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Commander - Thomas (Tom) Strain Jr.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas Message From the Army Of Tennessee Chaplain

Christmas Message From the Army Of Tennessee Chaplain Rev. Dr. Cecil Fayard, Jr. Matthew 2:11-12, “And when they [the Wise Men] were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down and worshiped him: and when they had opened their treasurers, they presented unto him gifts; gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed another way.” We do not often think of the Wise Men as being men of courage, but that is exactly what they were. Herod expected them to come back through Jerusalem and tell him where Jesus was. Instead, at the risk of their own lives, they returned home another way, a way directed by the Lord. As members of the Army of Tennessee, Sons of Confederate Veterans, it behooves us to be courageous, to stand firm in our convictions, and to, if need be, swim upstream against the liberal tide of our day. In a time when far too many Southerners are trying to forget the past, it is our responsibility to preserve the true history of our past and to present it to our generation. For the Wise Men, Christmas was a time for courage, time to stand up and be counted. Just as the Wise Men were directed by God, it is my prayer at this Christmas season that you and I will pray for our leadership, especially Commander Tom Strain and his staff , asking God to direct each officer of this great Army of Tennessee. Let us also pray for Commander-in-Chief Michael Givens and the General Executive Council. The Wise Men had a mission to accomplish, to come and worship the child Jesus and to bring gifts to Him. We, Sons of Confederate Veterans, have a mission. We are to honor our ancestors and keep their memory green. Let us never forget our mission; let us never be deterred or distracted. We have been charged to uphold the good name of our ancestors and emulate their values. It is not really about you or about me. It is all about upholding the honor of our confederate forefathers. Our mission is not making a name for ourselves, but upholding the names of those who now lie silent in the grave and cannot speak for themselves. There is something else that we need to consider about the Wise Men, they and did not take. They were selfless and not selfish. They were sacrificial and not self serving. May the Lord help each to be Servants not Masters. As they suffered the privations of war, let us stand tall and suffer, if need be, for the cause of preserving our history and heritage. May the God of all grace bless you this Christmas season, and may you experience the PEACE that He alone can give.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Past Florida Division Commander Doug Dawson

Commanders and Adjutants, It is with great sadness I must report the passing of Compatriot, Past Commander and Past Florida Division Commander Doug Dawson. He died early this morning in a local hospital. ...I am notifying your camps because I know many of you knew him, and knew him to be a fierce defender of The Cause. I personally know of no other compatriot who put in more time, money and effort to support our Southern Heritage. He will be missed. Please pass this notification along to your members. The service will be this Saturday, 03 November, at Faith Chapel North, 1001 South Hwy. 95A, Cantonment, FL 32533 (Phone - 850-937-8118). Visitation will be from 1-2 PM, followed by the service at 2 PM. The family has requested to not have an SCV ceremony at this time. Our Camp 1315 Commander Auby Smith and Chaplain Dick Mills will coordinate with the family for a fitting SCV Memorial Service for a later date. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Warm Southern Regards, Woody Barnes Past Adjutant 850-932-6950

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Virginia cemetery for Alabama Civil War dead to be dedicated

By Mary Orndorff Troyan -- Washington Bureau WASHINGTON -- A newly restored Civil War cemetery in northern Virginia will be formally dedicated next month in a ceremony that is expected to draw descendants of the Tenth Alabama Infantry Regiment soldiers who died there. The small but significant portion of Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park was reborn after decades in private hands, overgrown and surrounded by farmland. Prince William County saved the battlefield area in a deal with a real estate developer, and historic preservationists determined that up to 90 Alabama soldiers died there during a disease outbreak in the late summer of 1861. An Eagle Scout candidate, guided by park officials, helped clear the cemetery site and make it accessible to the public in a project last December. Since then, park officials have been raising money for a monument and, in the absence of engraved tombstones, using historical documents to try to piece together the names of the fallen soldiers. So far, 42 of the men have been identified, said Rob Orrison, site manager with the Historic Preservation Division of the Prince William County Department of Public Works. The Alabama Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans donated the stone for the monument. Among those who drove it up to Virginia was a descendant of a soldier buried there, Orrison said. The four-foot rock was added to the site Monday and plaques are coming. The Sept. 22 ceremony, at 9 a.m. CDT, will be open to the public and include remarks from park officials and a historian, music, a color guard, and a gun salute by a Virginia-based re-enactment group. Orrison said the Alabama Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans collected dirt from around each of the courthouses in the counties that were home to members of the 10th Alabama Regiment. "I have two buckets of dirt in my office right now, and they're bringing the rest up in September," Orrison said. "They're going to spread some Alabama soil on the cemetery." The Eagle Scout candidate who organized two days of site-clearing, fence-raising and bridge-building, Dane Smith of Nokesville, also will participate in the ceremony, as will a second Eagle Scout candidate who will be laying the patio around the monument with flagstone brought from Alabama. The 133-acre Bristoe Station park opened in 2007, marking the Battle of Kettle Run in 1862 and the Battle of Bristoe Station in 1863. It is about an hour's drive west of Washington, D.C., in Bristow, Va., near the Manassas National Battlefield Park. The 10th Alabama Infantry Regiment included companies from Jefferson, Shelby, Calhoun, Talladega, St. Clair, Calhoun, DeKalb and Talladega counties, according to the Alabama Department of Archives and History.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Upcoming Seminar

On April 14 the Dr. J.B. Cowan Camp of Tullahoma will host a seminar on
Southeast Middle Tennessee in the War Between the States. This seminar will
focus on the area from Murfreesboro to Chattanooga during the period 1863--1866.
The seminar will be held at the Tullahoma Events Center from 9:00 A.M. to noon.
Total cost is $10.

At 9:00 Mr. Steve Pearson will lecture on the Tullahoma Campaign followed by a
Q&A session, at 10:15 Dr. Michael Bradley will lecture on U.S. occupation of the
area and the resulting guerrilla war, followed by a Q&A session. The seminar
will conclude with a panel discussion, including audience participation, on the
significance of the fighting in the southeastern part of Middle Tennessee.

Furher details may be obtained from Michael Bradley at
Registration forms will be available in March.

Michael R. Bradley


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