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Command Staff

Col. Kevin Stone (NC)

Lt Col. Greg Kalof (FL)

3rd Batt. Maj. Johnny Strickland (FL)

Co. D Captain Dave King (FL)


State Staff

NW Florida : Lt.Kelly Crocker

NE Florida : Lt. Joe Davis

SE  Florida : Lt. Mike ”Guppie” Reynolds

SW and Central Florida : Lt. Bob Whitacre

West Central Florida : Lt. Jerry Little

Europe :


I would like to thank the GA. guys who traveled down to Tallahassee to help us with the Veterans Day Parade.
I have changed jobs and have a new cell number, if you need my new cell number email me and I'll make sure you get it.

Commander David King


Editor: Wess Frank

The month of December is on us, which means gifts, family and the end of the year. I am looking back over the past year and thinking about all the disasters that have befell us. Between floods, storms, hurricanes and political disasters we have fared well. WE are still fighting the PC battles for the folks who wish to erase our heritage and rewrite history, but we are still the SCV and the Mechanized Cavalry. Below you will find on SCV Yahoo letter about putting out our flags and an article about what I would call a win for our flags on private property.

So let John and I wish ya’ll a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

My friends let’s ride as if with Forrest and support the SCV as we are attacked from all sides. God Bless ya brothers.






RIP Brother Ed,

DANVILLE, Va. - William Edward "Ed" Chaney, 42, of 121 Mt. Vernon Ave. died on Friday, November 11, 2016, at Danville Regional Medical Center. Funeral Services will be conducted at 3 p.m.Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at Citty Funeral Home Chapel, 308 Lindsey St. Reidsville, NC 27320. A native of Eden, he was the son of Vickie Dalton Chaney and the late William David Chaney and was a resident of Danville and Pittsylvania Co. Ed was a long time employee of Mars...hall Rentals, and a proud member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Camp 828. Ed was also a member and the historian of the Pittsylvania Co. Vindicators 8th Platoon, The Mechanized Calvary of Virginia, and Vice-President of the Heritage Preservation Association. Ed will be remembered as a loving, devoted husband to his wife, Barbie and a faithful friend. Ed was very passionate in preserving our southern heritage and will be remembered as a true modern-day southern soldier in the fight to preserve our history. He will be greatly missed not only for his work in the community, but also for his quick wit and gentle heart. Surviving are his wife, Barbie Brown Chaney of the home; two step-daughters, Breanne Dameron and husband, Joshua of Pelham, N.C. and Abby Blair of Bridgewater, Va.; one step-grandson, Jackson Dameron; and uncle, Harvey L. "Les" Chaney III and his wife, Sheri of Eden, N.C. The family will see friends at the residence at 121 Mt. Vernon Ave. Danville, Va. on Monday, November 14, 2016, beginning at 5 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sons of the Confederate Veterans Camp 828 Pittsylvania Co. Vindicators,c/o Barbie Chaney, 121 Mt. Vernon Ave. Danville, VA 24541.

It is with the saddest of hearts that I pass along the death of NB Forrest Camp #803 Sons of Confederate Veterans member and Charter Adjutant Otis Weaver. Otis was a dedicated member of the SCV having just retired as Adjutant last year after over 10 years excellent service. I met him at a store I worked at in Sanford in the mid 1990's and we became best of friends and have ridden our bikes together all over this Country as far South as Daytona Beach Florida, as far north as Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and we made a ride of a lifetime going 5800 miles in 11 days leaving NC one day arriving at Juarez, Mexico 36 hours later then north to Sturgis, SD, where we hit the high spots of bike week while staying in dome tents camping along the way. We returned thru the north going thru chicago and had a blast all during a record heat wave with temps hovering at 100℉ almost the entire trip! He and I have been to Rolling Thunder together many times to honour the POW/MIA's and even when he joined the Viet Nam Vets MC we would meet up there and hang out waiting on the parade to start. We rode the Trail of Tears twice honouring the Indians who lost so much at the hands of an oppressive federal government and had countless great times. He was always at our Camp events volunteering his time and talent and never met a stranger.He worked fair booths and slung burgers and bbq at Camp fundraisers as well as took up the money for countless charity rides and causes. Otis was a Vietnam Veteran and retired from the US Army as Master Sergeant. He then went on to work another career and retired as a letter carrier with the US Postal Service. He was always helping whether it was as a secretary in the VFW or Officer in the VNVMC in addition to Adjutant duties in the SCV. He never met a stranger and was always smiling and carrying on with an infectious laugh. He was member #54 in the SCV Mechanized Cavalry and rode with me to several annuals including Texas in 2000 as well as Maryland after that.Cards can be mailed to his widow Pam Weaver at their home 1085 Woodridge Trail Sanford NC 27330.
His memorial service will be this Saturday at noon at Miller Boles Funeral Home in Sanford, and I would ask all that can to attend. Wear your riding clothes or period attire or whatever most comfortable and bring a story about Otis if you have one to tell. I have included the link to his obituary at the end of this email.
As is customary when a member of the Mechanized Cavalry passes I am requesting all flags be flown at half staff for a period of 30 days following his service in his honour.
Kevin Stone
Charter Commander NB Forrest Camp #803 SCV Sanford NC
Lt. Commander NC Division SCV
Colonel SCV Mechanized Cavalry, Commanding


State Employee recognized by the Florida Division SCV

Ms. Susanne Hunt is the Outreach Programs Supervisor for the Division of Historical Resources, Florida Department of State. Throughout the Sesquicentennial and beyond, Ms. Hunt has worked diligently to provide the “Civil War Trails” booklet to citizens of Florida. Thousands of these booklets have been provided to the Florida Division SCV, SCV Camps across the state, the UDC, and other heritage groups. The Florida Division SCV has used these books as tools to educate the public at Rifles, Rails, and History, and re-enactments across our state. Ms. Hunt has been a friend to the Florida Division Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Trooper Wesley Frank #662 requested that Susanne be recognized by the Florida Division. Trooper Kelly Crocker #885 was on hand to present our thanks on the behalf of the Division Commander. Susanne was humbled by our gesture.

Promotions at Annual 2016:

Archive photo of officer’s call

Ed Note: As usual if you miss annual you miss everything, in my 15 years with the Mechanized Cavalry I was able to attend only one annual but still did not hear any news of business due to the size of the room (only officers were allowed in, so I went back to my room.) I have been an active member of the SCV attending National and Division reunions so I expected the Cav to be about the same but I guess we don’t enact any business as I never hear of it later.

After my last “Florida Cracker” I received emails about GENERAL Stone, as Kevin has been a friend for the last 10 years I went straight to the Stone’s mouth, here is his response, which sounds so much like the Kevin I know. BTW I recommend he keep his zero in his cav paycheck.

They voted me General at the general membership meeting at Cedar Key and voted Greg to Colonel. It was a surprise to me and therefore unplanned and was rather humbling/embarrassing but no-one voted or spoke against it. I have since received an email from one man articulating the reasons it was incorrectly done and a couple more emails from his Captain a friend of his in another state. Titles and rank are not what I do this for and I honestly find it difficult to get used to hearing but have had many more people say it was overdue and that they like it. We will discuss it at the officers meeting I am sure as the standing orders will need to be modified to add the position. If the Captains vote it back to Colonel I will adamantly fight to keep my new pay... heh heh heh...$0


Ed Note: I stole this letter from Bud’s Yahoo list, as it demonstrates we are making a difference we are not un-noticed after all. BTW Trooper John Adams while Fl. Division Commander came up with this idea, so I guess we can say it’s a CAV THING.The Tampa flag was built and finished almost totally by the Mechanized Cavalry of the west coast of Florida. Past Captain Larry Carpenter ran his heavy equipment to raise and set the flag pole. Other troopers which include current Capt. Dave King planted bushes dug ditches and ran electrical line to our lighting. Ky, and NC, have just followed with their own Flags.” KEEP EM FLYING.”

I just was in Charleston for some PB last week and my Dad came up. One if the things we talked about was the big flags going up on private property, he sees one in GA regularly and says one went up in Fla recently he will see even more often. He told me how it warms his heart and brings tears each time he sees it. I told him it was SCV and SCVMC doing it and he told me 'when you see them boys again tell em what I said and thanks for standing up for all of us.' Thanks boys!

Posted by: Steve

ED Note:This is why we build on our own land.

Restaurant owner opposed in bid to lower Confederate flag


Associated Press
November 16, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Tommy Daras had planned on a small ceremony Wednesday to remove the Confederate flag flying from the edge of the parking lot at his South Carolina restaurant. Then he encountered a hitch.

Two members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans showed up at the flagpole and advised Daras the group owns the small tract of land where the flag flies, deeded to them in 2005 by a former restaurant operator who kept literature supporting slavery in his barbecue joints.

Warned they could have him arrested for trespassing, Daras is now rethinking his options in his bid to replace the Confederate flag with an American flag outside his restaurant.

"I wanted to compromise. I tried to work with them," Daras said of months of negotiations. "But I realized today they are racists and they are bringing down my business with them."

Daras said he had talked to the group about putting up a different Confederate flag than the current Stars and Bars, which has been embraced by racial hate groups. He said the flag flying so close to his Edisto River Creamery and Kitchen is bad for his business.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans said they fly the flag and maintain a monument to an 1865 Civil War skirmish on the tiny piece of land to honor their ancestors who fought for the South. They bristle at any suggestions of being racist, noting they can't control what others choose to use the Confederate battle flag for elsewhere.

If Daras brings down the flag, the group plans to bring him to court, said member Carl Platts.

He stood by the flagpole for nearly an hour Wednesday until Daras gave up. In the event of legal action, he warned, "We'll take the whole damn place" on a video broadcast live by The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg.

About a dozen police officers stood by, but there was no violence.

Daras bought the restaurant building and opened his eatery in May 2015 at a major intersection about 50 miles south of Columbia, the state capital.

He knew the flag was there and thought nothing of it.

Then a month later, authorities say, nine African-Americans at a Charleston church were gunned down by a white man who put pictures of himself with the Confederate battle flag and writings where he said he thought blacks were inferior to whites on his website. South Carolina lawmakers pulled down the Confederate flag in front of the Statehouse within weeks, but Daras said the Sons of Confederate Veterans put a larger flag on its pole.

"That's when it all started. I have black groups boycotting me. I have white groups angry I'm thinking about bringing the flag down," Daras said.

Daras then studied his deed. It does not mention the sliver of land at all. He bought title insurance and paid for an inspection, so he thinks legally the land is his.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans disagree.

They also have a deed showing the restaurant's previous owner, barbecue baron Maurice Bessinger, gave 0.003 acres — or about 130 square feet of land — to the group in 2005, according to Orangeburg County's online records. That's about the size of an average master bathroom in a U.S. home, according to the National Association of Home Builders.

The organization also has paid taxes on the land, according to online records.

Bessinger once had nearly a dozen restaurants serving barbecued meat with a mustard-based yellow sauce. He began flying the Confederate flag outside of the restaurants in 2000 after the South Carolina Legislature removed the rebel banner that was on top of the Statehouse dome and put one up on a pole in front of the Capitol.

Bessinger died in 2014, and his family quickly removed the Confederate flags and pro-slavery and white supremacist literature in his restaurants. But the Confederate flag still flies in Orangeburg because of the land deal.

"Until you prove this flag belongs to you, we don't want you to mess with it," Sons of Confederate Veterans member Buzz Braxton told Daras outside his restaurant Wednesday.

 On the heels of a blog post by one of the pseudo-historian, Confederate hating bloggers, declaring that the "Retreat of the Confederate Flag Continues", we received word today of THREE new Roadside Memorial Battle Flags that were installed in Virginia, and two in North Carolina...this on top of one installed in the Old North State last week!

Someone really should tell Mr. Levin to stop making stuff up. It just makes him look SILLY!

ROXBORO, NC - Hwy 158 East (Oxford Highway) 2 miles east of town

The Roxboro Grays, SCV Camp 1932 have finished installation of a 40' pole for a Roadside Battle Flag Memorial. A flag raising/dedication service will be held on Saturday, December 10th at 10:30 a.m. The memorial will be dedicated to Brigadier General Matt Ransom. Ransom was field general of the 35th N.C. Many Person Co. soldiers were under his command.


Maj. Charles Q. Petty’s Mechanized Cavalry SCVMCNC installed a new flag and pole at their SCV camp sign! Welcome to NORTH CAROLINA


Late Saturday afternoon ActBac NC finished installation of their first roadside battle flag project. The 40' pole will fly an 8x12 battle flag and will be dedicated to the memory of 1st Lt Jeremiah Holt 63rd NCST Co F , KIA Winchester VA 1864.

Information on the pending flag raising/dedication ceremony will be released soon.


The Lane-Armistead SCV Camp #1772, raised a 40' Roadside Memorial and Battle Flag on Saturday afternoon!
The flag dedication ceremony is set for 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December

That's THREE new massive battle flags raised in the Old North State this month... and the 27th raised in the Commonwealth since the fall of 2013, and from all indications, there are many, many more to come.

Retreat: an act of moving back or withdrawing

Perhaps Mr. Levin doesn't quite understand the meaning of the word, but keep in mind that this is the same man who once boldly predicted "that there will be no Confederate flag on I-95 near Richmond" (bless his heart!).

The Va Flaggers offer our most sincere congratulations to all of the dedicated men and women who worked so hard to make these latest Memorial Battle Flags a reality. There is no more beautiful reminder of the honor and valor of our Confederate veterans, and the Cause for which they fought and died.

Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers

Photos and report from Jim Edwards Company D 3rd Batt. Florida

From far right are Florida M-C guys (L-to-R: Lt. Kelly Crocker, Frank Marjenhoff, Jason Montes, Lt. Joe Davis, and Jimmy Edwards

this pic is the total M-C group - Georgia and Florida.

The two in sleeping bags are Florida guys, Frank and Jason and that big guy in the yellow shirt is Kelly waking up on Sunday morning.

What an awesome overnight BBQ event, hosted by the GA Mech-Cav guys on October 29th at the Jefferson Davis Capture Site in Irwinville, Georgia. We received our invite from Lt. Robert Ballard, 3rd Battalion, Company B, Troop 4 and Lt. Ken "Sarge" Arvin. These Georgia boys know how to throw a party, offering a great Saturday evening BBQ spread and an early Sunday morning country breakfast, all that for only $10 per person. The event also offered the opportunity for free admission to the museum and the actual historic location site where President Davis was captured. Most of us spent the night in the enclosed, air conditioned pavilion, while others pitched their tents outside. The weather throughout the event, to include the ride to and from, couldn't have been better. We are now all hoping they do this again next year. GOOD TIMES AND LOTS OF FUN!!!

Tallahassee Veterans Day Parade
Major Johnny with spectatorsTallahassee Veterans Day parade

Florida and Georgia Mechanized Cavalry at the Tallahassee Veterans Day parade. We had a great time honoring our Veterans
Capt Trigger, Georgia

Chickamagua Battlefield.:

Report from Capt Trigger

Attached are pictures from a recent Chickamagua Battle field tour put on by Georgia Mechanized Cavalry Troop 1. Mark Watts led the tour. Pictured around the Georgia monument is the Georgia

Mechanized Cavalry that attended the event.