Friday, January 3, 2014

CALCASIEU GREYS -- January, 2014

Stonewall Jackson & Robert E. Lee at Chancellorsville, their
greatest triumph.
Lee-Jackson Banquet 2014

          Captain James W. Bryan Camp 1390 will hold its premier celebration of Confederate Heritage with its annual Lee-Jackson Banquet in honor of generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson – and our own Confederate ancestors – beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, January 18, at Pat’s of Henderson Restaurant at 1500 Siebarth Drive, Lake Charles.
          We will have live Southern traditional music played by violist Susan Jones in the prelude before the banquet 6:15-6:45 p.m. The banquet program, beginning at 7 p.m., will include tributes Lee and Jackson, and General Stephen Dill Lee’s “Charge to the Sons of Confederate Veterans.”  Ted Brode, commander of the Louisiana Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, will be our guest speaker. Also in the course of the evening we’ll also have installation of new 2014 officers and our candlelight tribute to our own individual Confederate ancestors.

              The menu for the meal this year includes a seafood platter, at no extra cost, and our appetizer, popcorn catfish/shrimp.  The cost will be the same as last year, $30 per person. Please send your check, payable to Sons of Confederate Veterans, to Camp Adjutant Luke Dartez, 908 Henning Road, Sulphur, La. 70665-7673. The complete menu is above. Please have your check to Luke by Jan. 13 so he can give an accurate count to Pat’s.

La. Div. Cmdr. Ted Brode.
No gun show table in January
Due to circumstances beyond our control, Bryan Camp will not be working our table at the gun show in January.  We will, however have the table at the April gun show.  I’m not sure of the dates at this time, but please keep it in mind.  We can always use extra help at these events.  Wishing you all a healthy, prosperous, and Blessed new year, I remain...
Your humble servant,
Luke Dartez, Adjutant
Captain James W. Bryan Camp 1390
Sons of Confederate Veterans

150th Anniversary
Events Coming Up
This year, 2014, corresponds to the year 1864 150 years ago and we’ll have two major  Sesquicentennial events this coming April – The Battle of Mansfield and the Battle of Pleasant Hill.

The schedule for the Battle of Mansfield 150th Anniversary event has not been released yet, but it will be held on the weekend of April 26 & 27. The web site for the event is at

The schedule for the 150th Anniversary the Battle of Pleasant Hill is as follows:
Friday: School Day / Enactment
Please call 318-796-2777 to schedule a tour of the re-enactor's camp and for demonstrations for your class. School Day begins at 10:00 AM.
Event: School Day
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Saturday: Breakfast / Parade / Re-enactments / Ball
Event: Breakfast will be announced by the named signed in. If
Time: 6:00 - 10:00 AM
Place: American Legion Hall

Event: Parade
The parade line up will be first come first serve upon arrival. You must arrive at Pleasant Hill High School no later than 10 am and sign in to receive your line up number. Each parade entry will be announced by the named signed in. If you would like a description read about your parade entry please bring it with you.
Time: 10:00 AM
Place: Downtown Pleasant Hill
For more information contact Joy Deweese 318-471-3510
Event: Battle Re-enactment (in town)
Time: 11:00 AM/Following the parade
Event: Main Re-enactment
Time: 2:00 PM
Event: Period Ball and Court Presentation
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: American Legion Hall
Period dress suggested.
Event: Evening Re-enactment
Time: 8:30 PM

Sunday: Breakfast / Church / Re-enactment
Sunday: Breakfast / Church / Re-enactment
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

Brig. Gen Alfred Mouton
Killed in Action at the
Battle of Mansfield.


       ORANGE, Texas – Opposition was expressed to the Confederate Memorial Plaza being constructed alongside I-10 in Orange at a Dec. 31, 2013 Orange City Council meeting.
The memorial is being sponsored by the Sons of Confederate Veterans and many individual donors. Captain J.W. Bryan Camp 1390 enthusiastically supports the project.
SCV owns the parcel of land and has obtained all necessary permits, complied with all requirements and is completely funding the project through private donations.
Marshall Davis, spokesman for the Texas Division, SCV, recently told the Beaumont Enterprise that the completion date it unknown because it is being built as funding allows. While the City of Orange government entity has expressed objections it did grant the permits for construction.
Some residents have expressed disapproval while others are highly supportive.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans has made it very clear that the only reason for the memorial is to honor our Confederate ancestors and educate the public about the true history of Confederate flags and the cause of limited, constitution government for which they fought. The Sons of Confederate Veterans insists it isn’t trying to the stir the pot and in fact say the memorial will attract people to the region.
              Nothing at the recent city council meeting appears to have hampered the project.

The Confederate Cause/The Cause of the  South
by La. Div. Commander Ted Brode
1. Independence: 
The ideal that small nations should go free as expressed in the Declaration of Independence. 
2. Federalism and Constitutional Government:
The rule of Law. Liberty is preserved when limited governments honestly follow written constitutions for the benefit of all citizens equally.
3. Government by the consent of the Governed:
A Just government originates with those governed and is not imposed or maintained by force of arms.
4.  Opposition to state sponsored terrorism:
Every war crime committed by Hitler in Europe was committed here in the south by Lincoln - including biological warfare, "ethnic cleansing", and genocide.  Total War - the modern concept of terrorizing unarmed civilians and the wonton destruction of private property originated with the leadership of the North (not Al Quida).  True Southerners have always opposed such calculated brutality. (From La. Div. SCV web site)

War For Southern Independence
Timeline in Louisiana
January 16 – General Richard Taylor, commander of the Army of Western Louisiana, sent Colonel William G. Vincent and the 4th Louisiana Cavalry to Washington, La.  to seize cotton that had been hoarded by speculators to sell to the enemy in New Orleans.

January 26 – General Henry Watkins Allen inaugurated Governor of Louisiana at the Caddo Parish Courthouse in Shreveport.

January 28 – General Taylor sent General St. John Liddell into North Louisiana to collect horses and mules for the army.

February 1 – General Richard Taylor sent General Polignac and his brigade to Vidalia to seize horses and mules. Polignac sent a detachment of 500 cavalry to attack Vidalia. The 2nd U.S. Mississippi (Colored) Heavy Artillery was sent from Natchez to reinforce the Vidalia garrison. U.S. Navy gunboats prevented the Confederate attack.

Feb. 13 – Harrison’s Louisiana Cavalry attacked the U.S. Colored Troops occupying Waterproof.  A U.S. Navy gunboat drove back the Confederate troops with seven killed and four prisoners. The U.S. Colored Troops lost five killed, six wounded and several missing.

February 19 – Governor Allen signed a contract with Edward Jacobs of Shreveport to bring $200,000 cotton cards and $200,000 worth of medicine into Confederate lines from Shreveport.

February 25 – Federal General N.P. Banks agrees to cooperate with General William T. Sherman to capture Shreveport.

March 1 – Sherman travels to New Orleans and agrees to give Banks 10,000 troops for his Red River  Campaign.

March 4 – Louisiana’s first Federal occupation governor, Michael Hahn, inaugurated in New Orleans.

March 5 – Confederate General Tom Green Ordered to move from Texas to Alexandria, Louisiana with his cavalry division.

March 10 – Federal General A. J. Smith steams from Vicksburg with portions of the 16th and 17th  Army Corps
to the Red River.

March 15 – Confederate General J.B. Magruder orders Col.
Xavier DeBray’s 26th Texas Cavalry to proceed from Texas to Alexandria. (To Be Continued in the Feb. CG’s issue).

Louisiana Republic Flag
Battle of Kock’s Plantation

     Following the surrender of Port Hudson, two Union divisions were shifted to Donaldsonville by transports, to move inland and pacify the interior. They marched up Bayou Lafourche, a division on each bank. Confederate Brig. Gen. Tom Green posted a brigade on the east side of the bayou and placed his second brigade on the other side. As the Union forces advanced, skirmishing occurred on July 11 and 12, 1863. On the morning of the 13th, a foraging detachment set out along both banks of the bayou. Upon reaching Kock’s Plantation (Saint Emma Plantation) they met Rebel skirmishers that forced them back. Then, the Confederates flung their might against the Union troops which kept retiring although they tried to make stands at various points. The Union troops eventually fell back to the protection of the guns in Fort Butler at Donaldsonville, about six miles from Kock’s Plantation. A much smaller Rebel force had routed the Yankees. The expedition failed, leaving the Confederates in control of the interior. (National Park Service)

Brig. Gen. Evander Law
(Confederate Veteran Magaznie)

          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.

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