington, past chairman of the Jefferson County Historical Commission. The invocation was given by Sid Holt, chaplain of Col. Philip  A. Work Camp 1790, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Woodville
     Chris Elliot, site manager gave the welcoming address. The color guard was provided by members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Among the supporters of the event were Dick Dowling Camp 1295, Sons of Confederate Veterans, and Edward Lea Camp 2, Sons of Union Veterans.

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