Col. James J. Searcy
Camp #1923
Sons of Confederate Veterans
Columbia, Missouri

Next Meeting
June 20, 2012

June 6, 2012

Maj.Gen. Sterling Price

The Commander's

Mark Stuart


My fellow Confederates:

While attending our annual SCV Confederate Memorial Day celebration at Higginsville, I was especially touched by the following statement: "One of the worst things to befall a soldier is to be forgotten."

For far too many years, concerted, agenda-driven efforts have been made to revise and/or rewrite the history of the War of Northern Aggression. We have been forced to take down our beloved flags from certain cemeteries thanks to the shameful actions of self-aggrandizing politicians. The TRUE reasons for Southern secession have been buried beneath the cesspit of liberal spin and the brave soldiers who are our ancestors have been allowed to disappear from our memories. Thanks to the specific efforts of our camp genealogist Loren Wayne Reynolds and to the field work of many devoted camp members, more than 280 graves of Confederate veterans within Boone County have been located. A First National Flag is placed upon the gravesite of each and every one of these veterans for Confederate Memorial Day each year BUT in so doing, I would say that much more than the service and memories of these men has been preserved!

Some deny that such a thing as "Southern Heritage" exists. Some say we are all just Americans and that being "southern Americans" is divisive, as if to remember and honor family members who served the Confederacy is somehow a "divisive" and dishonorable thing. We know better!! Southern Heritage is just about all that is left of the true moral fiber emanating from the spirits of our founding fathers. Honor, truth, moral integrity, Christian Biblical foundational principles and a strong family core consisting of an OPPOSITE sex marriage are all part of this Southern Heritage so firmly denied by the starry-eyed liberal herd mentality. Southern by the Grace of God and proud of it, we do NOT denigrate our fellow Americans who are not southern. We love our country and stand shoulder to shoulder in her defense regardless of geographical birth origins BUT within the context of all that, we do celebrate the FACT that Southern Heritage is the cornerstone of American moral integrity.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans will NOT allow the memories to fade and with these memories, our Southern Heritage and all that entails is kept alive as well. Each grave located represents a story and each story tells another good and sound reason for leaving hearth and home to fight a justified war against the tyranny of forced centralist government arrogance. We remember and because we remember, these things survive.


Mark Stuart, Commander Col. James J. Searcy Camp #1923 SCV

Adjutant's Report

Don Bowman
Central Brigade Commander

Missouri Division Commander Darrell Maples & Central Brigade Commander Don Bowman

Missouri Division
Sons of Confederate Veterans
Presented To
Don Bowman
For Service To The Confederate Cause As
Central Brigade Commander
2012 - 2014

Congratulations Don!!

"Historical Bits"

Jack Chance
First Lieutenant

Republic vs. Democracy

United States Constitution
Art. 4 Sec. 4 Par. 1

"The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a
Republican form of Government."
(No mention of democracy.)

Pledge of Allegiance

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands."

As Benjamin Franklin was leaving the building where, after four months of hard work, the Constitution had been completed and signed, a lady asked him what kind of government the convention had created. A very old, very tired, and very wise Benjamin Franklin replied; "A Republic, ma'am if you can keep it."

Webster's dictionary definition: "a government in which supreme power resides in a body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by elected officers and representatives responsible to them and governing according to law."
Democracy: Operates by direct majority vote of the people. When an issue is to be decided, the entire population votes on it; the majority wins and rules. A democracy is rule by majority feeling (what the Founding Fathers described as "mobocracy"). Example: in a democracy, if a majority of the people decides that murder is no longer a crime, murder will no longer be a crime.
Republic: "Where the general population elects representatives who then pass laws to govern the nation" a republic is rule by law. Our republic is a form of government where power is separated, [our Founding Fathers knew that people are basically weak, sinful and corruptible, (Jeremiah 17:9)], pitting men against each other, making it difficult to pass laws and make changes As SCV members it is our duty to defend our Constitution of the United States, therefore we need to know the difference between a Republic and a Democracy. Most of the confusion is due to the bias media and liberal politicians. A democracy alone will destroy States Rights which our ancestors fought so honorably to defend. The next time you hear someone speak of America's democracy you should remind them we are a Republic not a Demoracy.

Jack Chance
Camp Historian

Thoughts from
the Chaplain

Father Richard Rudd
Hughes Camp Chaplain.

He writes the Chaplain's Corner which appears in the Hughes Camp monthly newsletter.

Soon after the formulation of the Constitution, a wise old Franklin confided:

I beg I may not be understood to infer that our general Convention was divinely inspired when it formed the new federal Constitution....yet I must own I have so much faith in the general government of the world by Providence that I can hardly conceive a transaction of such momentous importance to the welfare of millions now existing should be suffered to pass without being in some degree influenced, guided, and governed by that omnipotent, omnipresent, and beneficent Ruler, in Whom all inferior spirits live, move, and have their being.

Some 225 years later, views regarding the Constitution have been shifting dramatically. Ezra Klein of the Washington Post described the Constitution as ��confusing because it was written more than 100 years ago.� The majority of the world�s political, religious, and literary documents are more than 100 years old. Should we scrap them all and reinvent civilization? Sanford Levinson, a law professor at the University of Texas, seems to think so. He said, �All constitutions are human artifacts, and one must always remember the propensity of error even in the finest human beings.� He continued deprecation of the Founding Fathers as ��creatures of their own time, well aware that the future would bring different realities and almost certainly require different solutions to problems of government�� While problems do vary in form, the reality of human nature from which they originate has not changed in 6,000 years.

Richard Labinski of the University of Kentucky wrote The Second Constitutional Convention: How the American People Can Take Back Their Government. Last fall, Lawrence Lessig of Harvard Law School and Mark Meckler of Tea Party Patriots presided over a conference at Harvard of several hundred scholars considering the possibility of calling another constitutional convention. A wide range of issues have been proposed for a convention to deliberate: popular election of the president, a line-item veto, congressional term limits, illegal immigration, English as the official language, termination of life tenure for judges, banning the influence of foreign laws, limiting the roll of money in politics, repaying the national debt. As of 2008, 32 states have passed resolutions calling for a convention to require a balanced budget. As Tom DeWeese of the American Policy Center pointed out, one can soon ascertain from these topics that the call for a convention" .... is not the work of wild-eyed leftists intending to gut the Bill of Rights. This is an effort by conservative legislators who are alarmed by the growing power of government." Many of these conservatives work with the American Legislative Exchange Council and Ten Amendments For Freedom, Inc.

Do noble causes and good intentions justify the calling of a second constitutional convention? What are the inherent risks of doing so? A careful reading of Article V generates more questions than answers. First, it does not stipulate who the delegates might be, how they are selected, or their qualifications. If Congress decides these vital factors, one must be concerned about who controls Congress. Second, who controls the agenda of the convention? The 1787 convention was called specifically to discuss the conduct of interstate commerce under the Articles of Confederation. The unintended result was the demise of the Articles of Confederation and the creation of a totally new document. This demonstrates that once a convention is called, the states have no control of the agenda. Corpus Jurus Secundum, a compilation of state supreme court rulings, agrees that a convention�s freedom to set its own agenda is unlimited. Thus, the potential exists for the very real possibility that the Bill of Rights and the entire Constitution could be replaced with who knows what. Chief Justice Warren Burger wrote ��there is no effective way to limit or muzzle the actions of a constitutional convention. The convention could make its own rules and set its own agenda.� Third, if the result of a convention is unacceptable, what alternative is there? Proponents of a second convention note that the Constitution requires ratification by 75% of the states. Do not count on it. In 1787, the Articles of Confederation required ratification by 100% of the states. This was ignored and the new constitution was allowed to determine its own requirements for ratification. This precedent means a second convention could ignore the current constitution and establish its own requirements for ratification of a new governing document. Ratification by the states is not even assured.

God told the prophet Ezekiel that ��I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel�� God charged Ezekiel that ��you shall give them warning�� (Ezek. 3:17) Watchmen were sentinels posted on the walls of cities to observe enemy movements and alert citizens of danger. Silence would have been a cowardly and fatal dereliction of duty. Today, we live in unwalled cities but God still calls watchmen to warn besieged souls of impending danger. Of our Constitution, law professor Richard Epstein of New York University cautioned that "revision of the document will move us dangerously along a path of greater and more powerful government at the national and state levels that will only make matters worse" Tom DeWeese advised that "there are powerful forces who consider that document (Constitution) to be antiquated and a hindrance to their vision of an all powerful government." Since the Constitution's inception, its enemies' strategy has been one of gradual deconstruction of the Founding Fathers� original intent. If a second convention is ever convened, all that the Confederacy was and all that America is could be lost in one fatal strike. Watchmen are sounding the alarm. Will citizens heed the warning?

Fr. Richard W. Rudd
Hughes Camp Chaplain

The Author's

Paul R. Petersen
"Quantrill at Lawrence"
is his 3rd book on
William Clark Quantrill
published in 2011
This book makes the Politically Correct version look like
Swiss Cheese

Federal Cavalryman proves Quantrill fought at Cane Hill and Prairie Grove

Since the death of William Clarke Quantrill much has been written concerning his early life and military career. As more and more written accounts are made public a much more accurate story of his life can be made. A startling new discovery has recently been made by Quantrill historian and author Paul R. Petersen. During the Battles of Cane Hill and Prairie Grove, Arkansas on November 28 and December 7, 1862 respectfully, all written accounts report that Quantrill did not take part in these battles. When the leaves began to fall in Missouri during the autumn of 1862 Quantrill led his men south into Arkansas. On November 17 Quantrill requisitioned forage from the quartermaster in Fort Smith, Arkansas for his men.

Quantrill's command remained in camp at Fort Smith for a week. After this brief respite, Quantrill took his command across the Arkansas river at Van Buren, Arkansas. At Dipper Springs the guerrillas joined Confederate Gen. John S. Marmaduke with orders to attach themselves as an independent cavalry command to Col. Benjamin Elliott�s cavalry battalion serving under General Joseph O. Shelby. After the Confederates made it safely into Van Buren, they set up camp and remained there for four days. Here they awaited the arrival of Sterling Price�s infantry. The first units to arrive had many men who were close friends of those in Quantrill�s company. Here far away from home they were reunited with old friends from Jackson County that they had not seen for many months.

Following this date Quantrill was suppose to have left his command in charge of his adjutant Lt. Wil liam H. Gregg then traveled with his orderly sergeant Andrew Blunt to Richmond, Virginia seeking an independent commission of partisan rangers from President Jefferson Davis. Without any official records it was assumed that Quantrill left for Richmond sometime before November 28 when the Battle of Cane Hill began. Noted Quantrill historian William Elsey Connelley said of Quantrill during this period that "While Quantrill's company was attached to the command of General J. O. Shelby when it reached the Confederate lines in Arkansas, Quantrill himself did not remain with it." Another noted modern author, Edward E. Leslie of The Devil Knows How to Ride wrote: "In the coming months Marmaduke's division saw considerable action and was much bloodied; Shelby's brigade earned the nickname the 'Iron Brigade,' but Quantrill would miss all the fighting. In the middle of November he left Todd in charge of the band and, accompanied by Andy Blunt and a man named Higbee, went to Richmond."Richmond." With all due respect done by these contemporary and modern historians the officers of quantrillsguerrillas. com are proud of being able to continue the research into the life of William Clarke Quantrill and show the truth behind the false accounts that have been perpetrated for so many years. Cavalryman Homer Harris Jewett was from Pella, Henry County, Iowa. He enlisted in Company D, 7th Missouri Cavalry at Oquaqa, Illinois on September 17, 1861. During the First Battle of Independence on August 11, 1862 he was slightly wounded and taken prisoner by Quantrill's men. Before being exchanged he was led south into Arkansas as a prisoner of war. While being guarded and held in the Confederate camp near the Cove Creek road he wrote in his diary on Tuesday, December 9, 1862, "We had learned before that Quantrill was here and that it was by his men we were taken. We were marched into an open field and bivouacked for a while. The Provost Marshal took possession of us. We were inspected by them to see if any of Willhite's men were among us. Willhite is a Union bushwhacker. Col. Shelby and Quantrill rode up and down the line looking at each one. Quantrill is a small man about 5 ft 8 in, light hair and eye brows with a mustache and 'imperial' of the same colour. There was a very quiet look about him and I observed his compressed lips to slightly quiver as he ran his eye over us. I would here observe that the officers who were taken were paroled after the battle. Lt. Combs, Lt. Merihue and a Major of the 1st Missouri were taken. The artist Camell from Independence who joined Quantrill at the Independence battle came and talked with us, also some others from there."

Private Homer Jewett wrote this entry in his diary concerning his personal meeting with Quantrill on December 9, 1862. The Battle of Cane Hill Arkansas took place on November 28, 1862. The Battle of Prairie Grove took place on December 7, 1862. This single written account sets the record straight for all future historians that Quantrill was present with his men during these two epic battles.

References: William Elsey Connelley - Quantrill and the Border Wars; Edward E. Leslie - The Devil Knows How to Ride; Tom Jewett - Failed Ambition - The Civil War Journals & Letters of Cavalryman Homer Harris Jewett Photo of the Federal cavalryman, Homer Harris Jewett, who wrote in his diary that he saw Quantrill with Shelby during the battle of Prairie Grove when he was captured. Photo courtesy of Tom Jewett, author of Failed Ambition - The Civil War Journal & Letters of Cavalryman Homer Harris Jewett

Article by: Paul R. Petersen
Author & Historian

Paul R. Petersen has written Quantrill of Missouri, Quantrill in Texas, Quantrill at Lawrence and Lost Souls of the Lost Township.

Petersen is a retired U.S. Marine Corps Master Sergeant and a highly decorated infantry combat veteran of the Vietnam War, Operation Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is a member of the William Clarke Quantrill Society, the James-Younger Gang Association, the Sons of the American Revolution, and the Jackson County and Missouri State Historical Societies. He received his A.B.A. from Longview Community College and attends Ottawa University. Petersen lives in Raytown, Missouri.

Camp #1923 Meeting
April 18

Report on Higginsville and Courthouse ceremonies
Centralia cemetery sign report.
Mo Civil War Sesquicentennial Sign
MO State Genealogical Assoc.Millersburg Cem. finds.


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