UDC Chapter 2521 holds meeting
Posted: Friday, April 27, 2012 12:00 am
Members of Paris Chapter 2521, United Daughters of the Confederacy, met at the Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park Folk Life Museum near Eva for their April 21 meeting. The museum is located at Pilot Knob, the highest point in West Tennessee.
Park ranger Aaron Schapley, presented the program about Forrest and showed a film about the area of the Battle of Johnsonville.
Nov. 4, 1864, troops under the command of Gen. Forrest, attacked and destroyed a massive Union supply depot at Johnsonville.
This depot was a major supply point for General William T. Sherman’s army.
During this battle, Forrest’s Cavalry engaged and destroyed a fleet of Union gunboats. The Undine #55 was captured and used for a short time before being breached and burned by the Confederate Army. Also destroyed were the Key West #32, the Elfin #52, and the Tawak #29, all part of the U.S. Navy’s Mississippi Squadron and 17 barges, 14 transports, and over 30 pieces of artillery.
This is the only time in recorded history that land based forces defeated naval forces.
Sandra L. Paschall presented a Membership Certificate for Ina Oberlin Moxley Jennings on her ancestor, John S. Dugger, Company B, 1st regiment, Arkansas Cavalry, to her daughter, Laura Nunnelee.
Joy Bland read the Proclamation by Henry County Major, Brent Greer, proclaiming April Confederate History Month in Henry County.
Julie Wilson presented a donation from the Chapter to the Nathan Bedford Forrest Friends of the Park to be used during their May 19th living history event.
Jenny Whitehead and Amy Poe Erickson were proposed for membership.
Members and guests were encouraged to place flags on Confederate graves, clean grave markers and monuments, attend programs and events, clean old cemeteries with Confederate graves, and other activities to honor our ancestors during April. Members should report these activities for the Division report.
Donna Cooley, Julie Wilson, and Sandra Paschall attended the West Tennessee District meeting in Collierville, March 24.
Ms. Cooley presented a portion of the Historian General’s program about Robert E. Lee’s parents.
The group placed a wreath at the base of the Forrest Monument at the Museum.
The Friends served finger foods and drinks to their guests.
The May 19 meeting will be at 10:30 a.m. at Paris City Hall.
Published in The WCP 4.26.12