Monthly Archives: January 2014

The Life of General Thomas J. Jackson

General-Thomas-J-Jackson“Mrs. Jackson arrived today, and nursed him faithfully to the end. . . . The general’s joy at the presence of his wife and child was very great, and for him unusually demonstrative.” After recovering from the effects of chloroform, General Jackson asked Lieutenant Smith whether he said anything when under its power, and he continued : “I have always thought it wrong to administer chloroform where there is a probability of immediate death. But it was, I think, the most delightful physical sensation I ever enjoyed. I had enough consciousness to know what was doing; and at one time thought I heard the most delightful music that ever greeted my ears. I believe it was the sawing of the bone. But I should dislike, above all things, to enter eternity in such a condition.”

He afterwards said to other friends,” What an inestimable blessing is chloroform to the sufferer!” After the operation, when Mr. Lacy was admitted to the tent, he exclaimed with deep feeling, “Oh, general, what a calamity!” General Jackson, with his accustomed politeness, first thanked him for his sympathy, and then said : “You see me severely wounded, but not depressed; not unhappy. I believe it has been done according to God’s holy will, and I acquiesce entirely in it. You may think it strange; but you never saw me more perfectly contented than I am today; for I am sure that my Heavenly Father designs this affliction for my good. I am perfectly satisfied that, either in this life, or in that which is to come, I shall discover that what is now regarded as a calamity is a blessing. And if it appears a great calamity, as it surely will be a great inconvenience, to be deprived of my arm, it will result in a great blessing. I can wait until God, in His own time, shall make known to me the object He has in thus afflicting me. But why should I not rather rejoice in it as a blessing, and not look on it as a calamity at all? If it were in my power to replace my arm, I would not dare to do it, unless I could know it was the will of my Heavenly Father.”

In the course of this conversation he stated that, when he fell from the litter, he thought he should die upon the field, and gave himself up into the hands of God, without a fear, and in the possession of perfect peace.” It has been,” he said, “a precious experience to me, that I was brought face to face with death, and found all was well. I then learned an important lesson, that one who has been the subject of converting grace, and is the child of God, can, in the midst of the severest sufferings, fix the thoughts upon God and heavenly things, and derive great comfort and peace; but that one who had never made his peace with God would be unable to control his mind, under such sufferings, so as to understand properly the way of salvation, and repent and believe on Christ. I felt that if I had neglected the salvation of my soul before, it would have been too late then.” Life of General Thomas J Jackson 1891

Message From Texas Division Commander Johnnie Holley

Men of The Texas Division:

As you all know, the sale/move of the Museum of The Confederacy in Richmond has been in the news for some time. It appears now that the time is drawing near for this to happen. We are all very concerned about this and many of you have contacted me with questions on this subject. I have no definitive word for you except that our National leadership is working very hard to protect our historical articles . I have been in contact with National and want to assure you that they are very actively pursuing and studying all possible solutions.

We, as members, should be prepared to support whatever course of action our National leadership determines. This support may include financial donations or any other activities requested. I ask that each of you be prepared to respond with the courage and dedication that you have always shown in the past. Our Gallant Ancestors persisted in the face of overwhelming odds and never faltered. We must be prepared to do the same.

We won a battle at Beeville because we were right and members of the Texas Division stepped up and responded when called. We are working daily on the Ft.Lancaster problem and I will possibly be calling on you all for your support in this endeavor. We can never let down our guard in the area of Heritage defense or stop our Heritage offense. As we enter the holiday season, let us rededicate ourselves to fight as never before.

Pray for our National leaders and our Cause.
Merry Christmas, God Bless The South and God Bless you all.

You Servant,.
Johnnie Holley
Texas Division
Sons Of Confederate Veterans

Upcoming Meeting – January 2014

We did not have a regular monthly meeting in December. Instead we had the 4th Brigade Christmas Party in McKinney. Your camp commander attended along with Wayne Hairston. It was, as in past years, a very pleasant experience.

Our next regular meeting will be on Monday, January 13. Compatriot Rudy Ray from the Reagan Camp in Palestine will present on “The Need For Historical Accuracy and Honesty In Fulfilling The SCV Charge”.

In our February meeting we will welcome Dr. Steven Nathaniel “Than” Dossman , who is a member of the Robert E. Lee Camp in Fort Worth and a professor of history at Tarrant County Community College. He will be speaking on the Corinth Campaign and will have some of his books available for purchase.

Meetings remain on the second Monday of each month, at Soulman’s BBQ, 691 E. I-30, Rockwall (SE corner of Ridge Rd. and I-30, next door to Appleby’s.)

Dispatch – January 2014


Next Monday, Jan. 13, will be a full meeting, with camp officer elections and also a presentation by compatriot Rudy Ray on “The Need For Historical Accuracy and Honesty In Fulfilling The SCV Charge”. This will be timely and important message for all of us to hear.

I firmly believe that we are about to turn a corner and experience some long sought for growth. There is some heavy recruiting going on behind the scenes that I thing will pay off in growth not just for the Rockwall Cavalry Camp, but also for a few of our neighboring camps as well. The Texas division, I have been told, is right now experiencing the heaviest growth of any division in our organization, and certainly we would like to see our camp be a big part of that. So, if at all possible, please come out and support us on Monday, Jan. 13.

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