Monday, March 25, 2013


The next meeting of Captain James W. Bryan Camp 1390 will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at Amazen Seafood, 339 West Prien Lake Road, Lake Charles. Business will get underway promptly at 6:30 p.m. Charles Richardson will present our program on Confederate heritage issues and how to discuss them with others. We'll also vote on amendments to the by-laws (see following Commander's Column).

Please see the list below for meeting dates and places for 2013. The restaurants have been contacted and their calendars marked accordingly. Meetings last from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Amazen Seafood Restaurant (Lake Charles) August
13, and October 8 (Nomination of officers).
Pitt Grill (Sulphur) - May 14, July 9, September
10, November 12 (elect officers).
The camp Christmas party date would be December
10 with the location to be determined.

Captain James W. Bryan Camp 1390

The Commander's Column

I just returned from the Heritage Rally in Mississippi and I was glad to make it and see so many fellow members and friends. It was sure nice to see Andy Buckley and Wes Beason there. I know they enjoyed themselves. The parade was great. It looked to be a short one, but if it was any longer I would have needed water and a chair. Louisiana was well represented in the parade and camps from all over Louisiana were there. The Library building is "awesome," a word which describes this building perfectly. Capt. James W. Bryan It is two stories tall and glass everywhere. There is a blue X with white stars that runs through the whole building. If you stand on one of the white stars and look up you see a hole in the second floor filled with glass and another star.
Look further up and there is a round skylight with another star. Planes passing over see our flag projected with its stars shining thru the roof for all the world to see. The Mississippi SCV owns and maintains the grounds and does a fantastic job. A big thanks is due to them for keeping this part of our heritage alive. The restoration on Beauvoir was complete and is closer than ever to being as it was when Jefferson Davis lived there. The colors and art work are closer than they were on the last restoration. It was a great trip that everyone needs to make. The next meeting will be April the 9th at Amazen Seafood. The meeting will start at 6:30, so come early and enjoy the food and fellowship. We will vote on the changes we discussed to the by-laws and bring us up to date and the camp function smoother. Try to be there and be part of the process. If time allows Charles Richardson will finish up where Greg left off on the CD given to us from the SCV member in Okla. We have the Gun Show on April 6-7. If you signed up please try to make it. If you see you can't, please contact Wes or Luke and let them know so that we can try to replace you. The Battle of Pleasant Hill is April 6-7. If you are not at the Gun Show you need to be there and see what our ancestors went through. The battle is fought on the actual battlefield which is privately owned. All it costs you is the parking which is how they raise money to keep the event going. So come pass a good time and learn a little history too.
Archie Toombs
Commander of James W. Byran Camp 1390
Sons of Confederate Veterans
Proposed Changes to By-

By-Laws of Captain James W. Bryan Camp 1390
Proposed Changes 
(proposed changes are in red)
Article VI - Meetings
           Section 2 - The regular meetings of the Camp shall be on the second (2nd) Tuesday of each month at 6:30 o'clock P. M. except for the January "Lee-Jackson Banquet" which time and place will be set by the Executive Committee.
Article VIII - Officers:
            Section 1 - The officers of the Camp at a minimum, shall be Commander, First Lieutenant Commander, Adjutant/Treasurer, Historian/Editor, Chaplain, Quartermaster, and an the Executive Committee.Nominations for officers will be held at the regular October meeting. All officers, except those of the Executive Committee, shall be elected by a majority vote by ballot at the annual meeting of the Camp. They shall hold office for one year or until their successors are elected. Officers elected at the annual meeting shall take office at the "Lee-Jackson Banquet." conclusion.
             Section 1 - The Executive Committee shall be composed of the Commander, First Lieutenant, Quartermaster, and the Past Commander. No Past Commander shall be eligible who has failed to maintain good standing in the Camp.
Article XVI - Amendments:
               Section 1 -  Any proposed amendment to these by-laws may be introduced by any member of the Camp at any regular meeting, or special meeting called for that purpose. A vote may be taken upon the proposed amendment, provided a copy of the intended amendment has been sent to each member in good standing, by United States Mail, Camp Newsletter or E-Mail at least ten days prior to the meeting. A two-thirds vote of the members present, by aecret ballot, will be necssary to pass any proposed amendment to, or revision of, the Camp By-Laws.
               Note: The proposed changes were introduced after review of the existing by-laws at the March 12, 2013 general membership meeting of Camp 1390.


           I wish to personally thank all of you who made to effort to be at Beauvoir yesterday. The heritage rally was inspiring and the new Library is a thing of grandeur. My special thanks to Chairman Rick Forte and Exec. Dir. Bert Hayes-Davis for allowing us to combine these two awesome events. This event would not have gone nearly as smooth , or not at all, without the on ground work of Greg Stewart! As well, my sincerest thanks to Paul Grambling for taking charge and organizing the rifle company and the firing of salutes. Next year's event will be in Franklin, TN!

Chuck McMichael

Sesquicentennial Chairman

VICKSBURG - Now that the Heritage Rally is over, the next big national event for the Sons of Confederate Veterans is the upcoming national reunion att Vicksburg, July 17-20, which coincides with the 150 h
Anniversary of the Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi. If you haven't been to Vicksburg lately, this is an
ideal time to make a national reunion. It is only about afive hour drive from the Southwest Louisiana area, and it is the home of one of significant War For Southern Dependence sites in the nation. Besides the Vicksburg
National Military Park, there are numerous other historic sites in and around Vicksburg. Convention Center Thursday, July 18, and usually includes a very impressive program. There will be business sessions held each day but there is still plenty of time for site-seeing and dining. You also have your choice of banquet meals, or eating out on your own, and organized tours, or touring on your own. One of my favorite parts of any convention are the many vendors that show up at national reunions. This is a veritable shopping center of Confederate and War For Southern Independence themed products for sale.Southern Independence themed products for sale. Everything from historic objects, fine art, clothing, DVDs, books and all sorts of odds and ends. If you have the time, you could coordinate your trip there with visiting other historic sites along the way, of which there are many in both Louisiana and Mississippi. To register, you can go to the reunion web site, orcheck out your current Confederate Veteran Magazine. - Mike Jones

Pvt. Henry Augustus Moore, Co. F, 15th
Miss. Inf. His regiment served in the
Vicksburg campaign as part of Johnston's
relief forces. (Liljenquist Family Collection,
Library of  Congress)



American Citizen
Canton, Mississippi
March 27, 1863

           Impelled thereto by business engagements, we last week made a short visit to Vicksburg, taking in our route Calhoun, Madison, Tagaloo, Shotwell's tank, Jackson, Clinton, Bolton's, Edward's, Bovina, "and all intermediate landings."  From the route we took, as indicated by the above names, it will be reasonably inferred that we traveled "by rail."  such was certainly our intention, but in it we failed.  "The best laid schemes of mice and men gang aft aglee."
            In our peregrinations we saw but little that was interesting or noteworthy, consequently we took no "notes," though we did take "note of time," as TIME—however much "tempus"  may "fugit," was not a fast fugitive to us, but rather hung heavily upon our hands while away from "the young folks at home."  In former times—before grim war's dreadful alarums resounded throughout the land—it was a pleasure and a benefit to any man to take a short respite and recreation from business in a trip to the "Hill City," or the "Crescent City;" but now, in these times of "war and pestilence and famine," the very worst punishment that could be inflicted upon a man would be to compel him to leave home and travel on railroads and take lodgings and meals at the hotels.
            The first feature that presents itself to the mind of the wayfaring man is, the great number of soldiers that are continually "going to and fro, up and down in the earth," crowding all the cars on all the railroads;--the next is, the vast number of soldiers—officers, especially,--that are found at all the railroad depots of any note, and in all the towns along the lines of railroads.  At Jackson we tarried a day.  The city was alive with soldiers, and it seemed to us that every third man we met was an officer, had on shoulder straps, or a "spangle" of some sort to indicate that the wearer was something more than a "common soldier."  The inquiry naturally arises, What are all these officers and soldiers doing out of camps?  Why are they not with their regiments, on duty, in active service?  There were, it seemed to us, a sufficient number of officers and men walking about the streets of Jackson to form a full regiment.  How it is that so many men, able-bodied and healthy, are enabled to shirk their duty and keep out of the service, passeth our comprehension.  While thousands are thus loitering about the cities, towns and railroad stations, all over the Confederacy, of no benefit whatever to the great cause in which we are engaged, the plea is made here in Mississippi by our sapient Governor, that the danger at present is so imminent that not a man can be spared from the field, and that the very salvation of the country depends upon retaining the militia in active service!—many of whom are old men not fit for military duty, but who ought to be at home, superintending their crops and raising bread and meat to supply the demands of the army and the people.  The Confederate authorities should at once call all stragglers to the field, and Governor Pettus should disband the militia without further delay.  He has committed an error in keeping them in the field up to the present time; the longer he persists in that error—to gain a reputation as "a man of firmness and decision of character"—the greater will be the detriment to the agricultural interests of the State, and to his own fair fame.  Disband the "melish," Governor, disband the "melish," and let them raise corn, and you'll raise yourself in the estimation of everybody.

Copperhead tentative release date
          The new Ron Maxwell move "Copperhead"
has been tentatively slated for release June 28, 2013.
Maxwell is best known for his two War for Southern
Independence movies, "Gettysburg" and "Gods and
Generals."Copperhead is a historical drama set in the
war, but is not a war movie. It is about a community in
New York torn apart by political differences over the
war. The film is based on the novel of the same name
by Harold Frederic. It tells the story of Abner
Beech, a farmer in Upstate New York in the autumn of
1862 who is labeled a "Copperhead" for his
opposition to the war. Copperhead was the derisive
term used for Northerners who were Southern
sympathizers of anti-war Democrats.
Billy Campbell plays the lead role of Abner
Beech. Campbell appeared in both "Gettysburg" and
"Gods and Generals," and had starring roles in "The
Rocketeer" and in the ABC drama "Once and Again."
Most recently he played Abraham Lincoln in the
National Geographic Channel's docu-drama,
"Killing Lincoln."Angus Macfadyen plays Jee Hagadorn. Many
will remember him as Robert the Bruce in the Oscar winning
film "Braveheart."The noted actor Peter Fonda plays the role
of Avery. Among his film credits are "Easy Rider,
"Blood, Sweat and Stanley Poole," and "The Victors."
Ron Maxwell was the director and Bill Kaufman wrote the screenplay.
It was filmed at Kings Landing Historical Settlement, Fredericton,
New Brunswick, Canada

Kelly's Ford Battlefield
          (Culpeper, Va.) - The Civil War Trust, the
nation's largest nonprofit battlefield preservation
organization, has partnered with Culpeper, Va.-based businesses and local preservationists to complete the installation of an interpretive center at the Kelly's Ford Battlefield. Signage, fencing, trails and other amenities are among the additions comprising the interpretive center, dedicated on the battle's 150th anniversary. "Completing the protection and interpretation of this site would have been impossible without the help of the landowners, local businesses and our members," Trust president Jim Lighthizer said. "Future generations now
have the chance to experience America's history
first hand by visiting this site."
           In November 2012, the Trust secured an
easement on a 964-acre farm owned by the Woodward family, among the largest transactions in the
organization's 25-year history, with the intention of not
only preserving, but interpreting the site. The
landowners, Scott and Sam Woodward, agreed to donate
time and labor to build, maintain and manage the center.
Local businesses, historians and preservationists also
donated time, energy and resources to complete the
project, including Cedar Mountain Stone, Culpeper
Wood Preservers, Kipps Nursery, CFC Farm Center and
the Trust.
           "My brother and I have learned much about the
history of our property in the past few years," Sam
Woodward said. "And, as we discussed it, we realized we
had an obligation to be stewards of the land and
recognize its unusual history," added Scott Woodward.
"This is the right thing to do. The trust and our
consultant worked with us, and we are very pleased with
their efforts to aid us in our desire to protect this
farmland for our family and community."
The Woodward property is nearly two square
miles of land flooded with documented history
commencing long before English settlers explored this
area. Including over a mile of frontage on the
Rappahannock River, the property includes portions of
the Old Carolina Road, Norman's Ford and the Carter
House, which formerly belonged to Robert "King"
Carter, arguably the mo s t successful
colonial businessman of his era. It is also the site of the
Battle of Kelly's Ford.
          "The Woodwards have been incredible
throughout this process," project consultant and local
conservationist Jamie Craig said. "This is a unique
property in that it encapsulates centuries of American
history as well as sensitive riverfront habitat. This
acquisition is a significant asset now protected and
preserved for future generations — thanks to the
assistance and foresight of the Woodward family, the
Trust, local and state officials and Culpeper businesses
who supported our effots."

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Calcasieu Greys -- March 2013


          Then next meeting of Captain James W. Bryan Camp 1390 will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March. 12, at Pitt Grill, 2600 Ruth St. in Sulphur. We'll discuss revisions to our camp by-laws andGreg Newton will present our program on Confederate heritage issues, if there is time..


          Please see the list below for meeting dates and places for 2013. The restaurants have been contacted and their calendars marked accordingly. Meetings last from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Amazen Seafood Restaurant (Lake Charles) - April 9, June 11, August 13, and October 8 (Nomination of officers). Pitt Grill (Sulphur) - March 12, May 14, July 9, September 10, November 12 (elect officers). The camp Christmas party date would be December 10 with the location to be determined.

Commander's Column

            Hope this finds all my fellow compatriots in good health and happy. This is a busy month for us in the SCV. We had the officers meeting for the Mechanized Cavalry in Elm Springs this past weekend normally it is rainy and in the 30s. This year it snowed the whole time and was in the 20s. Our headquarters are beautiful and covered in snow. We have the dedication Biloxi for the new Jefferson Davis Library on the 16th, hope some of you can make it. It will be the only chance to be part of its history. There will be a GEC meeting on the 15th at 11:00. I will be there to represent the Mechanized Cavalry and will be at the Parade and the Dedication on Saturday to help celebrate our heritage. 
            This month's meeting will be to get all our bylaws straight and make our Camp all it can be and avoid any legal hassles that could arise. It will be boring but it has to be done. Andy Buckley will explain the bylaws as we go through them and help us make any changes that need to be made. If you still have the copy we passed out several meeting ago read them and mark any thing you don't understand or needs to be reworded or done away with. This would speed things up considerably. We all need to be a part of this. It is our duty to make our Camp the best it can be, and this is the foundation of our camp without a strong foundation we are weak.
          The meeting will be at the Pitt Grill in Sulphur and will start at 6:30. Come early and enjoy a good meal and visit with all your brother members. The meeting will start on time so be there,so we can get it all done in one meeting.
 Confederately Yours
Commander Archie Toombs


Forrest Park in Memphis is being
renamed, Health Science Park by
the City Council.
           Compatriots: There are great problems in Memphis -- specifically, renaming of parks as a means of
demeaning our Confederate heroes. Our men there have a legal defense fund, also. Their information
follows my message.
Gene Hogan
Chief of Heritage Defense
(866) 681 - 7314
Gentlemen & Ladies,
          Please forward this to all of your members, friends, and associates, everywhere. The SCV &
UDC members of the Memphis area call on you for help. Last week, in an act of lunacy, the Memphis
City Council voted to rename our 3 Southern parks in Memphis. Forrest Park will become Health Sciences Park. Confederate Park will become Memphis Park. And Jefferson Davis Park will become Mississippi
River Park.
          We plan legal action against the City of Memphis to stop this brazen attempt to eradicate our heritage. We desperately need the help of all of our SCV and UDC members and friends from all across the country and the world -- Lee Millar, SCV Spokesman, Memphis.

           Join us to Save our Parks. The Memphis City Council has passed a resolution to change the names of our 3 Southern 100-year old parks. We MUST Preserve our history. We will FIGHT this injustice. Help us save Forrest Park, Confederate Park and Jefferson Davis Park Contribute to the Park Defense Fund:
Mail your check to: PO Box 11141, Memphis, TN 38111.
           If you can send $100, or even $20, or more, it will help in our upcoming legal actions
against the city.
N. B. Forrest Camp 215, R. E. Lee Camp 1640,
Wigfall Greys Camp 1560, J. R. Chalmers Camp
1312, General Forrest UDC 1194, Gayoso UDC

2423, Memphis.


Nathan Beford Forrest
1888 Tobacco Card
          General Nathan Bedford Forrest At the outbreak of war, Forrest was asked by Governor Harris of Tennessee to equip and raise a regiment of cavalry. His force quickly became expert and undertook several raiding excursions. At Murfreesboro on 13th July 1862 he demonstrated an

art for tactical awareness that was second to none. He fought bravely at Chickamauga and was responsible for capturing Fort Pillow. His cavalry continued to harass the Union forces whenever the opportunity arose, but at Gainesville on May 9th 1865 he was compelled to surrender. Considering his achievements of rank and status, he was particularly bad at spelling and grammar as his surviving war documents will testify.

New Book

Dick Dowling and the Jefferson Davis Guard

          The story of Dick Dowling and his fellow Irish-Texans is told in a new book, “Dick Dowling and the Jefferson Davis Guard.” The author, Compatriot Mike Jones, tells the story of this unusual Confederate unit through the men in the unit, who were mostly survivors of the Great Irish Potato Famine of the 1840s, who had immigrated to Louisiana and Texas for a new life. Included are the Battle of Galveston and the Battle of
Sabine Pass on the Louisiana-Texas border. At the time the of the Battle of Sabine Pass, the Louisiana side was in Calcasieu Parish, but now part of Cameron Parish. Also highlighted is a skirmish at the Sabine Pass Lighthouse five months earlier, which had important ramifications for the eventual Confederate victory five months later. The commander of the unit, Dick Dowling, was born in County Galway, Ireland and immigrated to New Orleans at age 9, with his older sister, Honora, in 1846. Their parents and younger brothers and sisters had to go to a Workhouse in Tuam, County Galway in order to survive during the Great
Famine. The parents and his other brothers and sisters later came to New Orleans, where the parents and some of his siblings died in a yellow fever epidemic in 1853.
           Dowling moved to Houston in 1857 with his surviving siblings, and became a successful saloon keep;er and businessman. An enthusiastic Southern as well as Irish patriot, Dowling and is fellow Irishmen formed the Jefferson Davis Guard before the war, and were among the first to volunteer for action when Texas was in the process of seceding in 1861.
           Besides the two battles, the Jefferson Davis Guard, which officially was Company F, 1st Texas Heavy Artillery, also took part in the successful capture of two Union blockading ships Jan. 21, 1863, off Sabine Pass – which is also covered in detail in the book. The volume is lavishly illustrated with numerous
photographs, maps and illustrations. The book has footnotes, bibliography and index. It is available
online at, and other book sellers at $16.95.
The Richmond Daily Dispatch
March 4, 1863
Gen. John Hunt Morgan
(Library of Congress)

Gen. John Morgan.

          The Whig publishes an extract from a forthcoming work entitled "West Point and Political
Generals," in which a brief summary is given of the exploits of this great partisan leader. They border on the
marvelous; yet they are strictly authentic. He began with a small body of horse, which he raises himself, and during his career has brought from within the lines of the enemy, and turned over to the Confederate service, nearly 5,000 men. He has generally been at the head of less than 1,000 men — in his famous raid on Kentucky he started with 875 and returned with 1,200. He has within two years, fought more than fifty
battles — has killed or wounded more than 6,000 of the enemy — and has made upwards of 14,000 prisoners. His expeditions have always been of the most daring description; yet, he has never, but on two
occasions, been forced to fight when he did not wish it. Many of his battles have been of the most desperate
character, and he has been uniformly victorious. He has frequently operated hundreds of miles from support, in the midst of overwhelming bodies of the enemy, whose strength was greatly enhanced by the possession of railroads and telegraphs, stretching around him like a web, and almost indefinitely facilitating their power of
concentration, while, in the same degree, it complicated the dangers of his situation. The sagacity with which he of these multiplied dangers, indicates the great leader, not
only of partisan corps, but of regular armies.
          There never has been on the continent of America — probably there never was in the world — any partisan leader whose exploits could sustain a comparison with those of Morgan. Even Marion and Sumpter sink into absolute insignificance when placed beside him. And yet they were undoubtedly great officers, and, as such, entitled to all the admiration with which they are regarded, not only by the people of their own States, but by those of all the Southern States. The following is a summary of Morgan's exploits for the six months beginning 4th July, 1862, and ending 5th January, 1863; Between 12,000 and 13,000 prisoners, and
19,000 stand of arms captured; and $9,500,000 worth of stores destroyed; 4,695 men raised within the enemy's lines, and armed and equipped by himself, be having received but 200 saddles from the Government.


          PLEASANT HILL, La. – Here is the schedule for the annual Battle of Pleasant Hill Reenactment April 6-7. Camp 1390 is planning to have a booth at the event.
Saturday, April 6:
Time: 10:00 AM
Place: Downtown Pleasant Hill
For more information contact Erin Stockton 601-297-2178 or
Event: Open Camp Activities
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Event: Battle Re-enactment at Pleasant Hill
Opening Ceremonies: 1:30 PM
Time: 2:00 PM
Event: Confederate Ball and Court Presentation
Time: 7:30 PM
Place: American Legion Hall
Must be in period dress to participate. Those not in period
dress may observe.
Sunday, April 7:
Event: Breakfast
Time: 6:00 - 10:00 AM
Place: American Legion Hall
Event: Open Camp Activities
Time: 10:00 AM to Noon
Event: Church Services (open to all)
Time: 10:00 AM
Event: Mail Call
Time: After Church
Event: Battle Re-enactment at Pleasant Hill
Time: 2:00 PM


          BILOXI, Miss. – The 2013 Sesquicentennial event and Confederate Heritage Rally will be held
Saturday, March 16, at Beauvoir, in conjunction with the dedication of the new Jefferson Davis President Library. Beauvoir, the last home of President Jefferson Davis, has been completely restored from the damage it received in 2005 from Hurricane Katrina. The first Jefferson Davis Presidential Library was destroyed by the same hurricane, but has been completely rebuilt and on higher ground on the Beauvoir property. There will be a heritage parade with the order of the parade as follows: SCV Color Guard; Members of the GEC; reenactor units; state divisions in order of secession; divisions whose states were not in the Confederacy; and others wishing to march.
          Acceptable flags for the parade are any Confederate flag; state flags, division flags, camp flags, re-enactor unit flags and any historic or current U.S. flag. Unacceptable flags include novelty type flags, flags of
organizations other than the SCV or flags and/or banners with messages deemed inappropriate by the organizers. Every unit, division or other group would do well to designate a 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. Watch our camp web site, Calcasieu Greys, for updates and an exact schedule of events.