Newsletter of the Rowan Rifles Camp 405
Sons of Confederate Veterans
I hope to find you all well and in good spirits.
We have a busy schedule coming up soon with our annual Lantern Tour and
our annual Cookout which will be a fish fry this year.
I hope that you can all attend these events and brings your friends and
have been kind of quiet within the SCV lately.
The attempt by our enemies to remove the Confederate Monument in
Gastonia has quietened down for now. The
Hunley Crew Burial has been planned, and despite the “Hunley Resolution”,
the scalawag McConnell of South Carolina has vowed that the Federal flag will
lead the funeral procession. They
may even try to make the reenactors furl their Battle Flags.
We’ll see. I know I’ll
be there with mine, and it will not be furled.
would also like to say that I hope none of you have lost your job because of
recent plant closings. My job of 22 years in the greenhouse business was lost due to
“Free Trade” a few years back. Today,
there is little hope of finding a decent job when one becomes unemployed.
Unless Congress stops this foolishness, I’m afraid the United States
is doomed. In the meantime, try
to avoid buying foreign made goods as much as possible.
Pray to God for our elected officials to see the folly of their ways
and for them to work to put the interests of the citizens of this country
Meeting will be held on Wednesday,
September 10, 2003, at the Rowan Public Library in the Stanback Room at 6:30
p.m. The program will be given by
Steve Suther on “Gettysburg”. Steve,
a teacher at West Rowan High School, has given several programs for our camp
in the past. You will want to bring your friends. He is very knowledgeable and gives an excellent program.
Elections will be held this month.
All officer positions are open for election.
If you would like to serve the camp in such a way, please have someone
nominate you at that time.
Reminder That annual dues will be
due next month. They remain
unchanged at $35.00. As I have
stated, we need to strive for 100% retention.
We absolutely need to grow. As
the assaults on our heritage continue, we must increase our numbers.
Please recruit new members.
Fish Fry at Sloan Park will be held
on Saturday, October 4, 2003. We
will be there by 10:00 a.m. and we plan to eat at 12:00 noon.
By all means, bring your family and friends.
You may want to bring desserts, drinks, and anything else you would
like. I know we’ll have a good
The camp voted Lewis Safrit into membership last month.
an On-line petition concerning banning the United States flag at the Hunley
burial. If you haven’t signed
the on-line petition, please go to
“www.petitiononline.com/css1861/petition.html”. This petition was started by Carl McClung of Texas.
You may remember Carl when he visited our camp back in April with
compatriot Paul Burr who gave the program.
Thanks to all of you and your family members who have already signed
Remember Those who are in bad health
or are experiencing problems. Keep
them in your thoughts and prayers. Many
of you may remember “Uncle Jim” Collins from Virginia.
Jim, a blind friend of compatriot Robert Howlett, and Chaplain of the
Virginia Division SCV, has had a stroke.
Cards can be sent to James A. Collins, Chaplain, Virginia Division SCV,
304 Spring Hollow Road, Troutville, VA 24175.
Lantern Tour is planned for Saturday, October 11th, at the Old Lutheran Cemetery at
7:00 p.m. We need all the help we
can get as this year, we will be included in the Historic October Tour in
Salisbury’s brochure. Please
contact 1st Lt. Commander Andy Deal for details.
Southern Mercury, a new SCV magazine is looking for letters for publication.
If you have anything to print, your writing would be welcome.
of History . . .
Cheat Mountain Campaign
September 10 - 15, 1861
E. Lee’s first campaign of the war was to recapture the area of Western
Virginia that Union General McClellan had captured.
Lee, dividing his forces into five columns, planned to attack the forces
of J. J. Reynolds who held the summit of Cheat Mountain and Elkwater in the
valley below. Lee started advancing
through the rugged terrain, the weather was cold and wet.
On the 11th, the main body made contact. On the 12th, a column under Col. Albert Rust failed to make
his attack which was to be the signal for the general assault.
The element of surprise was lost. Captured
Federals tricked Rust into believing the Federals that the summit held over
4,000 troops when there were only around 300.
With Rust’s failure, it made Lee’s position untendable.
Lee pulled back and the northern part of West Virginia was secure for the
Union. This defeat for Lee brought
forth criticism and harmed his reputation.
Not until June 1862 after the Battle of Seven Pines was the reputation of
General Lee restored.
Quote to Remember
is the constitution? It is the form of government delineated by the mighty hand of
the people, in which certain first principles of fundamental law are
established. The constitution is
certain and fixed: it contains the permanent will of the people, and is the
supreme law of the land; it is paramount to the will of the legislature, and can
be revoked or altered only by the authority that made it.
The life-giving principle and the death-doing stroke must proceed from
the same hand. What are legislatures? Creatures
of the constitution; they owe their existence to the constitution; they derive
their powers from the constitution. It
is their commission; and, therefore, all their acts must be conformable to it,
or else they will be void. The
constitution is the work of the people themselves, in their original, sovereign,
and unlimited capacity. Law is the
work of the legislature in their derivative and subordinate capacity.
The one is the work of the creator, and the other of the creature.
In short, gentlemen, the constitution is the sun of the political system,
around which all legislative, executive, and judicial bodies must revolve.”
Justice William Patterson 1795
Odd Fact . . .
of the first accomplishments of the Confederacy was drafting a new constitution.
It was deliberately modeled exactly like the U.S. Constitution with only
minor differences. The President
served a six-year term and could not be re-elected.
he also was given a line item veto.
Funding for the Confederate government was collected from export taxes on
cotton and tobacco, and not from taxes burdened on the shoulders of its