Tuesday, February 7, 2012



The next meeting of Captain James W. Bryan Camp 1390 will be from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at Piccadilly Cafeteria in Prien Lake Mall (316 W. Prien Lake Road) in Lake Charles. Mike Jones will present the program on his book, The Tiger Rifles: The Making of a Louisiana Legend. Please come and enjoy good food an great fellowship.
Mike Jones, outgoing commander, left, with Lee-Jackson
guest speaker Texas Div. Cmdr. Granvel Block and Camp
Commander Archie Toombs at the banquet.

Lee-Jackson Banquet 2012
         Granvel Block, Sons of Confederate Veterans Texas Division Commander, told members of the Captain James  W. Bryan Camp 1390, SCV, at the Lee-Jackson Banquet that the planed Confederate Flag Memorial Project on Interstate 10 in Orange, Texas will display over 30 Confederate Flags in spectacular fashion.
         The banquet was  held Saturday, January 21, in honor of General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson and General Robert E. Lee, at Pat's of Henderson Restaurant in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Jackson was born January 21, 1824 in Clarksburg, Virginia (now West Virginia) and Lee on  January 19, 1807, at Stratford, Virginia.
          Block said the Flag Memorial will be located at a prime location on Interstate 10 in Orange, which is located on the border with Louisiana near Lake Charles. It will be a colorful and spectacular display with the flags, ornate pillars and educational plaques about the the flags.
          The Texas Division commander said the  property  has been paid for, is privately owned and is now the property of  the Sons of Confederate Veterans, a 30,000 member international organization headquartered in Columbia, Tennessee and with camps all over the United States and a number of foreign nations. SCV is a history and heritage organization whose members are descendants of Confederate soldiers, sailors and government officials.
         Block also told the story of "The Little Dixie Bell," which was a paper making machine that made paper for the Confederate government in Atlanta, Georgia during the War Between the States. After the war the machine was used by private paper mills in Georgia, Florida and finally Orange,  Texas. He said the  machine was destroyed in a fire in Orange in the 1990s but relics of  the "Little Dixie Bell" have been salvaged and he hopes one day can be displayed in a museum.

Camp Color Guard, from left, Color Sergeant Greg Newton,
Ronnie Fox and Archie Toombs.

     Compatriot Al Cochran is inviting all compatriots to the  Confederate Grave Marker dedication ceremony honoring his ancestor, William Alfred Cochran on Saturday, April 28 at 11:00 am at the Bivens Cemetery in Bivens, La. (outside of Merryville).
     Our new Camp Color Guard will be taking part in the ceremony. April is Confederate History Month and this is an excellent event to celebrate the month.

Hunley Award Presentation at LaGrange High School:
Pictured from left are Lt. Robert Null, JROTC Commander,
Dr. Andy Buckley, Social Studies Department Head, Cadet
George Burnett Turner, and Luke Dartez, Camp 1390 adjutant.
Not pictured is Camp Commander Archie Toombs.
     Cadet George Burnett Turner received the La Grange JROTC  H.L. Hunley Award from the Sons of the Confederate Veterans. Cadet Turner was selected outstanding cadet for 2011-2012 out of 125 members of the corps at LG The award is based upon the first submarine to engage in action in US naval history and commemorates the courage, honor, integrity, sacrifice, and unit loyalty of the crew of the Hunley.  The award is given concluding the annual JROTC federal inspection by the Navy Department.
      Presenting the award was Dr. Andy Buckley, Social Studies Department Head and SCV Judge Advocate and Luke Dartez, SVC Adjutant. 
      Dr. Elwyn Cavin, Camp 1390 member, was recognized by the Department of Navy for having enlisted 70 years ago this year. His service in the Pacific and Korea was honored.
      There were about 45-50 parents, grandparents, retired vets, and Department of Navy personnel. They were extremely impressed that the SCV would honor our JROTC and the outstanding cadet. I think we should do more of these types of awards and involvements. (Dr. Andy Buckley)


Dr. Andy Buckley,  Camp 1390 Judge Advocate, presents the award
to Cadet Turner.

     The CSA Sesquicentennial Commemorative Coin Collection is here!  Now is the opportunity to honor the contribution of each state in the Confederacy, as well as acquire a valuable keepsake from this significant and profound period of historical observance.
     These 1 oz. coins are beautiful - minted with a glossy finish and bearing 3-D images.  They are made, 100%, of .999 purity silver, not merely plating or overlay, with each coin being serially numbered (only 3000 of each state).  They are encased in a protective capsule and will arrive in a black velvet box with their certificate of authenticity.
     This product is unique - you will not find a similar collection being offered for sale today.  The images on each coin are original artwork inspired by you, the men of the SCV, and brought to life by renowned commercial artist Richard Portner.  The depiction of your history required the highest quality production, so we chose the services of The Highland Mint, makers of numerous high-profile commemoratives, such as World Series and Super Bowl coins.     
     A single coin is yours for ONLY $99!  No tax, shipping or handling need be added to your order.
     Now, here is the most important part of this offer.  All proceeds from this program will go to the work of the SCV and YOUR division can participate in the revenue sharing!  This is available to ALL divisions, not just the 13 states of the Confederacy.
     Go to our website,, and view the coins.  You'll see their images, front and back, as well as the stories behind them.  You'll also want to view the video hosted by SC Division Commander and former Adjutant-in-chief Mark Simpson.
     As you enter the website, you'll be greeted by the Premium Collection, a presentation of all 13 coins arrayed in the familiar Southern Cross formation, reminiscent of the Battle Flag.  Each coin will carry a consistent serial number and will be placed in a handcrafted wooden display case.  This product is the maximum experience of the CSA Sesquicentennial Commemorative Coin Collection.
     On the reservation form you will be asked for a Promotional Code.  This is nothing more than your state's two-character postal code (i.e. AL, NC, TX, etc.).  For each coin purchased using your code, your division will earn $12.  Furthermore, for each 500 coin orders with your code, your division will receive a $1000 BONUS.
     So, get the word out and start earning funds for your division!  Link to our website... use your division and camp newsletters... prepare fliers... be creative.  Help us to market this one-of-a-kind product well beyond the bounds of the SCV.  Earn revenue on ANY purchase, not just those from SCV members. Make the Sesquicentennial memorable for you and a financial success for your division.  Visit today!

     Lori McKee Jones, who served as the secretary for the Army of Trans-Mississippi and the Georgia, Tennessee, and Mississippi Divisions from January 2009 until May of 2011, passed away suddenly on January 25, 2012 at her residence. A funeral service for Ms. Jones will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 2:00 PM in the chapel of Heritage Funeral Home on Bear Creek Pike in Columbia TN. Interment will follow in the Santa Fe Cemetery.  
     The family will visit with friends on Friday January 27, 2012 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM and then again on Saturday for one hour prior to the funeral service. Ms. Jones leaves behind three sons: Zachary Ryan LeBlanc of Lafayette LA, Johnathan Nathaniel Elkins and James Thomas Elkins both of Columbia.  
     The SCV GHQ will accept donations from camps and members which will be acknowledged by the SCV. One check and a list of donor names will be given to her family for an educational trust fund for the two youngest sons who are 11 and 12 years old. Condolences can be sent to the family at the Heritage Funeral Home website:

      Two real sons of Confederate veterans recently died, James Brown Sr. and L. L. Meredith of Dinwiddie, Virginia.
      James Brown Sr., 99, of Tellico Village, one of the last real sons of a Confederate veteran, died Thursday afternoon in a Farragut nursing home, his son, James Brown, said Saturday afternoon.
      James Brown Sr.'s father, James H.H. Brown, served in the 8th Georgia Infantry's Company K and fought throughout the Civil War.
     Mr. Brown would've turned 100 on Valentines's Day.
Norman Shaw, founder of the Knoxville Civil War Roundtable, recalled meeting Mr. Brown.
     "It is definitely a direct connection to the past when you can say this gentleman's father fought in the Civil War," he said. "We call them real sons and real daughters of Confederate veterans."
James Brown said his grandfather was 71 when his father, James Brown Sr., was born in 1912.
    "My Dad and I are so lucky to be alive," James Brown recalled.
James H.H. Brown joined the Confederate army at the beginning of the Civil War and fought in 19 major battles, including Manassas, Gettysburg, Chattanooga, Campbell Station and Fort Sanders.
     "He made it to the end at Appomattox with the surrender of Lee and then he walked back home," James Brown said. "He was wounded twice and, back then with the medical situation, he could've had a leg lopped off and bled to death."
James Brown said his father was 11 when James H.H. Brown died. He said his grandfather wasn't bitter with former Union soldiers.
     "I always remember about my grandfather telling my dad he had nothing against Yankees," James Brown said. "They were good men and he was a good man. It was just something they had to do."
     Brown Sr. also had a daughter by a second wife. Mr. Brown lived in Tucson, Ariz., for 19 years and was close to his daughter's family, his son said.
     The other real son who died, L.L. Meredith of Dinwiddie, VA, passed away January 28th. He was a member of Camp A.P. Hill # 167. He was 87 years old.The memorial for Mr. Meredith was  held Saturday, February 04, 2012 at 11 AM at Rocky Run Methodist Church, DeWitt, Virginia.

                (Henrico County, Va.) – During a news conference on the Glendale Battlefield and following a State of the Union Town Hall meeting on parks and tourism, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced a $4 million federal grant to benefit land preservation at Richmond National Battlefield Park.  The Secretary was joined at the event by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis, and preservation advocates from throughout Virginia.
                Civil War Trust president James Lighthizer, who attended the afternoon ceremony, issued the following statement welcoming the news:
                “The Civil War Trust could not be more pleased by Secretary Salazar’s decision to set aside $4 million for historic preservation at Richmond National Battlefield Park.  Setting aside federal funds for battlefield preservation will create a lasting legacy of the Civil War sesquicentennial commemoration, one that will live on far beyond our lifetimes.  Today’s announcement will ensure that some of the most hallowed ground in America is protected for future generations to visit, learn from and enjoy.
                “There is no higher recognition of a battlefield's indelible link to our past than its inclusion within a national park.  Today’s announcement from Interior Secretary Ken Salazar means that historic Civil War battlefields around Richmond will be fully integrated in Richmond National Battlefield Park, enhancing tourism and creating new jobs in time to commemorate the events that took place 150 years ago this spring and summer.”
                “On behalf of the board and members of the Civil War Trust, I offer my profound thanks and appreciation to Secretary
Salazar, Director Jarvis, Governor McDonnell, and all those whose conviction to the idea that America’s treasures should be protected forever have resulted in today’s announcement.”
                Richmond National Battlefield Park (NBP), first established in 1936, contains 13 individual park units commemorating the numerous battles fought over the Virginia capital from 1862 through 1865.  Although the park’s congressionally authorized boundary extends to 7,100 acres, only about 30 percent of that area is currently protected by the National Park Service. 
                During its 25-year history, the Civil War Trust has saved more than 2,000 acres at battlefield sites associated with Richmond NBP.  Much of this land has been preserved in partnership with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and the American Battlefield Protection Program (an arm of the National Park Service).  Just recently, the Trust announced a $3.2 million fundraising campaign to preserve 285 acres of hallowed ground at Gaines’ Mill, another unit of Richmond NBP.  If successful, preservation of this land will effectively quadruple the amount of land preserved at Gaines’ Mill.
                The Civil War Trust also plans to soon unveil the latest title in its growing series of smartphone “battle apps” — this one focused on the Malvern Hill unit of Richmond NBP.  These GPS-enabled, multimedia mobile battlefield tours are a remarkable way to marry 19th-century history with 21st-century technology, encouraging visitors of all ages to explore these historic shrines.
                The Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States.  Its goal is to preserve our nation’s endangered Civil War sites and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds through education and heritage tourism.  To date, the Trust has preserved more than 32,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states, including more than 16,000 acres in Virginia.  Learn more at, the home of the Civil War sesquicentennial.

Jimmy Ray Ross, left, was installed as the newest member
of  Captain James W. Bryan Camp 1390, Sons of Confederate
Veterans, at the 2012 Lee-Jackson Banquet. Archie Toombs,
new camp commander, and Color Sergeant Greg Newton also
took part in the ceremony.

February IS National Recruiting Month!
          There is NO better month to PUSH recruiting; as an individual, as a Camp, or as a Division!!
          The National “Proration” membership policy makes February the very BEST month to recruit new members to our organization! Check the “explanation” of the program at
          Become familiar with it and USE IT! Reinstating former members are also eligible for the prorated dues structure which is another incentive to sign up our former members living in your community.
          There is no better time for a new recruit or a former member to get the “best bang for his buck!” This means that for a total of $50, he will be paid in full until July 31, 2013, and receive nine issues of the Confederate Veteran magazine and membership privileges!
          The prorated dues amount decreases on May 1st as our fiscal year winds down but of course the bargain benefits do as well! NOW is the time to do it!
          Divisions, Camps or possibly individual members may even want to offer to pay the proration fee as an additional incentive to recruitment! NOW is the time to begin Camp and Division recruiting contests, as there is no better time to recruit or to simply give that gift membership that you always meant to give.

          If YOU don’t make use of this GREAT recruiting tool you’re missing the very best opportunity we have to offer during the year!
          “Every ONE, Recruit ONE!”
          Let’s DOUBLE the membership of the Sons of Confederate Veterans!

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


                Other states are having to battle for their SCV vanity license plates, but  Louisiana has had them available for years. If you are interested in getting a SCV plate for your vehicle, you can print the form off the Louisiana Division web site at

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