Welcome from Camp Commander Jim Becker

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Welcome to our web-site where we hope you will find useful information about our camp and our activities and where prospective members can find the information they need.   Hopefully you will find links to relevant sites and to key camp personnel who can address any questions you may have.  It is my hope to grow the camp roster through a multitude of excellent gatherings with our compatriots to strengthen our resolve and relationships in a manner that would make General Lee proud. We have volunteer opportunities in the camp if you would consider offering your time and talents to learn, serve, and build life-long relationships with fellow compatriots.  Let me know if you are interested in taking on some responsibility and we will work with you.  You are the future of the camp and we need you.

Key points of contact within the camp are:

Camp Commander – Jim Becker…….………………….. BeckerJim@gmail.com

Camp Adjutant & Treasurer – J.J. Smith…………….. jossmith@mba1962.hbs.edu

We have had many successful events, look for details in the past and current General Orders and also the past events Tab(click on General Orders Tab or Past Events Tab across the top of the website home page) .

Please mark your calendars to reserve the dates for our upcoming events that you will certainly want to consider attending (see right side of Home webpage):

Up-coming 2017 events follow:

Sunday, October 8th – 4 to 7 PM, Annual BBQ to be held at the home of Bob Montague at 119 S. Lee Street in Alexandria. Dixie Bones to cater RSVP to Tom Vaughan per the August General Orders.

Monday November 6th – Dinner meeting (Scott Stroh director of Gunston Hall, topic what it was like during the WBTS at GH) RSVP to Tom Vaughan.

Monday December 4th – Annual Christmas party hosted by the MOS&B (and SCV) RSVP to Tom Vaughan.

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Past 2017 events follow (see the past events and General Orders tab for details):

Thursday January 19th – R.E. Lee 209th Birthday Banquet at Belle Haven Country Club (Speaker is historian Steve McLeod, Director of Library Programs at Mount Vernon and a genealogist, his topic: What it was it like at Mount Vernon during the Civil War). See the February 2017 General Orders for details and pictures.

Monday February 20th – Alexandria’s George Washington Birthday Parade, see the March 2017 General Orders for details

Monday Feb. 20, 2017 – Alexandria’s George Washington Birthday Parade

Monday March 6th Dinner meeting with Doug Coleman, see the April 2017 General Orders for details

Sunday March 19th Mary Custis Lee 17th Virginia UDC hosted a champagne brunch fundraiser for the protection of the Appomattox statue at the Mount Vernon Country Club (11:00 AM, details in the General Orders, April 2017).

Saturday March 25th – 11:30 Adopt-a-Block clean-up activity around Christ Church in Alexandria, VA. After action refreshment at Murphy’s complements of the camp.

Monday April 3rd Dinner meeting (Speaker David Goetz, author of “Hell is Being a Republican in Virginia” – The Postwar Relationship between John Singleton Mosby and Ulysses S. Grant, (2012), details at: http://www.mosbystours.com/Hell-is-Being-a-Republican-in-Virginia.htm).

Saturday April 8th Don Hakenson’s both Sides Tour, leaves at 8:15 AM sharp from the Franconia Museum, 6121 Franconia Road. Cost is $100 pp, contact Don at 703-971-4984 or dhakenson@verizon.net.

Saturday May 13th – 11:00 Adopt-a-Block clean-up around Christ Church

Wednesday May 24th – the General Samuel Cooper Chapter #105 MOS&B Service of Remembrance for Confederate Memorial Day at St. Andrew & St. Margaret of Scotland with the Rector, Rev. John Roddy and the Camp dinner in the undercroft.

Monday May 29th – Nation’s Memorial Day Parade.

Sunday June 4th – 103rd Anniversary of DC UDC’s 11:00 a.m. Memorial Service at The Confederate Memorial, Jackson Circle, in Honor of Confederate President Jefferson Davis 208th Birthday (6/3/1808) and the Confederate Soldiers buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Then the SCV Confederate Memorial Committee Ceremony at 3:00 at the Confederate Monument (Richard Hines).

June 18-23rd 2017 – 15th Annual Sam Davis Youth Camp at SW Virginia Woodmen of the World Family Activity Center, 1336 Simmons Mill Rd, Thaxton, VA 24174. The deadline for applications is Friday, Jun 9, 2017. (http://samdavis.scv.org/).

July 16th – Juleps & Cigar Garden Party – Home of Claude Crump, RSVP to Tom Vaughan

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Past 2016 events follow (see the past events and General Orders tab for details):

Saturday January 16th – 11:00 AM June Miller and the DC UDC hosting their annual commemoration of R.E. Lee’s birth at the Chevy Chase Village Hall, 5906 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase, MD 20815 (formerly these ceremonies were held at the US Capitol Crypt), all are welcome.

Sunday January 17th – 12:00 to 3:00 p.m., Debby Mullins and the Alexandria UDC invite you to the R.E. Lee Camp Hall Museum, 806 Prince Street, Alexandria, to hear Al Stone interpreting R.E. Lee as the post-war President of Washington College, noon to 2 p.m., Admission is free. Donations gratefully accepted.

Tuesday January 19th – Annual R.E. Lee 209th Birthday Banquet at Belle Haven Country Club.

Wednesday January 27th – 7:00 – 9:00 PM, Alexandria City Council meeting to address Confederate names, etc. at City Hall, Sister Cities Conference Room (Room 1101 – right off the Vola Lawson lobby).

Monday February 15th – George Washington Birthday Parade in Alexandria, VA.

Monday February 29th – Special Dinner Meeting with William C. “Jack” Davis from Virginia Tech.

Monday April 4th – Dinner Meeting, speaker Harold Mills, The Confederate Secret Service.

Thurs – Sat May 19-21st – Fairhope, Alabama – 2016 Military Order of the Stars and Bars National Convention.

Tuesday May 24th – Confederate Memorial Day Services of Remembrance in Alexandria.

Monday May 30th – National Memorial Day Parade, Washington, DC.

June 2016 – 12th Annual Sam Davis Youth Camp in Thaxton, VA (http://samdavis.scv.org/).

June 18th or 19th Juleps & Cigar Garden Party – Home of Claude Crump, date is flexible.

July 14-16, 2016 – SCV National Reunion will be in Richardson, Texas.

Saturday, October 1st Annual BBQ/Steak Fry, Todd Lewis’ courtyard, Dixie Bones to cater (could schedule for Saturday the 29th and have Sunday the 30th as the rain date) RSVP to TBD

Monday November 7th Dinner meeting (Speaker David Stringfellow – The Knights of the Golden Circle)

Monday December 5th Annual Christmas party hosted by the MOS&B (and SCV)

Past 2015 events follow (see the past General Orders for details):

Sunday January 18, 2015 – Annual R.E. Lee 208th Birthday Banquet at Belle Haven Country Club.

Monday February 16th the George Washington Birthday Parade in Alexandria, VA (cancelled due to extreme cold weather) where we join by many different SCV camps and groups in Virginia and Maryland.

Monday March 2nd Dinner meeting with speaker Philip Schreier (NRA senior curator) at the American Legion Post 24 Hall at 400 Cameron Street at S. Royal St behind Gadsby’s Tavern (up the stairs).

Monday April  6th Dinner meeting with speaker Billie Earnest who addressed The Life of George Pickett at the American Legion Post 24 Hall at 400 Cameron Street at S. Royal St behind Gadsby’s Tavern (up the stairs).

Sunday May 24th – Confederate Memorial Day services with dinner following at St. Andrew & St. Margaret of Scotland in Del Ray section of Alexandria.

Monday May 25th – Nation’s Memorial Day parade in Washington DC.

Monday June 1st – Camp member Kim Holien will talk about the street names in Who Are Those Guys? at 7:00 PM at the Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library, 5005 Duke St. See page 6 for details.

Weekend of June 6th – Mosby Rangers Descendants Reunion, Middleburg Community Center

Sunday of June 7th – 101st Anniversary of DC UDC’s 11:00 a.m. Memorial Service at The Confederate Memorial, Jackson Circle, in Honor of Confederate President Jefferson Davis’ 207th Birthday (6/3/1808) and the Confederate Soldiers buried in Arlington National Cemetery. See page 6 for details.

Weekend of June 20th – Annual Mint Julep and Cigar Garden Party 4:00 – 7:00 details to be announced

Week of June 21 – 27th – Sam Davis Youth Camp in Thaxton, VA

Thursday July 9th – Saturday July 11th – The Military Order of Stars and Bars National Convention

Wednesday July 15th – Sunday July 19th – SCV National Convention in Richmond, VA http://www.jebstuartcamp.org/jebstuartcamp.org/2015reunion/

Saturday September 26th – Annual BBQ (rain date is Sunday the 27th) Tunnel Flats, Alexandria, VA

Saturday October 3rd – How the Civil War Changed Washington, 11:00 AM, Anacostia Museum, Washington DC, details at: http://www.leecamp.org/?page_id=37&event_id=104

Saturday October 10th – Harvard Club of Washington’s 16th Annual Ball’s Bluf Battlefield Tour, 1:00 PM, Leesburg, details at: http://www.harvard-dc.org/article.html?aid=1065&nl=497

Saturday October 24th – Don Hakenson’ s Both Sides Bus Tour XV, Franconia Museum, Alexandria, 8:00 AM, details at: http://www.leecamp.org/?page_id=37&event_id=99

Monday November 2nd – Dinner meeting with speaker Don Hakenson at the Legion Hall, details in the November General Orders

Monday December 7th – MOS&B Annual Christmas Party/Dinner at the Legion Hall, details in the December General Orders

Past 2014 events follow (see the past General Orders for details):

Sunday January 19, 2014 – Annual R.E. Lee 207th Birthday Banquet at Belle Haven Country Club with speaker Jack London the CFO of CACI (details in the January 2014 General Orders).

Monday February 17th the George Washington Birthday Parade in Alexandria, VA where we join by many different SCV camps and groups in Virginia and Maryland.

Monday March 3th Dinner meeting with speaker David Bridges at the American Legion Post 24 Hall at 400 Cameron Street at S. Royal St behind Gadsby’s Tavern (up the stairs). David’s topic will be: Who are the American Heroes.

Monday April  7th Dinner meeting with speaker Ed Trexler at the American Legion Post 24 Hall at 400 Cameron Street at S. Royal St behind Gadsby’s Tavern (up the stairs).

Saturday May 24th – Confederate Memorial Day services with dinner following at St. Andrew & St. Margaret of Scotland in Del Ray section of Alexandria.

Monday May 26th – Nation’s Memorial Day parade in Washington DC.

Sunday June 8th – DC UDC 11:00 a.m. Memorial Service at The Arlington National Cemetery Confederate Memorial, Jackson Circle, in Honor of Confederate President Jefferson Davis’ 206th Birthday.

Sunday June 22nd – Annual Mint Julep and Cigar Garden Party 4:00 – 7:00 at the home of Robert Latane Montague, III at 119 S. Lee Street in Alexandria behind The Athenaeum Museum (details will be in the next General Orders)

Saturday September 27th – Annual Camp BBQ at Tunnel Flats in Alexandria.

Monday November 3rd – Camp dinner at the American Legion Post 24 Hall at 400 Cameron Street at S. Royal St behind Gadsby’s Tavern (up the stairs).  Speaker William Connery will speak about Mosby’s raids or the use of balloons.

Monday December  1st – Annual Christmas Party/Dinner hosted by the MOS&B  at the American Legion Post 24 Hall at 400 Cameron Street at S. Royal St behind Gadsby’s Tavern (up the stairs).

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Past 2013 events follow (see the past General Orders for details):

Saturday January 19th was the  R.E. Lee 206th Birthday Banquet at Belle Haven Country Club in Alexandria, VA.  Our speaker: Ann Graham, past chapter president of the Alexandria Mary Custis Lee 17th VA Reg #7 UDC, presented detailed accounts of the first 50 years of our camp, the R.E. Lee Camp #726 SCV.  This was a very successful event.  Go to the January 2013 General Orders for details.

Saturday February 2nd, 11:00 AM, the Crypt, US Capitol “DC Division UDC” commemoration of 206th Birthday of RE Lee (see the February 2013 General Orders for details).

Monday February 18th the George Washington Birthday Parade in Alexandria, VA was another grand event where we were joined by many different SCV camps and groups in Virginia and Maryland.  Two of the groups that joined us were awarded 2nd place for their catagory (see the February 2013 General Orders for pictures and details).

Monday March 4th Dinner meeting with speaker William Connery, author of Civil War Northern Virginia 1861 (See March General Orders for details).

Monday April 1st Dinner meeting with D.H. Hill, played by our own Doug Batson and his wife Terri, come and witness “I will Not Submit to the Swindle!” (see April General Orders for details).

Friday May 24th – Confederate Memorial Day services with dinner following (see June General Orders and Post)

Monday May 27th – Nation’s Memorial Day parade in Washington DC  (see June General Orders and Post)

Sunday June 2nd – DC UDC 11:00 a.m. Memorial Service at The Arlington National Cemetery Confederate Memorial, Jackson Circle, in Honor of Confederate President Jefferson Davis’ 205th Birthday (details will be in the next General Orders)

Sunday June 23rd – Annual Mint Julep and Cigar Garden Party 4:00 – 7:00 at the home of Robert Latane Montague, III at 119 S. Lee Street in Alexandria behind The Athenaeum Museum (details will be in the next General Orders)

Saturday September 28th – Annual Camp BBQ at Tunnel Flats in Alexandria was another camp success, see the October General Orders for details.

Monday November 4th – Camp dinner at the American Legion Post 24 Hall at 400 Cameron Street at S. Royal St behind Gadsby’s Tavern (up the stairs). See November General Orders for details

Monday December  2nd – Annual Christmas Party/Dinner hosted by the MOS&B  at the American Legion Post 24 Hall at 400 Cameron Street at S. Royal St behind Gadsby’s Tavern (up the stairs). See December General Orders for details.

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For additional information about the camp or our events you may email me or the camp adjutant.  I do hope that you will be able to come and join us for great food, drink, and fellowship at any of the above events and I hope that you will consider joining our ranks.  I hope that you have an exciting and fulfilling 2014 and I look forward to meeting you at any of the events listed above or in the Events section of the front page.

Deo Vindice, Cmdr Jim Becker

National Memorial Day Parades (Videos and Pictures)

2016, May 30th –

The Nation’s Memorial Day Parade is our opportunity to represent our ancestors as we march down Constitution Avenue! We are always well received, cheered, and applauded. We appreciate all of the participants who turned out to support the cause with members of the R.E. Lee Camp #726 SCV, the General Samuel Cooper Chapter #105 MOS&B, and the Maryland Division SCV and Color Guard.

Marching with Lee Camp Commander Jim Becker are many like minded friends and patriots and members of our camp. Jim’s wife Carol is typically attired as the camp’s southern belle.

We are traditionally joined by the Maryland Division SCV and Color Guard led by Color Sergeant Ray Rooks with Maryland Division Commander Jay Barringer, Jim Bibb, Lou Fritz, Bill Fronk, Craig Gotschall, Jim McGlincy, Mike Sipes, and John Zebelean representing the Trimble Camp.  Mike Hinton representing the Maryland Line and Brandon Gehrt representing Camalier Camp. Commander Bob Parker representing the Bowling Camp and Liz Groszer representing the Hetty Cary Chapter OCR carried the Maryland banner. Commander Jay Barringer played the bagpipe and Jim Bibb pounded a steady beat on the drum for marching.

Next year we are hoping to have more members participate, so put May 29th, 2017 on your calendar and plan to join us. Cars can be provided if walking is a problem.

The parade starts at 2:00 and we are underway at 2:30. At 3:00 the Parade halts for a moment of silence in remembrance of all American soldiers of who died in the wars of the past. We march in remembrance of all Confederate soldiers and their ancestors who have fought for America’s freedom in every engagement since the WBTS. May we never forget the sacrifices our ancestors and fellow compatriots who have served and are serving in the Armed Forces for the freedoms we all hold dear. All gave some; some gave all.

A complete set of pictures can be viewed by doing a Ctrl+Click on the following link (you do not need to sign up for Shutterfly to view the photos):

https://20160530memorialdaywithscv.shutterfly.com/4 then click on Slideshow to have the pictures displayed in order.
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The 2015 Nation’s Memorial Day Parade was our opportunity to represent our ancestors as we marched down Constitution Avenue, on National TV! We are always well received, cheered, and applauded. It was another successful gathering. We appreciate all of the participants who turned out to support the cause. The Camp and Chapter participants were: Rev. Richard Edgar, Camp Commander Jim Becker, Camp Adjutant and MOS&B Commander J.J. Smith, the Rev. Edgar, Bob Montague, John Lumsden, and Carol Michel Becker. We were joined by the Maryland Division Color Guard with Commander Bob Parker representing the Bowling Camp and Liz Groszer representing the Hetty Cary Chapter OCR who carried their banner. Mike Hinton represented the Maryland Line; Maryland Division Commander Jay Barringer, Jim Bibb, John Zebelean, Lout Fritz, Bill Fronk, and Color Sergeant Ray Rooks represented the Trimble Camp. Commander Jay Barringer played the bagpipe and Jim Bibb pounded a steady beat for marching.

Also joining us were Ed Creasy on his horse Ranger and his co-rider Jerry Eck; along with Joe Whitney on fife and Jonathan Cagle-Mulberg on drums. Next year we are hoping to have more members participate so put May 30th, 2016 on your calendar and plan to join us. Cars can be provided if walking is a problem.

The parade started at 2:00 and we were underway at 2:30. At 3:00 the Parade halted for a moment of silence in remembrance of the soldiers of America who died in the wars of the past. We were well received and covered by News Channel 8 as we marched in remembrance of all Confederate soldiers and their ancestors who have fought for America’s freedom in every engagement since the WBTS. May we never forget the sacrifices our ancestors and fellow compatriots who have served and are serving in the Armed Forces for the freedoms we all hold dear. All gave some; some gave all.

We were a Band of Brothers as we marched with our friends and compatriots from Maryland and Virginia!

A complete set of pictures (which includes a shot of Teddy Roosevelt and some of his Rough Riders) can be viewed by doing a Ctrl+Click on the following link (you do no need to sign up):

share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=1AZNmLZq2YtW9 then click on Play Slideshow.

Phil Logan provided the following video link: the 2015 TV recording: http://youtu.be/6qP98VtV5Wk.

2014 –

The 2014 Nation’s Memorial Day Parade in Washington D.C. was another successful gathering. We greatly appreciate all of the participants who turned out to support the cause. The Camp and Chapter participants were: Rev. Richard Edgar, Camp Commander Jim Becker and his wife Carol, Camp Adjutant and MOS&B Commander J.J. Smith, MOS&B member Bill Price and his wife Marsha, Ron Kirby and his wife Laurie, and Phil Logan. We were joined by Ray Rooks and the Maryland SCV and Color Guard. Next year we are hoping to have 25 members participate so put May 27th, 2015 on your calendar and plan to join us, cars can be provided to help if walking is problem.

The parade started at 2:00 and we were underway at 2:35. At 3:00 the Parade halted for a moment of silence in remembrance of the soldiers of America who died in the wars of the past. We were well received and covered by News Channel 8 and our marching in remembrance of all Confederate soldiers and their ancestors who have fought for American freedom. Clink on the following link to view a video of the TV recording (provided by Phil Logan): http://youtu.be/J2Kn5oXD6Ms

We were joined by Color Sergerant Ray Rooks and nine flags of the Maryland Color Guard carried by: Dan Fedorko represented the Stringfellow Camp of VA; Mike Hinton, and Steve Hinton represented the Maryland Line Camp; Brian Gehrt and Brandon Gehrt represented the Waddell Camp; Bob Parker and Jim Dunbar represented the Bowling Camp; Maryland Division Commander Jay Barringer (bagpiper), Terry Klima, Jim Bibb, John Zebelean, Lou Fritz, Bill Fronk and Ray Rooks represented the Trimble Camp.  We all came together to honor Confederate soldiers and to show the world that WE ARE A BAND OF BROTHERS!

A complete set of pictures (including a few cultural paintings from the NGA and the George Washington Chapter SAR) can be viewed by doing a Ctrl+Click on the following link:

http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=1AZNmLZq2YtWm1then click on View Album and then click on Play Slideshow.

2013 –

Every year the Nation’s Memorial Day Parade in Washington D.C., is always a successful gathering and we greatly appreciate and thank all of the participants who turned out.  We greatly appreciate all of the participants who turned out to support the cause.  The Camp and Chapter participants were: Rev. Richard Edgar, Camp Commander Jim Becker, his wife Carol, and son James, Adjutant J.J. Smith, MOS&B member Bill Price, Ron Kirby, Phil Logan and his friend Elouisa. We were joined by Ray Rooks and the Maryland Color Guard, Ed Creasy and his horse Ranger with his partner Holly Hueston riding Little Buck, and Art Magner of Breckenridge Carriages.

The weather was beautiful and as the Color Guard waited to start, Trace Adkins, an SCV member, greeted a number of our contingent. The Maryland Division Band struck up “Dixie” and the Colors presented, and Trace waved to the Maryland Division Color Guard. The parade started at 2:00 and at 3:00 the Parade halted for a moment of silence in remembrance of the soldiers of America who died in the wars of the past. National Television covered the parade and our marching in  remembrance of all Confederate soldiers.  You can view a video of the TV recording of us by clicking on the following link and then hit play: https://www.facebook.com/video/embed?video_id=10151604826600816

We were joined by Commander Ed Creasy, 47th Virginia Cavalry #2124 on his horse Ranger and his sidekick Holly Hueston ridging Little Buck. Joining Ed Was Art Manger of Breckenridge Carriages. Spectators enjoyed Ed’s charges down Constitution Ave. Color Sergerant Ray Rooks and the flags of the Maryland Color Guard carried by: Dan Fedorko represented the Stringfellow Camp of VA; Mike Hinton, and Steve Hinton represetned the Maryland Line Camp; Brian Gehrt and Brandon Gehrt represented the Waddell Camp; Bob Parker and Jim Dunbar represented the Bowling Camp; Maryland Division Commander Jay Barringer (bagpiper), Terry Klima, Jim Bibb, John Zebelean, Lou Fritz, Bill Fronk and Ray Rooks represented the Trimble Camp.  We all came together to honor Confederate soldiers and to show the world that WE ARE A BAND OF BROTHERS!

A complete set of pictures can be viewed by doing a Ctrl+Click on the following link: share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=1AZNmLZq2YtWO_ then click on View Album and then click on Play Slideshow.

Additional pictures from past parades and a short video may be viewed at: http://pix.kg/p/7827024701103%3A171827953/scl or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lL6M9SnDfAo

Alexandria Confederate Memorial Day May 24th

2015 –

Christ Church continues to restrict our traditional solemn ceremony at the mass Confederate grave. Gone is the firing of volleys by re-enactors over the mass grave while prayers were being said. Four years ago we were told that our sermon and prayers at the church service had to be pre-approved by the clergy at Christ Church, i.e., censorship. Further, no Confederate flags or uniforms were to be permitted on the church grounds and no Confederate regalia could be displayed on any person that could be viewed at 30 feet. Despite these limitations, the Gen. Samuel Cooper Chapter MOS&B Commander, J.J. Smith, led the May 24th Gravesite Service at Christ Church that began at 5:45 pm. Acting Adjutant, Bill Price, read each name of a Confederate soldier interred, and MOS&B First Lieutenant, Jim Becker, handed to our participants a rose for each soldier to be placed at the mass gravesite. Ray Rooks led the Maryland Color Guard who stood on the sidewalk outside of the cemetery per the restrictions set by Christ Church. This actually draws positive attention to our service as the flags are easy to spot by the passing cars and those walking by.

Alexandria where Fr. John Roddy again welcomed us to his church. Uniforms, flags, and regalia were not a problem. In fact he volunteered to deliver the sermon and bless the banners. His sermon was more than merely memorable. It presented in very direct language the truth and undistorted facts about the WTBS from the eulogy at the funeral for a Louisiana bishop who prior to the war was educating his slaves for eventual freedom.

At the beginning of the service Fr. John and those present sang three of the eight verses of God Save the South. You could feel the emotion present. At the end of the service our Confederate flags and banners were personally blessed and sprinkled with Holy Water at the chancel rail.

Following the service we enjoyed the fellowship of 39 members and guests at our BBQ in the St. Andrew undercroft hosted by the R.E. Lee Camp. Commander Becker presented Carl Fenton with a pin, card, and certificate that establishes him as a Friend of the camp and the SCV. We were delighted to meet Mimi (Air Force Col. Mae Etta Friel (RET)), Julie & Don Slagle, Andrew & Virginia Roesell and family, and potential members Michael Mayfield and Alex Habighorst who attend St. Andrew & St. Margarets.

All of the evening’s pictures can be viewed by doing a Ctrl+Click on the following link: share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=1AZNmLZq2YtW9u (you do not need to set up account to view the pictures) then click on Play Slideshow.

2013 –

The Camp and Chapter May 24th Gravesite Service began at 5:30 pm, was well attended and supported by Rob Hodge and Color Sergeant Ray Rooks leading the Maryland Color Guard.

A video of the service can be viewed on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjxtoX_uhfs   All of the picturestaken can be viewed by doing a Ctrl+Click on the following link: share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=1AZNmLZq2YtWOd then click on View Album and then click on Play Slideshow.

For the first time since 1979 the RE Lee Camp held its service at a church other than Christ Church, Alexandria. This year we were graciously hosted by The Anglican Catholic Church of St. Andrew & St. Margaret of Scotland in the Delray section of Alexandria.

Perhaps five years ago Christ Church prohibited our traditional solemn ceremony at the mass Confederate grave from firing volleys by re-enactors over the mass grave while prayers were being said. Two years ago we were then told that our sermon and prayers at the church service had to be pre-approved by the clergy at Christ Church, i.e., censorship. Further, no Confederate flags or uniforms were to be permitted on the church grounds and no Confederate regalia to be displayed on the person that could be viewed at 30 feet. Fr. John Roddy of St. Andrew & St. Margaret of Scotland then welcomed us to his church. Uniforms, flags, and regalia would be no problem. In fact he volunteered to deliver the sermon and bless the banners. His sermon was more than merely memorable, it presented in very direct language the truth and undistorted facts about the WTBS and agreements made that are no longer understood or adhered to.

The decision to go to St. Andrew & St. Margaret was a truly unique choice. A former rector, Rev. H. Paul Porter (requiescat in pace) had served as a Commander-in-Chief of the Military Order of the Stars and Bars, and, as a Commander-in-Chief of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. This conflation makes StA&M distinct throughout our Southland.

In the history of the RE Lee Camp and its predecessors there is no record of a Clergyman blessing the flags and banners. This was a first for the Lee Camp. Over 11 Confederate flags and banners were personally blessed and sprinkled with Holy Water at the chancel rail at the beginning of the service by Fr. John while those present sang all eight verses of God Save the South. You could feel the emotion present.

Over 75 people attended the Service of Remembrance from the RE Lee Camp, the Davis Camp, and the Stringfellow Camp in addition to parishioners and members of the public. Over 11 re-enactors participated to include the famous re-enactor Robert Lee Hodge and the renown Maryland Color Guard led by Color Sergeant Ray Rooks with: Brain Gehrt representing the Waddell Camp; Jim Dunbar representing the Bowling Camp; Bill Fronk, John Zebelean, Lou Fritz, Dr. Dave Denisch, Bill Atwell, Sam Dutterer, and Ray representing the Trimble Camp. This multiple official camp participation was also another first.

Following the service we enjoyed the fellowship of over 60 who attended the BBQ in the St. Andrew undercroft. The attendees of the service and the BBQ were not all the same, so that we can fairly state that there were over 100 that attended one of the two events! This was the best attendance in the living memory of the Lee Camp. It marked a new beginning for our memorial service.

During the dinner and fellowship a Certificate of Appreciation was provided to Honorary Lee Camp Member Ann Graham, who authored “The Bounden Duty of the Progeny – A History: Robert E. Lee Camp, No. 726 Sons of Confederate Veterans” the the first 50 years of the Robert E. Lee Camp. A Robert E. Lee bust was presented to Fr. Roddy. We inducted Brian Lewis, Shane Blevins and his sons Brenden and Blake Blevins into the R.E. Lee Camp and Brian Lewis into the General Samuel Cooper Chapter. We also awarded Brenden Blevins with a check for his attendance at the Sam Davis Youth Camp.  He will report to us on his experiences at a fall meeting.

In the week following, Ann Graham sent the following message to Richard Abell, “Richard:  You deserve a big thank you for hosting this year’s service — not only for hosting it, but for making it one of the best services in a very long time.  Your church was just right, and Reverend Roddy was an outstanding speaker.  I think we all resonated with everything he said, and what a joy to hear someone say those things again.  Watching the flags being carried down the aisle was a very emotional experience for me.  Everything was just top-notch.  Thank you so much; it was obvious that a lot of effort and love went into making it just right.”

I echo her thoughts and praise to Richard and all of those who helped to make this event one of the very best we have experienced in our history.

We Need You – Please sign up and help further the cause

You are the future of the camp and we need you. If you’ve read the article in the June General Orders on the 2013 National Memorial Day Parade you know that the R.E. Lee Camp had the pleasure and honor of joining with fellow groups from the SCV, Living Historians portraying Leaders, Soldiers, and Ladies of the Old South to create an extremely impressive presence in the National Memorial Day Parade.  Our contingents included equestrians, musicians, color guards, portrayals of the high officers and foot soldiers of the Confederacy and a horse drawn carriage carrying ladies in costume portraying southern womanhood.  As this event was broadcast live on national TV, our message of Southern Heritage and Honor was presented to thousands across the Nation as we stayed in front of the reviewing stand during the moment of silence, Taps, the flyover, and the singing of Amazing Grace.

I want to thank our camp/chapter members and the members of the participating groups listed in the article, who worked with us to send our message to the public.  Thank you all for your commitment and participation at this event in this second year of the Sesquicentennial of the War Between The States. We honored our Veterans and all American Veterans.  For a moment in time, the streets of the Capital belonged to us.  Congratulations!!

I urge all camp members to participate in our public events as we do not want to become a camp that basically meets, greets, and eats.  We are offered truly unique opportunities to display the Battle Flag in public.  The day we cannot muster enough participants to take this opportunity and use it to the fullest will be the day our history is consigned to the dark corners of museums and will cease to be a living heritage.  Join us as we experience the cheers and salutes of the public when they see the Battle Flag.  Share the feeling of having done your duty to honor your ancestor(s) before the public as the Camp and Color Guard need new recruits.  If you are interested in joining us, volunteering to help us, or desire to become a camp officer please let me know.

Deo Vindice,
Jim Becker
Camp Commander
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Video links of the R.E. Lee Camp marching in local parades

The following links display the R.E. Lee Camp and fellow compatriots in the  DC National Memorial Day Parade.  The videos were edited and posted by fellow compatriot and former camp Sergeant at Arms, Phil Logan.

The classic camp video (and a personal favorite) of the 2009 National Memorial Day Parade in Washington DC: .

Links to the Recent videos follow.

the 2011 TV recording: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2F4mNYRVgM

the 2014 TV recording: http://youtu.be/J2Kn5oXD6Ms and

the 2015 TV recording: http://youtu.be/6qP98VtV5Wk.

The Alexandria 2011 George Washington’s Birthday Parade was an outstanding success for Southern Heritage. A video of the Parade was produced and posted to YouTube by Sergeant at Arms Phil Logan using images captured by Richard Fickling, thank you both. You may view the video by going to: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBd4Hth2ZZQ

 

George Washington Birthday Parade

Under the most excellent leadership of the R.E. Lee Camp 726 commander, Jim Becker, and his wife Carol along with many other members of the camp we are typically joined by many historically minded groups to make an outstanding presence .  Congratulations and a special thank you to all those who participate in the Washington’s Birthday Parade in Old Town Alexandria.  Participants included members of the Maryland Division Color Guard, the Frank Stringfellow Camp #822, the Clinton Hatcher Camp #21, the Liberty Hall Fife & Drum Corps led by Joe Whitney, and the 17th Virginia Infantry led by Rob Hodge, “the Alexandria Riflemen” all marching with Compatriots from the R.E. Lee Camp #726.

Some pictures of past pre-parade gatherings follow with a link to all of the pictures at the bottom.

 

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Liberty Hall Fife & Drum Corps led by Joe Whitney

 

Maryland Division Color Guard led by Ray Rooks

To view all the pictures taken that day click on the following link: share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=1AZNmLZq2YtWhp

Annual R.E. Lee Banquet at BHCC

The 85th R.E. Lee Banquet celebrating General Lee’s 210th birthday was held on Thursday January 19th 2017 at Belle Haven Country Club was a great success with over 50 members and guests in attendance.

Youth attendee, Lucian Brucker said, “I enjoyed every aspect of the evening from beginning to the end.”

Ernie Coggins, Trudy Tanzillo and her grandson Lucian Brucker with Cmdr. Becker

Despite Cmdr. Becker’s surgery earlier in the week he was able to persevere and lead the event to its successful conclusion. The Banquet began with the acknowledgment of our military veterans, prayer, the singing of Dixie and The Bonnie Blue Flag followed by dinner with a cash bar for adult beverages. The atmosphere in the banquet hall was warm and inviting with wonderful people enjoying each other’s company.

We inducted Jonathan Babington-Heina, and installed him as our camp’s color sergeant. Our speaker, Stephen McLeod, Director of Library Programs at Mount Vernon, provided us with his excellent presentation on the topic of What it was like at Mount Vernon during the Civil War. The evening concluded with John Lumsden delivering Lee’s General Order No. 9 and our benediction by our chaplain the Rev. John Roddy.

Please see the February 2017 General Orders for more details and pictures.

We also send out a special THANK YOU to our Banquet Patrons and Sponsors:

Patrons ($100 level)

Hon. Richard B. Abell: Pvt. Richard Pinckney Welch, 31st AL Vol. Infantry

Jim & Carol Becker: 1st Lt Fountain Beattie, 43rd VA Cav, Mosby’s Rangers

Ernie Coggins: Pvt. Robert Henry Coggins, Co I, 13th South Carolina Infantry

Becky Kusserow:  Pvt. Charles B. Byars, Co K, 18th South Carolina Infantry

Pvt. John Hatchell, Co F, 61st Virginia Infantry

Pvt. Charles E. Jordan, Co B, 16th Virginia Infantry

Pvt. Benjamin Franklin Nelms, Co II, 3rd Virginia Infantry

Pvt. Elijah Nelms, Do E, 9th Virginia Infantry

Pvt. John T. Nelms, Co I, 3rd Virginia Infantry

Pvt. William Allen Nelms, Co I, 3rd Virginia Infantry

Pvt. John F. Scott, Surrey VA Light Artillery

Pvt. Henry White, Co C, 55th North Carolina Infantry

Pvt. Isham White, Co E, 12th North Carolina Infantry

Jack & Jennifer London: Pvt. Rufus Houston London, Co E 29th TX Cavalry

Stephen Nugent: Pvt. Hubbard Brown, Co D, 42nd Virginia Infantry

Priscilla Roberts: Col. Virgil Stuart Lusk, North Carolina

Gary Roseman: Capt. Daniel Roseman, Co F, 38th North Carolina Infantry

Virginia Rouse: Capt. Eustace St. Pierre Bellinger, Colleton Guards, 9th SC Reg.

Philip Thompson: Capt. Gould B. Thompson, Schnable’s MO Cavalry Battalion

Luann Whittenburg: Pvt. Alfred Lafayette Tarvin, Co H, 39th GA Inf. Army TN

Sponsors ($50 level)

John & Mary Lumsden: James Marshall Duncan, Seaman CSN, CSS Patrick Henry

Robert Latane Montague, III: Maj. Gen and Secretary of War John C. Breckinridge and Pvt. Andrew Jackson Montague, Co C, 55th VA Inf.

John Zebelean: Pvt. James W. Barden, Co H, 1st North Carolina Cavalry

Vern & Anita McHargue: Gave a special Birthday tribute to General R.E. Lee in the Banquet Program.

Our annual Banquet is well worth your time and investment. Please plan on joining us next year on Friday January 19th, 2018 for the General’s 211th birthday banquet, and sponsor your ancestors.

Since there are too many pictures to post you may view all of them by doing a Ctrl+Click on the following link and then Slideshow: https://20170119leebirthdaybanquet.shutterfly.com/4.

The 84th R.E. Lee Banquet, January 19th 2016

Our celebration of Gen. Lee’s 209th birthday at Belle Haven Country Club, Alexandria was another home run. Our speaker, Eric Buckland, gave a riveting slide show and talk on Mosby’s Rangers and the gallant men who served during the three fights Mosby had with Cole’s Cavalry in JAN-FEB 1864. Eric’s books include: Mosby’s Keydet Rangers, Mosby Men, Mosby Men II, Mosby Men III, and Mosby Men IV, which cover a vast number of the intimate stories of those who fought and led valiantly against the Union forces. Eric’s website is: http://www.mosbymen.com/ should you like more information or to purchase one of his books.

The Banquet began with the acknowledgment of our military veterans, prayer, the singing of Dixie and The Bonnie Blue Flag followed by dinner with a cash bar for adult beverages. The weather was cold but the atmosphere in our banquet hall was warm and inviting with wonderful people enjoying each other’s company.

Ron Hilton received his SCV National Life Membership Certificate and pin. Tim Messman was inducted into the Samuel Cooper Chapter of the MOS&B followed by the induction of three Lee Camp members: Tom Vaughan, Kevin Bruce, and Tim Messman.

The evening concluded with John Lumsden delivering Lee’s General Order No. 9 and the Rev. Edgar’s benediction around 10 PM. We thank our Patrons and Sponsors who were:

Patrons ($100 level)

Hon. Richard B. Abell: Pvt. Richard Pinckney Welch, Co E, 31st Alabama Inf.

James & Carol Becker: 1st Lt Fountain Beattie, 43rd VA Cav, Mosby’s Rangers

Ernie Coggins: Pvt. Robert Henry Coggins, Co I, 13th SC Infantry, McGowan’s Brigade

Freeman Jones: Pvt. Robert A. Blackwell, Co G, 9th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry

Jack & Jennifer London: Pvt. Rufus Houston London, Co E, 29th TX Cav. Reg.

Priscilla Roberts: Col. Virgil Stuart Lusk, NC

Gary Harlan Roseman: Capt. Daniel Roseman, Co. F, 38th NC Infantry

Philip & Rebecca Thompson: Capt. Gould B. Thompson, Schnable’s MO Cav.

Sponsors ($50 level)

Kevin Bruce: Pvt. John Bruce, Co E, 64th North Carolina Infantry

Rev. R. Richard Edgar: Pvt. Edward H. Edgar, 1st South Carolina Troops

John & Mary Lumsden: James Marshall Duncan, Seaman, CSS Patrick Henry

Robert Latane Montague, III: 1) Maj. Gen and Secretary of War John C. Breckinridge, and 2) Pvt. Andrew Jackson Montague, Co C, 55th VA Inf.

Vern & Anita McHargue: Gave a special Birthday tribute to General R.E. Lee in the Banquet Program.

Commanders Jim Becker and J.J. Smith thank everyone who attended and we look forward to seeing you at our other camp and chapter events, especially the George Washington Birthday Parade in Alexandria on the 20th of February.

All pictures can be viewed by doing a Ctrl+Click on the following link then click on Slideshow above the title: https://20170119leebirthdaybanquet.shutterfly.com/4