DECEMBER 2002


Next Meeting

The next meeting of Captain James W. Bryan Camp 1390 will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Montana's Smokehouse, 212 W. Pine St. in Lake Charles. Compatriot Gordon Gold will present the program on Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest.


MOS&B Meeting

The next meeting of Lt. Isaac Ryan Chapter, Military Order of he Stars and Bars will be from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the meeting room of the Southwest Louisiana Genealogical Library, 411 Pujo St. in Lake Charles. The program will be on Maj. Gen. Fitzhugh Lee, a nephew of Robert E. Lee and an outstanding cavalry commander in the Army of Northern Virginia.

At the November meeting the chapter approved issuing "Certificates of Honourable Service" in member of Lt. Isaac Ryan and Captain James W. Bryan. Any SCV member in good standing who is a descendant of a Confederate officer welcome to apply for a certificate in honour from Lt. Isaac Ryan Chapter 205. For more information on the certificates or membership information about the MOS&B call Mike Jones, commander at (337) 582-6154.


Dues Notice

For those who haven't already paid, 2003 dues are being collected. Renewal is $32. That breaks down thusly: $20 goes to International Headquarters; $5 for Louisiana State Division dues, and $7 for the camp. If you're a life member, you need only pay the state and local portion. Life members over 65 don't have to pay camp dues. Please make checks out to the Sons of Confederate Veterans and send them to Don Tarver, adjutant, P.O. BOX 12097, Lake Charles, La. 70612. For more details about dues call Don at (337) 855-4627.


Election

Captain James W. Bryan Camp 1390 elected the following 2003 officers at the November meeting:

Commander- Terrance L. Lee

1st Lt. Cmdr. - Tommy Curtis

2nd Lt. Cmdr. - Franky Gragg

Adjutant - Don Tarver

Color Sgt. - Austin Willis

Surgeon - Dr. Carl Nabours

Chaplain - Nathan Curtis

Sgt.-At-Arms - Jack Christ


Commander's Comments

Compatriots,

It has been a very busy year. With our elections now behind us we can once again focus our attention on preserving our heritage.

We have a promising future ahead of us based on the slate of officers that were recently elected. I am looking forward to the upcoming year. The latest date we have on H.K. Edgerton's entry into Louisiana is December 7th. So if you can make it, let's show our support for his efforts to raise money and awareness for our cause. He will be crossing into our state form Vicksburg, Mississippi at Talula, La.

Also, the Bryan Camp will be marching in the Christmas parade on December 7th at 5 PM in Lake Charles. Please come out if you can.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

Your Obedient servant

Terrance L. Lee


A Letter From the Adjutant

The Giant's not sleeping,
He's in mourning.
The eagle is weeping,
But soon will be soaring!

Compatriots,

The events of September 11, 2001 brought our country to a new level of patriotism. Accordingly, our duty to our country must be unwavering and I would not question any members dedication. I think it only natural our membership might drop, or participation in camp activities and the like might be lacking. Guess what? Our membership is up and is growing weekly. Camp 1390 has already 40 members reinstated or renewed since August 1st. Camp participation is down and we will be working on that as we have some new members on the Executive Council with fresh ideas. One idea is to split the camp into groups for activities for better participation at events. Each group will have a leader or committee to help coordinate activities for the maximum benefit. Please volunteer any ideas you may have for this. There are enough members for three or four groups and would ease the burden of some of the most responsible members of the Camp.

Remember to love our southern heritage as we love our country, both can be done together, it is our duty. Dues for the fiscal 2003 ( 8-1-2002 through 7-1-2003) are due.

Donald Tarver


Update On the Confederate Soldier's Monument at Port Hudson, LA

Friends and Family,

Please write Sec'y Phillip Jones and Lt. Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco at the Office of the Lt. Gov., P.O. Box 44243, Baton Rouge, La. 70804 (like the onebelow) and firmly (but, politely) request that the one-and-only monument ever erected and dedicated to the memory of the Confederate soldiers at Port Hudson be allowed to be relocated to the Port Hudson battlefield - where it belongs.

You do not have to say you are a member of anything - just a 'friend of the South and Southern history' and a 'tourist' or potential tourist to Louisiana. If you live in Louisiana, you can also mention you are a taxpayer / voter. That'll get their attention more than anything. Forward this request to all your friends, etc. as well.

Thanks, Bob Crook


A Letter to the LA. Sec. Of Culture, Recreation and Tourism Phillip Jones

FROM ROBERT CROOK, LA. DIV. SCVC CHIEF OF STAFF

Mr. Jones:

At approximately 11:55 AM on Monday, 25 November 2002, the 11,000 lb. Confederate Soldier's monument on the Port Hudson battlefield was lifted from its concrete base, loaded onto a flat bed truck, and taken to another location. For almost three-quarters of a century, this historical monument - dedicated to the memory of the Confederate soldiers who served during the longest siege in American military history - has been hidden from public view and access by brush, saplings, barbed wire, and 'Posted' signs.

This monument should be placed in its rightful location - at the Port Hudson State Historic Site, the site paid for and maintained by us, the taxpayers and voters of Louisiana.

If you will recall, Miss Mary Elizabeth Sanders, Mr. Miller Dial, and I met with you in the summer of 2001 to resolve this situation. The monument was offered to the state at no cost whatsoever; we even offered to clean and maintain this monument in perpetuity - again at no cost to the state. Miss Sanders and I then met with the Lt. Governor. Neither you nor Mrs. Blanco seemed to care about this monument, its historical significance, or any desire to see it placed at Port Hudson. In fact, both of you admitted to have never seen the monument. I would urge you to reread and follow your own Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism goals and missions statement - to "preserve", "promote", "enhance", "conserve", and "protect" the "significant historic sites and resources." No other monument in Louisiana is more fitting to these principles than the one at Port Hudson.

We had hoped you would cooperate with us in a spirit of historical preservation which would, indeed, enhance the Port Hudson SHS tourism attraction. Remember, this monument not only honors the men of Louisiana, but also those from my home state of Mississippi, and from Arkansas, Alabama, and Tennessee who served during the siege and daily skirmishes and battles. Within the next couple of days, we will be embarking upon a campaign of public awareness of this monument, not only across Louisiana, but in other states as well.

Mr. Jones, this is not a political matter, although it could have political consequences. Even if so, I am not one who espouses to 'Political Correctness' or any semblance of it. This matter is of historical value - nothing more, nothing less. This monument honors the men who served at Port Hudson in the spring and summer of 1863. At the Port Hudson SHS is where the monument belongs, preserved and protected for current as well as future generations.

Our goal is to have a rededication of this monument during the annual reenactment at Port Hudson in March, an event that annually draws 4 to 6 thousand spectators from all over, and is the biggest event of the year for the Port Hudson site. You have an opportunity to participate in this rededication in a cooperative manner.

Robert W. Crook
Chief of Staff
Louisiana Division - Sons of Confederate Veterans


General Hebert Reburied After 101 Years

CECILIA, La. - Brig. Gen. Louis Hebert was given a traditional Christian burial Oct. 26 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 101-years after his death and original burial at an isolated location along Bayou Teche. The service was organized by Gen. Franklin Gardner Camp 1421, Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), Lafayette, La. at the request of Hebert's descendants. Jimmy Chauvin of New Iberia, a member of the Franklin Gardner Camp, coordinated the activities.

The Rev. Paul Broussard, wearing traditional vestments, was the celebrant at the funeral Mass and burial ceremony in the church cemetery.

The West Point graduate, state senator and Confederate general was also given SCV graveside rites with full military honors, including musket and cannon salutes by Confederate living history reenactors. Chauvin said Hebert's great-grandson, Terry Champagne of Breaux Bridge, La., approached the Franklin Gardner Camp about moving the general's remains from the isolated location on private property along Bayou Teche. The grave site was vulnerable both to vandals and difficulty in maintenance at the location. The owner of the property cooperated with the removal of the remains.

It took several years to make all the arrangements, which was done with volunteer help from many individuals and businesses, Chauvin said.

Camp member Clark Mouton hand-crafted a wooden casket for the general and his second wife, who was buried with him, he added.

An authentic, mule drawn wagon was volunteered to transport the remains from the original grave site to St. Joseph Catholic Church. Reenactors formed the escort for the two mile procession. In his funeral homily, Father Broussard noted General Hebert lived his live in devotion to his family and duty, reminiscent of General Robert E. Lee. He read Lee's famous quote on duty: "Duty then is the sublimest word in our language. Do your duty in all things like the old Puritan. You cannot do more; you should never wish to do less."

He also read an eloquent letter written by General Hebert honoring the conduct of his men during the Siege of Vicksburg, Miss. Michael Dan Jones, commander of Lt. Isaac Ryan Chapter 205, Military Order of the Stars and Bars, and member of Captain James W. Bryan Camp 1390, Sons of Confederate Veterans, gave the eulogy.

He said General Hebert was one of the most admirable, honorable and courageous military leaders he has ever studied.

Jones said that in many respects Hebert's life mirrored that of Robert E. Lee, including being from prominent families in their respective states, being near the top of their classes at West Point, and serving in the elite Army Corps of Engineers. They also had a similar outlook on life, politics and devotion to duty.

Hebert was born March 20, 1820 at Plaisance Plantation in Iberville Parish. He entered West Point in 1841 and graduated third in his class in 1845. He resigned from the Army in 1846 to take charge of the family plantation, his father being in failing health, Jones said.

He married Malvina Lambremont and had three children before his wife died in 1860. At the outbreak of war, he organized the 3rd Louisiana Infantry and distinguished himself at the Battles of Oak Hills, Mo., and Elk Horn Tavern, Ark., where he was captured.

After being exchanged, Hebert was promoted to brigadier general and led his brigade at the Battles of Iuka and Corinth, Miss. and then held one of the most important parts of the Confederate line at the Siege of Vicksburg.

He was exchanged and appointed chief of artillery for the important port of Wilmington, N.C., with headquarters at Fort Caswell. Following the war, he lived a quiet private life devoted to education. Hebert died Jan. 7, 1901.

Troy Chandler, chaplain of the Franklin Gardner Camp, conducted the SCV graveside rites, and Robert Crook, Louisiana Society Commander of the Military Order of the Stars and Bars, gave a presentation on the Confederate officer corps.

Jason Langlinais, commander of the Franklin Gardner Camp, presented the casket flag to Terry Champagne, who represented the Hebert family descendants. The flag was a replica of the battleflag of the 3rd Louisiana Infantry, made specially for the occasion.


Stonewall Jackson's Maxims

By James I. Robertson

(From Cumberland House Publishers, Nashville, Tennessee) http://store.yahoo.com/cumberlandhouse/stonjacbooko.html

Few men have ever started from humbler beginnings and risen to greater heights. Thomas J. Jackson never sought fame, but he could not escape its light when opportunity came. At the same time, the louder people cheered, the more embarrassed he became. Fatally wounded by friendly fire on May 2, 1863, Jackson has continued to live in the American memory. His sobriquet "Stonewall" remains the most famous nickname in American military history. The manner in which Jackson lived his life was heavily influenced by the writings of Lord Chesterfield, whose published letters to his son on self-improvement were popular in polite society. No single work-save the Bible-more influenced Jackson in his evolution as a polished gentleman. As a cadet at West Point, he felt compelled to compose his own book of maxims. Jackson's maxims are reproduced here as he wrote them. Accompanying each are insights into the man by today's foremost authority on the general, James I. Robertson Jr. This information includes the origin of the adage, one or more quotations paralleling the maxim, how Jackson may have applied the idea in his own life, and how certain maxims offer insights into the mind of the man. Following Jackson's death in 1863, this book of maxims disappeared. Subsequent generations could only assume that it was a casualty of time. When Robertson began to research his landmark biography of Jackson in the late 1980s, he came across the original notebook of maxims in a collection of papers that had been given to Tulane University at the turn of the twentieth century. The contents are reproduced here in full.

JAMES I. ROBERTSON JR. is Alumni Distinguished Professor in History at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is an award-winning author of the biographies of Stonewall Jackson and A. P. Hill and numerous books on the Civil War. His great-grandfather was a Confederate soldier and a cook for Robert E. Lee. Robertson appears frequently in Civil War programs on the Arts and Entertainment Network (A&E), the History Channel, and public television. He lives in Blacksburg, Virginia.

AVAILABLE IN SEPTEMBER

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Press Release

Friends of the Hunley

Ornate Jewelry Found Onboard Hunley

CHARLESTON, SC - November 13, 2002

The scientific staff excavating and conserving the H. L. Hunley submarine has discovered two pieces of jewelry that were brought onboard the Hunley during her historic mission on February 17, 1864. While excavating a block lift containing textiles of Hunley captain Lt. George Dixon, a diamond ring and a diamond broach were uncovered. The jewelry was found between two layers of cloth, meaning Lt. Dixon was most likely carrying the valuable pieces in either his jacket or trouser pocket.

The interior of the submarine housed extremely fragile textiles and artifacts. Last year during excavation, blocks of sediment were lifted out of the submarine and stored, to be excavated at a later time in a more controlled environment. Forty "block lifts" were removed and about ten have been excavated. Previous x-rays of the block lift that contained the textiles of Lt. Dixon had shown a metallic object imbedded in it. During the process of excavating a very fragile textile layer, Hunley scientific staff discovered that the object was actually two pieces of gold jewelry.

Chairman of the Friends of the Hunley Warren Lasch said of the unique find, "The Hunley continues to present us with exciting and unexpected treasures from the past. This discovery will no doubt prove to be the beginning of another chapter in the amazing story that is the Hunley." The ring is made of gold and has nine diamonds, with the center diamond alone being approximately half a carat. Maria Jacobsen, Senior Archaeologist on the Hunley project, said, "the ring is ornate, and both sides of the ring are decorated in filigree."

The broach is also made of gold and holds 37 diamonds, making up approximately 2 carats. The gold on both pieces of jewelry is high quality, at either 18- or 24-carat.

There is no inscription or maker's mark and it is still unknown if the pieces are male or female jewelry. Shelly Foote, a jewelry expert with the Smithsonian Institution, will be conducting research on the historical background of these precious artifacts, based on their design and composition.

It is too early to speculate on the significance of these artifacts, but it is very possible that Lt. Dixon carried these valuable pieces with him at all times for safe-keeping. Though much research still needs to be completed, there are many possible scenarios as to why Lt. Dixon had this jewelry and brought it onboard the Hunley. Dixon, who also carried the now famous gold coin with him at all times, may have had these items with him as mementos or good luck charms.

The H. L. Hunley was located in 1995 by Clive Cussler's National Underwater Agency (NUMA), a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. The hand-cranked submarine was raised in 2000.

Hours of operation for the tours along with the gift shop are from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p. m. on Saturdays and from noon to 5:00 p. m. on Sundays. All proceeds go to support the Hunley conservation and excavation project. To purchase tickets call toll free 1-877-4HUNLEY (1-877-448-6539) or log onto the Internet at www.etix.com.

To learn more about the Hunley, visit www.hunley.org.


PRESS RELEASE

Friends of the Hunley

LEGENDARY GOLD COIN TO BE ADDED TO HUNLEY TOURS BEGINNING NOV. 16

CHARLESTON, SC - November 8, 2002 - "When will the gold coin be added to the exhibit?" That is one of the most frequent questions visitors ask when they see the H.L. Hunley submarine, which is available for weekend tours at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center in Charleston, S.C. Now we have an answer. The legendary gold coin that saved the life of Lt. George Dixon, the Hunley commander, will be unveiled for the first time when it is added as a permanent part of the exhibit beginning on Saturday, November 16, 2002. Warren Lasch, Chairman of Friends of the Hunley, made the long-awaited announcement Friday after months of delay required to address security concerns. "When touring the Hunley, the public will now be able to view the key elements that make up the amazing story that is the Hunley." Lasch said.

"The submarine itself is a technological marvel that symbolizes the incredible human ingenuity required to build it, to recover it and to conserve it. The Union ID tag represents the tragic side of war. And now we have the gold coin, which symbolizes a love story that touches the heart of anyone who gazes upon it."

Lasch, and S.C. Senator Glenn McConnell, Chairman of the Hunley Commission, will hold a press conference next week to give the news media an opportunity to view and photograph the gold coin. Except for one brief appearance on NBC's Today show last year, this coin has never been seen by anyone other than staff working on the Hunley project, making Lt. Dixon himself one of the last people to actually see the coin.

"Also at next week's press conference, we will unveil exciting new artifacts that are currently being excavated. These are new discoveries that have not yet been announced to the public." McConnell said.

The H.L. Hunley, the first submarine in history to sink an enemy ship, has been the subject of international attention since it was recovered from the ocean floor off Charleston Harbor in August of 2000. Lt. Dixon, who commanded the Hunley on its historic mission, was the center of an oral legend that emerged during the Civil War. The legend told the story of a gold coin Dixon was given as a good luck charm by his sweetheart when he left home to go to war. In 1862, during the Battle of Shiloh, Dixon was shot. According to legend, the bullet struck the gold coin in Dixon's trousers and saved his life, leaving a deep impression on the coin's surface.

In 2000, during the excavation of the H. L. Hunley, a $20 dollar gold piece minted in 1860 was discovered next to the remains of Lt. Dixon. It was deeply indented from the impact of a bullet and inscribed with the following words:

Shiloh
April 6, 1862
My life Preserver
G. E. D.


Senate Adopts Bipartisan Legislation To Protect Civil War Battlefields

Historic legislation to save Civil War battlefields now heads to the President for his signature

(Washington, D.C.) - The Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) today praised the U.S. Senate for adopting the Civil War Battlefield Preservation Act of 2002 (H.R. 5125). The bipartisan bill authorizes a $10 million a year program to preserve endangered Civil War battlefields. It passed the Senate by unanimous consent in the final days of the 107th Congress.

"This bill underscores Capitol Hill's commitment to saving America's Civil War battlefields," remarked CWPT President James Lighthizer.

"Without this legislation, many of our nation's most hallowed battlegrounds would be lost to development during the next few years."

The Civil War Battlefield Preservation Act officially authorizes a matching grant program funded by Congress in the fiscal 1999 and 2002 Interior Appropriations bills. Since its creation, the program has helped protect nearly 8,000 acres of historic battlefield land in 12 states. In the past year alone, the program has helped save historic property at Prairie Grove, Arkansas; Antietam, Maryland; Chancellorsville, Virginia; and Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.

The Senate bill was introduced by Sens. Paul Sarbanes (D-Md.), Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and James Jeffords (I-Vt.) in mid-September. Sarbanes regards the bill as "an important opportunity to maintain and preserve tangible links to our past so that future generations may experience firsthand this most critical moment in our nation's history."

The Civil War Battlefield Preservation Act formally establishes a program that targets priority Civil War battlefields outside National Park Service (NPS) boundaries. Grants from the program are competitively awarded by the American Battlefield Protection Program (an arm of NPS). By requiring matching funds, the program gets both the public and private sector actively involved in saving battlefield land.

Companion legislation introduced by Reps. Gary Miller (R-Calif.) and George Radanovich (R-Calif.) passed the U.S. House of Representatives on October 1. According to Miller, "these battlefields are living classrooms to remind future generations of our national history." Since the House and Senate bills are identical, no conference agreement is necessary and the non-controversial bill now heads to the President for his expected signature.

With 43,000 members, CWPT is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its mission is to preserve our nation's endangered Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds.


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