It is with deep sadness that I report the death Compatriot Ron Casteel. Ron Casteel was a veteran news journalist as well as a producer. He was responsible for many SCV productions including Frank and Jesse James, Ashes and Graves. Ron served in many positions in the SCV, including Chief of Staff and Lieutenant Commander in Chief.
I ask each of you to lift up his devoted wife Dianne and the rest of the Casteel Family in prayer in this difficult time.
Ron will be missed!
Charles Kelly Barrow
Sons of Confederate Veterans
November 30 will mark the 150th anniversary of the death of Major-General Patrick R. Cleburne and the Seven Generals chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans will commemorate that event with a day of remembrance and prayer. Cleburne, native to County Cork (Ireland) made Helena his home in 1850 and in 1861, he left his adopted home town to join the Confederate army with his unit composed of men from Phillips County.
Cleburne was killed in the final assault on the Union fortifications at Franklin, Tenn. on November 30 in a last-ditch effort by General Hood to drive the Federal forces from the area. Today Cleburne is among the most interpreted personalities in the Civil War Helena initiative and his grave atop Crowley’s Ridge is one of the most visited sites by out-of-town heritage tourists.
The November 30 commemoration will begin at 10:30 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in historic downtown Helena at the corner of Pecan and Perry Streets. Patrick Cleburne was a member of the St. John’s congregation before the Civil War began. The Episcopal mass will be followed by a graveside memorial at the Confederate Cemetery at high noon. The service will include libations given by local living historians/reenactors and a short program by former Arkansas Division SCV Commander Mark Kalkbrenner.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, go to www.arkansastoothpick.com or call 870-592-0079.
The following was sent in by compatriot Everet Burr of Harrison, Arkansas. The Arkansas Toothpick has held these in reserve for today, as today is a very special day for us to remember our veterans. On Novemeber 30, 1863, Arkansas lost her best sons!
Submitted: The monument in Franklin has moved from being a dream to a reality. Many of Arkansas finest, best, and bravest soldiers fell in the horrific tragedy.
The following compatriots and wives were present at the dedication of this most impressive dedication:
Commander Gordon Hale and his wife Patti. Compatriot Everett Burr and his wife Dee. Compatriot Kevin Middleton, Compatriot David Krueger and his wife Eva, Compatriot Larry Fisher and his wife Ruthie. The men fell in with the firing detail and fulfilled their duty to their ancestors and also those Southrons who gave the last full measure for Southern Independence. John Crain and Trip Wilson joined us from the 27th Ark. From Mtn. Home the detail was Lead by Capt. John Malloy of Mtn. View and the Neil Camp.
It was a beautiful day for the Dedication. Several Camps from Arkansas were present. The Dockery Camp of Magnolia brought their cannon. There was another gun from there in Tennessee. It was an event to tell your grandkids about.
The Mississippi County Historical and Genealogical Society, the Cleburne-Forrest Chapter 2646 of the United Daughter of the Confederacy, and the Sons of Confederate Veterans will host a VA historical marker dedication honoring Captain William A. Ferring of Company C, Third Regiment Confederate Infantry and one of the “Immortal 600″. The service is slated for October 12, 2014 at 3pm at Maple Grove Cemetery on W. Willow Road and North 15th STreet in Blytheville, Arkansas. There will be a reception to follow the service at the Delta Gateway Museum (Old Kress Building”) on Main Street, Blytheville.