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January has come and gone; now it is time to celebrate our love for the better half. I want to wish all of ya a very Happy Valentine’s Day.

Capt. Dave King will be informing us of the game plan for Ga and Fla men who will ride the Olustee Parade per Division Commander Don Young’s orders.

For those of ya who sent pics and did not get published, Please resend them. I have AO HELL and they just as we went to press did away with my browser

( I have a good Computer which works on Vista, and as such nothing is upgraded anymore.) I tried to send the Cracker several times but only text was available no pics.

 I finally got it to John to post BUT>>> so all I can say is sorry and re-send if you can.

I would like to thank all of our reporters from the Confederation for their contributions to the Cracker,

without you it would be hard to publish the “Florida Cracker” as it stands now.

Editor’s Note: Many of you submit your photos to John directly, I keep an archive of the Cracker so please copy me with your pics and articles,

as what goes in the Digital Copy is not saved and we lose many good articles that way, I also ask that you try to identify the event and names as best you can.

Many times I see pictures of say, Ga. boys and I have no clue who they are or why unless they stand in front of a sign which ID’s the event.

 This newsletter is read by Cav members and SCV IHQ, and also non SCV members, so the more info the better, everyone likes to see their photo and name in print.

We would like to wish everyone a Happy and hopefully a prosperous New Year.

Officers call is upon us again and if any of the Florida guys have something they would like to be bought up

feel free to contact me and I'll get it on the agenda

Commander David King

Jubal A Early Camp #556

Capt 3rd Batt Co D Mechanized Cavalry

Ron Connell joined the Winston County Grays in 2016 and was sworn into the Mechanized Calvary in January 2017.

We knew his time with us would be short but we also knew he would fight cancer with everything he had. And he did. He showed us all what friendship, dedication and strength meant.

He gave all to the camp and the cause every single day and for every function. He rode in the Eldridge Toy Run on December 2 and it would be his last.

 He left us just a few short weeks later and was laid to rest on December 23rd, 2017.
He leaves behind his beautiful wife, Sara, their children and grandchild and many other family members and loved ones.
He also leaves a hole in the camp that will not be filled. He was a true brother to the end and will be missed so much.
Rest in peace, brother…….it’s never goodbye, just see ya later.

Shirley Norris, Secretary-Jenny Brooks Johnston Chapter #18

 Alabama Founding Society Order of Confederate Rose


Florida’s Company D took advantage of riding to the Brooksville Re-enactment.

Florida’s traveling memorial wall, listing the names of all of Florida’s Confederate forces lost during the War Between the States.

This is Tampa’s Jubal A Early Camp recruiting tent with Camp Commander, Capt David King Florida SCVMC.

This year's Hunley Award fundraiser patches are in. We were honored to present Hunley Awards to cadets in 21 Broward County High Schools last year.

 Unfortunately the awards cost us 30 dollars each, that adds up when you only have a few activce members contributing.

Consider buying a fundraiser patch to help us offset our cost.
Common Patch $10.00
Limited Edition patch $30.00 (special border only 10 made)
Left over patches from 2016-2017 $5.00
Sgt. Bob Brown
Commander William Henry Harris Camp 1395
Ft. Lauderdale

Tampa Confederate Monument moved to Brandon Cemetery

Complements of Trooper Mike Herring

Battle of Olustee Ride Feb. 16, 2018 Lake City, Florida

We have a rate of $65.99 plus tax at the Econo Lodge in Alachua Exit 399 off of I-75 for Feb. 16th 2018
There are plenty of places to eat around this motel.

Use Mechanized Cavalry for the listed rate.

Econo Lodge

15920 NW US Hwy. 441

Alachua, Fl. 32615



This was New Year’s Eve, Joe Ford, Rolo, Big Tony Jab, and “Peg Leg”

In 2012 Keith Davis age 67 was diagnosed with kidney cancer. He was
then diagnosed with esophageal cancer. He loves his heritage and where
he came from. In 2017 his son introduced him to The Sons of Confederate Veterans. Keith learned of his heritage and immediately wanted to be a part of
the SCV, It became his dream. On December 7th he was sworn in. Even at age 71
with 2 types of cancer he became a member. No matter your age or
ailment follow your dreams as he did. He is a proud member of the General Lloyd Tilghman Camp 1495.


Reported by Jim Waddell

South Carolina 2018 Annual we have a new Captain, Mike Waters

 In this pick of the large group of men, the gentleman holding the shoot gun is our new Captain, Mike Waters.

This pic was taken at our Annual Meeting held in Great Falls SC. after Mike was elected.



My name is Mickey Shelley, I am with the Mechanized Cavalry 3rd Batt. Co. A. South Carolina. I know that you have heard very little from our state

and I just want to inform you that is about to change. Here in South Carolina we have just Elected a New Captain. To add to that, we have a completely New set of Officers

 here in the 3rd Batt. Co. A. Mike Water is our New State Captain.

My reason for introducing myself is that I need to get some information from you on how to go about Posting in The Cracker and what is your deadline for having

 articles into you for publication? I have planned on having Pic's and Articles for you each month and I just want to make sure I handle this correctly.

As you are aware our State will be Hosting the Mechanized Cavalry Annual this year in Aiken South Carolina, June 13th - 17th.

We are working on the planning of this event as we speak. We have much to do in very little time and with your help getting

 the information out there for us to make this a successful event for all that attend.

I most likely will be the go to person for any questions you may have. I look forward to working with you from this time forward.

 My contact information is as follow;

 Cell Phone # (843) 231-0776. I will be looking forward to hearing from you.


Mickey Shelley

Chief Of Staff

Mechanized Cavalry

3rd Battalion Company A

Great State of South Carolina


Mechanized Cavalry

3rd Battalion Company A

From the Great State of South Carolina 3rd Battalion Company A we would like to Welcome our New State Captain Mike Waters.

 As y’all know, we are hosting the 2018 National Annual Ride here in South Carolina. We first would like to apologize for the delay on information.

 That being said I want you to know that we have every intention on making this a successful event for all. Captain Mike Waters has

 restructured our State by appointing more Officers and putting more responsibility on them to make this event go off without a hitch.

More information will be posted as available. Our Host hotel is the Guest Inn, 110 Frontage Rd. Aiken SC. 29801.

 We have other hotels in the immediate area of the Battlefield were all the events will take place.

We have the Deluxe Inn, The Days Inn and Quality Inn just off Interstate 20 at exit 22.

The Registration form is on line at to down load.

 Please note we have a new web page address, the old web page is not working properly.

Again on behalf of our new State Captain Mike Waters, we invite you to come and share with us the

Brotherhood of The Mechanized Cavalry from around the world. Our personal Promises to every member is that you will have a great time.


Mickey Shelley
Chief of Staff 3A


In the picture with the four men, Rusty Thomas, Lee Whitaker, and Billy Collyer

 receiving their Certificates from Captain Mike Waters at the Annual meeting.

The pic with the three gentleman are, Our new Captain Mike Waters having his Lieutenants Bars removed by our Color Sargent Larry ( LD ) Davis

and from North Carolina Mechanized Cavalry 2nd Battalion Company B Chris ( Oneeye ) Freeman who came down to join us for our Annual Meeting.


Reported by 2nd Lt. Brian McClure, PR & Communications Officer

Louisiana Mechanized Cavalry
1st Battalion, Company B

From left to right: At the Unknown Confederates Cemetery in Minden, Louisiana, Terral Vollmer was sworn as a new member of the LA SCVMC.

Clay Bass was promoted to 1st Platoon Corporal. Captain Bobby White presiding. Richard Strickland turned in his SCV application.

Terry Reeme promoted to 1st Platoon Sergeant/Leader.

Louisiana SCVMC attending the LA Northeast Brigade Lee/Jackson Banquet in Monroe, LA.

 Several members were presented membership certificates and promoted. Seated L to R: Thomas Taylor (Past LA Division Commander) & LA Division Commander J.C. Hanna.

 Standing L to R: James Dispenza, Kevin Adkins (membership certificate), Donnie Brown (promoted to 2nd Platoon Sgt./Leader), Kris Hood (promoted to Corporal/Asst. Communications Officer),

Captain Bobby White, Scott Barr (membership certificate), Brian McClure (promoted to 2nd Lieutenant)

 and Sammy Travis, Jr. (presented SCV membership certificate to the Captain Thomas O. Benton Camp #1444.