Reported by Paul F. Smith Sr.- Communications Officer
Here we are in the month of December getting ready to celebrate Christmas.
Our troops in 1st.Battalion Co. C have been busy as possible spread out across the Lone Star State.
So much happening all over, we have to pick and choose our battles sometimes
We are working hard on getting information and events , etc. put together for the 22nd SCVMC National Annual at
Jeffereson , Texas. Captain Frank Polk will be making that annoucement in the near future.
We have had birthday celebrations in 1st.squad, 1st. Platoon, down in Brazoria County area in the Gulf Coast Region.
The Anuual Brazoria Biker Bash is always another crowd pleaser. 1st. Squad set up a SCV and SCVMC recruiting booth .
Other events deeper in Southeast Texas Piney Woods was the monthly meeting of Texas Division,10th Brigade SCV
Col. Phillip A. Work Camp 1790 of Woodville, Texas.
Along with OCR 22 ,and Captain Sam A. Wilson UDC Chapter 2660 .
3rd Squad Sgt. Ruben Cordova busy with events down in Deep South Texas.
He attended the Ride for Cancer in Laredo, Texas.
I might add he was riding this time on real horse flesh.
Christmas Parades are always happy places to be. Our troops were spread thin but some of us did make the small
town Christmas Parade at Montgomery, Texas. Montgomery , being a historical town and birth place of the
State of Texas Lone Star Flag!
Some of our brothers over in Far East Texas , visited the Rolling Wall of the Vietnam Veterans
that came to Kountze, Texas. Hats off to the brothers in 5th Squad.
Some of 1st. Squad brothers rode to Matagorda Island at Snappers Bar & Grill to celebrate 1st. Squad Sgt. Randal ( Chong) Tennison
and Past Sgt. Mike ( Sarge) Boone birthdays. Front row,Captain Frank, Sarge, Chris Boone, back row, lady unidentified , Bubba Goode,
Sgt. Chong in middle setting. Jacque Turner,Trooper Todd Long, and new recruit Travis Peden.
Sgt. Chong and Trooper Bubba Goode at Snappers Bar & Grill , Matagorda, Island. 1st. Squad.
Trooper Todd Long of 2nd Squad and 1st. Squad Sgt. Chong at Snappers.
Sarge, Recruit Travis Peden, and Captain Frank. At Snappers for birthday celebration.
Brazoria County, Texas Biker Bash.
1st. Squad setting up their recruiting booth. Freeport, Texas
Sgt. Chong ( Randal Tennison) 1st.Squad with wife Linda at the Brazoria Annual Biker Bash at Freeport, Texas.
Montly meeting of SCV Col. Phillip A. work
Camp 1790 Woodville, Texas.
Displaying the SCV POW-MIA flag. " You Shall Not Be Forgotten"
1st. Sgt. Paul Smith ( Rabbit) 1st. Platoon.
Sgt. Scott Lewis 5th Squad 1st. Platoon and 1st. Lt. Commander James Stutzenburg ( Stutzs) .
At Woodville, Texas Col. Phillip A. Work Camp 1790 meeting.
Portrait of the name sake of the camp
Sgt. Red Eyes , in brown sombrero . And Edward Teniente lining up for the " Ride For Cancer "
in Laredo, Texas. Ruben Cordova Sgt .3rd Squad Deep South Texas
Sgt. Ruben Cordova in the " Ride For Cancer in Laredo, Texas. The ride starts.
Christmas Parade Montgomery, Texas.
1st. Paul Smith Trooper Marty Pennington were invited by Thomas Jefferson Stubbs UDC Chapter 2523 of Conroe,Texas.
Eva Rains, 1st. Sgt/1st. Plt. Paul Smith, Trooper Marty Pennington 1st. Squad, Iva Gilliam, Mr.Kernan, Renee Kernan
and I regret I do not recall the lady and her husbands name on the end. Before the line up in the parade
1st. Sgt. Rabbit , Trooper Marty Pennington of 1st. Squad and Eva Rains following the float in the parade in Montgomery.
Gilliam of UDC Thomas Jefferson Stubbs Chapter 2523 Conroe, Texas leading the UDC Chapter float in
the Christmas Parade in Mintgomery, Texas
UDC Eva Rains and Trooper Marty Pennington
posing before the Christmas Parade started in Montgomery, Tx.
In observance of the float decorations. We did help some. Edie Gilliam , Eva Rains,
1st. Sgt. Paul Smith, Trooper Marty Pennington, Renee Kernan, and Iva Gilliam.
OVERSEAS - GERMANY
Reported by Capt. Achim "Archy" Bansch
3rd Battalion Company "C"
Our newest SCVMC member Jörg Porstmann!
Florida Boy moves to NC
Last month Larry Powell #61, was born and raised in the Miami area, retired from the Hialeah Fire Department,
he lived in Davie, Florida moved to West Palm Beach and now, sold his house and moved to Hendersonville, N.C.
moving into his grandparent’s home.
This is a story of Larry’s first snow storm in N.C.
I may be crazy; But I'm looking forward to the biggest winter storm in N.C. History
( Rosie the dog has no idea what’s coming)
Me with my Grandpa & Granny Gallagher's cabin in the background, I first
came here in 1959
Yeah I got a light coat on as it's only in
mid 30's out here now!
And Rob had a good idea that I need to get a snow plow fer the Rhino!
Rosey just had her first snow poop.
Having as much fun as law will allow! Becki's (Larry’s wife) is gonna build a snowman & sled down hill.
Pic of Rosey watching Becki get sled ready
Written by J. Pat Baughman, Morgan, Texas
If you like songs about the Confederacy and
protests against “reconstruction,” then you will get a
Kick out of J. Pat’s songs now popular all over the
South. You can download “Put the Skeer On Um,
Boys”, “Red Dirt Roads”, “Here Comes The Alabama”,
“We Wave St Andrews’ Cross” and many more.
Just send a request to email@example.com
with your SCV Camp, and he will send
the music. If you
want an hour’s worth of his music, send $4.00 to
cover postage and materials. At age 76, J. Pat just
wants to be remembered for his songs and dedication
to The Cause for which his 5 GG Grandfathers fought.
SCV Mechanized Cavalry
2.2 ozs Sterling Silver!
Proceeds to be applied to 2BCB Cannon fund!
Point of Contact:
2BCB 1st Serg’t Tedn8er
When ordering, you must supply the following:
_____ SCV Membership Number
_____ SCV Mech Cav Number
_____ Ring Size
_____ Either Road Name or Mech Cav # (for inside of ring)
Price: $160.00 - includes shipping and handling.
Make payment to :
William T. Kinker
Send check or money order to:
William T. Kinker
PO Box 161
Iron Station, North Carolina
Give 2 or 3 weeks for delivery.
ATTENTION MECHANIZED CAVALRY:
The Book “The Sons of Confederate Veterans Mechanized Cavalry Twenty years on the Road” ISBM # 978-1-929731-35-0,
is a story of the history of the Cavalry written by Joseph O Connor. The cost is only 20.00 for a hard Cover issue of his excellent book.
The Introduction was written by our current Commander in Chief and SCVMC member Thomas Strain, with the forward written by General Stone current commander of the SCVMC.
The book is a short read of 222 pages with interviews from the leadership of the Cavalry. Chapter one discusses the Confederate Veteran and the formation of the UCV.
For new members, you’re introduced to Reuben Hamby our founder. There are pictures of the Cavalry in action, interviews with the Captains and a lot of good information
he has spent months digging up for us. This is a nice addition to your personal library.
You can now also buy :
Mr Patrick O'Connor - Wichita KS
1st Sgt 1st Battalion Co F.
Georgia Christmas 1864 Not Merry
James W. King
Commander, Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV)
Albany Georgia Camp 141
William Tecumseh Sherman (February 8, 1820 – February 14, 1891)
Christmas 1864 was not a Merry Christmas for the citizens of Georgia. Union General William T. Sherman is a controversial
figure in American history based upon his Nov. and Dec,1864 Civil War "March to the Sea" and destruction of Georgia
campaign which was followed by the invasion and destruction of South Carolina. Whether this campaign of total war
was innovative in the annals of warfare or cruel unnecessary subjugation, destruction, and terrorizing of civilians depends
upon one's perspective. Personally I consider the campaign to have been unnecessary and especially heinous and vindictive.
If the Union goal was to end the war this could have been better accomplished by joining forces with the Union armies
in Virginiaand would have resulted in a much earlier defeat of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia commanded by
Gen. Robert E. Lee.I consider Sherman to be a "WAR CRIMINAL' of the most vile type. Statements made by Sherman
indicate that he had no regard for the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights and Civil Rights and Liberties of Southern civilians.
He appears to have believed he had every right to destroy every life and take or destroy any property of anyone opposed
to the Northern political regime in Washington DC. The U.S. Constitution contains no right for the Federal government to invade
or coerce any state for any reason. But Abraham Lincoln and other Republican politicians and Union Generals and officers placed
their opinions and beliefs above the Constitution and openly violated and trampled on the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Sherman and his 75,000 Union troops exhibited a total lack of character and morals and were no more than common
criminals as they burned, plundered, stole, destroyed, murdered, tortured, and raped their way across Georgia from
Atlanta to Savannah and then to South Carolina where their conduct appears even more heinous, inexcusable, and vile.
Sherman admitted in his memoirs written after the war that he would have likely been tried as a war criminal if the South had won.
Sherman also stated that Abraham Lincoln laughed uncontrollably when told of the torture of women, children and old men.
Since Lincoln had approved Sherman's style of warfare I consider him a WAR CRIMINAL also. Sherman' war was primarily a
cowardly war against women and children as only about 3500 Confederates in Georgia were present to confront his massive
band of barbarian criminals and terrorists. War crimes committed by Sherman and his horde of Yankee barbarians include murder,
torture, rape, arson, looting, robbery, plunder, theft, vandalism, burning churches, destruction of graves, and turning women
and children out in the cold. The "official" explanation that blacks who followed Sherman's army drowned in Ebenezer creek
is contradicted by a captured Yankee letter "We Used Their Bobbing heads For Target Practice".
It is my opinion that Sherman, Sheridan, Lincoln, Hunter, Butler, and other Union politicians and military officers should be
tried posthumously as war criminals and their dastardly deeds made known to Americans. It is also my opinion that the
Southern states should be paid reparations by the Federal government and a public admission and apology for war crimes
and an unconstitutional invasion should be forthcoming. Don't hold your breath waiting for it.
Story of Washington Lee College.
Philip Leigh, Tampa, Florida
(November 26, 2018) Washington & Lee (W-&-L) is a Liberal Arts university of 2,000 students in Lexington, Virginia nestled
in the Shenandoah Valley. It’s a town of 7,000 residents and also the home to the Virginia Military Academy. W-&-L traces its roots
to 1749 when it was known as Augusta
Academy. The name was changed to Washington College in 1813.
It had barely survived the Civil War when former Confederate General Robert E. Lee became its president in October 1865.
He had turned down lucrative business proposals, including one of $50,000 from an insurance company that wanted to trade
on his name, for a $1,500 annual salary at the college. When he arrived, the school had but four faculty members teaching forty students
a prep-school curriculum.
Lee rescued the school from obscurity by virtue of the donations his reputation attracted. Among them was a prompt
$10,000 from inventor and businessman Cyrus McCormick who eventually gave a total of $350,000. More came from George Peabody
who is regarded as the Father of American Philanthropy. When Lee died five years later the student body had grown to four hundred.
Moreover, the school had been transformed from a classical academy into a true university with classes in applied sciences,
journalism, business and even law, through an affiliated law school. Consequently, the trustees promptly renamed the institution,
Washington & Lee.
Among the legacies most identified with Lee is the school’s honor code. He famously promoted it with maxims such as
“we have but one rule—that every student must be a gentleman” and “as a general principle you should not force young
men to do their duty but let them do it voluntarily and thereby develop their characters.” W-&-L alum, and former TV news anchor,
Roger Mudd recalls that students were allowed to take exams in their own residences, unsupervised as long as they affixed
an honor-pledge that they had neither given or received aid on the exam. “The professors loved it because they could pass out their
final exams and then leave,” Mudd said.
“They didn’t have to monitor what was going on in the classroom as the students
wrote their finals.”
Freshmen still sign the Honor Code (White) book in a ceremony traditionally held in a campus chapel named for Robert E. Lee
where a recumbent statue of the General at
peace rests. One present student, Hayden Daniel, describes the ritual:
It is a very visceral experience. It’s the first time your honor is tested at Washington & Lee. Everyone in your incoming
class is with you, and you make the pledge, and then you sign the White Book and see Lee in his recumbent pose as you’re signing. .
. . And then you look behind you and you see all those pews where everyone comes and gathers, and you think of all the
previous W-&-L classes that have signed the White Book. You’re connected to the history of the honor system itself.
You’re there with the man who personified it, and you’re there in spirit with all the people who came before and signed it, too.
So you’re inducted into this sort of
fraternity of honor there when you sign that book.”
Unfortunately, many of the faculty that arrived in during last twenty years share the the opprobrium now assigned to Robert E. Lee
in the mainstream press and in academia generally. They condemn Lee and the Confederate soldier because in fighting to defend
their homes from invaders they were
also supporting a country seeking to preserve slavery.
To such critics it is immaterial that Lee opposed secession. Four months before his native Virginia joined the Confederacy
he wrote his son Custis who would later himself become a W-&-L President for twenty-six years: “I can anticipate no greater
calamity for the country than dissolution
of the Union. . . . I am willing to sacrifice everything but honor [to preserve
Similarly the politically correct faculty members don’t care that Lee urged fellow Southerners to peaceably accept reunification
after the war ended: “I think it the duty of every citizen,” Lee wrote his trustees, “in the present condition of the country,
to do all in his power to aid in the restoration of peace and harmony, and in no way to oppose the policy of the State or General Governments
directed to that object.”
But Lee’s critics among the faculty and student body relentlessly seek to minimize his memory to a vanishing point.
One “recommended” step is to distance the school’s honor code from Lee in order “to ensure [its] credibility.
” They want the code book-signing removed
from Lee Chapel.
In seeking to reduce Lee’s memory in the history of the school his critics misleadingly revise that very history.
The W-&-L website now includes a vague remark that “the earliest evidence of an academic Honor System dates back
to the 1840s,” which was about twenty years before Lee arrived. Nonetheless, Lee’s legacy is undoubtedly what made the code
an enduring and nonnegotiable standard. The lengths to which such critics will go to create a revised narrative about Lee’s character
prompts me to my solitary prediction
about the future of Washington & Lee University:
The cherished honor code will not survive because students will copy the examples of those professors who twist the truth in
order to achieve their goals. The
students will discern that the faculty has no honor.