Monday, October 27, 2014

CALCASIEU GREYS -- November, 2014

           The next meeting of Captain James W. Bryan Camp 1390, will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, November 11, at Joe’s Pizza and Pasta, 1601 Ruth St. in Sulphur. We will elect 2015 officers and hear Tommy Curtis’s presentation on Steven Read, CSA veteran and the first judge in Old Imperial Calcasieu Parish. Our special guests will be the ladies from Calcasieu United Daughters of the Confederacy, under the direction of President Jan Craven. The ladies will present an overview of their work and answer any membership questions from interested SCV wives. Please plan to attend this important and entertaining meeting.

Captain Bryan Camp To Participate
in Sulphur Veterans Parade
     Captain James W. Bryan Camp 1390 will participate in the 2014 Sulphur Veterans Parade on Saturday, Nov. 8. Here is some information about the event from the Sulphur Armed Forces Committee:
       The Veterans Day celebration will honor all who served in the armed forces. The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Cypress St. at W.W. Lewis Middle School,  and proceed to SPAR at 400 W. Parish Rd. where the ceremony will take place at approximately 11:30 a.m.
       Captain Bryan Camp took part in the parade last year and was very well received Sulphur. Any camp members who would like to participate contact SWLA Brig. Cmdr. Archie Toombs at 

Commander's Column, November 2014
Dr. Andy Buckley, camp commander
           As the year 2014 winds down, I am grateful for what we have accomplished together as the Captain James W. Bryan Camp 1390, Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp. To avoid a paragraph composed of one long rambling run-on sentence, allow me to list our projects and involvements this year:
1. We have reached new members for the SCV.
2. We have strengthened our monthly programs by involving a variety of interesting speakers.
3. We have established a printed agenda for our monthly meetings.
4. We commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Calcasieu Pass.
5. We marked the graves of the nearly two hundred Confederate veterans buried in here in Calcasieu Parish.
6. We assisted our Louisiana SCV Division in conducting the Spring Reunion in De Ridder.
7. We participated in the Sulphur Veterans Parade for the second year.                                                      8. We continued our support of Niblett's Bluff, the only park in Calcasieu Parish that flies the Confederate Battle Flag.

9. We developed a closer relationship with the ladies of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
10. We have developed regular monthly coverage of our work in the Lake Charles American Press.
11. We presented the SCV Hunley Award to JROTC students at La Grange and Washington-Marion High Schools.
12. We participated in Louisiana Division SCV commemorations at Mansfield and Pleasant Hill.
13. We sent members to the SCV National Reunion in South Carolina.
14. We supported the successful candidacy of Archie Toombs for the office of Southwest Brigade Commander.
15. We visited Camp meetings in Orange and Woodville, Texas; Lafayette and De Ridder, Louisiana to encourage fellow SCV members.
16. Our Commander served as the keynote speaker at the Acadiana Civil War Roundtable in New Iberia, Louisiana.
17. We raised the funds necessary to pay the second half of our college scholarship at McNeese.
18. We worked tables at three Southwest Louisiana Gun Shows in Lake Charles.
19. We cut the grass several times at the Confederate Memorial construction site in Orange, Texas.
20. We had the highest attendance in the history of our camp for the Lee-Jackson Banquet with 35 present.
      If you didn’t know it before now, the Captain James W. Bryan Camp is a busy and active organization. Thank you for the contribution you have made this year by attending our monthly meetings, inviting new people to join the SCV, volunteering to work the Gun Show, supporting the camp financially, serving as an officer, and involving yourself in one of our worthy projects and events. We could not have accomplished what we have done without your involvement and support.
     I am grateful for the confidence you have expressed in me through the privilege of serving as your Commander this past year. I have said before but will say it again, I have some big shoes to fill following the leadership of Past Commanders Archie Toombs, Gordon Simmons, Mike Jones, Tommy Curtis, and Travis Lanier. They have provided a solid foundation for our future.
     The SCV is really no different than any other organization in respect to our attendance and our work. Each member gets out what they put in. We all have talents and abilities which should be employed to advance the work of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Our detractors in the liberal press and the political correctness and revisionist historians in academia are working overtime to remove all remnants of Confederate heritage from our culture, educational institutions, and national consciousness. It is time all of us get actively involved in the fray!
      Edward Ward Carmack was an attorney and Tennessee newspaper man who served as a U.S. Senator from 1901 to 1907. Senator Carmack was a strong supporter of the Confederate soldier, our Southern way of life, and an early SCV member. Over one hundred years ago Carmack referred to the great challenge facing all true Southerners of every generation:

      "The Confederate Soldiers were our kinfolk and our heroes. We testify to the country our enduring fidelity to their memory. We commemorate their valor and devotion. There were some things that were NOT surrendered at Appomattox. We did not surrender our rights and history; nor was it one of the conditions of surrender that unfriendly lips should be suffered to tell the story of that war or that unfriendly hands should write the epitaphs of the Confederate dead. We have the right to teach our children the true history of the war, the causes that led up to it, and the principles involved."
     We face some challenging times with so much misrepresented information about the South and our Southern Heritage. (See the story on the decline of NASCAR) We must stay the course and remain very diligent in the defense of our beloved South and its precious heritage. As your Commander I want every member of the Captain James W. Bryan Camp to make it a goal this year to recruit at least one new member to the SCV. There are millions of Americans with Southern and Confederate lineage. We need to recruit and retain these likeminded men into our organization.
      Please make every effort to be present at our next meeting, Tuesday, November 11 at Joe’s Pizza in Sulphur. We will elect 2015 officers and hear Tommy Curtis’s presentation on Steven Read, CSA veteran and the first judge in Old Imperial Calcasieu Parish. Our special guests will be the ladies from our Calcasieu United Daughters of the Confederacy, under the direction of President Jan Craven. The ladies will present an overview of their work and answer any membership questions from interested SCV wives. I can hardly wait, so until we gather together again. Until then I remain… 
Yours in Our Great Cause,
Dr. Andy Buckley, Commander

      It's no secret that NASCAR attendance is dropping across the country, including here in Atlanta. Perhaps there's a reason.
       Early in 2013, NASCAR announced that it would no longer be publicly divulging attendance estimates of its races. In Atlanta, we know that the size of crowds has been progressively getting smaller and smaller in recent years; and now it appears likely that NASCAR will cut back to a single major race in Atlanta each year, effectively ending the tradition of a major Labor Day race in Atlanta. But the trend is not just in Atlanta, as races are being cut from other venues; and some venues are reportedly cutting out huge portions of their grandstand capacity for the remaining races.
       NASCAR, and car racing in general, has long been a primarily Southern sport gone national. The popularity of racing spread nationally over the last 20 years after existing for multiple generations mainly at Southern tracks with rural Southern blue-collar fans in Southern states. In fact, just a few short years ago, NASCAR racing appeared poised to become one of the largest national sports in America, even boasting the largest average attendance of any sport. So what has happened within a single decade to effectively end that chase for popularity and, instead, turn into a situation where major racing venues, especially across the South, are having trouble even filling their stands where once it was literally standing room only? 
      In 2012, NASCAR made the decision to ban the appearance of the "General Lee" Dodge Charger from the former television series "Dukes of Hazzard," citing as their reason, "The image of the Confederate flag is not something that should play an official role in our sport as we continue to reach out to new fans and make NASCAR more inclusive," according to NASCAR spokesman David Higdon. Ben Jones who played "Cooter" on the former television show -- and who now serves as the national Chief of Heritage Operations for the Sons of Confederate Veterans -- said this about the decision back in 2012, "At a time when tens of millions of Americans are honoring their Union and Confederate ancestors during this Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, NASCAR has chosen to dishonor those Southerners who fought and died in that terrible conflict by caving to 'political correctness' and the uninformed concerns of corporate sponsors."
     But NASCAR made the decision to abandon its Southern roots right after the turn of the new century. Echoing the sentiments of NASCAR spokesmen and executives, Dale Earnhardt, Jr said as far back as 2003 in an interview with Complex Magazine about the Confederate flag, "Anybody who is trying to show that flag is probably too ignorant to know what the hell he's doing."
      More and more over the last decade, NASCAR has become dependent upon television deals to make up for the declining attendance of actual people at their races -- the rank and file rural Southerners who have been the traditional fan base of racing since the first moonshiners raced out of the hills with their cargo and defiance of what they viewed as tyrannical and intrusive federal authorities.
      Back in 2010, NASCAR spokesman Steve Phelps reportedly stated in an interview, "We don't condone that type of display and putting the flags out, the Confederate flags. That is not something that we think is good for the sport, candidly. So it's something that we see, candidly, we see fewer and fewer of them as you go to races and you know, ultimately it'll be something that'll die away completely." Ironically, NASCAR's continued attack upon the Confederate battle flag and Southern heritage symbols appears to be having unintended consequences, not the least of which is that it appears that it is NASCAR racing, itself, that seems to be dying away.
(Georgia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans Press Release Atlanta - September 4, 2014)


At left are three pictures of Rev. William D. Chadick at various stages of his ministrty, in the early years, as a uniformed Confederate chaplain, and in his mature years. (Photos courtesy of  Dr. Jack Thielen, M.D.)

      November’s issue of the Captain James W. Bryan Camp Confederate Greys Newsletter features the story of one our newest member’s Confederate Ancestor, Cumberland Presbyterian Minister William Davidson Chadick, Ancestor of Dr. Jack Thielen, M.D.
             Rev. William Davidson Chadick, Cumberland Presbyterian minister, was born January 22, 1817, in Overton County, Tennessee, and died September 4, 1878, in McMinnville, Tennessee. He was the son of Charles and Elizabeth (Crutchlow) Chadick. The family moved from Tennessee to Jackson County, Ala., when William was quite young, about 1820, settling seven miles west of Scottsboro.
     In the family were five sons, all of whom became ministers: James, a Methodist; William D., Stakeley and Isaac, Cumberland Presbyterians; Albert, a Methodist; and Charles, Cumberland Presbyterian.
     Rev. William D. Chadick was not only a minister of the gospel but was also editor of the Banner of Peace, the publication of the Cumberland Presbyterian church in the South. He was a Democrat and a Mason and his education was the equivalent of college/seminary training, with theology and ministry courses.
      At the age of nineteen years he enlisted and served in the Creek Indian War. During the War Between the States Chadick was appointed chaplain of the Fourth Alabama regiment with the rank of captain and was later promoted to major and finally lieutenant colonel. As a chaplain Chadick performed the same duties as a minister of the Gospel: he conducted church services, counseled soldiers, distributed religious literature and Bibles, comforted the sick and wounded, and conducted funerals. He wrote letters for the illiterate soldiers to be sent home and wrote letters of bereavement to inform kinfolk of the death of their loved ones. The Confederate Army authorized chaplains with a pay of $80.00 per month, comparable to a company-grade officer. The chaplains were provided privates rations and had to provide their own uniforms and forage for their horses.
     In the heat of conflict at the First Battle of Manassas, on July 21, 1861, Captain Chadick picked up a rifle and fired at the enemy, earning him the title the “Fighting Parson.” Six weeks after the battle Chadick attended to the mortally wounded Colonel Egbert Jones and then accompanied his body home for internment in Alabama. During his short stay at home, Chadick helped raise an infantry battalion, the 1st Alabama which became part of the Alabama 26th and 50th Infantry Regiments. His unit fought in the Battle of Shiloh where nearly all officers were killed leaving Colonel Chadick in command. After Shiloh Chadick stayed in bed for six weeks in Mississippi recovering from rheumatism so severe he could not move his hands or feet.
      Chadick was made chief of staff to Governor Shorter, of Alabama, and was for some time in command of the North Alabama forces acting under the Governor. With Federal guns boats upstream at Florence, Alabama Governor Shorter called for the formation of four Calvary regiments to prevent the invasion and occupation of South Alabama. Colonel Chadick was sent out into the hills of North Alabama to raise the units. He brought them in, old and young, mounted on old horses, colts, and mules, and, as it was cold, and blankets scarce, every man of them brought a bed-quilt. All these quilts were of different colors leading to the regiment being named the “bed-quilt regiment."
      Reports indicated Colonel Chadick was much beloved by his men. He never lost sight of his duties as a Christian and the high and sacred position he held as a minister of the gospel. Following the war Rev. Chadick continued to serve as a notable pastor, evangelist, and denominational leader within the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Alabama.
       Mary Jane Chaddick the wife of Rev. William D. Chadick, wrote the only known diary chronicling the Union Army's occupation of Huntsville from 1862-65. The Civil War diary of Mary Jane Chadick of Huntsville, Alabama, has been a popular source for historians since it first appeared in serial form in the Huntsville Times in 1937.Chadick's witty observation of life under military occupation and the social and cultural tension of southern women living in a wartime world are quoted by writers of many books about the Civil War.
 Grave of Rev. William D. Chaddick

Mary Jane Chadick's wartime journal

           As required by Captain Bryan Camp by-laws to publish the official ballot at least two weeks before the  camp election, it is published below:

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­THIRD NATIONAL
       DANVILLE, Va. – A move to remove the Third National Confederate Flag from a war memorial at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts has been thwarted, according to news reports.
       City Manager Joe King said recently that under Virginia law, the city has no legal authority to remove the flag on the museum grounds.
        The controversy began with a request by the Danville Museum of Fine Arts that the flag be removed by the city.
         The museum is located in the Sutherlin Mansion and the city became owner of it in 1914 with the help of Anne Eliza Johns Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy. The museum leased the mansion in 1983 and the historical monument was installed in 1994 by the Heritage Preservation Association. It consists of a 7-foot granite obelisk and a flagpole flying the Third National Flag. Danville was the last capital of the Confederacy.
         The last meetings of the Confederate cabinet were in the Sutherlin Mansion.

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