Retired college history professor speaks at local SCV camp session
Posted: Friday, January 20, 2012 1:12 pm
The Messenger 01.19.12
The Gen. Otho French Strahl Camp 176 Sons of Confederate Veterans conducted its January meeting on a recent Sunday afternoon at the Obion County Museum on Edwards Street in Union City.
The meeting was called to order by Lt. Commander Danny Isbell, who led the Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. Flag and the SCV Flag Salute. Compatriot Bobby Nichols led opening prayer.
Dr. Michael Bradley, former SCV Tennessee Division commander and retired Motlow College history professor, was program speaker.
He gave a very interesting presentation about David Campbell Kelly of Tennessee, a spokesman said. An ordained Methodist minister, he was also a medical doctor. Not wanting to serve as chaplain or surgeon, he chose to be Forrest’s “Fighting Preacher” and lead his men in combat with the 10th Tennessee (Forrest) Cavalry. He received several field promotions and rose to the rank of colonel, becoming Forrest’s second in command. A monument at Confederate Circle in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Nashville overlooks Kelly’s final resting place.
More can be learned by reading Dr. Bradley’s most recent book, “Forrest’s Fighting Preacher.”
Other items of business conducted or discussed by the chapter included:
• Isbell’s being elevated to camp commander and Compatriot John Abernathy’s being elected lieutenant commander.
• Newest member Will Thralls being presented his membership certificate and SCV pin.
• The financial report being given by Adjutant Jimmy Williams.
• Learning the headstone dedication at the Holloman Cemetery near Mason Hall is still pending.
• Hearing an update on the cleaning up of the old Holman Cemetery across the road from Memorial Gardens. Compatriot Robert Holman’s grandfather is buried there, along with three other Confederate veterans. The cemetery was overgrown and littered with trash after nearly 50 years of neglect, but it has once again taken on the appearance of a cemetery after six work days with the assistance of inmates from the Obion County Jail, local camp members and Mike Hall of Hall’s Tree Service. Another work day is scheduled for Saturday.
• Hearing an update from Abernathy on the fabricating of the Confederate Soldier Monument for the Parks Cemetery Ridge Confederate Memorial Plaza. He and Compatriot Dave Faulkner are doing a great job with this project and expect it to be completed soon, a spokesman said. A dedication is set for April, to correspond with Confederate History Month.
• Being reminded of the Lee-Jackson Dinner Sat-urday at 5:30 p.m. at the National Guard armory in Union City. Compatriot Gene Andrews, chairman of the Forrest Boyhood Home, will be the guest speaker. Visitors are welcome.
The meeting closed with 21 members and five guests in attendance. Nichols offered the closing prayer.
ing in closing prayer.