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Dispatch – September 2014

During the past 5 months or so we appear to have turned a corner, for the good. We are now experiencing some long desired growth, for which we should be very thankful. This has happened in part due to the tenacity of some of our members in seeking out and bringing in like minded men who are themselves descendents of Confederate Veterans. Let us keep up the good work. As we grow more in number, we will be able to do more and do it efficiently and effectively.

As we grow in numbers, we should also grow in maturity as a camp. This includes our education. You will note in the newsletter an announcement of the Central Texas Leadership Conference to be held in Bryan, Texas on Saturday, September 20. Please consider driving down for this meeting. We held one in Gainesville early in the summer, and there was only one there from the Rockwall Cavalry Camp. This meeting in Bryan is very much worth the drive. Sessions at this conference will help you to take your place in leadership of the Rockwall Cavalry Camp and the Texas Division. Our own 1st Lt. Cmdr Daryl Coleman will be leading the Newsletter session, and there will be a number of compatriots from other camps and Brigades leading sessions on other topics. This seminar will also present you with the opportunity to meet compatriots from other areas who can be of great assistance to you in the future. See page 7 of this newsletter for more information.

Very quickly, probably at our November meeting, we will again hold an election to elect our Camp Commander, 1st. Lt. Commander and Adjutant for 2015. Other posts will be filled by the Commander. Be thinking about this, and if you have someone you would like to nominate, please forward the name to Adj. Chief Bear of our nominating committee. We will want to keep our momentum moving forward as we go into 2015. As we will not have a normal meeting in December, we will elect in November and have our new officers take up their duties in our January meeting. We have so far been very blessed with smooth transitions, and we look forward to continuing that in January.

God Bless,

Richard M. Powell, Commander
Commander R.M. Powell

Dispatch – August 2014

I would like to thank all who were able to come to our last meeting in July. The ones who couldn’t make it missed a good program put on by Chief Bear about the Cherokee and other native Americans who fought for the Southern Cause.

The camp is beginning to grow. We all need to recruit at least one member per year. Daryl, is putting together some great programs and activities for the coming months and we should support as many of these as we possibly can. I know everyone has a life outside of the SCV, and it is hard sometimes to do as much as we would like. But lets put every effort into the coming months to do our part. We also should have a few visitors from the UDC the next few meeting. So everyone act like Southern Gentlemen, because the girls of the UDC are all Southern Ladies and they fit the part.

We have new leadership at National, so lets pray for our leaders. I want to thank Texas Division 2nd Lt. Commander Gary Bray and his beautiful bride for coming to our meetings, and for all of our members for remaining loyal to the Cause.

God Bless,

Richard M. Powell, Commander
Commander R.M. Powell

Dispatch – July 2014

I want to thank everyone who came to the meeting in June. Those who couldn’t make it, you missed a wonderful presentation by Dr. Richard Lee Montgomery, a brother in the SCV. His presentation was on his new book, The Confederate Book of Quotes & Narratives. The presentation was very informative and well presented. I would recommend both of his books, the other is Another Look at Six Myths in The Lost Cause. They are very informative, very well written and very easy to read.

In two years, the 2016 National Reunion will be held in Richardson, Texas. We really need to work hard to recruit and get our name out in front of people, so we can help make this reunion the best one ever. I will be donating my time to serve as an EMT and Security for the event. We need as many as possible to show up and support the SCV, and show National this is the place to be.

Gentlemen, I would like to ask of you a favor. During the 4th of July holiday fly your flags, your Confederate flags. Show the world that the SOUTH WAS RIGHT and be proud of our soldier’s flag.

As Stonewall Jackson’s Chief of Staff Robert Lewis Dabney once said “We have no need, sirs, to be ashamed of our dead; let us see to it that they be not ashamed of us.”

God Bless,

Richard M. Powell, Commander
Commander R.M. Powell

Dispatch – April 2014

I wanted to apologize for missing last month’s meeting. I was very sick and not well at all. I hope this newsletter finds all of you in good health and in good spirits (not the drinking kind of spirits). We all have so much to be thankful for and we need to remember that all good gifts and all great gifts come from above.

Like me, I’m sure a lot of you are sad and depressed over the loss of the park names in Memphis, Tennessee. and some of the other losses the Southern People have suffered in the last few years, due to political correctness. I believe the only way to turn this around is by numbers and by money. We all must do what we can to increase the size of the SCV and raise money for our cause. I am getting a jar, and every day when I come home I’m going to put my change in it. That change will be donated to the SCV Heritage Defense Fund (http://www.scv.org/about/heritage/heritageDefenseFund.php ). Just think it’s only a few dollars a month, but if everyone in the SCV did this, it would add up. During our meeting’s if anyone has any ideas or suggestions please voice them, as we must turn this around. Get involved in your political process (whatever party you believe in), vote with you heart, soul and mind, and remember our Confederate heritage.

Again, I want to thank all of you for being members and for all the hard work you do.

“What would Jesus do—–What would Stonewall Jackson do”

This is my motto, and if I can live by this, I will become a good leader. I ask for your prayers, for me and the SCV.

GOD BLESS YOU AND GOD BLESS DIXIE!

Richard M. Powell, Commander
Commander R.M. Powell

Dispatch – January 2014

Compatriots,

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

Dispatch – November 2013

Compatriots, Brothers and Friends,

Our November meeting is upon us immediately on Monday, Nov. 11, at Soulman’s Barbeque in Rockwall. This meeting is important as we will hold nominations and elections for our 2014 leadership, and also because my friend and compatriot David Moore, Lt. Commander of the Texas Division, will be with us to present on the subject of photography of the wartime period. David knows this subject well, and it should be very informative and enjoyable.

As this year begins to draw to a close, I have unfinished business and unfulfilled goals, which I will just have to continue into the future. I have been sometimes distracted by personal concerns, but I suppose that is life in a volunteer organization. It was my goal to double the size of the camp up to 40 members, and though we have had some growth, it appears we will fall way short of the goal, and I bear most of that, for the simple fact that it was a goal I set myself. Here is the good deal that comes out of this, though. I don’t have to be camp commander, or hold any office at all, in order to continue working on that goal, and this I will do. Maybe it will better that way. When we do grow up to 40 members, we can all smile and feel a sense of accomplishment, together, as it should be.

I am happy to report that, except for one regrettable occurrence early in the year, we have avoided some of the turmoil visited upon a few other camps in the Texas Division. Also, with much appreciation going out to compatriot Tom Wilson for the production of our Texas Division challenge coins, we now have some respectable funds in the camp bank account which will greatly aid the camp going into 2014. My final report as Camp Commander to you will be issued in the December issue
of this newsletter.

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

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

Dispatch – Sept 2013

Compatriots, Brothers and Friends,

First, a quick reminder about dues. Right now they are due, and I would like to again just remind you to make every effort, if you have not already done so, to get them in so that our adjutant can attend to other things and so that you will continue to receive every issue of our fine magazine, The Confederate Veteran. I would also remind you that if you look at other organizations similar to our own, you will find that our dues are lower, and sometimes substantially so, than those others. My point is that ours are quite reasonable, all other things considered.

Fairly soon we will hold elections (I am thinking most likely in our November meeting) 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. If, as I suspect, we are to hold elections in November, we can just do the nominations in that same meeting. Along those same lines, I would eventually like to propose the addition of several more positions, but most of that will have to wait until we are a larger camp. In the meantime, though, 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 other officers can request help with this or that. 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.

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

Dispatch – Summer Extra 2013

Compatriots, Brothers and Friends,

I need to confess something to you. I have become an arsonist. What do I mean by that?
I have made up my mind that I want to start lighting fires. I want to light a fire under all SCV members that are within sound of my voice and my written words. There are people with our own southern convictions who accuse the SCV of being a bunch of grave stone polishers, and nothing more. Yes, protecting the hallowed burial grounds of our own ancestors and all Confederate Soldiers is a major part of our charge, but I must say loud and clear, there is and should be much more to us than just that. I do not agree with the grave stone polishing accusation… we are more than that.

Read the CHARGE again, slowly and carefully. To you, Sons of Confederate Veterans, we will commit the vindication of the Cause for which we fought. To your strength will be given the defense of the Confederate soldier’s good name, the guardianship of his history, the emulation of his virtues, the perpetuation of those principles which he loved and which you love also, and those ideals which made him glorious and which you also cherish. Remember, it is your duty to see that the true history of the South is presented to future generations.
Vindication of the Cause. Defense of the Confederate Soldier’s good name. Guardianship of his history. Perpetuation of those principles and ideals which he loved. It is OUR DUTY.

Men, it is not hyperbole for me to say that there are dark forces at work around us, forces seeking to dilute, diminish and destroy our history. Look around. In Memphis, they are removing our Confederate names from parks established long ago. In Virginia, we are in real danger of having our history diminished by the merger (or better, take over) of some very significant museums. There are others I won’t mention at this point. I have come to the conclusion that in a very real sense, RECONSTRUCTION did not end in the 1870’s. It really only took a short breather, but the game is back on now, and it’s getting hotter by the day. Again, I am not meaning to sound alarmist. It is just that

I am hearing and reading stuff nearly every day which is more than ever convincing me that yes, YANKEE RECONSTRUCTION is going on right now. Aside from what I have already mentioned, it goes all the way from popular media to our public education systems. They, those dark forces I mentioned, are actively seeking to erase our history and our cause, the things we believe in. Bit by bit, they chip away a little here and a little there. And of late, they are now bold enough to chip away bigger chunks than ever before. And look, it does not end with “Confederate” issues. It is a total societal problem. They intend on making us feel some sort of guilt for this or for that. I say, GUILT FOR WHAT? Defending our lands and homes from a bloody, illegal invasion? No sir!

I am well aware that we are all individuals, with somewhat different interests and different convictions. I am not and will not try to force others into my own mold, but I remain deeply convicted that we, as Sons of Confederate Veterans, need to decide how committed we are to whatever beliefs each of us individually have. I do hope and pray that, to one extent or another, you agree with me that we are more than just grave stone polishers. Oh yes, we should look after their resting places, but we should also carry on their convictions of a free country as envisioned by our founders during the early years of our existence as a nation. At the very least, we should all agree that we will not allow those dark forces to push us into the shadows, to a place where we no longer seek to teach correct and accurate history, to a place where we no longer contest their desire to erase all those things our Confederate ancestors stood for and fought for. We should never be ashamed that our ancestors fought in the defense of their country.
Let me say it as plainly as possible. What happened during the conflict of 1861-1865 was a conquest, pure and simple, by the new empire led by Mr. Lincoln. That fact cannot be changed, nor do I think it can be intelligently refuted. So, what are we as SCV members to do, in light of the Charge? Educate, speak the truth, defend the truth. To do that, we must know the truth and be conversant in the truth.

When I was in seminary, one my professors, in a kidding moment, stated “Where logic ends, shout”. Of course, he was speaking tongue-in-cheek and we all had a good laugh, but the lesson stands. The more you know your subject matter, the less you will resort to shouting. So, my goal for all of us is to know the truth, and speak it with bold authority.

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

Dispatch – May 2013

Compatriots of the Rockwall Cavalry Camp #2203,

Greetings. Well, the big event in Palestine is now behind us, and it was very, very well done. There were four us from the Rockwall camp there, and Marc Robinson afterwards called me to offer his thanks for our participation.

We are still experiencing a little growth here and there, but I, for one, would like to see more. So, let all of us remember that in order to help us do this, we need to invite friends and relatives to come visit our meetings to see what we are about.

It is now official. Our Brigade Commander, Gary Bray, will be running for 2nd Lt. Commander of the Division at our Division elections in June. All men running for election are good brothers, but of course I feel I must support Gary in his election, as he has done a superb job running our Brigade for the past several years.

As mentioned before, Tom Wilson, Aaron Wilson and I will be selling our challenge coins at the division reunion at Tanglewood Resort in June, and we hope to raise some much needed funds for the camp while there.

At our next regular meeting (Monday, May 13) I hope to be raising some ideas for new camp activities. Each of you are encouraged to bring some of your own ideas to the table for consideration.

Lastly, I am asking you to give serious consideration to the possibility of moving our camp meetings over to the Cotton Patch restaurant, which is just down the street from our current meeting place. I visited there a few days ago, and I truly feel it would be a nice place to start having our meetings at. We will discuss at the next meeting and possibly take a vote on it.

Oh, and I wanted to add that you can call me on the phone if there is anything you need to discuss. My phone number is listed at the end of the newsletter.

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