The Fort Brooke Record
|The "Fort Brooke Record" (FBR) is the monthly newsletter of the Capt. John T. Lesley Camp 1282, Inc, a Camp of the Florida Division, SCV and of the International Sons of Confederate Veterans. The FBR is provided free of charge to members of the Camp. Editorial comments in this publication are the expressed opinion of the editorial writer and not of the Camp. Paid advertisements can in no way be considered an endorsement by this camp. Locally, for inquiries and information on coming to events, the camp maintains a full-time access phone at (813) 661-7045.|
Doctoring during The War
Lesley Camp member Dr. Gus Weekley has the surgical tools that his grandfather used in the War as a Confederate surgeon. He will talk about his grandfather, the tools and doctoring in the Confederate army.
As the Civil War began, the practice of medicine was emerging from the "heroic era", with its theory of bringing a balance to the humors of the body. Medical practitioners had no knowledge of germ theory or antiseptic practices. Both discoveries were still years away. Over 40 medical schools existed in America before the war, and apprenticeships with established physicians were also common. The usual course of study in a medical school consisted of two terms of six-month lectures, with the second term often being a repeat of the first.
All new recruits were supposed to receive a physical exam. Occasionally the exam was very superficial, allowing recruits to enter the army with chronic diseases and physical defects that would affect their performance as a soldier. With the number of men willing to enlist dwindling, both the North and South resorted to instituting a draft to secure the large number of soldiers needed to fight. From The National Museum of Civil War Medicine.
Imagine a white 'cracker' going out of their way to help a rural predominantly black community build a community center to be used as computer lab, teenage pregnancy prevention program, a genealogical archive and a Bealsville historical center.
Now, imagine scores of white 'crackers' pitching in. and some 'crackerettes' , too! Sounds odd, well it probably did to a lot of 're-educated liberals' when they heard the story on NPR (National Public Radio recently) when they heard about Tampa Bay's Southern Cultural Festival. But real Southerners know. helping each other is nothing new between blacks and whites.
But rarely do acts like this get press attention. The Southern Cultural Festival was different. "After the calls began pouring in it got to the point we began to ask 'who's not covering it?'" said the festival chairman's assistant, spouse, and UDC member Lunelle Siegel. "It started out slowly with announcements about the festival, but about two weeks before the big weekend, the questions started". "Are black people welcome?" asked popular morning talk show "Good Morning, Tampa Bay" co-host, Sharon Taylor.
From there the enigma captured curiosity and the question was always there "don't all Southerners hate black people" either directly or indirectly.
"Well, yeah" retorted SCV 1st Lt. Cmdr., Marion D. Lambert to Ms. Taylor. "In fact, the art festival is organized by the African Art Museum and Gallery". "Well, I had to ask" quipped Ms. Taylor from the safety of her sound stage after Lambert had dropped off the line.
The festival had 2 common themes "Family-friendly" and "Celebrating All Things Southern" and was meant to bring all with a Southern Heritage, or just Southern wannabes together for a good cause - to help renovate Glover School. The school is in Bealsville, a small rural community southeast of Plant City. The Glover School was the first free black school in Florida, dating from the 1870s. But it has deteriorated after being closed in the wake of school integration.
The three day event began Friday evening with a showing of "Gone With the Wind" on the big screen at Channelside Cinemas, at the bayfront development of "Channelside", the site of most of the Festival events.
Saturday began with an open air market of vendors, artists, artist workshops, a Corvette Show, Gen. Jubal Early cigar smoke, BBQ, and 12 performing musical groups, focusing on 'that Southern feeling'.
The day ended with the Joseph Robles Historical Dinner, which paid homage to Joseph Robles, a Florida pioneer and Spanish Immigrant who single-handedly captured a Union raiding party in 1864, bent on destroying the Tampa Bay salt-works. Nearly a hundred descendents of Mr. Robles, representing 6 of his 7 children attended the dinner to learn more about their "Confederate" heritage.
The festival concluded Sunday afternoon with a bus tour of Confederate Tampa presented by the Lesley Camp, #1282, SCV. Beginning from Channelside, participants enjoyed hearing little known facts about Tampa's participation in the War Between the States, and culminated in a memorial service dedicating a Iron Cross as the grave of Spanish-Confederate hero, Joseph Robles, hosted by the Plant City #1931, UDC.
The festival was the first co-operative event sponsored by the Southern Society of Tampa Bay, a loose-knit liaison organization between 10 Southern Heritage groups including 2 SCV Camps, an MOS&B Camp, the Florida Division SCV, 5 UDC Chapters and a re-enactment company. The idea was the brainchild of Lesley Camp legionnaire, Bart Siegel, CPA, who is a 'copperhead' from New Jersey, descended from Russian Jews in the early 1900s.
Now we take to you the NPR broadcast: "SIEGEL: From the very beginning, our Constitution was incompatible with slavery and it was going to be outlawed and prohibited anyway, but it was just used as a rallying point for the war.
Siegel says the festival isn't just over the "War Between the States." The event is inclusive of other minorities. A tour of Civil War sites being held Sunday includes a visit to the salt works on Tampa Bay, where Spanish immigrant Joseph Robles defeated a Union raiding party.
And Siegel notes that prominent painter Robert Butler -- whose heritage includes both Africans and Cherokee -- will auction two of his landscape paintings."
SOUTHERN HERITAGE MONTH.....
CONFEDERATE MEMORIAL DAY GUARD DUTY
CONFEDERATE MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE
April 20th 2002
THE CONFEDERACY GOES RACING
My husband Bob are watching the pre-race show from Richmond on the Fox channel, (race is currently in a rain delay).
From Bob Gates, May 6th 2002
JUST SPOKE WITH ERIC SMITH WHO HAS BEEN RACING UNDER THE BATTLE FLAG FOR SEVERAL YEARS-HE WISHES TO JOIN US, HIS WIFE WISHES TO JOIN THE UDC AS WELL. HE SAID HE WILL HAVE THE SCV LOGO PAINTED AROUND THE BATTLE FLAG ON HIS HOOD THIS WEEK ! I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE CAMP GIVE ERIC $200, HE CALLED AND ASKED FOR STICKERS -IN TURN I CONTACTED SCV HQ IN COLUMBIA, TENNESSEE--THEY WILL BE MAILING ME THE LARGE 20 X 4 JOIN THE SCV DECALS. THIS COULD BE GREAT PUBLICITY FOR US ! THERE ARE MANY SPONSORS AT THE TRACK FROM FOX TV, DR PEPPER, CAT COUNTRY, ETC. IT WOULD BE NICE TO SEE OUR LOGO THERE ! WHILE WE CAN NOT AFFORD THOSE TYPE OF SPONSORSHIPS WE CAN HELP AN INDIVIDUAL WHOSE WILLING IN TODAY'S ERA TO FLY WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO US: I AM ALSO GOING TO PERSONALLY SEND ERIC A DONATION FOR HIS EFFORTS !!! A RACER NEEDS ALL THE HELP HE CAN GET-AS I SAID HE PLANS ON HAVING THE LOGO FLYING THIS WEEKEND ! IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED IN CONTRIBUTING TO ERIC PLEASE DO SO--LETS SUPPORT HIM FOR SUPPORTING US ! ERIC CAN BE REACHED AT:
ERIC SMITH, 27531 VINCENT ROAD, BONITA SPRINGS, FLORIDA 34135 571-8883
Please support The Cause by supporting this cause. Ed.
A Month of Beginnings and Endings
It just so happened that in the month of April the War of Northern Agression began when we were coerced into firing on Fort Sumter. It was Lincoln who was the one who wanted us to fire on Sumter. No, you wont find it written in the history books. You have to look back into the orders coming down from the higher ups about sending more troops into South Carolina into what was already a situation that was "on the brink of explosion." For you see secession was already in the air. So this was a beginning of a war that would send our devoted men of the South into a defense of their beloved land that would last for 4 years and take away thousands of our bravest and talented men.
This month of April was also the month that "The Battle of Shiloh", "The Battle of South Mills" and yes, even the surrender of New Orleans to "Butcher Butler" took place. No doubt some of our Southern people must have thought that Butler or Sherman must have been the Devil incarnate.
All of us too have our beginnings and eventually our endings. It is how we carry on in between the two that matters in the long run. For your life is a battle ground, and the enemy is out to destroy you. You have at your disposal though the greatest leader of all time to guide you through your battles. For whether you know it or not the battle is already over with. It ended when our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ died on an old rugged cross for you. He has already fought your battle for you and He is victorious because He rose from the grave defeating death. "Grave, where is thy victory, death, where is thy sting?" When we give our life over to Jesus, by the forgiveness of our sins, He enables us to go through this life victoriously. We have won through the blood of the pascual Lamb. And when we finally cross over the River Jordan we will finally get to see our Saviour face to face. That is who I want to see first. Then after seeing my family I'll finally get a chance to see my heroes, Jackson, Lee, etc.
So there you have it. April, beginning -- ending -- Where are you in your journey through life? Are you on the victorious side? Look to Jesus and you will be!!!!
I like the New International Version of the Bible that says in Proverbs 16:3 "Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. "It was early in the war for Stonewall Jackson and before a battle the night before he had gone to his staff to discuss the tactics of the next days' battle. That battle the next day was a defeat for his army. In his devotions that night he made a vow to the Lord that from that time forward he would only commit his plans to the almighty Lord God and depend on His guidance for his army. From that day forward Gen Stonewall Jackson's army never did meet defeat again.
Now go down to Prov. 16:7 " When a man's ways are pleasing to the Lord, he makes even his enemies live at peace with him. " I may be stretching this thought a little but I do believe that Jackson's enemies did have a certain respect for him. Yes, it's true that they were so frustrated at him that they didn't quite know how to combat him and his army.
Now the next scripture, Prov. 16:9 " In his heart a man plans his course but the lord determines his steps." Now comes the sad part. May 1-2, 1863, Battle of Chancellorsville. Jackson's army had again won a great battle. His enemy could not touch him, but that fateful evening, as Jackson was reconnoitering on horseback one of his own soldiers mistook him for the enemy and shot him. Now I won't go into all the rest of the details of what the next few days held for the great general. It was finally on May 10, 1863 that Lee's right hand man passed from this mortal life to an immortal life with his beloved Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. I don't know why the Lord allowed Jackson to be taken from us at that time but I don't doubt that God had a need for Jackson in Heaven. The ways of the Lord are so far above our ways that we just can't understand it. I do know that when I get to heaven General Jackson is going to be one I want to talk to and thank him for being such an inspiration to all of us. His tactics have been modeled ever since by commanders all over the world. We also want to recognize the birth date of Gen P.G.T. Beauregard, May 28, 1818.
What a great month the month of April was here in Hillsborough county Florida. I believe that we as a camp can be proud of the events that we were involved in and I know that it was an honor for me to have been a participant in many of them. I'm looking forward to an even better April 2003, how about you?
Now may I leave this one last scripture with you. Prov. 16:17 " The highway of the upright avoids evil; he who guards his way guards his life. "
So to you sons of Confederate Veterans and ladies of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, may our Lord God richly bless you and keep you.
Words to think about!!
I am yours in His service,
Rev Calvin T. Martin
Please Keep in Prayer...
Dave Anthony - recuperating
If you have a special prayer need and wish to have your request placed on the prayer list it is imperative that you contact one of the chaplains. Too many times we find that folks who are dear to us have been ill for some time or even that they have passed away, and without us knowing. So please do contact one of the chaplains as listed below. We are here for you.
Chaplain Rev. Calvin Martin 651-0190
From the Adjutants Desk:
The John T. Lesley Camp 1282, Sons of Confederate Veterans Muster Roll for the month of May, 2002 registers 160 loyal Compatriots and 19 faithful Legionaires.
The Third Florida Wildcats Camp 1437, SCV had a stimulating memorial ceremony at the Hernando County Courthouse Sunday April 28. Wildcats LT CMDR Dan Williams (prior John T. Lesley Camp member) lead the heartening memorial about the South. Our very own camp member Compatriot Larry Dodsons inspiring speech was based on the service of those of the past and present to our nation.
The refreshing article in the St. Petersburg Times, Hernando County edition written by Joy Davis-Platt favorably described the events of the day. Cadet Jason R. Barrass, Air Force ROTC Detachment 158 of University of South Florida was conferred The Outstanding Student Award from the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The presentation took place at the annual Military Ball held on 19 April 2002 at the Holiday Inn (Busch Gardens) by Dwight Tetrick, Adjutant of the John T Lesley Camp 1282, Florida Division.
If you have any questions concerning camp business or to process membership paperwork, please do not hesitate in contacting me.
Col. Dwight Tetrick, Adjutant
John T. Lesley Camp