Monthly Archives: October 2013

Defending our cause… do’s and don’ts

by Daryl K. Coleman, Commander, Rockwall Cavalry Camp # 2203

A topic of great interest to me is how we, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, are to defend our charge and our cause. Let me state up front that I am no expert… I’m just a compatriot with an opinion.

In my 12 years in the SCV, I’ve heard some very good arguments and also some very poor arguments relating to the Second American Revolution, or the War for Southern Independence. Following are some thoughts I have which may help you when you have the opportunity to argue our case, either to someone on the street, or even to someone in the media.

First, never tell someone that the so-called Civil War had nothing to do with the institution of slavery. Why? Because it is not true. The institution of slavery, ugly and wrong as it was, was a factor in the equation. It is mentioned rather prominently in most of the ordinances of secession documents of the states who seceded from the United States. That being said, at the outset is was a rather minor issue, at least with the Lincoln Administration. Evidence for this? Look at the Lincoln quotes from before the start of hostilities and lasting at least through 1862. Lincoln was very clear about this, and you should be also. This leads to the next thought…

On the other hand, when you hear someone say that slavery was the only or paramount issue of the war, this is when you must refuse to concede that point also. Why? Because this is not true, either. There were a number of issues, and slavery was but one of those. In addition, in the early part of the conflict, slavery was not really even a major issue… it only became so later as northern apologists sought to make their war waged upon the southern states appear more palatable to those who were skeptical, especially Great Britain and France. In addition, it should always be remembered that slavery was still legal in a number of northern states, right up until passage of the 13th Amendment.

About the statement “Lincoln freed the slaves.” I heard it in school growing up, my kids still hear it in school (well, one does, the other is now home schooled), and we even hear it on popular TV shows, not to mention in the news media. It simply and demonstrably is not true. Slavery existed under the US flag for 80+ years, until passage of the 13th Amendment, and Lincoln was willing to live with it in order to preserve the Union.

Future installments of Defending Our Cause will follow in future issues.

Upcoming Meeting – October 2013

In our September meeting Compatriot Jerry Walden from the Lanham Camp in Weatherford delivered a presentation on some local Rockwall history, specifically dealing with the rockwall associated with the Rockwall area. Jerry is the current camp commander in Weatherford, but originally hails from this part of the state.

In our October meeting, Doug Garnett from the Bob Lee Camp in Bonham will do a presentation on war time medicine in the field.

By way of reminder, we meet at Soulman’s BBQ, Ridge Road and I-30.
Dinner is at 6 pm, meeting at 7 pm.

Lastly, as I mentioned last month, the camp has purchased a Confederate $5 dollar bank note to be awarded to the first compatriot who can bring us 3 new camp members. Allen Christian currently has one under his belt. The value of this note is about $50, and it is in nearly pristine condition and is in a protective sleeve.

Dispatch – October 2013

Compatriots, Brothers and Friends,

Well, with fall comes cooler temperatures, and renewed activity. In this newsletter I will be listing some of what is available to get involved in. I have been working as an assistant to Division Lt. Commander Gary Bray to get our division webpage updated, and it is going reasonably well so far. This activity directly helps the camps as it makes it a bit easier for prospective members to contact them directly. I am also sending out about 45 letters to lapsed members in zip codes around our area to try to interest them in visiting us and giving us another try. Your prayers for this effort are coveted. This could end up being a big shot in the arm for our camp, as well as a few other camps in our area.

In our November meeting we will hold elections for camp officers for the year 2014. If you have been with us long enough to get your bearings and if you believe you would like to serve the camp in some official capacity, then let it be known and/or have someone nominate you. We can just do the nominations and election in that same meeting. As mentioned last month, I would like to propose that we add the position of “Aide-de-Camp”, a person who would be just that, someone whom one of our officers can request help with this or that. This would NOT be an elected office, but would serve at the pleasure of the Camp Commander. Believe me, the Camp Commander and the Camp Adjutant can both use a little help with tasks from time to time. We can bring this up for a vote in the next meeting.

I hope all of you are doing well with all of your endeavors. Please remember to think of relatives and friends who might be good candidates for inclusion in our camp. Also, please pray for past Commander Allen Christian as he is currently dealing with some very serious health issues.

Your Obt’ Servant,
Daryl Coleman, Commander
Rockwall Cavalry Camp