|Joe David Pool|
NEXT MEETINGThe next meeting of Captain J.W. Bryan Camp will be from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Sulphur at Hollier’s Cajun Kitchen, Ruth Street. At the March meeting the camp membership will address a permanent location for the Sulphur meeting since another organization has reserved the meeting room at the Pitt Grill. Our guest speaker will be Joe David Pool of DeRidder on “A Journal of the 17th Louisiana Infantry Regiment in the Civil War.”
Monthly camp meetings in Lake Charles have been scheduled and confirmed for Logan’s Road House: Tuesday, April 8; Tuesday, June 10; Tuesday. August 12;Tuesday October 14.
Battle of Calcasieu Pass 150th Anniversary Committee
At the last meeting, the Camp Commander named a Battle of Calcasieu Pass Commemoration Committee: Mike Jones, Luke Dartez, and Archie Toombs. Because this event is so huge we are requesting additional members volunteer to serve on the committee which will be planning the service.
|Dr. Andy Buckley|
Cmdr. Camp 1390
Finding Your Way Home
Commander's Column March 2014
I noticed a posting on the web-page of the Rivers Bridge Sons of Confederate Camp #842 in Barker’s Mill, South Carolina recounting the history of our proud organization:
Within months following the cessation of hostilities between the North and South in 1865, groups of male descendants of those who served in the Confederate Army and Navy were formed throughout the South. Their main objective was the welfare and comfort of the veterans who had "worn the gray." They soon realized their efforts would be more effective if they joined together in some sort of federation. In this way, they could render assistance to support the United Confederate Veterans which had been organized in New Orleans on June 10, 1889.
Such a federation became a reality on July 1, 1896 in Richmond, Virginia during the annual re-union of the United Confederate Veterans. On this date twenty-four "camps" from five Southern states, approved the formation of the "United Sons of Confederate Veterans." J.E.B. Stuart, Jr., was elected the first leader.
Because they had initially formed camps to assist the Confederate veterans, it was only natural that they were committed “to comfort and assist needy, Confederate Veterans, their wives, widows and orphans." Their annual meetings were held on the same date and site as that of the United Confederate Veterans. In 1912 the name was shortened to "Sons of Confederate Veterans.”
These farsighted young men realized that the day would come when there would be no more veterans, widows or orphans to assist. Therefore one of their declared objectives was to see" ...that the events of the War Between the States are authentically and dearly written..." remembered and defended.
I am truly grateful to be a member of a national organization which proudly honors the sacrifices and values of our brave Confederate ancestors and celebrates Southern history and culture. There truly is no other region in our great country like the South. Our beloved South remains generally more conservative than the rest of the United States. Communities in the South have developed strong attachments to their churches as the primary community institution and an expression of our faith in God. Etiquette, respect, honesty, and integrity have traditionally been very important to people living in the South. This is the way it should be. In his landmark book entitled Heritage of the South author Tim Jacobson has written these thoughts about our unique Southern way of life:
"More than any other part of America, the South stands apart. Thousands of Northerners and foreigners have migrated to it...but Southerners they will not become. The South is still a place where you must have either been born or have 'people' there, to feel it is your native land. Southerners are proud to be Americans, but they are also proud to be Louisianans, Virginians, South Carolinians, Tennesseans, Mississippians and Texans. Southerners are loyal too, to an identity that transcends the usual ties of national patriotism and state pride. It is a loyalty to a place where habits are strong and memories are long. If those memories could speak, they would tellstories of a region powerfully shaped by its history and determined to pass it on to future generations."
Please be in attendance at our next monthly meeting March 11, 2014 at Hollier’s Cajun Kitchen on Ruth Street in Sulphur . Joe David Pool of DeRidder will share about a project he has been researching and composing for fifty years entitled "A Journal of the Louisiana 17th Infantry Regiment in the Civil War." It is written through the eyes of one individual soldier of that unit. His perspective is not presented from the commanding officers' viewpoints, but from the common combatant. In his presentation, you will hear about misery and death. You will hear about friendship and entertainment. Of course, you will hear about their participation in battle... at Shiloh, Corinth, Chickasaw Bluffs, Port Gibson, and Vicksburg. He has the rolls of the companies of the regiment and a list of the dead. Mr. Pool has published five books and four magazine articles. He likes to write about the people of Louisiana in which his family has lived for over 200 years. He was Dr. Joe Grey Taylor’s teaching assistant at Mc Neese State University where he earned the Master of Arts in History. He taught at Barbe, LaGrange, and Sulphur High schools; and on the Navajo Indian Reservation in New Mexico.
Beginning last month our Calcasieu Greys has added a new feature highlighting the story of a James W. Bryan Camp member’s Confederate Ancestor on a monthly basis. Please be willing to share your ancestor’s story.
This spring will be a busy time for our camp. We need all the members of our Captain James W. Bryan Camp to be present for commemorating the 150 year Battle of Calcasieu Pass on Saturday, May 10 on the grounds of the Cameron Parish Courthouse, 10:00 am-12:00 noon. This will be the first time our camp has attempted to conduct an event on such a large scale. We are counting on you to make this event a great success.
Dr. Andy Buckley
Commander, andybuckley1224@g mail.com
My Confederate Ancestor
The Calcasieu Greys will soon feature the story of a James W. Bryan Camp member’s Confederate Ancestor on a monthly basis.