Monday, December 3, 2012


Confederate Christmas dinner on the outer picket line by Edwin Forbes.
(Library of Congress

Merry Christmas and Happy New Yeear


         Captain James W. Bryan Camp 1390 will have its annual Confederate Christmas Party beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 2019 21st Street in Lake Charles. Tommy Curtis and his sister Phyllis will be our host and hostess. This will be our December meeting. There will be plenty of good holiday food and snacks and plenty of Christmas cheer. Please bring a covered dish. Susan Jones will present Christmas
        Carols, all written before 1865, and sung by our Confederate ancestors.  Come enjoy great fellowship and good food.


Please make plans to come to Captain James W. Bryan Camp 1390’s annual banquet honoring our great Southern heroes, generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. It will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, January 19, at Pat’s of Henderson, 1500 Siebarth Drive, Lake Charles, La. The evening is a celebration of the two great generals, who were both born in January, as well as our own Confederate ancestors.

            It is a very special event celebrated across the Southland to show the world  that the Confederate States of America is alive and well in spirit in this 21st  Century, and is the bastion of true Southern American history & heritage. The evening is packed with special events that we do only once a year. We have a very special guest speaker, Louisiana Division Commander Ted Brode of West Monroe.

We will also  install our 2013 camp officers, have a candlelight  roll call of our Confederate ancestors, and door prizes. We have also had  good food and great service at Pat’s of Henderson. Our menu will be:


Bite size Catfish and Popcorn Shrimp.


Main EntrĂ©e  - (Select One)

Fried Shrimp

Crawfish Fettuccine

Stuffed Red Snapper

Broiled Italian Chicken Breast

10 oz. Rib eye (cooked medium)


Dessert – (select one)

Pecan Pie

Cheese Cake topped with blueberries or strawberries.

            The cost of the meal will be the same as last year, $30.00. Please have your reservation and check to Camp Adjutant Luke Dartez by January 15. Make checks out to Captain James W. Bryan Camp 1390 and mail them to Luke Dartez, 908 Henning Road, Sulphur, La. 70665.


            Officer’s for Captain James W. Bryan Camp 1390 were elected for 2013. The following were elected:
Commander Archie Toombs
1st Lt. Micheal Wayne Clanton
2ond Lt. Charles Richardson
Adj. Luke Dartez
Q M Wes Deason
Chaplin Tommy Curtis
Sgt at arms Kevin Guillotte
Judge Av Andy Buckley
Surgeon Dr. Cavin
Historian Al Cochran
Color Guard Greg Newton


            Officer’s for Captain James W. Bryan Camp 1390 were elected for 2013. The following were elected:

Commander Archie Toombs
1st Lt. Micheal Wayne Clanton
2ond Lt. Charles Richardson
Adj. Luke Dartez
Q M Wes Deason
Chaplin Tommy Curtis
Sgt at arms Kevin Guillotte
Judge Av Andy Buckley
Surgeon Dr. Cavin
Historian Al Cochran
Color Guard Greg Newton



          Galveston Historical Foundation will mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Galveston on January 11-13, 2013. The Battle of Galveston, which took place during the early morning hours of January 1, 1863, is widely acknowledged as the most important military event in Galveston’s history. Commemorative events taking place include battle re-enactments, lectures, living history encampments, a wet-plate collodion photography demonstration and a variety of special tours and programming focusing on Galveston’s part in the 1863 battle.
          Living history encampments will be established by the 19th-Century Living History Association, Inc. and the 1st Texas Brigade. The public is invited free of charge to visit the encampments, located in Galveston’s historic downtown, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
     Noted author and Civil War historian Edward T. Cotham, Jr., will be conducting various paid tours visiting the sites of the battle. Cemetery historian Linda McBee will also offer a Civil War cemetery tours of Galveston’s historic Episcopal cemetery on Broadway. Tours, lectures and other programs are currently being developed and will be announced soon.
     “The Battle of Galveston brings life to an important historic event for Galveston. This year we add new events that bookend the reenactments and help to educate visitors on the strategy employed by each side on January 1, 1863.” says Dwayne Jones, Executive Director of Galveston Historical Foundation. “The participants and spectators really get a first-hand view of this historic event.”
     Played out on both land and sea over the course of several months, the Battle of Galveston ended with Confederate forces driving out the Union ships that had held Galveston Harbor since October, 1862. As part of the Union blockade of the Texas coast, Commander William B. Renshaw and his squadron of eight Union ships demanded surrender by Confederate Forces of Galveston Harbor, the most important Texas port, on October 4, 1862.
         For more information about Battle of Galveston Commemoration tours, tour reservations or for information on re-enactor guidelines, go to or call Galveston Historical Foundation at 409-765-3409.


[Editor's note: U. S. warships Westfield and Clifton, led by Commodore W.B. Renshaw of the West Blockade Squadron, bombarded Port Lavaca, Texas on October 31, 1862. Later the Westfield was destroyed at the Battle of Galveston and the Clifton captured at the Battle of Sabine Pass.]
Bombardment of Port Lavaca.
Withdrawal of the Federals.
From the Houston Telegraph.
The following account of the bombardment of Lavaca is quite incomplete, but it shows the gist of the matter, which is that the Federals attacked and bombarded the town and didn't take it. Nobody hurt.
S_______ I_______, Near Texana,
November 2d, 1862
Dear Sir--Left Lavaca at half-past twelve yesterday. At twenty-five minutes past one p.m., the tow steamer ceased to fire, and hauled off, taking the small schooner in tow. By 12 m., they had passed Gallinipper Point, and have evidently left us for the season. . . . From 1/4 past 3 p.m. on Friday, the expiration of the one and a half days grace, to 6 p.m., they fired into the town 168 shells and shot; and from 8 o'clock to 10 a.m. yesterday, 74.Some of their guns were of the largest size, the shells weighing 104 lbs., and throwing them two miles beyond the town. Nobody
Hurt. Most of the stores on Front street were struck, completely demolishing some of them inside. Gutted, as it were by the explosion of shell, and showing almost cellars dug by the force. Many of the dwelling houses also were more or less injured. . . . Instead of being everywhere, looking after the defense of important and exposed points, San Antonio, 140 miles from the scene of danger, seems to be the only place having any attraction for our generals. Truly, they have deserved well of Texas, and should be waited upon by a committee of our gallant ladies, and presented with leather medals and swords of like material. A single rifle gun of fair range, and we could have sunk the miserable old New York ferry-boats that attacked our town, fired upon our women, children, and sick--some of them dying with yellow fever--and which vessels will doubtless return and finish their work of destruction. Our officers and men behaved gallantly, and will sustain the honor of our flag.
Since the above was in type, we learn that the enemy came up on the 31st within five miles of the town of Lavaca, and sent a message ashore demanding the surrender. Maj. Shea refused.
They then gave notice that an hour and a half would be allowed for the removal of the women and children and sick. Promptly at the expiration of the time they opened fire, throwing about 50 shot that day. Next day the firing was continued heavily as is detailed above.


Monday, November 5, 2012


           The next meeting of Captain James W. Bryan Camp 1390 will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Pitt Grill Restaurant in Sulphur. We’ll have election of officers, make plans for our annual Christmas Party and our 2013 Lee-Jackson Banquet.  Please come to this very important meeting.


           General Mouton’s Regiment: The 18th Louisiana Infantry is the story of the men of one of the state’s hardest fighting units in the War for Southern Independence.

              The author, Michael Dan Jones, uses memoirs, diaries, letters, battle reports, etc., to tell the story from the perspective of the ordinary fighting man.

           The original commander of the regiment, colonel then later general, Alfred Mouton of Lafayette organized the unit from the predominantly French-speaking South Louisiana parishes. Mouton was the son of former governor and senator Alexandre Mouton, who was also the president of the Louisiana Secession Convention.

          The 18th Louisiana Infantry fought at the Battle of Shiloh where Colonel Mouton was seriously wounded. They also fought in the Battle of Farmersville, Miss. Before returning to Louisiana in October 1862 and taking part in the Bayou Lafourche Campaign. Mouton was promoted to brigadier general and the 18th Louisiana became part of his brigade and served under him until he was killed in action on April 8, 1864 at the Battle of Mansfield.

        The book also has wartime photographs of a number of the officers and men in the  18th Louisiana, as well as maps, diagrams and other illustrations.

         The book also has a roster of over 2,000 men who served in the regiment, including military service records. The book has 350 pages, footnotes, bibliography and index. It is available from and

Former Camp 1390 Cmdr. Thorn Passes

Gerald S. Thorn
Former Cmdr. Camp 1390
          Funeral services for Gerald S. “Poppa” Thorn, 73, of Monroe were held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, October 20, 2012 at First Baptist Church of Swartz with Rev. Jeff Smart officiating. Interment followed at Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home, Sterlington Road, Monroe.
          Mr. Thorn passed away Tuesday, October 16, 2012, at St. Francis Medical Center. He retired from a lifelong career of industrial electrical work and was a member of First Baptist Church of Swartz.
          He was the former camp commander of  Captain James W. Bryan Camp 1390, Sons of Confederate Veterans.
          Mr. Thorn was preceded in death by his father, Woodrow Thorn; his mother, Evelyn Hudson Thorn; and his brother Ray Dell Thorn.
          Survivors include his wife of fifty years, Marilyn Sandlin Thorn of Monroe, LA; his children, Gerald Scott Thorn and wife Bonnie of Lake Charles, LA, Gregory Steven Thorn and wife Maria of Geismar, LA, Geoffrey Spencer Thorn of Ragley, LA; grandchildren, Lauren Thorn, Tristin Thorn, Spencer Thorn, Claire Hohensee, Cody Thorn, Damon Thorn, and Cameron Thorn; brother, L.B. Thorn and wife Molly of Monroe, LA, and numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons and nephews

Maj. Gen. Thomas D. Hindma
(Library of Congress)
150th Anniversary of  the
Battle of Prairie Grove

        PRAIRIE GROVE, Arkansas -- Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Prairie Grove. The original battle, fought on December 7, 1862, saw about 22,000 soldiers fighting most of the day, with about 2,700 killed, wounded, or missing. Every even-numbered year, Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park hosts a battle reenactment. During the weekend there will be many lead and self-guided activities including tours through the Union, Confederate, and civilian camps, various military drills, cooking, spinning, and lace making demonstrations along with other living history programs. “Sutlers Row” features a number of vendors selling 19th century reproduction, books, and souvenirs. The battle demonstration begins at 1 p.m. each day, featuring charges and counterattacks by Union and Confederate infantry and cavalry. The reenactment is held on the actual battlefield near the historic Borden House. Contact the park (closer to event time) for a detailed schedule. Reenactors, contact the park to register.

           Maj. Gen. Thomas C. Hindman sought to destroy Brig. Gen. Francis Herron's and Brig. Gen. James Blunt's divisions before they joined forces. Hindman placed his large force between the two Union divisions, turning on Herron first and routing his cavalry. As Hindman pursued the cavalry, he met Herron's infantry which pushed him back. The Rebels then established their line of battle on a wooded high ridge northeast of Prairie Grove Church. Herron brought his artillery across the Illinois River and initiated an artillery duel. The Union troops assaulted twice and were repulsed. The Confederates counterattacked, were halted by Union canister, and then moved forward again. Just when it looked as if the Rebel attack would roll up Herron's troops, Blunt's men assailed the Confederate left flank. As night came, neither side had won, but Hindman retreated to Van Buren. Hindman's retreat established Federal control of northwest Arkansas.

Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ movie
       Steven Spielberg’s movie Lincoln is slated for release November 9 and it is likely to be a one-sided  presentation that will  be little more than Northern wartime propaganda.
Lincoln and His Generals
(Library of Congress)
       Based on the trailers it seems that the movie touches on the Emancipation Proclamation and focuses on his final months in office. Here are some highlights of Lincoln’s reign that the movie may or may not address.
       First, the Emancipation Proclamation  was a war measure to suppress the so-called “rebellion” and to make it easier to subjugate the Southern people.
        It only freed slaves in States that were deemed to be in “rebellion” against the Lincoln regime and but only in areas not already occupied by Union troops. The new state of West Virginia was exempted, as were 13 parishes in Louisiana which  were occupied. If the document was really about freedom, why weren’t the slaves freed in those areas actually occupied by the Lincoln's army?
     Lord Palmerston, the prime minister of England, pointed out that Lincoln undertook to abolish salvery only in places where his regime had no power to enforce it, and protected slavery where he actually did have the power to destroy it.
      Future U.S. President Woodrow Wilson said the proclamation was simply an attempt by Lincoln to make it look like the South was fighting a war to perpetuate slavery, a libel that still holds to this day.
       A New England historian, Edward Channing, who also saw what a sham it was, said “Of course, it did not abolish slavery as an institution anywhere.”
       And Lincoln’s own father-in-law was a slave-owner and his wife’s share of her father’s estate, was partially derived from the sale of slaves.
        It was also well known that Lincoln had been a longtime supporter of an effort to “colonize” “people of African descent” to Central America or Africa.
        Here are some good books to read that will give you a more balanced view of Lincoln:
        Lincoln  the Man by Edgar Lee Masters.
        Lincoln Takes Command and The Coming of the Glory, both by John S. Tilley, M. A. (Harvard).
        The Real Lincoln and Lincoln Unmasked, both by Thomas J. DiLorenzo.
        Lincoln and His Generals by T. Harry Williams.
        Lincoln’s Marxists by Al Benson Jr. and Walter Donald  Kennedy.
        Forced into Glory: Lincoln’s White Dream by Lerone Bennett Jr.
        Lincoln’s Little War: How His Carefully Crafted Plans Went Astray by Webb Garrison.
        America’s Caesar: Abraham Lincoln and the Birth of a Modern Empire by Greg Loren Durand.

Arkansas Confederates
(Arkansas History Commission)

GEC Meeting at Elm Springs Held October 27

Condensed Account of the October 27, 2012 SCV General Executive Council Meeting:
1. Meeting opened at 8:00 AM with Prayer, Pledge of Allegiance, Salute to the Confederate Flag and The Charge.
2. Executive Director Sewell reported the SCV, as of 10.26.12, has 30,534 members, approximately 400 more than the same time last year. He stated the needed maintenance on Elm Springs has been minimal and reported on the status of the SCV’s endowment funds.
3. GEC voted to put the Bicentennial Fund under the review of the Investment Committee.
4. CIC addressed several issues:
A. Vision Program Progress
B. Carter House in Franklin, TN
C. Discount for SCV members at the Kissimmee, FL Ramada Inn
D. Appointments to the Disciplinary Committee
5. Lt Commander Barrow reported on the recent Leadership Conference in Colorado, the upcoming conference in Richmond, November 3, 2012, and other conferences in Alabama, Kentucky and possibly Texas and Arizona.
6. ANV Councilman Randy Burbage reported on two Battle flags that have recently been acquired by the South Carolina Division.
7. Chief of Heritage Defense Hogan presented a report on the Reidsville, North Carolina monument, the updated SCV website where heritage violations can be reported on-line and a new heritage defense fundraising program.
8. The GEC adopted additions to the Convention Guidelines to establish a minimum fee for debutants, to define requirements for the memorial service for compatriots who have passed away in the last year and for the Heritage Defense Luncheon held at Reunions.

9. The GEC voted to affirm that the “The Charge” of Gen. S.D. Lee as recorded in the minutes of the United Confederate Veterans 1906 minutes, the minutes of the United Sons of Confederate Veterans minutes from their 1906 Reunion as currently shown on is the historically correct version of The Charge.
10. Discussion of Sam Davis Youth Camps' legal structure.
11. Budget and Finance Committee reported on five (5) requests:
A. The request for funding for a monument in Ardmore, OK was approved.
B. Funding for the Culp Brothers monument in Gettysburg, PA was approved contingent a contract governing the monument is received and reviewed at GHQ.
C. Assistance requested by the Boy Scouts in St. Mary’s Ohio to mark a confederate grave of an officer from Mississippi. AIC Steve Ritchie will assist with this project - no funding needed.
D. Request for funding for a sculpture Confederate Veteran Richard Payne for an historical park in Winston County, Alabama. Funding approved contingent on agreement with the historical park board regarding conditions of the sculpture being donated.
E. Request for funding for the Confederate Plaza in Palestine, Texas was approved. The plaza has been donated to the General Organization of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
12. Past Commander In Chief McMichael spoke about upcoming Sesquicentennial Events, the next at Beauvoir on March 16, 2013. He also addressed issues regarding The Confederate Museum.
13. CIC Givens made closing comments, including announcing the next GEC meeting will be at Beauvoir in conjunction with the Beauvoir Sesquicentennial event.

14. Meeting ended at 3:35 PM with prayer and the singing of Dixie!!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


Next Meeting

          The next meeting of Captain James W. Bryan Camp 1390 will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at A-MAZEN Seafood and Steak, 339 W. Prien Lake Road, Lake Charles, La. We’ll have nominations for officers and go over the by-laws with the members. Please come to this very important meeting. Also, if you haven’t already paid your 2013 dues, please do so right away. The amount for renewals is $42. Send checks to Adjutant Luke Dartez, 908 Henning Road, Sulphur, La. 70665-7673. Thank you.

USS Harriet Lane (Naval History and Heritage Command)


          The U.S. Navy began a blockade of Galveston Harbor in July 1861, but the town remained in Confederate hands for the next 14 months. At 6:00 am on October 4, 1862, Cdr. W.B. Renshaw, commanding the blockading ships in the Galveston Bay area, sent Harriet Lane into the harbor, flying a flag of truce. The intention was to inform the military authorities in Galveston that if the town did not surrender, the U.S. Navy ships would attack; a one-hour reply would be demanded.

          Col. Joseph J. Cook, Confederate military commander in the area, would not come out to the Union ship or send an officer to receive the communication, so Harriet Lane weighed anchor and returned to the fleet. Four Union steamers, with a mortar boat in tow, entered the harbor and moved to the same area where Harriet Lane had anchored. Observing this activity, Confederates at Fort Point fired one or more shots and the U.S. Navy ships answered.

            Eventually, the Union ships disabled the one Confederate gun at Fort Point and fired at other targets. Two Rebel guns from another location opened on the Union ships. The boat that Col. Cook had dispatched now approached the Union vessels and two Confederate officers boarded U.S.S. Westfield. Renshaw demanded an unconditional surrender of Galveston or he would begin shelling. Cook refused Renshaw’s terms, and conveyed to Renshaw that upon him rested the responsibility of destroying the town and killing women, children, and aliens.

Renshaw threatened to resume the shelling and made preparations for towing the mortar boat into position. One of the Confederate officers then asked if he could be granted time to talk with Col. Cook again. This officer, a major, negotiated with Renshaw for a four-day truce to evacuate the women, children, and aliens from the city. Cook approved the truce but added a stipulation that if Renshaw would not move troops closer to Galveston, Cook would not permit his men to come below the city. The agreement was finalized but never written down, which later caused problems. The Confederates did evacuate, taking all of their weapons, ammunition, supplies, and whatever they could carry with them.

          Renshaw did not think that the agreement allowed for all this but, in the end, did nothing, due to the lack of a written document. The fall of Galveston meant that one more important Confederate port was closed to commerce. But the port of Galveston was not shut down for long.

[National Park Service article]

Members of Camp 1390 at Sabine Pass on September 8.

Members Attend
Sabine Pass Event

          SABINE PASS, Tex. – Members of Captain James W. Bryan Camp 1390 and friends from the Mechanized Cavalry went in the first annual Ronnie Fox Memorial Ride in procession September 8 to the 149th annual Reenactment of the Battle of Sabine Pass.

        The ride is in tribute to the memory of our recently departed compatriot Ronnie Fox, who enjoyed attending the event and promoting the Sons of Confederate Veterans there.

          The reenactment was small this year but well received by the public. There are big plans for next year to have a 150th anniversary event that will draw hundreds of reenactors. In the actual battle, the Union was planning to invade Texas through Sabine Pass with an initial invasion force of 5,000 troops, four gunboats and 18 troop transports. The expedition was led by Maj. Gen. William B. Franklin for the Army, and Lt. Frederick Crocker for the Navy. Sabine Pass was defended by 1st Lt. Richard W. “Dick” Dowling and his 47-man, Irish-Texan, contingent of Company F (Jefferson Davis Guards) of the 1st Texas Heavy Artillery in Fort Griffin, an earthen structure. Dowling had four 32-pounders and two 24-pounders at his disposal to defend against the attack. The battle opened at 6:30 o'clock in the morning of September 8, 1863 when the gunboat U.S.S. Clifton entered the pass to bombard the fort and reconnoiter the Confederate position. However Dowling kept his men under cover to mask their numerical weakness. After an hour of shelling, the Clifton withdrew. At 3:40 o'clock that afternoon, the assault began. The pass was divided up the middle by a long oyster reef, which divided it into the Louisiana channel on the east and the Texas channel on the west. The Clifton entered the Texas channel while U.S.S. Sachem and U.S.S. Arizona steamed up the Louisiana channel. The U.S.S. Granite City was to escort the transports up the Texas channel to protect the transports off-loading the Union troops. The gunboats entered the pass and opened fire on the fort. The Irish-Texans had placed range markers in the pass during practice and were ready to zero in on the invading ships. Confederate gunners opened fire when the enemy ships reached the 1,200 yard range marker. After a few rounds, the steam drum of the Sachem exploded, scalding many men to death, and disabling the ship. The Arizona ran aground. The Clifton charged up the Texas channel but the Irish-Texan artillerymen blasted its tiller rope, causing it to run aground and also exploded its steam drum. The Arizona had to be pulled off the Louisiana shore, and the Granite City retreated and no troops were landed. The fleet soon turned around and headed back to New Orleans. Texas was saved from invasion, and Houston and Beaumont were saved from the fate of other southern cities, like Atlanta and Vicksburg. The battle lasted only about 45 minutes but 56 U.S. sailors and soldiers were killed, about 350 captured, along with the gunboats Clifton and Sachem. Dowling and his men suffered no casualties at all. The Davis Guards received the thanks of their country. Maj. Gen. John B. Magruder, Confederate commander of Texas, honored the men with a special badge and the Davis Guards were presented special medals from the citizens of Houston, the only such medal for valor issued to Confederate soldiers during the war. The Confederate Congress and President Jefferson Davis honored the Davis Guards with a special proclamation. Dowling said the fort fired 137 shells during the short battle.
The new Jefferson Davis Presidential Library at Beauvoir, Biloxi, MS
The 2013 Sesquicentennial Event/Confederate Heritage Rally will be held Saturday March 16th in Biloxi, MS at Beauvoir. The dedication ceremony for the new Jefferson Davis Presidential Library will be  the showcase of the program. Make your plans now to attend.
Order for Parade
SCV Color Guard
Members of the GEC
Reenactor Units
Divisions in order of Secession
Divisions whose States were not Confederate States in order of Statehood
Others wishing to march.
General Information
Dress- reenactors in uniforms in compliance with their unit's rules.
Those marching with divisions or other groups may wear Confederate uniforms as well. Those not in uniforms are asked to be appropriately dressed. Any clothing (or message on clothing) that is deemed inappropriate by the organizer will be required to be removed or the individual will not be allowed to march.
Flags acceptable: Any Confederate Flag, State Flags, Division Flags, Camp Flags, Re-enactor unit
Flags and any historic or current US flag.
Flags not acceptable: novelty type flags, flags of organizations other than the SCV or flags and/or banners with messages deemed inappropriate by the organizers.
Materials: No signs or banners may be included without the consent of the organizers. No printed or recorded materials may be distributed without the consent of the organizers. Anyone who cannot or will not follow the guidelines will not participate.
Media: every unit, division or other group would do well to designate a spokesman for their group who is experienced in dealing with the media and is well spoken. Designated spokesmen should be sure to dress appropriately. It would be best that any one approached by a member of the
media defer to their designated spokesman for comments. This applies if you are randomly approached anywhere during the day. At the actual event it is best to direct the press to SCV General officers or to Beauvoir officials.
Contact: for more information or visit
Louisiana Division Commander Ted Brode has announced that the annual Fall Assembly will be at Mansfield State "park" on the 27th of October ... 9 a.m.
There will be workshops and plenty of information for camps to build upon. The Mansfield State Historic Park is the site of the Battle of Mansfield, April 8, 1864, and was a great Confederate victory. There is a fine museum, monuments and historical markers. Please come if you can.
      Dr. Donald Livingston’s excellent scholarly essay “Why the War Was Not About Slavery” is available in booklet form from our Camp Quartermaster Wes Beason. If you’d like a copy of this fine booklet contact Compatriot Beason at a meeting or call him at 625-8388.
          The essay was originally published in the September/October 2010 Confederate Veteran magazine by the Sons of Confederate Veterans Inc.
          The substance of this essay was first presented at the 2008 Abbeville Institute Summer School. Donald Livingston is professor of philosophy at Emory University, a member of the SCV, and president of the Abbeville Institute, dedicated to educating college and graduate students about what is true and valuable in the Southern tradition. See
          The essay is attractively presented in the booklet, 23 pages long and with endnotes. It could also be used for a class on this subject.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

CALCASIEU GREYS September 2012

              NEXT MEETING

Captain James W. Bryan Camp 1390, Sons of Confederate Veterans, will meet from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Pitt Grill Restaurant in Sulphur. The  business and program part of the meeting will get underway promptly at 6:30 p.m. The program will be on "Defending Confederate Heritage." We will discuss the best ways to defend our precious heritage, which always seems to be under attack on many fronts. We'll concentrate on giving you the information you need to effectively defend your heritage.


Ronnie Fox
             Ronald Edward "Ronnie" Fox
         (September 29, 1939 - August 16, 2012)

                Compatriot Ronald Edward "Ronnie" Fox, age 72, died Thursday, August 16, 2012, at his residence in DeQuincy, Louisiana. Funeral services were held Aug. 20, 2012 at Christensen Funeral home in DeQuincy and burial in Mimosa Pines in Carlyss. Graveside services included SCV memorial rites.
             He was a Christian by Faith and a member of The Refuge Church. He loved motorcycles and was a member of "MAC" -- Motorcycle Awareness Campaign. He was a State Captain of The Sons of Confederate Veterans Mechanized Cavalry. He will always be remembered as a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He was a man who was loyal to his friends, very giving and never met a stranger. He was the son of the late Joseph Fox and the late Myrtie (Hallie) Fox.
             He is survived by his Son, Troy S. Fox and his wife, Patsy of Quitman, La.; Two Sisters, Shelby Kile and Pat Dees of Westlake, La.; Two Brothers, Glynn Fox and his wife Pat of Gaithersburg, Md. and Ken Fox and his wife, Pat of Chattanooga, Tenn. One grandson- Steven Fox of Lake Charles, La. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Myrtie (Hallie) Fox, his wife of 30 years, Jerri (Collins) Fox and daughter, Donna Swaggart.


                Cmdr. Archie Toombs announced the first annual Ronnie Fox Memorial Ride will be Saturday, Sept. 8, and leave from the Pitt Grill in Sulphur at 7 a.m. and the destination will be the  Sabine Pass Reenactment in Sabine Pass, Texas.
                Cmdr. Toombs said the ride is open to anyone who wants to go by bike (motorcycle), car or truck.
               "If you can make it please do,and bring a friend or two and let's remember our old and dear friend with a ride he loved to make.If you can make it give me a shout are e-mail,are give me a call," Cmdr. Tooms said.

Major Richard W. "Dick" Dowling

The Battle of Sabine Pass

September 8, 1863

The Battle of Sabine Pass, on September 8, 1863, turned back one of several Union attempts to invade and occupy part of Texas during the Civil War. The United States Navy blockaded the Texas coast beginning in the summer of 1861, while Confederates fortified the major ports. Union interest in Texas and other parts of the Confederacy west of the Mississippi River resulted primarily from the need for cotton by northern textile mills and concern about French intervention in the Mexican civil war. In September 1863 Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks sent by transport from New Orleans 4,000 soldiers under the command of Gen. William B. Franklin to gain a foothold at Sabine Pass, where the Sabine River flows into the Gulf of Mexico. A railroad ran from that area to Houston and opened the way into the interior of the state. The Western Gulf Blockading Squadron of the United States Navy sent four gunboats mounting eighteen guns to protect the landing. At Sabine Pass the Confederates recently had constructed Fort Griffin, an earthwork that mounted six cannon, two twenty-four pounders and four thirty-two pounders. The Davis Guards, Company F of the First Texas Heavy Artillery Regiment, led by Capt. Frederick Odlum, had placed stakes along both channels through the pass to mark distances as they sharpened their accuracy in early September. The Union forces lost any chance of surprising the garrison when a blockader missed its arranged meeting with the ships from New Orleans on the evening of September 6. The navy commander, Lt. Frederick Crocker, then formed a plan for the gunboats to enter the pass and silence the fort so the troops could land. The Clifton shelled the fort from long range between 6:30 and 7:30 A.M. on the 8th, while the Confederates remained under cover because the ship remained out of reach for their cannon. Behind the fort Odlum and other Confederate officers gathered reinforcements, although their limited numbers would make resistance difficult if the federal troops landed.

Dick Dowling Monument
Sabine Pass Battleground

Finally at 3:40 P.M. the Union gunboats began their advance through the pass, firing on the fort as they steamed forward. Under the direction of Lt. Richard W. Dowling the Confederate cannoneers emerged to man their guns as the ships came within 1,200 yards. One cannon in the fort ran off its platform after an early shot. But the artillerymen fired the remaining five cannon with great accuracy. A shot from the third or fourth round hit the boiler of the Sachem, which exploded, killing and wounding many of the crew and leaving the gunboat without power in the channel near the Louisiana shore. The following ship, the Arizona, backed up because it could not pass the Sachem and withdrew from the action. The Clifton, which also carried several sharpshooters, pressed on up the channel near the Texas shore until a shot from the fort cut away its tiller rope as the range closed to a quarter of a mile. That left the gunboat without the ability to steer and caused it to run aground, where its crew continued to exchange fire with the Confederate gunners.

Another well-aimed projectile into the boiler of the Clifton sent steam and smoke through the vessel and forced the sailors to abandon ship. The Granite City also turned back rather than face the accurate artillery of the fort, thus ending the federal assault. The Davis Guards had fired their cannon 107 times in thirty-five minutes of action, a rate of less than two minutes per shot, which ranked as far more rapid than the standard for heavy artillery. The Confederates captured 300 Union prisoners and two gunboats. Franklin and the army force turned back to New Orleans, although Union troops occupied the Texas coast from Brownsville to Matagorda Bay later that fall. The Davis Guards, who suffered no casualties during the battle, received the thanks of the Confederate Congress for their victory. Careful fortification, range marking, and artillery practice had produced a successful defense of Sabine Pass.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Alwyn Barr, "Sabine Pass, September 1863," Texas Military History 2 (February 1962). Andrew Forest Muir, "Dick Dowling and the Battle of Sabine Pass," Civil War History 4 (December 1958). Frank X. Tolbert, Dick Dowling at Sabine Pass (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1962). Jo Young, "The Battle of Sabine Pass," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 52 (April 1949). Alwyn Barr
Alwyn Barr, "SABINE PASS, BATTLE OF," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed September 03, 2012. Published by the Texas State Historical Association

150th Anniversary
                BATTLE OF SHARPSBURG, MD
                            September 17, 1862
On September 16, Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan confronted Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia at Sharpsburg, Maryland. At dawn September 17, Hooker’s corps mounted a powerful assault on Lee’s left flank that began the single bloodiest day in American military history. Attacks and counterattacks swept across Miller’s cornfield and fighting swirled around the Dunker Church. Union assaults against the Sunken Road eventually pierced the Confederate center, but the Federal advantage was not followed up. Late in the day, Burnside’s corps finally got into action, crossing the stone bridge over Antietam Creek and rolling up the Confederate right. At a crucial moment, A.P. Hill’s division arrived from Harpers Ferry and counterattacked, driving back Burnside and saving the day. Although outnumbered two-to-one, Lee committed his entire force, while McClellan sent in less than three-quarters of his army, enabling Lee to fight the Federals to a standstill. During the night, both armies consolidated their lines. In spite of crippling casualties, Lee continued to skirmish with McClellan throughout the 18th, while removing his wounded south of the river. McClellan did not renew the assaults. After dark, Lee ordered the battered Army of Northern Virginia to withdraw across the Potomac into the Shenandoah Valley.     
(National Park Service)
Casualties at the Battle of Sharpsburg:
Confederates, out of 38,000 engaged;
10,316  total
1,546 killed
7,752 wounded
1,018 captured/missing
Union, out of 75,000 present for duty:
12,401 total
2,108 killed
9,540 wounded
753 captured/missing

Brig. Gen.  William E. Starke
Killed in Action commanding the 2nd La. Brigade
(Library of Congress)



          Two Louisiana infantry brigades fought at the Battle of  Sharpsburg 150-years-ago.

            Brigadier General Harry T. Hayes 1st Louisiana Brigade consisted of: the 5th Louisiana: Col Henry Forno; 6th Louisiana: Col Henry B. Strong (k); 7th Louisiana; 8th Louisiana: Ltc Trevanion D. Lewis (w); 14th Louisiana.

            Brigadier General William E. Starke, who was killed in action in the battle, led the 2nd Louisiana Brigade, which consisted of: 1st Louisiana: Ltc Michael Nolan (w), Cpt William E. Moore; 2d Louisiana, Col Jesse M. Williams; 9th Louisiana, Col Leroy A. Stafford, Ltc William R. Peck; 10th Louisiana, Cpt Henry D. Monier; 15th Louisiana, Col Edmund Pendleton;  Coppens' (First Louisiana Zouaves) Battalion, Cpt M. Alfred Coppens.

            The 10th Louisiana Infantry included Company K, Confederate States Rangers, which  was partially from Calcasieu Parish.

            Louisiana artillery at Sharpsburg included Madison (Louisiana) Light Artillery: Cpt George V. Moody, Louisiana Guard Artillery: Cpt Louis E. D'Aquin, and the Washington Artillery of New Orleans, Col. James B. Walton.


By Mike  Jones
Confederate dead of Starke's Louisiana Brigade along the Hagerstown Pike.
(Library of Congress)
        At least two Lake Charles soldiers fought in the Battle of Sharpsburg and were both among the 10,000 Confederate casualties there. Private Asa Ryan, 27,  was severely wounded and captured by the Yankees and Private Joseph Auge  Jr., 24,  was killed in action. They both served in Company K, Confederate States Rangers, 10th Louisiana Infantry. Ryan was born March 5, 1836, the oldest son of John Jacob Ryan Jr., the "Father of Lake Charles," born about 1838 and was the son of Joseph Auge Sr. and was listed in the household of Joseph Sallier Sr. on the 1860 census. Both men listed their occupations as farmer. Ryan and Auge received their wounds in the fighting, either along the Hagerstown Pike or in Miller's cornfield, with Stonewall Jackson's Corps. Ryan was wounded in the left leg and after his capture his left leg was amputated, disabling him permanently. He was eventually exchanged and released by the Yankees, but his war was over. Auge was apparently killed instantly during the battle. Ryan finally got home, on crutches, after the war and resumed his life. He was married twice and had six children in all. Ryan died March 16, 1878 and is buried in the Bilbo Cemetery. Auge was single and his final resting place is unknown.
      Two other men of Company K were killed in action at Sharpsburg. They were Private Justice H. Jackson, 34, St. Landry Parish, and Corporal James McKinney, 25, of New Orleans. Private Armelin Lincicome of Vermilion Parish was 20-years-old at the time he was shot in the neck by a Yankee, permanently disabled and captured. He was held at Fort McHenry, Baltimore, Md. until his release and exchange. He returned home, married and had seven children. He died in 1914. Also wounded from the company was Private Easton Hoffpauir. of Vermilion Parish. He received a sick furlough and returned home.
       First Lieutenant Edward A. Seton of Lake Charles wrote home about the battle in a letter dated Sept. 21, 1862. He wrote, "On the 17th Sept, we had a battle in Maryland & our company had 15 men in the fight & and but four came out safe. .. . We held the field until the 19th and fell back across the Potomac, but we are expecting to cross again tomorrow. We have beat the enemy at every point."