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Here it is August, we are at National reunion in Memphis and soon it is 2 dogs again. May sure you get your 2 dog application in and enjoy NC. Tampa has fallen as far as protecting our monuments but at least it’s going into the Confederate Cemetery along with Orlando’s monument. A Chinese building donated to Orlando was damaged by a tree limb, repair is in the Thousands. The news team ask a resident what his feeling was, he said it’s history and we should preserve it, so where was he when they voted to remove the statue?

BTW They found a UDC time capsule in the Orlando Monument but as yet they have not opened it or returned it to its rightful owners. So what else is new right?

I pray ya’ll a safe journey as you enjoy summer.

PLEASE KEEP US INFORMED OF YOUR CURRENT EMAIL ADDRESS. John is trying to keep everyone’s address, up to date, so you can get the “Florida Cracker.” If you change ISP servers and don’t tell us, we cannot provide you with the current copy.

Thanks. God Bless ya’ll, love ya my brothers and sisters.

Keep the flag flying and support the SCV and the Mechanized Cavalry.

Enjoy another issue of the “Florida Cracker,” see ya’ll next month.

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.


Here we go again as most of you know the Hillsborough County Commission voted to keep our monument in downtown Tampa three weeks ago and then voted to move the monument this week. Even through the efforts from the local camps,Save our Southern Heritage and just normal everyday citizens we still lost the vote. As of now the monument will be moved to a local cemetery where there are confederate soldiers buried. This is not the outcome we all wanted but here we are. After the comments on the news from the Florida U.D.C. it was easy for some of the commissioners to change their vote. We are living in troubled times and we need to do all we can to fight the good fight.

[SCV-MC] Passing of Brother Robert Vance

Please remember and say a prayer for the passing of member #1571 SGT "Just Bob" Vance of Bean Station TN. Bob was a direct descendant of Confederate General and Governor of North Carolina Zebulon Vance.
Bob was not only a brother but also a good friend. He will be missed.
Ride free SGT Bob.

Posted by: Edward Hill

[SCV-MC] Fallen Trooper

TEXAS 1/C 2nd PLT. WE LOST A GREAT GUY & BROTHER TODAY ! #1384 JOHN ANGLIN HE WENT DOWN ON HIS BIKE . Someone pulled out in front of him.. on his way to Work. John didn't Survive from his injuries .. RIP BIG JOHN may you Ride with Forrest Forever!

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Kentucky Orphan buried

The Orphan Brigade laid to rest #611 Today June 30, 2017. It is sad to lose a brother when you have rode 100 miles with him.

Thank you guys for everything! This is the niece, Miss Melanie, of the Orphan laid to rest with his vest.

Well hello again my brothers. As you know we are in a fight to save our heritage. And as we fight the evil ones we need to put on the whole armor of God.
Ephesians 6:11-18
Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, and the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against The spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when evil comes you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist. And with the breast plate of righteousness in place. And with your feet filled with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all of this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying or all the Lord people.

North Carolina:
2 Dogs Annual event.


Here is the preregistration form for this year's 2 Dogs Invitational to be hosted at Smoky View in Maggie Valley, NC.

For those that couldn't make the Annual this will be THE event to come see! Many who came to the Annual said how much they loved the riding and area amenities so we welcome.

y'all to come give 2Dogs a shot.

Make sure each person completes their own form to make Yankee Tom's job easier and your goods more accurately gathered. Make checks payable to him and mail in asap to get the $15 discount!

Ride As You Would With Forrest!

Kevin Stone

SCV Mechanized Cavalry, Commanding


August 25-27, 2017 18th Annual 2-Dogs Maggie Valley, NC Event Registration

NAME:________________________________________________ SCVMC #____________________

ADDRESS:_____________________________________________________T-SHIRT SIZE _____________

EMAIL_______________________________________________ BEST CONTACT #_________________________

[ ] $60.00 BEFORE JULY 15TH [ ] $75.00 AFTER JULY 15TH

INCLUDES: An Event T-Shirt, “Maggie Valley 2017" Dog Bone, Two Charity Rides (1 poker hand ea.), Friday Nite ChiKken Pickin', Saturday Nite Pig Pickin'


[ ] “Maggie Valley 2016” DOG BONE $5.00

[ ] 2-DOG'S PATCH $6.00


[ ] T-SHIRT S M L XL 2XL 3XL 4XL $20.00

[ ] T-SHIRT S M L XL 2XL 3XL 4XL $20.00

[ ] T-SHIRT S M L XL 2XL 3XL 4XL $20.00





ONE REGISTRATION PER PERSON August 25-27, 2017 18th Annual 2-Dogs Maggie Valley, NC Event Registration


The North Carolina Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans is proud to announce the unveiling of the second of its “mega flags” as part of the Flags Across the Carolinas project.

The flag was raised on Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 on Highway 16 south across from 1330 Meridian Drive in Newton, North Carolina. In this 240th year following the Declaration of Independence, we think it is fitting to honor the spirit of the Founding Fathers with the flag that carried on their legacy through the second American Revolution of 1861-1865.

The flag site was dedicated as the Private George Rabb Confederate Memorial Park. With this name, we are honoring George Rabb, a native of Catawba County and Private in the 12th North Carolina Troops. He was wounded during the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864 and his leg was amputated. Private Rabb resided in Catawba County until his death in 1935. He is buried nearby at St. James Lutheran Church.

The large flag being flown at the site sits at over eighty-five feet high and overlooks Highway 16 for all passersby to enjoy. The flag, a Confederate Army of Tennessee Battle Flag pattern, measures a twenty by thirty feet.

The property is owned by the North Carolina Division. Several other sites are being considered across the state and more flags honoring our ancestors will be raised along major roads and highways in the near future. The North Carolina Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, a non-profit corporation, is now accepting donations of land or monies to further expand our Flags Across the Carolinas project.

R. Kevin Stone, Commander


Lt Kelly Crocker reporting

Florida’s 3BN Company D Sponsors Confederate Headstone

3rd Battalion Company D recently sponsored the installation of a Veterans Administration Headstone for Private Maximillian Crain, 2nd FL Infantry Company C, CSA. Private Crain was wounded at the Battle of Gaines Mill, Virginia. He was treated in the Florida Hospital in Richmond, but developed small pox and was transferred to the City Pest House. Maximillian Crain died on November 12, 1862 and was buried at Shockoe Hill Cemetery in Richmond, VA. His grave had been unmarked for nearly 155 years.

Fortunately, Shockoe Hill Cemetery has very good records. While this cemetery is managed by the City of Richmond, “The Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery” a citizen’s support group, have been given access to those records. This group has worked diligently to identify Veterans and obtain grave markers for them. Shockoe Hill is home to Veterans of all wars; from the Revolution to present. Confederate Soldiers and Sailors from almost every Southern State are buried there. Many of these Veterans are in unmarked graves! We need your help to mark those graves.

Here is the kicker. Headstones can be obtained for most of these Confederates for free from the Veterans Administration. However, the City of Richmond does not allow any outside party to install headstones. The City installs the headstones and charges $290 to do so. If you make a personal donation for this, it is tax deductible. That sounds like a lot, but consider this: one hundred years from now, no one will know how hard it was to get the money for the installation fee, but they will know that the man buried in that spot was a Confederate.

I challenge each company, of each battalion, to sponsor at least one Confederate headstone; it is part of The Charge.

Yall think about it,

1LT Kelly Crocker #885

For more information contact:

C. Clayton Shepherd, President

Friends of Shockhoe Hill Cemetery

National SCV Reunion Memphis Tenn.

General Kevin Stone reporting:

Opening ceremony in Memphis.

SCV Mechanized Cavalry is in the house!

Forrest in Memphis once again

Our hero welcomed everyone & charged us to keep up the fight against the scalawags!


For those of ya who dont remember the MD camp submitted an amendment to the SCV constitution to remove our patch from our vests, here is the vote straight off the wire.

Sent: Saturday, July 22, 2017 9:38:49 AM
To: scv mc
Subject: [SCV-MC] We won!

Boys we best Behnes amendment handily! Thanks to all that attended the Reunion to vote!

Great day for the Cavalry!

Kevin Stone

SCV Mechanized Cavalry, Commanding


Reported by Steve “Peg Leg “Beeler

This is the new flag going up on the new 100 foot flagpole.

Orphan Brigade at the Mississippi Dedication for the 5 States that fought there.

Also swearing in a new member, Mitch Davis, then were off to Elvis Presley’s birthplace, to recruit him

Future member of the SCV Mechanized Cavalry, LITTLE MAN, at Elvis birthplace

Orphan Chaplain bustin moves with Elvis

Elvis still getting the girls!