SCV Camps #1453 and # 656 fire a Mountain Howitzer cannon at the Prairie Grove Battlefield on Saturday, July 9, 2011. The group hosted Confederate History Weekend throughout the day with cannon demonstrations and period camps.
Vehicles that normally make their way down Emma Avenue in Springdale had to find another route Saturday when tractors ,SCV Camps 1453 and 656 ,chuck wagons,and horses took to the streets for the 66th annual Rodeo of the Ozarks parade. The SCV camp won first place in “Group Float” for the 8th year.
Compatriots from the Thomas C. Hindman Camp 656, Prairie Grove, AR and the Fontaine R. Earle Camp 1453, Fayetteville, AR held their first annual picnic/blackpowder shoot on May 7th 2011 at the Thomas C. Hindman camp’s shooting range. Competitions were held for both period correct musket and pistol events with the highest scoring Camp receiving a plaque to keep until next year’s shoot.
Thomas C. Hindman Camp 656
Sons of Confederate Veterans
Prairie Grove, AR
Following is a communication from the Thomas C. Hindman Camp in Prarie Grove, Arkansas including what’s going on in the Northwest Arkansas SCV camp:
We set up at Prairie Grove Battlefield the second Saturday of each month, April through August, and discuss life in a Confederate camp with the visitors to the Park. We put up two tents with one of them being equipped as a Company level officer’s abode. We do campfire cooking, mold pistol and musket balls and hold drill instruction when possible. This summer we will have the 1st AR light Artillery’s mountain howitzer doing firings at our encampment in June, July, and August, which always draws a good crowd. We have one of the finest venues that a Camp could possibly wish for and the full cooperation and help from the State Park personnel. This past Saturday we had hundreds of visitors, including a tour bus from Oklahoma with 55 passengers, stop by to hear about the Southern soldier and the ‘how and why’ he fought so valiantly. We have a great time doing this and feel as if we are getting out the message that the public needs to hear about our Confederate ancestors and their motives in defending their Country.
Camp Number: 656
Camp Name: Thomas C. Hindman
Camp Location: Cane Hill, AR (Washington Co.)
Camp E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Camp Website: scvprairiegrove.blogspot.com
Meeting: 2nd Saturday of each month at 3pm at the Prarie Grove State Park.
Camp Commander: Charles O. Shiver
Commander’s Phone: 479-790-6841
Commander’s E-mail: email@example.com
Camp Adjutant: Billy W. Goldman
Adjutant’s Phone: 479-790-6841
Adjutant’s E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: If you are attempting to contact the camp commander or adjutant and are unable to or if any of the above information is incorrect, send the Division Webmaster an e-mail at email@example.com.
The day we as SCV members have been working toward for the past year has arrived. The Thomas C. Hindman Camp #656 is no longer ‘Charter Pending’. Our charter has been approved by the Arkansas Division and SCV International Headquarters and the Cirtificate of Charter is in the mail to us. Though the road to reactivating this Camp that was deactivated years ago has been long and even discouraging at times, we have perservered. Over the past year we have been very active in the Northwest Arkansas community and have made many friends for not only our Camp, but for our Southern Heritage. I am proud of all our members for their dedication to the Cause and their work to share the truth about the Confederacy with their fellow citizens.