Local SCV group meets
Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 8:02 pm
The Gen. Otho French Strahl Camp 176 Sons of Confederate Veterans conducted its March meeting at the Obion County Museum on Edwards Street in Union City.
The meeting was called to order by Cmdr. Ralph Nichols, who led the Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. flag and the SCV flag salute. Chaplain Mike Alexander led the opening prayer.
There were 11 members in attendance.
An interesting and informative PowerPoint/DVD presentation was given by Nichols regarding black soldiers serving in the Confederate Army. There are documented accounts of 50,000 or more who wore the gray serving in many capacities during the four-year conflict.
In other items of business, the group:
• Received an update regarding the possible participation with the city, county and private businesses and individuals regarding the installation of Civil War Trails markers for the Union City area. They present the history of the two Confederate monuments, Camp Brown and the Battle of Union City.
• Heard the display case at the Obion County Public Library is not available for April this year. April is Confederate History Month.
• Learned the canon dedication at the Parks Cemetery Ridge Confederate Memorial Plaza has been reset for June 5, Confederate Memorial Day, in order to coincide with the sesquicentennial celebration.
• Discussed the purchase of a 17-page article about Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest at Fort Pillow to be placed in the free literature rack at the Trimble Flag site. This is one of the most balanced articles written by C.L. Gray in the Stainless Banner e-issue. It can be read at scvcamp176.org.
• Was reminded the upcoming annual division reunion will be held in Cookville April 29-30.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans is the nation’s largest Southern heritage, history and honor organization open to all male descendants of a Confederate soldier who served honorably in the War for Southern Independence.
For more information, call 1-800-MYSOUTH or visit scvcamp176.org.
Published in The Messenger 3.23.11