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Southern Heritage <br>News and Views: May 2014

Friday, May 30, 2014


"Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" are three rights given by our Creator and protected by government. They seemingly have lost their meaning or been amended until almost every ethnic, political, and social group claims exclusive ownership.
Americans of Southern ancestry are commonly treated as if they should be ashamed of their heritage and that rights extend to them only within the boundary of political correctness.  Our museums are not supplemented by taxes, our history has vanished from textbooks, our anthems cannot be sung nor our flags flown. No other culture must exist within these restraints of unwritten "law." Civil rights and equality are constantly championed but promoters do not mean one syllable of their words.  Southerners seem mandated to yield our sacred birthright while others get a free pass. In today's America, any mention of the Confederacy is dishonored, rejected, slandered, restricted, and turned into a tourist side show.
Such inequality is rampant and you may think that is right. You may freely you lie about racism, sling snide remarks that you deem to be clever or contemplate legislation making allegiance to Southern heritage a crime. Perhaps you are gullible enough to think I care about the names you call me or criticism you send but you are just not worth me being offended. God helping me, I will not deviate from the stand I take, the values I emulate or the beliefs I hold.  Today ignorance holds full sway but time's pendulum swings both ways. Deo Vindice.

Wayne Dobson

Confederate Memorial Day June 7, 2014 Baltimore, Md.


SATURDAY, JUNE 7, 2014, 10:30 A.M.                    
LOUDON PARK , CEMETERY 3800 BLOCK FREDERICK  Rd.                   

CONFEDERATE MEMORIAL DAY is celebrated in Maryland each year on the first weekend in June nearest to the birthday of President Jefferson Davis,  Once again this year the Colonel Harry W. Gilmor Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans has the honor of assisting the Maryland Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy in planning and presenting the CONFEDERATE MEMORIAL DAY ceremony at Loudon Park Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland.

The purpose of the ceremony is to honor the thousands of soldiers who served the Confederacy during the War Between the States.  Over 600 Confederate soldiers are buried at Loudon Park including Colonel Harry W. Gilmor, General Bradley T. Johnson, and Colonel James R. Herbert.  Almost all of the states that gave troops to the Cause of Southern Independence are represented  by the honored dead at Loudon Park.

We would like to cordially invite you and all the members and friends of your organization to participate in this important annual ceremony.  The event can only be successful with your help.  CONFEDERATE MEMORIAL DAY  will be held on SATURDAY, JUNE 7, 2014  at 10:30 A.M. Loudon Park Cemetery is located at the 3800 block Frederick Rd.. in southwest Baltimore. This is about three to four mile east of Exit 13 of the Baltimore beltway, Rt. 695.  We would like to have all military units meet at Confederate Hill between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

The  tentative program includes:

* March on of troops

* Invocation by UDC Chaplain

* Pledge of Allegiance to the US flag

* Salute to the Confederate flag

* Introduction and welcoming remarks by SCV, MOSB, and UDC  representatives.

* Presentation of memorial wreaths and floral tributes by various patriotic
   organizations and military units. Please let me know if you plan  to bring a wreath.

* Rifle salute

* Benediction

* Refreshments


* Military units, please bring ALL your colors, your drummers and fifers, if any, and as many men as you can muster.  Please consider dressing as you would for a parade, not field duty.  We ask that reenactors under 16 years of age not carry muskets or edged weapons.

* If you have contacts in other  Confederate reenactment units, please invite them or ask them to call us for details.

*  All groups, military or civilian are encouraged to bring wreaths or floral tributes to be placed at the Stonewall Jackson Monument in memory of our Confederate patriots.

* If you have contacts in the PRESS, invite them to attend.

For additional details call Elliott Cummings 410-296-9235. .  THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

G. Elliott Cummings                                
Col. Harry W. Gilmor Camp #1388, SCV                                

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Remembering Jefferson Davis: A True American Hero

By: Calvin E. Johnson, Jr., Speaker, Writer of short stories, Author of book “When America stood for God, Family and Country” and Chairman of the National and Georgia Division Sons of Confederate Veterans Confederate History and Heritage Month committee.

"Never teach your children to admit that their fathers' were wrong in their efforts to maintain the sovereignty, freedom and independence which was their birthright"---Jefferson Davis.

June 3, 2014, is the 206th birthday of Jefferson Davis who was born in Christian County, Kentucky, on June 3, 1808.

Memorials to Jefferson Davis include Georgia’s Stone Mountain memorial carving of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, the Davis Monument on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia, the Jefferson Davis Monument State Historic Site a Kentucky State Park commemorating the birthplace of Jefferson Davis President of the Confederate States of America, and….

In 1931, a bronze statue of Jefferson Davis, sculptured by Virginia's Augustus Lukeman, was given to the National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C. by the State of Virginia?

Davis served the United States as a soldier, statesmen and Secretary of War under President Franklin Pierce. He was also the first and only President of the Confederate States of America.

Davis' father, Samuel Emory Davis, served in the Revolutionary War and participated in the siege of Savannah. Three of Jeff's older brothers served in the War of 1812, two under General Andrew Jackson. His father was from Georgia and mother Jane Cook Davis, daughter of a noted Baptist Preacher, was from North Carolina.

Jefferson Davis was a strong Unionist but also a strong defender of the United States Constitution.

Davis was indicted for treason but was never tried because some felt this might have been an indictment against the United States itself. He was however unjustly imprisoned for two years in Fort Monroe, Virginia before his release in 1867.

Here are a few of his accomplishments:

He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point. 

Fought valiantly in the War with Mexico. 

Served as United States Senator from Mississippi. 

Served as U.S. Secretary of War under President Franklin Pierce. 

Was first to suggest the transcontinental railroad to link Atlantic and Pacific Oceans 

First to suggest Panama Canal Zone 

Suggested the purchase of Cuba 

Appointed Robert E. Lee as Superintendent of United States Military Academy at West Point. 

Visiting Beauvoir, the last home of Jefferson Davis and Presidential Library, is a good way to better understand this man Davis. Read more about Beauvoir at:

Jefferson Davis' last marriage was said to be a good one to Varina, who gave him two sons and two daughters (Jefferson, Margaret, Winnie and Billy). Winnie was nicknamed (Daughter of the Confederacy) as she was born during the time of the War Between the States. Billy was killed by an accidental fall at the Confederate White House in Richmond and in 1864, an abused black child named Jim Limber was adopted by the Davis family.

Jefferson Davis died between 12:30 AM and 1:00 AM on December 6, 1889. The news of his death hit the front page of most Southern and even Northern newspapers like this:

On December 13, 1889, the New York Times reported the Davis Funeral being the grandest ever seen in the South. The Sermon at Metairie Cemetery was delivered by Bishop Thompson of Mississippi. Bishop Gallaber delivered a brief sketch of Jefferson Davis' life...And a Church Choir sang an old time favorite "Rock of Ages" to end the service.

Lest We Forget!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Confederate Memorial Day Observed in Tampa

The Augusta Jane Evans Wilson Chapter 2640 and the Judah P. Benjamin Camp #2210 observed Confederate Memorial Day this year with a “Cavalcade”.  On Saturday, April 26, 2014, under mild southern skies, the observance commenced with opening ceremonies at the Downtown Confederate Monument “Memoria in Aeterna’.  Then, nearly two dozen vehicles, led by members’ decorated parade cars including the “Bonnie Blue Corvette” the “Gray Ghost”, processed with headlights on, to Tampa’s historic Oaklawn Cemetery.  75 Confederate Veterans’ names were read alternately by Past Pres. Suzanne Futch and JPB SCV Camp Cmdr. David McCallister, and “tattoo” (Taps) was played.  A wreath was placed by the Thomas K. Spencer Chapter 947 Children of the Confederacy on the grave of the Chapter’s namesake.  The procession continued to Tampa’s Woodlawn Cemetery where an additional  116 Veterans were honored.

The Cavalcade next processed to Branch Family Cemetery in Temple Terrace, where the City’s Confederate Memorial Day Proclamation was read as well as the history of Confederate Memorial Day.

The last leg took participants to Confederate Memorial Park where the Chapter placed another wreath and dedicated its Memorial Marker to Judah P. Benjamin. The Marker was initiated by the Chapter 10 years ago as an integral piece of Confederate Memorial Park, along with several other Memorial Markers to significant Confederate individuals or groups.  Funds were accumulated over a period of years, and was supplemented by the family of Mrs. Dorothy Lillian Walters, mother of J.P. Benjamin Camp SCV members Capt. Phil and Fred Walters as a tribute to Mrs. Walters. Mrs. Walters, though born in the North, became an adopted daughter of the South, and was an Associate member of our Chapter.

The UDC dedication ceremony was preceded with the strains of “Green Hills of Tyrol” and “When the Battle Is Over” played on bagpipes by Chapter member, Erla Richardson.  The UDC Marker dedication ritual was performed by Pres. Brenna Rutland, and a poem was offered by Memorial Committee Chairman, Lunelle Siegel.  

Members of the Walters family were in attendance for the dedication, and Mrs. Walter’s son Capt. Phil Walters, 9th Brigade Cmdr. of the Florida Division SCV performed the unveiling of the plaque.

Confederate Memorial Park is located on US Highway 92 under the junction of Interstate Highway 4 and 75 on the eastern edge of Tampa, and is a project of the Florida Division Sons of Confederate Veterans through its “Flags Across Florida Project”  The chapter congratulates to Florida Division Cmdr. Jim Davis who set finishing the project as a priority.

The Cavalcade was a combined effort of the Chapter, the JP Benjamin Camp #2210, SCV, and the Confederate Cantinieres Chapter 2405, UDC, Tampa.

The three youngest Veterans to be honored were: Paul Boutan LaLane, Thomas  K. Spencer, and Darwin Branch Givens.  Darwin Branch Givens, as a 6 year old boy, ran through Tampa in 1864, alerting Tampa of an imminent invasion with the cry “The (Yankee) Devils are Coming” in advance of the ’64 invasion.  LaLane, 13 at the time, fired cannons on Ft. Sumter, South Carolina on April 12th and 13th.  His older brother was a Citadel Cadet and was a member of the Palmetto Guards.    Spencer, 15, of Tampa, enlisted as a drummer boy, served for about a year, was discovered as being too young and was discharged.  Anxious to contribute he volunteered on a blockade runner, but was captured and languished in a POW camp for 7 months before being released.  He then served as a messenger in Florida, and was the last Confederate to surrender.

The oldest veteran, Joseph P. Robles, Sr., Pvt. Commissary Dept., namesake of Robles Park, Robles Elementary, etc., who single handedly captured a Federal raiding party bent on destroying the salt works, critical to food supply was honored as well.

6 Tampa Mayors were in included in the Roll Call of Honor: J. Alfonso Delaunay, Pvt. 7th FL, Inf., Co, K (3rd Mayor) James McKay, Sr. (6th), who served as Commissary Agent and blockade runner;  John B. Jackson (9th), Pvt. 7th FL Inf., Co. K; Josiah Ferris, Pvt. Capt. Dykes Light Art’y (11th) John T. Lesley, Capt. Maj., 4th FL Inf. Co. K ; (Sunny South Guards) (12th); John P. Wall, Pvt. 9th FL Inf., Co. A (16th).

Other notables include:  Henry Laurens Mitchell, Capt., 4th FL Inf., Co. K (“Sunny South Guards”) who would become 16th Governor of Florida;  Rev. Leroy Lesley, Capt. Munnerlyn’s Btt’n, Co. C (Cow Cavalry), who established the first church in Tampa.  Gustav Adolphus Hanson, Capt., & QM, Forrest’s Cav., Hillsborough County Probate Judge; James Gettis, and Hillsborough Co. Judge, Capt., 7th FL inf. Co. B.  Givens would become Hillsborough County Clerk of the Court.

Several of the Veterans honored were members of Hillsborough Lodge #25 F&AM.  The Veteran’s locations of origin hail from as far away as Pennsylvania, Ireland, Germany and Spain, showing the diversity of the men who pledged their life and fate to defend their family against the armed invasion of their States.  Ranks range from privates and seamen to Color Sergeants up the ranks to Ships Captains, Surgeons and Colonels.

After the War, these Veterans would be integral threads in the fabric of the growth and prosperity of Hillsborough County.  Spencer would become Sherriff, the first to appoint a Black deputy, Levin Armwood; James McKay, Jr. would be the 34th mayor of Tampa, and would continue his father’s shipping business that exists today.

5 unknown Veterans as well as unknown slaves associated with the various Tampa households, whose names are known only to God, will be honored as well.  The veterans represent all areas of service:  navy, artillery, infantry, cavalry and Civil Service and material aide (include blockade running).
It was a wonderful day of honoring these Confederate Veterans.

Confederate Memorial Day, first observed in 1866, is an official State of Florida holiday (F.S. 683.01(1)(j)), set aside as a special day to observe Veterans who served in the Southern Forces in the conflict between the United States of America and the Confederate States of America between 1861 and 1865.

After the Spanish American War and the spirit of re-unification intensified, an in 1898, President William McKinley expressed the tone of the nation saying "Every soldier’s grave made during our unfortunate civil war [sic] is a tribute to American valor… And the time has now come… when in the spirit of fraternity we should share in the care of the graves of the Confederate soldiers… and if it needed further justification it is found in the gallant loyalty to the Union and the flag so conspicuously shown in the year just passed by the sons and grandsons of those heroic dead.”  And in 1910, by act of the US Congress (P.L. 38, 59th Congress, Chap. 631-34 Stat. 56) equal status was awarded to Veterans of the CSA and Veterans of the USA.  

The United Daughters of the Confederacy® (UDC) is the nation’s oldest patriotic organization, dating to 1896, whose original purpose was the care of the aging Confederate Veterans after the War Between the States.    Today the organization has five objectives:  Memorial, Patriotic, Benevolent, Historical and Educational.

The Cavalcade Ceremony was a joint event of the Judah P. Benjamin Camp #2210, Sons of Confederate Veterans ( and the Confederate Cantinieres Chapter 2405, United Daughters of the Confederacy®.

The Augusta Jane Evans Wilson Chapter 2640 was chartered in April 2004 in Temple Terrace.  For more information contact Memorial Committee Chairman Lunelle Siegel at 813-727-3920 or visit the Chapter’s Web site at
Marker inscription:

Judah P. Benjamin, a close confidant of President Jefferson Davis , served in Davis’s Cabinet successively as Attorney General, Secretary of War and Secretary of State. He became known as the “Brains of the Confederacy”.

Born on August 6, 1811 in St. Thomas, West Indies, Benjamin was of Jewish decent.  He spent his childhood in Charleston, South Carolina and at the age of 15 went to College at Yale where he excelled in debate.  After college he practiced commercial and maritime law in New Orleans, Louisiana, writing at 23 a reference book that became a standard for state law.

In 1832 he passed the Bar and his reputation and fortune grew.  He purchased a Louisiana plantation and did studies on sugar refining and the chemistry of sugar. 

Elected to the State Legislature in 1842 as a Whig, Benjamin was sent to the U.S. Senate in 1852.  He changed his political party to Democrat and advocated for secession for Louisiana when Lincoln was elected President.

When Richmond, Virginia fell to Union troops, he left the Confederate Capital with President Davis’s party, but before the capture of Davis, Benjamin made his way to Gamble Mansion in Hillsborough County Florida and escaped capture in an open boat to the West Indies and from there to England.

Benjamin spent the remainder of his life in Europe. He was made an Attorney for the Queen’s Counsel and as his practice increased rapidly. He restricted his work to the House of Lords and the Privy Council, but was considered to be one of the greatest minds in international law.  Precedents Benjamin argued in the 1870’s are still being used today.

In May 1880 he was injured in a streetcar accident in Paris where his wife and child lived. He continued to work but had to retire 2 years later. On May 6, 1884 Benjamin died in Paris and is buried in Pere Lachaise Cemetery there.

In loving memory of:

Dorothy Lillian Walters (daughter of the North, heart with the South)

Sponsored by

Augusta Jane Evans Wilson Chapter 2640, UDC

Saturday, May 17, 2014


SATURDAY, MAY 24, 2014
a memorial service to all soldiers & our fallen re-enactors and SCV compatriots

Hosted by Ervin & Barbara Garnto, near Scott, GA (location of our winter drill of January 2012). This Memorial Service is for all soldiers that have passed on.  Special honor is paid to our re-enactor brothers and sisters who have departed this life - a list that sadly grows longer with each passing year. Many of us attend memorial services all year long to remember and honor Confederate soldiers. This is an opportunity to remember our brothers and sisters who actually sat around the campfires with us and stood in line of battle, sharing the good times and the bad. Uniforms are certainly encouraged but not mandatory.
The Garntos would like very much for anyone that can and will to come and help with this awesome event.  They will be attending a graduation service for their grandson earlier in the day but said they would be at the homestead around noon or so. A meal will be served in the afternoon (about 2:30-3PM) for all that attend.  The memorial service will follow as the cool of the evening begins to set in.
There will be signs at each turn from the caution light in Scott, GA by the big white church {SCOTT BAPTIST CHURCH}; come and get a blessing. Those wishing to stay over Saturday night are welcome to do so. For more information phone 1-478-290-6945, 478-668-4115 or e-mail at: Directions from the point of Scott Baptist Church on U.S. 80: 2 1/2 miles to Glen Donaldson Road, turn left go 1/2 mile to Bill Garnto Rd. turn left go 1/4 mile to Dogwood Ln; turn on Dogwood follow road around to pond follow arrows there will be signs @ each turn.

Friday, May 09, 2014


By Gail Jarvis

For those of you who may not know, what is now Washington and Lee University, was created almost 30 years before the Declaration of Independence was signed. It was originally called Augusta Academy, and was founded by the Presbyterian Church to provide classical instruction for young men. During his presidency, George Washington made an endowment to help the finances of the struggling institution. As a result, the name was changed to Washington College, and its religious affiliation was ended.

It is historically significant that the first black to graduate from college in the United States, matriculated at this institution. That black student, John Chavis, a native of North Carolina, continued his collegiate studies in New Jersey, in an institution that would become Princeton University. Chavis became a prominent Presbyterian minister as well as a teacher who spent his career in North Carolina, instructing both white and black students. Washington and Lee honors his memory with Chavis House, a dormitory and gathering center primarily for minority students.

For a few years, Robert E. Lee served as the institution's president, and it was renamed Washington and Lee University. General Lee expanded its curriculum, which attracted a greater number of students. Lee is buried underneath Lee Chapel on the university's campus. The Chapel contains a statue of a reclining General Lee, surrounded by relics of his military career, including Confederate Flags.

This private liberal arts university currently has a student enrollment of roughly 2,100 and less than 3% of its students are black. But only seven of that 3% were offended enough to present a list of demands to the Board of Trustees. Their demands include the removal of Confederate flags from the memorial to the General in Lee Chapel. (Can you imagine the reaction from Morehouse College Trustees if seven white students demanded that the statue of Martin Luther King be removed from the campus because they are offended by some unfavorable aspects of King's career?)

Even though its black enrollment is minuscule, the university agreed to implement a program of African-American Studies four years ago. Washington and Lee already honors Martin Luther King Day, but undergraduates still attend classes and that has been deemed unacceptable by these seven black students.

Trustees, and other students, should make it clear to the hostile seven that they would probably be happier at another college, possibly Howard University or Spelman College. If they want to remain in the State of Virginia, there are at least five accredited primarily black colleges for them to choose from. Refunding all or part of the tuition, of these seven who are not on scholarships or grants, should be considered.

Some students have come to believe that their college years must involve finding something to protest. And, to get the media attention they crave, what is protested must correspond with one of the liberal establishment's pet causes. These students will cherish the relics of their media coverage for the rest of their lives, valuing them more than a college degree.

The majority of Washington and Lee students, both black and white, are not complaining, but trying to get an education – that is more important to them than Photo Ops. Surely the University Trustees will not consider any changes to traditions without conducting a referendum to get the opinions of the student body and contributing alumni.

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