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.|
The Old South....
Martha Sue Skinner is a true daughter of the South. She is a 5th generation Floridian and lives on the old homeplace of her fathers in Plant City. The land she lives on now was homesteaded in 1855 by her great, great grandfather who lived in Florida before Florida became a State. He signed a petition, which she has in her possession, stating the fact of wanting the territory to become a State at Mineral Springs, Florida in 1838. Her great grandfather, John Wesley Hawkins served in Capt. John T. Lesley's Company of the Cow Cavalry.
Martha Sue credits her mother, whose family hails from South Carolina, who gave her the insight and love of heritage. She followed in her footsteps and her papers in both the UDC and the DAR, which she belonged to in the 1940s. Martha Sue became a member of both of these organizations in Plant City 15 years ago. She has served as Registrar for the Plant City Chapter #1931 for the past seven years. Last year, she was elected President of the Chapter, where she presently serves.
Martha Sue was awarded the UDC's prestigious Winnie Davis medal two years ago for spearheading the goal of replacing 19 Confederate Iron crosses in Plant City Oaklawn cemetery, which had been vandalized over the years, and stolen from the gravesites. Under her leadership, primarily through the Lee-Jackson Ball, all the funds were raised and a beautiful memorial and rededication service with excellent news coverage. It took over a decade to originally pace the Iron crosses and less than a year to replace them under her leadership.
As registrar, Martha Sue received an award for the most new members accepted in 2002 in all of Florida - quite an accomplishment.
Her book title is "The Bond"...the story of the Old South when your word was your bond.
CONFEDERATE MEMORIAL SERVICE AND MARKER DEDICATION
Stonewall Jackson Camp #1381 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans is hosting a Confederate Memorial Service and gravemarker dedication ceremony for Private J. Richard Quarls, Co. K, 7th South Carolina Infantry Regiment, Confederate States Army. Private Quarls, a black Confederate veteran, served in the Confederate States Army from October 1861 until April 1865, when he was paroled near Richmond, Virginia. Until recently, Private Quarls' grave had gone unmarked for over 77 years after his death.
The Confederate Memorial Service for Private Quarls is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2003, at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Tarpon Springs, Florida.
This observance is being held jointly with the John T. Lesley Camp #1282 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the Dixie Chapter #1008 and Mary Custis Lee Chapter #1451 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the Clearwater Harbor Confederate Sentinels of the Children of the Confederacy. Guest speakers include John W. Adams, Florida Division Commander, Sons of Confederate Veterans, and Compatriot Nelson Winbush of Jacob Summerlin Camp #1516, Sons of Confederate Veterans. Several descendants of Private Quarls will also participate in the memorial service.
Please join us as we pay tribute to Private Quarls' honorable service in the Confederate States Army and the marking of his final resting place.
For more information, please contact Ted Dahlem with Stonewall Jackson Camp #1381 at (727) 894-5224.
Rose Hill Cemetery is adjacent to the eastern side of the larger Cycadia Cemetery, and is located at the intersection of Tarpon Avenue (also known as
State Road 582) and Jasmine Avenue. Cycadia and Rose Hill Cemeteries are essentially located in the N.W. corner of the intersection of U.S. 19 North and Tarpon Avenue.
From U.S. 19 North, head east on Tarpon Avenue for approximately 1/4 mile (about two blocks), then turn left (north) on Jasmine Avenue, and Rose Hill Cemetery will be to your right (Cycadia Cemetery will be to your left).
For those coming from Tampa who prefer to avoid the traffic on U.S. 19 North, take Highway 60 west to McMullen-Booth Road (also known as State Road 593) in Clearwater. Turn right on McMullen-Booth Road and head north for approximately 13 miles. McMullen-Booth Road will eventually change to East Lake Road (also known as County Road 611). Continue north until you reach Keystone Road (also known as State Road 582), where you will turn left and head west for approximately 2 1/2 miles before coming to Jasmine Avenue. Turn right on Jasmine Avenue, and the cemetery to your right is Rose Hill Cemetery.
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
Because of the great interest, we are bringing back the LeMat Navy Model Caliber .44 revolver for the next drawing. Extremely well-made replica of the original model made for the Confederate Navy in France. 20 gauge shotgun barrel in the center. Cylinder holds 8 shots and one shot gun shell in the bottom. Drawing will be held in the Spring, check your mailbox for your tickets.
Brooksville Event....A Success
CAMP WISH LIST
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.
The year of 1862 , February saw some minor battles , such as Roanoke Island in North Carolina (Feb 8). In Northwestern Tennessee around the Tennessee River and the Cumberland River February was a harsh time for the Confederates in two forts. For months Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston had kept three times his numbers at bay in Southern Kentucky. The Federal army in his front was under the command of Gen. Don Carlos Buell, with an army of 50,000 men, come down from Ohio. Early in February Gen.
Ulysses S. Grant led a strong army with over 20,000 men, into Tennessee, while a flotilla of ironclad gunboats constructed especially for river service and commanded by crusty Commodore Andrew H. Foote . As it happened the bombardment of Fort Henry by Foote's gunboats did the job at Fort Henry practically all by itself. It's bombardment of the low lying Fort Henry forced the Confederates to surrender after a short resistance. So we next see that Gen. Grant wanted to keep this momentum going--decided to strike immediately at Fort Donelson, which was just a short 12 miles away. His army marched the 12 miles to the fort while his naval support moved to the Cumberland. Grant expected another easy victory, but Donelson proved a very different nut to crack. When the Union ships steamed confidently up to deliver their fire, the guns of Fort Donelson replied with such deadly accuracy that the flotilla, some of its vessels badly damaged, had to retire from the fight.
Unbeknownst to Grant, Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston, after hearing of the approach of Grant sent reinforcements to Fort Donelson. By the morning of the 13th, somewhere between 12,000 and 15,000 Confederates under Gen. John B. Floyd, Gen. Gideon J. Pillow' and Gen. Simon B. Buckner, had been concentrated at the fort. That morning Grant appeared before Donelson, and with an army at first but little larger than that of the Confederates proceeded at his leisure to place his opponents in a state of siege. After some maneuvering of his troops, Grant discovered that he had not a force sufficiently strong enough to complete the investment. So he ordered up reinforcements.
Why Gen. Floyd, the Confederate commander, made no attempt to prevent these movements of Grants is difficult to understand. Gen. Lew Wallace, of the Union army stated that " A vigorous attack on the morning of the 13th might have thrown Grant Back upon Fort Henry; but nothing occurred but slight skirmishing."
While this was going on, unknown to Grant, a curios command situation in the fort was working to his advantage. The ranking Confederate officer, Gen. Floyd, was convinced that the fort would have to surrender, and he was afraid that if he was the one to surrender the fort to Grant that the Federal government might try him for treason, because he would be charged with stealing public funds, and also accused of using his Cabinet position to transfer arms to the Southern states. So he turned the command over to Gen. Pillow. Pillow, a Tennessee politician, had no intention of being the first General to be captured. So when Floyd left, Pillow left with him. So the command of the fort fell to Gen. Buckner. In the ensuing battle the Union army overwhelmed the fort and Grant demanded the surrender. Buckner tried to deal with Grant but Grant sent back a reply to Buckner, " Unconditional surrender". Buckner was shocked--he said Grant was "unchivalric". the knightly way of fighting wars was on its way out. As he could do nothing else, Buckner complied, and 9,000 Confederates laid down their arms.
By this disastrous defeat Nashville was lost, and the Confederates had to take a new line, extending from Middle Tennessee to the border of Alabama and Mississippi. Gen. Grant advanced to Pittsburg Landing on the Tennessee River, not far from the northern boundary of Mississippi. Gen. Buell occupied Nashville, and prepared to join Grant for still a further advance into the heart of the Confederacy . The loss of Fort Henry and Fort Donelson proved very costly to the Confederacy.
Now you may ask what does all of this account of these two battles have to do with a chaplains attempt at an inspirational article. Well, as an analogy I look upon these two battles with the naval bombardments in this way. We as a Christian people are under constant bombardment from our enemy, the Devil. He is constantly sending temptation our way to cause us to give up our walk with our Lord. He tempts us with wealth , sex, status and he stops at nothing to get us to surrender as those two forts did. But I implore you to be brave and don't give in to temptation. Proverbs 3:5-6 says "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge him, and He will guide your paths straight." Proverbs 3:25 "Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, For the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared." NIV
We have a great responsibility in keeping the glory and honor of our noble Confederate soldiers at the forefront of today's PC society. So as we are commanded to do we continue the fight for the way of the beliefs of the Confederate States of America. Be brave and do not despair and don't let the racist NAACP get you down. They are the ones who are the racists.
I am yours in the service of the Lord, Jesus Christ and the service of the
From the Adjutants Desk:
The John T. Lesley Camp 1282, Sons of Confederate Veterans Muster Roll for the month of February, 2003 registers 150 true Compatriots and 19 loyal Legionnaires.
Welcome to Morris W. Tew of Plant City who is the most recent member to the Lesley Camp. His War Between The States forefather was Pvt. Salathiel M. Tew of Co. A, 59th GA Reg.
All but a few of the 2003 SCV Membership Cards have been mailed out. The accompanying SCV Membership Application is an opportunity for you to do your part in the Camp Membership Drive. Remember sons, grandsons, fathers, grandfathers, brothers, uncles and cousins all need to be signed-up. So please get these applications filled out and mailed back to me.
If you have any questions concerning camp business or to process membership paperwork, please do not hesitate in contacting me. Do to special circumstances it is requested that all telephoning be conducted between the hours of 10 AM and 9 PM Monday through Saturday.
Col. Dwight Tetrick, Adjutant
Gods and Generals, the epic screen adaptation of Jeff Shaara's heralded best-selling novel, is a dramatic look back at the War America's bloodiest conflict, in which more than 620,000 lives were lost. A prequel to the acclaimed screen drama Gettysburg, also directed by Ron Maxwell, the film is based on events that are sweeping in scope and made all the more compelling by the human-scaled drama it depicts.A moving portrayal of a nation divided, Gods and Generals begins in early 1861 and continues through 1863, climaxing with the stunning Battle of Chancellorsville. The film illuminates heroes from both sides of the war, such as Colonel Joshua Chamberlain (Daniels), a professor at Maine's Bowdoin College who gave up a promising academic career to enlist in the Union army, then went on to become one of
the North's finest military leaders; Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee (Duvall), and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson (Lang),The tremendous suffering and bravery of the Civil War was not confined to the battlefields. Gods and Generals also tells the story of the wives and families who were forced to assume responsibility at home, often in cities under direct attack from the opposition. Joshua Chamberlain's wife Fanny (Sorvino), Thomas Jackson's wife Anna (Rocha) and Jane Beale (Dillion), whose family was caught in the Battle of Fredericksburg, reflect the spirit, courage and anxiety of those who were left behind.
WHAT IS THE MOSB?
Membership in the Military Order of the Stars & Bars is limited to male descendants, either lineal or collateral, of the Confederate Officer Corps, members of the Confederate Congress, or any elected or appointed member of the Executive Branch of the Confederate Government. All members must be at least twelve years old and maintain active membership in the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
The MOS&B is made up of Chapters, vs. Camps. The headquarters is shared with the Sons of Confederate Veterans, in Elm Springs, Tennessee. Each Chapter has various activities. The William I. Turner #161's (Tampa) actively supports the other Southern heritage organizations, primarily the John T. Lesley Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans and lending aide to the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
Less than 10% of the total Confederate military comprised officer corps. The Florida Society consists of over 200 members.
Meetings are held quarterly, currently at the Golden Corral at the corner of Providence and Lumsten Roads in Brandon. They are dinner meetings. Guests and spouses are welcome and any man who is interested in the organization is invited to contact Jack Boling , Commander of the Chapter.
National organization web site is: http://www.mosbihq.org/
One of the most interesting aspects of the SCV National and Division conventions is the renown oratory contest sponsored by the MOS&B, where participants duel with $25 and $30 words.