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The Fort Brooke Record

October 2002
Volume 8, Issue 10

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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.



Saturday, October 26th

6:00 doors open    7:00 dinner

651 Pine Forest Dr.   Brandon, FL


Summer is almost over and so it's fish fry time again. Do you like good Southern food? Do you enjoy Bluegrass music? Then you'll LOVE the SCV Fish Fry! This will be the 15th year that Past Commander and Executive Officer Jim Hayward and his loveley wife, Rosa, have hosted this event.

The fish fry is an opportunity for like-minded people to socialize, enjoy comraderie and a good Southern style meal. In the early years, only 35-40 would attend. But the Camp has grown and now you can expect to see 150-200 compatriots, their friends, families and loyal legionaires. This family-friendly event has become so popular that a professional band can be hired. Foothills Bluegrass is back by popular request, going on our 3rd year. They are FABULOUS!

Richard Robinson and John H. Nguyen will be frying the fish. Rosa Hayward and Laura Brock will be cooking grits. Iced tea and sodas will be provided.

In addition to good food and fellowship, the raffle will be held for the Replica 1858 Remington Revolver Carbine Black Powder – .44 Caliber – Length of Barrel 18”. Also a
Confederate Bond!!
This will be your last opportunity to have a chance for the rifle and bond before the drawing.

  • There is a $10.00 cover at the gate for adults. This is to defray the cost of fish, chairs, tables and the band. As always, children 12 and under are free.
  • Please bring a covered dish and a desert.
  • Do call the Haywards (685-4850) and let them know the number of people who will be coming in your party. He needs to have the tally so that sufficient fish, tables and chairs can be ordered.

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Current Raffle Item: Replica 1858 Remington Revolver Carbine Black Powder – .44 Caliber – Length of Barrel 18”. Also a Confederate Bond!. WILL BE DRAWN at the FISH FRY on the 26th!

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at Charlotte County Speedway

Here's a new approach to keep the flag flying: A SCV logo bedecked hotrod Camaro.

Eric Smith, the car's owner and driver is a Camp member of the William Footman Camp in Fort Myers.

Our own Jim Hayward is a car sponsor, and his name is painted on the car.

Eric has been running the car during the 2002 season and has won numerous stock car races. The most recent win was September 28th, making him #1 in points.

To have more info or to support Eric, visit Eric's Web Site at:

Way to go!!!! Eric!!!!




his remains will be placed aboard the CSS BELLE

and the PROCESSIONAL will move to the


2 P. M. Saturday, October 26, 2002  Fernandina Beach, Florida


Fall, 2002

Dear Friends:

I am writing to invite you to participate in an event that is extremely important to us. Each April, The Museum and White House of the Confederacy holds its primary annual fundraising event, Celebrate South. Honoring a Southern state each year, we will celebrate your great state of Florida in 2003. Our eighth celebratory weekend is scheduled for April 4-6, 2003. It will include curatorial workshops, a gala reception and auction on Friday evening, tours of nearby War Between the States sites on Saturday morning, a grand antebellum-themed Ball on Saturday evening, and a Southern farewell breakfast on Sunday morning. Funds raised by this event go to support the conservation of the Museum’s outstanding world-class collection of War Between the States artifacts, to plan annual programming for thousands of children and adults, and to organize and maintain educational exhibits. The event attracts Museum supporters from around the country.

The planning committee for Florida Celebrate South hopes to attract many attendees from the great state of Florida next April. So please come and join in the celebration! But there are other ways in which you can assist our efforts. Please consider supporting The Museum of the Confederacy in the following ways:

· The Museum houses the largest collection of Confederate flags in the world and we are now raising funds for the restoration of the 3rd Florida Infantry, Co. C “Wildcats” flag. Your cash contributions would be greatly appreciated.

· Individuals or groups can make a contribution directly to the Florida Celebrate South effort.

· Purchase an ad in the Florida Celebrate South program.

· Identify potential individual or corporate sponsors for our many events.

· Donate a Silent Auction item.

There are many ways of supporting Florida Celebrate South and I respectfully request that you give strong consideration to helping protect the incredible collection of artifacts we have in our possession. Please remember that funds raised for Florida Celebrate South keeps The Museum of the Confederacy at the forefront of telling the Confederate story.

Thank you for all you do for the Confederate Cause and should you have any questions please contact our director of financial development, Doug Knapp, at [email protected] or the number below.


J.E.B. Stuart, IV

Chairman, Board of Trustees


1201 East Clay Street O Richmond, Virginia 23219 O (804) 649-1861 O (Fax) 644-7150 O

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The "On Fire" Lesley Camp is constantly striving to fulfill our Charge. The following items are on our 'wish list'. If you can help or know someone who can...please contact any of the officers.

  • Site along Interstate in Hillsborough County for Flagpole with LARGE flag and monument
  • 16' - 2 axle box trailer
  • Camp Hall (permanent building for meetings, storage, events, etc.)
  • GREAT pictures of camp activities

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From the desk of….

Cmdr. Robert Gates
Maj. Wm. M. Footman Camp # 1 950 , SCV

28 August, 2002

I would like to personally thank John T. Lesley Camp member Greg Chappell for driving all the way down to Fort Myers and speaking on the history of the Confederate Navy. Greg did a great job and kept the Camp well entertained at our monthly meeting with his knowledge. Greg is an asset to your Camp and the entire SCV. Thanks Greg!


MEN for prestigious Colour Guard

We'd like to have more men in the Colour Guard and Honour Guard. Riflemen and flag bearers are needed. Being part of the Colour Guard is a great opportunity to show the Colours and take part in honouring our heritage and our Confederate ancestors.

There will be some initial expense for uniforms and equipment. Any present member of the Colour Guard will be happy to assist in acquiring necessary items. Now is a good time to get started as there will be opportunities to acquire needed items during the re-enactment season.

Contact Wayne Sweat (813) 752-5042 or any member for more information.

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The miracles that were done by our Lord Jesus Christ enable us to feel the compassionate heartbeat of God. In the healing of both Jairus' daughter and the woman "who had been subject to bleeding for 12 years (Mark 5:22 ff and v. 20) we see that they were in a triple bind". 1. They both were experiencing excruciating suffering. Jairus in the death of his beautiful daughter, whom he had wrapped so many dreams and hopes. The woman, who had struggled with a debilitating physical malady for so many years, had been worn down to nothing. 2. Each felt themselves cursed by God. It was a settled theological conviction among the Jews that God was not only creator but destroyer; not only the One who heals but who causes illness. The Jews had no understanding of the natural causes for disabilities, all of these physical ailments and even premature death were believed to be God's judgment on people either for their sins or the sins of their parents (see Deut. 28). That is why, when the disciples saw "a man blind from birth," they asked "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" Jesus' answer was "neither" (John 9:1 ff.) 3. To be cursed by God meant social ostracism. So, the high esteem in which Jairus was held, as the leader of the synagogue, was in jeopardy. The people would begin to wander, who sinned, the girl or her parent, which was Jairus. In the case of the hemorrhaging woman, the Law of Moses declared not only that she was unclean, but that everything and everybody that she touched was also unclean. So here is the incredible part of this double-edged miracle-story: They saw in Jesus someone they could approach, and who would not turn them away. They saw in Jesus a God with a compassionate heart. They were drawn to Jesus because in Him, they saw a real God who does not curse but blesses, who does not afflict but heals, who does not kill but raises the dead.

So we have read about followers of Jesus down through the centuries that they too have shown compassion too, if they are really and truly devout followers of Him, they try to emulate His ways. Let me give you an example of this type of compassion that occurred during the War Between the States in Western Virginia in 1861. Brig. Gen. John B. Floyd's Confederate force of over 4,000 men were in retreat form the advancing enemy with a force of over 4,500, which were from the 12th, 13th, 7th, 37th and 44th Ohio Volunteer regiments, McMullins Mountain Howitzers, (Jackass battery), Schnider's rifled cannons and West's and Pfau's cavalries. This army was headed up by Brig. Gen. H.W. Benham. All were hurrying to get to within striking distance of the fleeing Confederates.

If you remember, Floyd, who had been Secretary of State under Pres. Buchanan, was a politician, not a military man. The men in the ranks were new soldiers - wet, cold, apprehensive. It was the first year of the war and the Gray soldiers had yet to learn the art of warfare. So on went their retreat.

The morning of the 13th of Nov. found Floyd near McCoy's Mill, 10 miles from Fayetteville. All night the tired troops had laid on the wet ground, unprotected from the elements. At the first streak of dawn, they were in motion. At 0900 a report came in from the rear that the enemy was close and about to attack. General Henningsen (the famous Nicaraguan filibuster) of Floyd's staff, ordered the small cavalry force to the rear. This force was commanded by a dashing young officer, Colonel St. George Croghan, son of a distinguished soldier of the war with Great Britain. The debonair colonel saluted, wheeled his horse around and 

followed by his small band of gray-clad horsemen, galloped to the rear.

As the colonel and his men galloped towards the enemy they rounded a bend in the road and came face to face with the enemy which far outnumbered them. The enemy opened fire and all H--- broke loose. Seeing this Col. Groghan spurred his horse to the center of the road and in plain view of the enemy, ordered his men to dismount and return fire. His men responded to his stentorian voice and did as he ordered and dismounted and began returning fire, all the while Col. Groghan remained in the saddle, a martial figure and a fine target, gaily cheering his men while the bullets cut the pine needles above his head and plowed the earth beneath him. On either side of the road was a field, some 200 yards away, a house. The enemy began to flank the cavalrymen. Col. Groghan was calling his men to fall back when suddenly, he reeled in the saddle, clutched at his horse's mane, and slid slowly to the ground with his foot caught in the stirrup. The frightened horse leaped and dragged the officer into the weeds by the roadside. Four of his men seeing this instantly ran and got their leader and unmindful of the enemy fire they lifted him up and carried him over to the house on the other side of the field, they entered and laid him on a bed. It was seen that his injury was mortal. He was beyond human help. At this point they looked out the window and seen they were about to be surrounded by the enemy. The wounded Col. Groghan lifted himself on his elbow and pointed to the door. "Go, men!" he gasped. "Save yourself , for I am dying!" So with a groan of pity for the officer the soldiers sprang out of the house and ran to join their comrades.

The men in Blue finally burst into the house and searched the place for concealed Confederates. Col. Gardner came and brought a surgeon -- Surgeon Chase of the 13th Ohio Regiment -- and the wounded officer was made as comfortable as possible.

In a short time Gen. Benham, the commanding officer of the Federals, arrived and entered the room. The stricken Confederate recognized him and held out a weak hand. Gone now was all hatred and passion of the conflict. "General," he said, "I am dying!" The Yankee general, usually stern and haughty, took the cold hand, while a tear glistened on his cheek.

"I regret this colonel" he exclaimed. "From my heart I am truly sorry!" Your father was my classmate at West Point."
"Say that I died like a brave soldier, General. Send word to my wife--" Colonel Groghan's voice broke and his face was flooded with tears. Correspondents of the Cincinnati Gazette and New York World who were present, recorded that, "the sight of the dying man's agonies brought tears to the eyes of men unused to weep." Other witnesses were equally touched and their reports of the affair are filled with a pity that was rare in those early days of war when passion and prejudice were running strong.

At half past two, the gallant Colonel Groghan, whispering in the ear of a union Chaplain, said "It's cold and I am far away from home" and with those last words slipped from this life's battles to an eternal rest with his Lord, Colonel St. George Groghan had died.

The compassion which the Yankee General showed to a dying Col. Groghan was disclosed in a letter written by the Gen. to Gen. Floyd when he told him what had happened to the brave Col. Groghan that day.

You see, compassion can be displayed if we as a people will but try to live our lives the way our Lord and savior did, showing compassion when we are given the chance. And this, as we see, has been demonstrated in war as well as in peace-time.

May our loving God truly bless you and may you exhibit compassion for your fellow man, as He did
I am your obedient servant

Rev Calvin T. Martin
Chaplain, John T. Lesley Camp 1282
Sons of Confederate Veterans and Division Chaplain, Florida Division, Army of Tennessee


Matthew Herring (son of 2nd Lt. Cmdr.    -       Serving in the Mideast with the US Army Airbourne
Michael Herring) 

If you have a special prayer need and wish to have your request placed on the prayer list it is imperative that you contact the Chaplain. 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 us. John Hall requested us to take him and his brother, Jim, off our prayer list. He stated that the Lord has really been good in answering their prayers .

Chaplain Rev. Calvin Martin 651-0190

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This service has been developed by and is provided by the public affairs committee and the education committee of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and will assist you in staying informed of heritage news and events during the week and to help locate news forums with articles of interest. THIS ANALYSIS IS PROVIDED FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES, ONLY. The stories are identified by scanning select regional and national newspapers and news agencies located on the Web. These stories from the September 27, 2002 issue. - Sept. 20 - VANDERBILT RENAMES CONFEDERATE HALL
Vanderbilt Drops `Confederate' From Dormitory Name, Angering Group That Helped Pay for It

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Sept. 20 - Vanderbilt University is dropping the word "Confederate" from the name of a residence hall, angering a group that helped finance it.

Vanderbilt, a private liberal arts university, decided earlier this month to rename Confederate Memorial Hall as Memorial Hall, university officials said.

The old name has stirred debate on campus since Vanderbilt renovated the hall in 1988. Some students refused to set foot inside.

The United Daughters of the Confederacy, which contributed a third of the funds to build the facility 67 years ago, said Vanderbilt caved in to political correctness.

"We're very upset," said Carolyn Kent, who was president of the Tennessee division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy from 1998 to 2000. "We feel like we've been treated in a very rude manner.

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RICHMOND, Va. -- The nation's first elected black governor chastised the Democratic Party on Thursday over the use of Confederate flag imagery by the congressional campaign of Democrat Ben Jones.

In a letter sent to top state party officials, former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, a Democrat, expressed alarm that the party has not objected to Jones' use of the flag to try to win over rural voters in his bid to unseat Republican Rep. Eric Cantor.

"Apparently, and now with the full concurrence of the Democratic Party both in Virginia and nationally, the Democratic congressional candidate for the 7th District of Virginia is using his flying of a confederate (sic) flag as a campaign strategy," Wilder wrote.

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WASHINGTON - Lawyers now in the final stages of preparing to sue the federal government for wrongs done by slavery say their cause has been bolstered by a new court ruling that could overcome legal obstacles that could block their claims at the outset.

A team of lawyers working on the slavery reparations issue is now adapting their plans for lawsuits to take advantage of what one of them, Harvard professor Charles J. Ogletree Jr., calls a groundbreaking decision by a federal judge in Miami last month.

The ruling was made, not in a case about slavery, but about the Holocaust. That lawsuit was filed by Hungarian Jews against the US government for its alleged role in taking their property after it was seized from them by Nazis in Hungary during World War II.


A slave descendant - wearing a Confederate soldier's uniform and waving the Confederate battle flag - plans to march 1,300 miles from North Carolina to Texas next month, in a show of support for his Southern heritage.

"I'm going to strut like a peacock all the way," 55-year-old H.K. Edgerton told

Edgerton, a former president of the Asheville, N.C., chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, has been fighting to protect the Confederate flag and Southern heritage for the past five years.

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From the Adjutant’s Desk:

The John T. Lesley Camp 1282, Sons of Confederate Veterans Muster Roll for the month of September, 2002 registers 166 true Compatriots, 22 faithful Legionnaires and two loyal Associates.

The Camp Adjutant takes pleasure in announcing two new members into our midst, Robert Austin his Confederate Army Ancestor was Brig. Gen. Alfred J. Vaughn, Jr. of the Army of Tennessee. Jeff Buchanan, his ancestor was Pvt. Archibald B. Buchanan of the 9th Alabama Inf. CSA.

Gail Lowman-Crosby, President, Tampa Chapter #113, United Daughters of the Confederacy was to give a presentation on Tampa’s Confederate Monument at the September 17th meeting of the John T. Lesley Camp, SCV. It is my understanding that she was given the date of September 18th for her presentation, and she was prepared and did in fact arrive at Buddy Freddys on Wednesday evening. Our apologies on the mix up on the dates and we look forward to rescheduling your presentation.

At the September meeting, Past Cmdr. James B. Hayward volunteered a talk on his Confederate ancestors in the Plant City, Florida area. They were connected with John T. Lesley (our Camp namesake) and how they drove cattle north to provide meat for our fighting forces in the War Between The States. After his talk there was a question and answer session, a good time was had by all.

Donation tickets are on sale for the 1858 44. Caliber Target Carbine Revolver. These donation tickets are available from Commander Marion Lambert @ 813-839-5153.

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 1282
19126 Amelia Circle
Lutz, FL 33558
phone (813) 949-4746