Gentlemen, Brother Charlie Daniels passed away and the SCV’s Mechinized Cavalry was honoured to be part of his funeral escort, Story below.
This was the first time I am aware of, that we as a Southron organization, was ask to assit in something like this.
Many members have assisted with re-enturmnets of Confederate Soldiers and Sailors or Confederate Military funerals but never
anything of the magnatude. I want to thank all who were in attendance for the pics and Shawn Rainey for his report.
I saw a 7 minute video taken from an Overpass and posted on You Tube, that person I want to send a big hug for those of us unable to attend.
Charlie is up visiting with Gen Lee, and Jackson along with his ancestors, but here we have a big hole in our music and hearts.
I would like to thank all of our reporters from the Confederation for their contributions to the Cracker.
As you know we had our National Reunion this month in St. Augustine Florida.
We had our second Mechanized Cavalry Breakfast and it was attended by 48 members.
It was good seeing members from all over the country attend the reunion and the breakfast.
Thanks to everyone that could attend and hope to see more members at the next reunion. Thanks
I should like to thank you all of our reporters from the Confederation for your continued cooperation
with the Cracker, without this help it wouldn't be possible to make the Cracker every month.
Cracker September deadline : August 21. (Please do not wait until the last moment)
Cracker September will be distributed : August 29 (God willing)
Cracker Newsletter Matter.
Reported by Jimmy Edwards
FLORIDA ATTENDS MECH-CAV 2020 ANNUAL
Another year and another Mechanized Cavalry annual. The lucky ones are always able to attend and this year from Florida the
brave and bold were: Major Johnny Strickland, Captain David King, Lieutenant Joe Davis, Private Clay Johnson,
Private Albert "Thiggy" Thigpen, and Private Jimmy Edwards. The overall event was just awesome with scheduled rides to three
different battlefields, entertainment and food at the host hotel and fellowship with Mech-Cav members coming together from
different parts of the United States. As different groups from varies states pared off to do a variety of activities throughout the area,
Florida guys did their share of sightseeing as well. To mention two of our most memorable were Florida Mech-Cav 'taking'
the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) with LT Joe Davis standing in the entrance way of the cadets' barracks displaying the
Mech-Cav colors (how cool was that) with Stonewall Jackson's name above the entrance way. During that VMI campus visit the
attempt to see General Robert E. Lee's burial site (Chapel) was in vain (closed) due to the C-19 virus; as were many other
Civil War/historical places. Our other Florida memorable activity was with Captain Dave King being called up front at an outdoor
musical festival, hosted by Ben Jones, the actor and former politician, better known as COOTER Davenport in the TV series
Dukes of Hazzard. CPT King explained our Confederate motorcycle presence and defined our heritage organization.
We all had a great time and enjoyed our companionship among all Mechanized Cavalry members from all areas of the country.
Don't forget to VOTE FOR TRUMP!!!!!
Reported by Mark Poag, 3rd Battalion Company A
Confederate Monument in Anderson, SC. June 20, 2020.
On June 20, 2020, after hearing of plans for protests, members of the 3rd Battalion Company A traveled to Walhalla, SC
and then Anderson,SC to support and defend Confederate Monuments in those cities.
Both locations were quite. Guess they knew
we were coming.
At the Confederate Monument in Anderson,SC, the Mechanized Cavalry was met by Flaggers from several local SCV Camps.
Reported by John Fisher
CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS RECEIVE THEIR SOUTHERN CROSS OF HONOR
On Saturday, July 11th the Horry Rough and Readys SCV #1026 in Myrtle Beach, SC, placed the Southern Cross of Honor at
two Confederate soldiers graves at Port Harrellson Cemetery in a remote location of Horry County. The SC SCVMC "Low Country Crew"
was represented by Compatriots Paul Flanagan, Horry Rough and Readys Camp Commander John Fisher (not pictured), along with
Horry Rough and Readys Color Sgt. Craig Thompkins, Adjutant Eddie Pippin and Compatriot Stan Dalton.
Final resting place of Pvt. Duke Roberts, Co. C, Manigaults Battalion, SC Arty, CSA
Final resting place of 2nd. Lt. William L. Prince, Co. C, 10th SC Infantry Reg., CSA
Reported by Wayne Scarborough
LT. Ballard and Chris May honor the only
Confederate buried in Andersonville National Cemetery on Memorial; Day.
Camp Sumter, more commonly known as Andersonville, was one of the largest Confederate military prisons of the WTBS.
More than 45,000 Yankees were held there, of which about 13,000 perished. Those 13,000 graves were eventually provided headstones.
Today, upwards of 20,000 veterans and
family members rest at Andersonville.
Yet one individual stands out as being the only Confederate veteran buried at the national historic site: Sampson Boze Kitchens.
He was a private in Company C of the 10th Georgia Regiment, enlisting in 1862 at the age of 17. Despite the (obvious)
constant dangers of soldiering during a war (including at least two stints in the hospital), Boze survived and was present for the surrender
of Confederate troops at Appomattox Court House, Virginia. [Information gleaned from Confederate service records at Fold3 and Confederate pension
applications at Ancestry. Sampson Boze
Kitchens lived till the ripe age of 90 years, leaving behind 9 children, 25
and 3 great-grandchildren (according to a transcript of his obituary). I don't know why it didn't occur to me before, as I've wondered why Pvt. Kitchens was buried
at Andersonville. I found out recently his remains were actually moved there. He was originally buried at Kelly-Kitchens Cemetery near Oglethorpe, Georgia
, where his grave remained unmarked for at least five months. Soon after, a headstone at that location was provided by the US military via Mrs. Chas. A. Greer,
president of the Oglethorpe Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy.
Troop 3 Clinches crew repairing the grave of a Confederate Soldiers wife. L-R Kyle White, Corey Harrelson, Lt. Jerry Bridges,
Tony Crumbley and Paul Williams on 6-6-20 at Fleming cemetery outside Hawkinsville GA
OCR Marti Bridges at Fleming cemetery outside Hawkinsville GA.
Col. Hawkins, Lt Robert Ballard and Albert Thigpen at Shenandoah caverns during the
Mechanized Cavalry annual in VA
Tommy Miller, Teddy Ford, Chris May, Thomas Reynolds (kneeling) and Steve Cota at the
Georgia monument in Gettysburg during the Mechanized Cavalry annual