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.
At the annual reunion in Jonesboro the Division decided to take up a collection and was able to secure enough funds to purchase a consistent and classy new set of colors. Trip Wilson headed the charge on this project.
Attention Arkansas SCV Camps! As you all know we have official Arkansas SCV license plates for sale at your local revenue department. $15 from the sale of each plate goes back to the Arkansas Division to promote, protect, and restore the heritage of Arkansas veterans. To apply for a grant from the money raised from the sale of the plates, each camp that wants to get grant money from the Division MUST fill out a grant application. The grant application can be downloaded HERE and it is on the downloads page as well.
If your camp is awarded a grant, you MUST fill out the Grant Reporting document and return it back to the Arkansas Division. To download the Grant Reporting form, click HERE!
A big THANK YOU goes out to Tom Bird, Heritage Operations, for his hard work in securing these plates for us.
The annual summer Division meeting will be held at 10a.m. at Whole Hog Cafe located at 2516 Cantrell Rd in Little Rock. From I-630 take Chester Street to the end and turn left onto Cantrell Rd. All camp commanders are urged to attend the meeting. Adjutants welcomed as well.
Compatriots and Friends,
Let me take this time to tell you what an honor it is to be elected as your Commander-in-Chief. Words cannot adequately describe my feelings. I am humbled to hold an office that only seventy-three men before me have held. It is my pleasure to be a thirty-five year member of the SCV. I remember attending my first Lee-Jackson Banquet at Aunt Fanny’s Cabin in Smyrna, Georgia where all of my family was inducted into the SCV, UDC and CofC. It was a special moment for me but little did I know what the future held.
Through the unity of our organization and the strength of our Confederate Ancestors, we shall continue to move forward to be the preeminent authority on Southern heritage. There are many days ahead of us in the Sesquicentennial and beyond that give us opportunities to promote and honor the heroic deeds of the men and women of 1861-1865. By their examples we can learn a considerable amount; it is our ancestors who endured “Total War” from an illegal invader. Today, like our ancestors, we must also choose to stand fast or retreat? They knew their duty, do we know ours? General Robert E. Lee once said, “Duty then is the sublimit word in the English language, you should do your duty in all things, you can never do more; you should never wish to do less.”
The Confederate soldiers we honor and whose DNA flows in our veins took a stand to proclaim to the world the values of our American Liberties and their commitment to its Cause. Those Principles of 1776 and 1861 are still alive today. Friends, let us reconfirm our commitment to those liberties and the Cause which we hold so dear.
I would like to close with a quote from Jefferson Davis’ proclamation from April 5, 1865 in the capitol in Danville, Virginia. “Let us not, then, despond, my countrymen; but relying on the never-failing mercies and protecting care of our God, let us meet the foe with fresh defiance, with unconquered and unconquerable hearts.”
I now ask you to make a stand as they did, to be unified with others of the same mindset and lineage. As with anything in life, a unified group is more effective than any individual could ever be. I hope you will join me as we honor our Confederate ancestors and as we re-dedicate ourselves to those Principles of 1776 and 1861. May God Bless You and My God Bless the Sons of Confederate Veterans
Charles Kelly Barrow
Sons of Confederate Veterans
Members of the Arkansas Division – Sons of Confederate Veterans
I just want to touch base with you on a few things. As you are aware there has been a couple of changes in staff of the Arkansas Division. I believe we have the right people in the right jobs. I want to see a strong division and would like to see our membership continue to rise.
As you may be aware, it is the time for our annual membership dues to be paid. This is very important; and it is important that we pay our dues on time. When you don’t it affects the whole division. Failure to renew your membership decreases our Division numbers. The attacks of our heritage and the true history of the South have been on the rise all over this country. We in the state of Arkansas have been pretty fortunate thus far; but we have our detractors. In order to be strong we need to stand together.
We need to work together to increase our membership. Remind your fellow compatriots it’s membership renewal time. Each member is very important. Each one of you gives us the numbers to help fight these attacks. None the one but the whole. You want to prepare for heritage defense? Renew your membership ASAP. If there’s someone in your camp that needs help this year, see if two or three of you can give a hand up this year. Please Make Sure You Pay Your Dues On Time and get the word out to the rest of our compatriots.
Compatriot Everett Burr sent this photo out of the progress made on the Arkansas marker to be placed in Franklin, Tenn. This effort is the result of donations from the Arkansas Division SCV, UDC, and many other groups and individuals. Many thanks to those that helped make this marker a reality and THREE CHEERS for Compatriot Burr for his steadfastness and dedication in seeing this project through its completion!
Commander in Chief
Charles Kelly Barrow
Lt. Commander in Chief
Thomas V. Strain ,Jr.
Councilman- Ronnie Roach
Councilman- James Patterson
Commander- Charles Lauret
Councilman- Paul Gramling