Wednesday, October 2, 2013



      Then next meeting of Captain James W. Bryan Camp 1390 will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Logan’s Roadhouse Restaurant, (see story in Camp News 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.
         Logan’s Road House (Lake Charles) October 8 (Nomination of officers).
           Hollier Cajun Kitchen (Sulphur) -  November 12 (elect officers).
           The camp Christmas party date would be December 10 with the location to be determined.

CAMP NEWS        
Dwayne Clemens on 150 Gettysburg Anniversary and the Nominations for 2014 Officers
Capt. J. W. Bryan Camp 1390, Sons of the Confederate Veterans, will meet at Logan’s Road House, HWY 14 Lake Charles at 6 p.m. Tuesday, October 8. Dwayne Clemens, a Social Studies History teacher at Episcopal Day School, SCV member, and War Between the States Re-enactor, will present the program on the 150th anniversary and re-enactment of Gettysburg. Dwayne and his wife actually participated in the Gettysburg re-enactment.
At our last meeting our membership provided the following feed-back regarding our experience at Logan’s (August 13th) Dr. Andy Buckley, our Judge Advocate met with Logan’s manager Daniel on September 18th and personally addressed the concerns of the membership.
1. The air conditioning was not turned on until members began to arrive at 5:45 and therefore the room was too hot, especially for those sitting against the west windows. The room should be cool when we arrive at 5:45.
2. The orders were all delivered at the same time, between 7:20-7:30 pm, with most of our members waiting 1 hour and 15 minutes. It is imperative the food be delivered before the business meeting begins at 7:00 pm. The Camp requests orders be taken and processed as member arrive and several waiters be assigned the meeting.
3. Many members complained of cold food and most did not even have their drinks refilled.
4. At our September meeting in Sulphur the overwhelming response of our membership was negative about further meetings at Logan’s after Tuesday, October 8th. We agreed to address these concerns with the management and requested they make every effort to deal with the
 issues listed above.

          Captain James W. Bryan Camp 1390 is announcing a contest for a camp flag. All Camp 1390 members in good standing may submit entries on a 8-inch  by 11 1/2-inch piece of paper. The flag design should have lettering with the camp’s name, number and Lake Charles, La. Entries may be submitted at the September, October and November meetings. A vote will be taken at the November meeting. The winner will receive a $25 gift certificate for our Quartermaster Store. Here are a couple of examples that were on display at the Vicksburg National Reunion.
           Please feel free to submit other historic Confederate flag-types as the basis of your design, such as the First National, Richard Taylor-style, Van Dorn-style, etc.
Here is a good web site for Confederate flag types:
            Here is a good book on the subject of Confederate flags.
The Flags of the Confederacy: An Illustrated History.
By Devereaux Cannon Jr. (Pelican Publishing, 1994)
128 pages; illustrations.
           Please feel free to submit other historic Confederate flag-types as the basis of your design, such as the First National, Richard Taylor-style, Van Dorn-style, etc.
Here is a good web site for Confederate flag types:
            Here is a good book on the subject of Confederate flags.
The Flags of the Confederacy: An Illustrated History.
By Devereaux Cannon Jr. (Pelican Publishing, 1994)
128 pages; illustrations.

The Battle of Chickamauga, Ga.
[National Park Service]
Brig. Gen. Preston Smith
After the Tullahoma Campaign, Rosecrans renewed his offensive, aiming to force the Confederates out of Chattanooga. The three army corps comprising Rosecrans’ s army split and set out for Chattanooga by separate routes. In early September, Rosecrans consolidated his forces scattered in Tennessee and Georgia and forced Bragg’s army out of Chattanooga, heading south. The Union troops followed it and brushed with it at Davis’ Cross Roads. Bragg was determined to reoccupy Chattanooga and decided to meet a part of Rosecrans’s army, defeat them, and then move back into the city. On the 17th he headed north, intending to meet and beat the XXI Army Corps. As Bragg marched north on the 18th, his cavalry and infantry fought with Union cavalry and mounted infantry which were armed with Spencer repeating rifles. Fighting began in earnest on the morning of the 19th, and Bragg’s men hammered but did not break the Union line. The next day, Bragg continued his assault on the Union line on the left, and in late morning, Rosecrans was informed that he had a gap in his line. In moving units to shore up the supposed gap, Rosecrans created one, and James Longstreet’s men promptly exploited it, driving one-third of the Union army, including Rosecrans himself, from the field. George H. Thomas took over command and began consolidating forces on Horseshoe Ridge and Snodgrass Hill. Although the Rebels launched determined assaults on these forces, they held until after dark. Thomas then led these men from the field leaving it to the Confederates. The Union retired to Chattanooga while the Rebels occupied the surrounding heights.

[The following was excerpted from A Confederate Catechism by Lyon Gardiner Tyler, Third Edition, Nov. 21, 1929.]
13. Could Lincoln have “saved” the Union by some other method than war?
Yes. If he had given his influence to the resolutions offered in the Senate by John Jay Crittenden, the difficulties in 1861 would have been peaceably settled. These resolutions extended the line of the Missouri Compromise through the territories, but gave nothing to the South, save the abstract right to carry slaves to New Mexico. But New Mexico was too barren for agriculture, and not ten slaves had been carried there in ten years. The resolutions received the approval of the Southern Senators and, had they been submitted to the people, would have received their approval both North and South. Slavery in a short time would have met a peaceful and natural death with the development of machinery consequent upon Cyrus H. McCormick’s great invention of the reaper. The question in 1861 with the South as to the territories was one of wounded pride rather than any material advantage. It was the intemperate, arrogant and self righteous attitude of Lincoln and his party that made any peaceable constructive solution of the territorial question impossible. In rejecting the Crittenden resolutions, Lincoln, a minority president, and the Republicans, a minority party, placed themselves on record as virtually preferring the slaughter of 400,000 men of the flower of the land and the sacrifice of  billions of dollars of property to a compromise involving a mere abstraction, and they intrigued an unwilling North into the war. Some historians have actually boasted of the trickery.
14. Does any present or future prosperity of the South justify the War of 1861-1865?
No. No present or future prosperity can make a past wrong right, for the end can never justify the means. The war was a colossal crime, and the most astounding case of self stultification on the part of any government recorded in history.
15. Had the South gained its independence, would it have proved a failure?
No. General Grant has said in his Memoirs that it would have established “a real and respected nation.” The states of the South would have been bound together by fear of the great Northern Republic and by a similarity of economic conditions. They would have had laws suited to their own circumstances, and developed accordingly. They would not have lived under Northern laws and had to conform their policy to them, and they have been compelled to do. A low tariff would have attracted the trade of the world to the South, and its cities would have become great and important centers of commerce. A fear of this prosperity induced Lincoln to make war upon the South. The Southern Confederacy, instead of being a failure, would have been a great outstanding figure in the affairs of the world.

Lt. R.W. Dowling
The Battle of Sabine Pass
           About 6:00 am on the morning of September 8, 1863, a Union flotilla of four gunboats and seven troop transports steamed into Sabine Pass and up the Sabine River with the intention of reducing Fort Griffin and landing troops to begin occupying Texas. As the gunboats approached Fort Griffin, they came under accurate fire from six cannons. The Confederate gunners at Fort Griffin had been sent there as a punishment. To break the day-to-day monotony, the gunners practiced firing artillery at range markers placed in the river. Their practice paid off. Fort Griffin’s small force of 44 men, under command of Lt. Richard W. Dowling, forced the Union flotilla to retire and captured the gunboat Clifton and about 200 prisoners. Further Union operations in the area ceased for about a month. The heroics at Fort Griffin—44 men stopping a Union expedition—inspired other Confederate soldiers.
[National Park Service]

Museum Closed, Reopens Oct. 15
NEW ORLEANS – Confederate Memorial Hall will be closed the entire month of September and part of October due to a major construction project. Aside from repairs to the building being completed, when it reopens in October, it will have several new exhibits. Website gift shop will remain open for online purchases. The museum is tentatively scheduled to reopen October 15, 2013. Memorial Hall exists solely through admissions and your generous contributions, receiving NO state or Federal funding. The Memorial Hall Foundation was founded in 1984 in order to create an endowment and help support Memorial Hall by making an annual contribution to the museum to help offset the costs of exhibit restoration, building repairs, preservation materials and operational expenses. Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Please send donations  to Memorial Hall Foundation, 929 Camp St., New Orleans, La.  70130.

                                                        2nd Lt. Pryor L. Bryan, Co. F,
5th Texas Infantry Regiment.
He was born in Calcasieu Parish
In 1832 and died May 28, 1862 in Virginia.


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

You are invited to make your stand for the future by contributing to this fund.

Send checks to:
Sons of Confederate Veterans
c/o TCM Building Fund
P.O. Box 59
Columbia, TN 38402

Or you can call 1-800-MY-DIXIE to pay by credit card.

Future generations will thank you for your efforts in erecting The Confederate Museum.

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