Brig. Gen. Roswell S. Ripley
Camp Ripley Report
Brig. Gen. Roswell S. Ripley Camp #1535
Ripley Camp Officers:
Commander/Webmaster John McAlister Lt. Commander Mark Mahan
Adjutant-Treasurer Stephen Steele Editor Jeffrey Yoest Chaplain Greg Kenney
Message from the Commander….
It has been a fast and buy summer for me. I have travelled over
5,000 miles by car
I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has reached out with
sympathy and condolences on the passing of my wife Sally on April 9th. Also,
if you haven't heard already, Margaret, the dear wife of our compatriot
Monty Chase, is in hospice after battling the same type of cancer which took
my wife Sally. I'm sure our hearts and prayers go out to the Chase
family and Monty. Monty called me today (August 8th) and gave me the
Our next Camp Meeting will be Monday
Sept 8th at 7 PM at the Donatos
We met there several times last year and it
seems to work for everyone. Come early if you'd like to order a pizza
and spend some social time with your fellow camp members. Also please
email me any items you would like to discuss at this meeting. It is a
business meeting with
officers and planning for the upcoming year.
I would like to thank everyone who participated in the
John McAlister, Commander, Brig Gen
Treasurer Steele reports there is currently $956.58 in our treasury.
Dues are due! Everyone should have received their notice from Treasurer Steele. Please send in your checks in a timely manner to avoid irksome “reminders” and late penalty fees.
The completed application for the Clark Marker was forwarded to the Ohio History Connection a month ago, and Treasurer Steele has sent the check for the required cost. Donations from within the Camp covered all but about $100, which was taken from the general fund. A dedication will be scheduled sometime this autumn. Thanks to those who donated to bring this effort to completion.
Thanks sent to past Director,
Not long ago, after our annual memorial service at
We offer our best wishes to you for whatever endeavors the future
holds for you.
Sincerely and with appreciation,
Jeffrey Yoest and all the members of
Brig. Gen. Roswell S. Ripley Camp #1535, Sons of Confederate Veterans.”
New Officers of the SCV
Commander in Chief, Charles Kelly Barrow
Lt. Commander in Chief, Thomas V. Strain ,Jr.
ANV, Commander-Randy Burbage, Councilman- Ronnie Roach
AOT, Commander-Larry McClunney, Councilman- James Patterson
Charles Lauret, Councilman- Paul Gramling
From the New
Commander in Chief, Charles Kelly Barrow….
“Compatriots and Friends,
I would like to close with a quote from Jefferson Davis' proclamation
from April 5, 1865 in the capitol in
Commander Barrow welcomes the new Executive Director, Lt. Col. Mike Landree
“The Sons of Confederate Veterans has been blessed to have Ben Swell
as Executive Director for 12 years. Under his leadership, the SCV has
prospered and flourished with his expertise. When Mr. Sewell announced that
he would retire, it was known that it would be difficult to find someone of
the same caliber.
The following was taken from e-mails sent from SCV HDQTRS….
Sadly, the once proud Southern school has become infiltrated more and more with radical ideology and the academics running the school no longer share the same values as Robert E. Lee. Instead many overtly and openly proclaim disdain for him. When Lee's character was recently attacked, the school offered no response and instead has caved to the demands of a small group of student's who want Lee and everything he stood for repudiated.
For now they have won their fight to remove these flags, but they or
others like them will continue their crusade with revolutionary fever to
destroy Lee's image in its entirety. The current president, the successor to
Robert E. Lee, has now become the nations most notorious grave robber. These
radical students undoubtedly dream of the day that sledge hammers will be
taken to Lee's recumbent statue just as the mob in
B. Frank Earnest,
"The New Bigots"
A recent event at
The law students, who call themselves "The Committee", delivered an ultimatum to President Kenneth Ruscio threatening civil disobedience unless certain demands were met. One of those demands was the removal of Confederate symbols from the Chapel, saying that the Christian Cross flags made them feel "unwelcome". On July 8th, Ruscio announced that the flags would be removed from the Lee Chapel. We cannot fathom why anyone would attend a school named after Robert E. Lee and then say they were offended by the St. Andrews Cross flag. Nor we cannot fathom how anyone could take them seriously and cave in to their threats. But in the current climate of 'South bashing', such a radical act as this seems to be accepted as some sort of litmus test for the "politically correct police".
It appears that those who have a very simplistic view of American history have decided that the 150th anniversary of The Civil War is the right time to demonize the Southern culture, to intensify their vilification of Confederate heritage, and to continue to act as if their actions are some sort of moral crusade.
We who are of Confederate heritage honor our ancestors for their sacrifice, their perseverance and their astonishing courage against overwhelming odds. These men were our family, our kinfolks, and their blood runs in our veins. But the new bigots of political correctness are exhibiting the same kind of narrow minded prejudice and knee-jerk bias that has always been the enemy of brotherhood and understanding.
This latest example is the breaking point for us. Our patience with this new McCarthyism is exhausted. These mean spirited attacks upon us come from the same sad place as do all racial, religious, and regional prejudices. They are rooted in an ignorance combined with a sense of superiority.
Over 50 years ago, that courageous Southerner Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr. said, "I have a dream that someday on the red hills of Georgia the sons
of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to dine
together at the table of brotherhood." And that has happened. We have done
that for decades now in the South, in great part because Dr. King did not
qualify that dream or put asterisks on it. He did not say that we would dine
together in brotherhood only if we dishonored our ancestors or if our family
could routinely be called bigots, traitors, and racists. He was a far better
and wiser man than that. He meant that we would dine together by accepting
our past as it is and that we would understand each other by our shared
culture of work and weather and food and music and memory. That way we could
strive together to heal the wounds of the past and thus build a proud and
loving South, where folks are judged only by the content of their
The South is the fastest growing economic region in our nation.
African-Americans are returning to the South in record numbers, finding a
more traditional way of life here and according to many, better race
relations. It is long past the time for the new bigots of political
correctness to get over their condescending sanctimony and to enter into the
real world of brotherhood and fellowship. And it is time they understand
that insulting our heritage is not the way to build bridges of progress.
In the News…..
Edd Sharp receives an
award on behalf of the Ohio Civil War Trails Commission at the
for the successful completion of the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail, June 21, 2014
Camp Ripley Report
Brig. Gen. Roswell S. Ripley Camp #1535
Brigadier General Roswell S. Ripley Camp # 1535
Camp Ripley Report
Brigadier General Roswell S. Ripley Camp # 1535
Wreaths Across America Ceremony
Saturday, December 15, Noon at Camp Chase
All Camp Members welcome to attend
Ripley Camp donated $75 for wreaths to be placed at the Confederate Cemetery
Wreaths Across America Program…..“Our mission, Remember, Honor, Teach, is carried out in part by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies a specified Saturday in December at Arlington, as well as veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. We also organize a week of events including international veteran’s tributes, ceremonies at State Houses and a week-long “Veteran’s Parade” between Maine and Virginia where we stop along the way to spread our message about the importance of remembering our fallen heroes, honoring those who serve, and teaching our children about the sacrifices made by veterans and their families to preserve our freedoms. This week of events is made possible by thousands of volunteers who organize local ceremonies, raise funds to sponsor wreaths, and participate in the events. We receive no government funding.
Saturday, January 19th , 6 PM 94th Aerosquadron Restaurant
5030 Sawyer Road, Columbus (off Hamilton Ave. by Port Columbus)
Monday, February 11th, 2013, 7 to 9 PM , Donatos Restaurant
(Room Reserved starting at 6:30) Program TBA
1263 Cameron Avenue, Lewis Center (On Polaris Pkwy west of S. Old State Rd)
War Between the States Music of the Era Performed by Steve Ball
March 11th, 2013, 7 PM
More details coming. Mark your calendar. Venue to be announced.
April General Meeting
Details to be Announced. Program Needed. Ideas or Volunteers?
Ripley Camp General Meeting of Monday Nov 12, 2012, MCL Cafeteria, Westerville
Program: Book Review, "Lincoln's Marxists" by John McAlister
Oral Book Review by John McAlister
Election of Officers this autumn was as follows:
Commander, Jeff Carithers, Lt. Commander, John McAlister, Adjutant, Rich Sevy, Treasurer, Steve Steele. However, soon after, some changes were made. Commander Carithers relinquished his position as Commander for unforeseen personal reasons. As Lt. Commander, John McAlister assumed command. Also, Steve Steele will have the combined duties of Adjutant and Treasurer.
From Past Commander Croye
Members of Ripley Camp,
Thank you for permitting me to serve as Camp Commander for two years. Although I did not achieve all my goals, we experienced some accomplishments for which our Camp can be proud. My special appreciation goes to Dr. Yoest for exemplary service to our Camp and “The Cause”. There is much more to do and we can work together to do it—and enjoy the doing. Thank you for supporting me!
Bob Croye, Past Commander
I would like to encourage all members to check out our Camp's Website listed at SCVOhio.org. Click on the Events section and Commander's Welcome. They have been updated. We have some great meetings and events coming up this year. I would like to thank Steve Steele for taking on the added responsibility of Camp Adjutant as well as Treasurer. I would also like to thank Gregory Kenny for continuing as our Camp Chaplin. Thanks also to Jeff Yoest for the great job he does in getting this newsletter out. Hope everyone can make the Jackson and Lee Dinner on Saturday, Jan 19th. We have a special after dinner speaker this year. Please give me or Mark Mahan a call or email and let us know if you can make it or not. My phone is 614-771-3699. Mark's is (614) 582-8285. My email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you soon,
John McAlister, Commander
Sat., Jan. 19th, 6 PM, 94th Aerosquadron Restaurant
Our speaker this year will be John David Preston (weather permitting) who will speak on The Battle of Wiremans's Shoals
Also, as part of the program, there will be a live performance of “Dixie” on the banjo by the grandson of Chet Bennett!
As of November 12, 2012, Treasurer Steele reports $1524 in our checking account.
Of this amount, $200 is earmarked for the Clark marker, and $110 for Division Dues.
Recently, Editor Yoest sent a letter to the Warren Co. Historical Society to inform them of Ripley Camp’s goal to erect an OHS marker for Gen. Charles Clark, who also served as the war-time Governor of Mississippi. Our intent was to obtain their support and also seek their assistance in finding an appropriate location. I received a call from one of their members on Dec 7th. Our project has already been discussed by their Board, and from our conversation, I believe we have their blessing, which is good news! Working with them, hopefully a good site for the marker can be found. Although financial assistance from the historical society will probably not be forthcoming (a meager budget), having community support is vital. Be prepared to give to our project, according to your means. We can take pride knowing we have already memorialized Generals Ripley, Strahl and Reynolds. Adding Clark will add to our impressive accomplishments!
Museum of the Confederacy
Ripley Camp voted to continue support the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond by a donation of $100.
Roster Info Request
The Camp is trying to update information on all members. If you find any errors or omissions in your contact data, please get in touch with Commander McAlister. We need current mailing and e-mail addresses, as well as phone numbers to better serve you.
Ripley Camp Officers:
CommanderRobert Croye Lt. Commander Mark Mahan Adjutant David Reed
Treasurer Stephen Steele Editor Jeffrey Yoest Chaplain Greg Kenney
Webmaster John McAlister
General Camp Meeting
Monday, July 9th, Old Worthington Library, 7 PM
Finalize slate for elections in September.
General Camp Meeting
Monday, September 10th, Location to be determined
From Commander Croye…..
An enjoyable night of Confederate camaraderie was had last January 21st at the annual Lee-Jackson Dinner held at the 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant. Sharing the evening’s festivities were Bob Croye, Dave Reed, Jeff Yoest, Stephen Steele, Phil Kaufman, Jeff Carithers, Rich Sevy, John McAlister, Al Foose, Chet and Marcia Bennett, Monty and Margaret Chase, Fred and Doris Wilson, Collin and Amy Thomas, Jim and Karen Smith, Mark and Martha Mahan, and Greg Kenney and his guest Jen.
The following members attended our Camp’s Memorial Service at Camp Chase on Memorial Day, May 28th, 2012:
Chet Bennett, Monty Chase, Jeff Carithers, Bob Croye, Al Foose, Andrew Hinkle, Greg Kenney, Mark Mahan, John McAlister, Dennis Ranney, Dave Reed, Ron Roadcap, Tony Ruegger, Stephen Steele and Jeff Yoest. This represents 46% of our total membership… Outstanding! We are grateful for each member who participated in the ceremony. A special “thank you” goes to Capt. Jeff Steiner and Company B, 5th Kentucky Infantry Regiment, serving as our Honor Guard. They received a certificate of appreciation from the Camp, will be given a financial donation and our Camp’s tent fly.
Lt. Commander Mahan read the following at the ceremony…
THE PRIVATE SOLDIER OF THE CONFEDERACY
“The private soldier knows that his valor must pass unnoticed, save the narrow circle of his company: that his sacrifice can bring no honor to his name, no reputation to his family: that if he survives, it is to enter upon new dangers, with but little hope of distinction: that if he dies he will probably receive only an unmarked grave: and yet he is proud to do his duty and to maintain his part in the destructive conflict. His comrades fall around him thick and fast, but with a sigh and a tear he closes his ranks and presses on to a like destiny”
Bishop Stephen Elliot’s Eulogy, Southern Literary Messenger, January, 1863
John McAlister will attend the SCV Annual Reunion (National Convention) in Murfreesboro, Tennessee in July. Thank you, John, for representing our Camp! Sadly, we still remember our dedicated friend and long-time member, Robert Vogt, who died in 2011.
Adjutant David Reed presented War Between the States programs to sixty-five 8th graders at St. Mary’s Middle School in Lancaster and 127 students in the 8th grade at Northridge Jr. High School in Licking County. Well done, Dave!
The following members attended the Hilltop Historical Society’s Annual Camp Chase Memorial Service on this past June 10th:
Monty Chase, Jeff Carithers, Bob Croye, Andrew Hinkle, John McAlister, Dennis Ranney and Jeff Yoest. The elaborate and inspiring program was planned and directed by Monty Chase and his wife Margaret. Included was a band playing period music. Three brothers from Alabama were specially honored, all three having died within a week of each other in the prison. One SCV member from the SCV Camp in Cincinnati attended as well as three members from the SCV Camp in Mayfield Heights.
Interesting trivia from the SCV Junior ROTC Hunley Award material…
“There is not a single Army Veteran who can say he has not served at one of the U.S. Military installations named for a Confederate hero….”
Ft. Benning, GA MG Henry L. Benning
Ft. Bragg, NC Gen. Braxton Bragg
Ft. Campbell, KY BG William B. Campbell
Ft. Gordon, GA Gen. John B. Gordon
Ft. Hood, TX Gen. John B. Hood
Camp Lee, VA Gen. Robert E. Lee
Ft. Polk, LA Gen. Leonidas Polk
Ft. Rucker, AL Col. Edmond Rucker
In addition, “ ….at least four U.S. Navy Ships within the submarine force have been named in honor of Confederate heroes or individuals associated with the Hunley. They are…
USS Dixon (AS-37) named for the Hunley’s commander
USS Hunley (AS-31) named after the Confederate sub’s designer
USS Robert E. Lee (SSBN 601)
USS Stonewall Jackson (SSBN 634)
As of June 19th, Treasurer Steele’s accounting has $1186.27 in our checking account. He also wants to give the Camp a “heads-up” that in about a month members will receive their dues notice letter. Prompt receipt of annual dues is much appreciated and eliminates much confusion and potential re-instatement fees.
As you all know, we successfully culminated our efforts to memorialize Gen. Reynolds last November with the dedication of another Ohio Historical Society marker. This marker joins those already erected for Morgan and his escape from the Ohio Pen, Gen. Ripley, and Gen. Strahl. Long-term goals for Generals Clark, Hatton and Johnson are in the future. However, the leadership of the Camp has decided to take a small “detour” to honor, of all people, a Yankee! The story of Col. Wm. Knauss is well known. As a sympathetic veteran, he found the conditions at the POW burials at Camp Chase deplorable, and vowed to do something about it. The object of much criticism and resistance in his own community, Knauss the old Union soldier, was responsible for the restoration of the Camp Chase Cemetery, and instrumental in establishing the memorial services which have been held there each year for over a century. With the approval of the Veterans Administration (in charge of Camp Chase), Ripley Camp would like to place some type of plaque or stone to tell this story and recognize Knauss as a man of compassion who became an advocate for his fallen one-time enemies. He had nothing to gain and much to lose for what he did. His was an example of what the best of our natures can accomplish, and his dedication to this cause did much to foster fraternal relations between men who once faced each other on the battlefield.
Next General Meeting…
Be at the Worthington Public Library, 820 High St., on Monday, July 9th Enjoy an evening with your Ripley Camp compatriots and an evening of lively discussion!
The camp sends a modest donation to the Museum of the Confederacy each year. As a result, we are given four complimentary guest passes for free admission to the museum in Richmond. If anyone is going to Richmond and would like to visit the M of C and would like the passes, please contact Editor Yoest. I will send them to you. They are good through October.
*Apologies from your Commander and Editor. The Ripley Report has been past due. Efforts will be made to bring you our Camp newsletter on a more timely and regular manner.
Commander: Robert Croye
Lt. Commander: Mark Mahan
Adjutant: David Reed
Treasurer: Stephen Steele
Chaplain: Greg Kenney
Webmaster: John McAlister
Editor: Jeffrey Yoest
Past Commander: Collin Thomas
This is the new slate of Camp Officers elected at the last Regular camp meeting in September.
Each will serve a two–year term until September, 2012.
Last Regular Meeting
The last Regular Meeting was held at the Veteran’s Memorial in downtown Columbus. In attendance were Bob Croye, Chet Bennett, Steve Steele, Dave Reed, Collin Thomas, Mark Mahan, Greg Kenney, Tony Ruegger and Jeff Yoest. The main issue of Camp Business were elections of Camp Officers. Commander Thomas passed the torch to Bob Croye. We thanked Collin for his leadership over the past two years, and welcomed Bob as our new Commander, confident that his many talents will enable him to steer us most ably in all our efforts and challenges. He will be supported by our new Lt. Commander, Mark Mahan. Thanks to Mark for agreeing to take on this responsibility. Dave reed will assume Bob’s old duties as Adjutant. Steve Steele, Jeff Yoest and John McAlister will continue on in their present positions of Treasurer, Editor and Webmaster, respectively.
The night’s program was “Show and Tell”. Everyone shared a story, relic, or information of interest to the group. Chet Bennett shared some of his extensive research on Roswell Ripley that very few are aware of. The General was very ingenious, and was responsible for a great many patents and manufacturing innovations. Chet talked about many of his accomplishments, especially during the times after the war he was residing in Britain. Bob Croye shared some Confederate currency and some stories about his family on the WVa/Va line near Bluefield. Mark Mahan shared recollections of a childhood elderly neighbor who was actually born a slave! Tony Ruegger shared war-era family artifacts, saying that his family served on both sides. Greg Kenney shared a very interesting family genealogy and a religious background appropriate for a Camp Chaplain! Steve Steele also talked about his ancestors and association with McNeil’s Rangers, and the embarrassing capture of Gen. George Crook. It was a most interesting and enjoyable evening.
Don’t forget theLee-Jackson Dinner,
Saturday, January 22, at the 94th Aerosquadron Restaurant near Port Columbus! Social Hour begins at 6:30. Everyone can order individually from the menu.This is Ripley Camp’s main social event of the year. Family and Guests are welcome to come.
Though we currently have 27 members as compared to 45 some years ago, we can nonetheless muster the energy, creativity, vision, hard work, devotion to duty and faith to accomplish what needs to be done to honor the legacy of our Confederate ancestors. We need each member to join together in the front ranks to accomplish our mission, whatever endeavor that may be. Quite a few of our members live in other states or in Ohio far from Columbus, but they stand fast with us for the Cause. We greatly appreciate their support and special financial contributions.
Treasurer Stephen Steele reports that our annual donation of one hundred dollars was sent to the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Virginia. They acknowledged our contribution with a letter of appreciation.
He also reports that nine members of our Camp voluntarily paid the Ohio Division dues of $10. A check for $90 has been sent to Division Commander Michael Lawson.
The year 2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the War Between the States, and we must resolve to appropriately acknowledge our Southern Heritage. Please share with any of the officers ideas which can strengthen our camp and make it more effective. Thank You!
Lt. Commander Mark Mahan has made arrangements for us to enjoy our annual Lee-Jackson Dinner at the 94th Aerosquadron Restaurant near the Port Columbus Airport on the Saturday, January 22, 2011. The social hour will begin at 6:30 and dinner will be served at 7 o’clock. We will order from the menu like last year’s event. Plan to attend for an evening of fun Southern fellowship. Family and guests are welcome.
Our Executive Committee Meetings are open to all members. We try to transact as much business as possible in order to reduce time spent on such matters at our regular meetings. The next meeting is to be tentatively scheduled for February….TBA. Topics of concern at the last Executive Meeting in October were: Lee-Jackson Dinner, Reynolds OHS Marker in Centerburg, a possible joint meeting with the Sons of Union Veterans at a Restaurant in Sunbury (TBA) and general financial issues. The meeting was held at Editor Yoest’s home and the following Ripley camp members were in attendance…Bob Croye, Mark Mahan, John McAlister, Dave Reed, Stephen Steele and the host, Yoest. Questions can be directed to Commander Croye, 614-846-1629.
Commander Croye has personal copies of a DVD entitled Warriors of Honor. It is a black & white documentary about the faith and legacy of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson using photographs, quotations, Biblical references and re-enacting scenes. This sixty minute production emphasizes the Christian lives of two great Confederate generals. Anyone wishing to borrow the DVD should contact Commander Croye at his phone number previously listed above. It will be sent to you on request.
Of note: Our Chaplain, Dr. Gregory A. Kenney, also serves the US Coast Guard as Chaplain.
Treasurer Steele’s financial records state that as of December 7th, there was a total of $3,201.43 in the Camp’s funds.
Of this amount, $2015 comes from contributions specifically for the Reynolds marker.
From the Editor
In the interest of better communication within the Camp, the Executive Committee requests that each member send Editor Yoest their current e-mail address. I already have a mailing list compiled, but addresses change and I may not have everyone’s. Sending notices, announcements and reminders is much easier to accomplish using electronic communication than telephone or postage. I can be reached at email@example.com
I have been working closely with John Morgan for the erection of another Ohio Historical Society historical marker in Centerburg, the birthplace and home of Confederate Gen. Daniel Harris Reynolds. The town fathers have officially given their blessings to this project, and the collection of funds to date has gone well. We now have just a bit over $2000 in the bank. We estimate another $500 will be needed. For those of you who have already contributed to this Ripley project, we thank you. However, we still have a number of Ripley camp members who have given nothing. This is a Camp project, and the nature of our goal strongly warrants support by everyone who would be a member of the SCV. We are placing a perpetual monument to an Ohio Confederate general who hailed from Central Ohio in his youth. It is a very tough economy, and many of us have been strapped with financial burdens. However, everyone as a member of Ripley Camp should give something. In doing so, we all will enjoy the satisfaction of a personal and collective effort. Have you done your part? If not, send your contribution to:
Treasurer Steele, P.O. Box 196, Etna, OH 43018-0196.
I received the following message from Monty Chase of the Hilltop Historical Society this autumn concerning the VA’s restoration of the statue, markers, and attention to vandalism that occurred this year at Camp Chase…..
“Good afternoon Sir,
As a board member of the Hilltop Historical Society, and as a longtime advocate for the preservation and protection of the historic cemetery, I want to thank the Sons of Confederate Veterans and especially Mr. Fred Wilson and Mr. John McAllister for their attendance at yesterday's re-dedication ceremony.
I also want you and the SCV to know that the preservation and protection of this hallowed ground is of the utmost importance to me personally and to others who hold positions within the Hilltop Historical Society. On the occasion mentioned, we had an opportunity to meet with the Columbus Police Department and the Executive Director of the Dayton National Cemetery who as you know, oversees the cemetery. From that meeting, I gained personal satisfaction that ALL parties have a common purpose that these American Confederate soldiers and citizens final resting place will NOT be desecrated and disrespected by criminal behavior.
Therefore, I say to the SCV, you have and have always had for the past half-century (l live and have lived my entire life's 63 years in the cemetery's vicinity) my fullest commit to this end.
With warmest regards.
Monty Chase (Cemetery namesake's cousin), HHS past president/current board member
Thanks to Fred and John for attending and representing the SCV.
In the News……….
Ripley Report Summer/Autumn 2010 Click Here (Word.doc 6.6 MB)
On January 14th, Ripley Camp enjoyed the Lee-Jackson Gathering at Flanagan’s Tavern near Gahanna, to honor the memory of Generals Lee and Jackson. Attending were Bob Croye, Chet Bennett, David Reed, Collin Thomas, John McAlister, Bob Sturgill, and the Jeffs Steiner and Yoest. You can be sure that any congregation of SCVers will be attended by lively conversation and big stories. This evening was no different. Those unable to attend missed a very enjoyable evening of good food, drink and comaradarie!
The first, of what is planned to be an annual event, the General Ripley Dinner was held at Milano’s Steakhouse in Columbus on Friday, March 17th…..a Southern celebration in an Italian restaurant on an Irish holiday….who says we of the SCV don’t celebrate diversity! Attending were unofficial emcee Bob Croye, Commander Reed, Phil Kaufman, Collin Thomas, Steve Steele, Chet and Marcia Bennett, David and Donna Bennett, John Bennett, Mark and Martha Mahan, KC and Becky Jones, and Jeff and Sarah Yoest. All agreed the food was delicious, service excellent, and room perfect for our needs. Everyone had a most pleasant evening. It was especially nice to see David Bennett and his wife Donna, who live in Dover. As always, Bob Croye provided a raffle and prizes for the attendees. He has done this every year, and has personally gone to the trouble and expense to make this a tradition at our yearly formal gathering. Many left with variety of very nice gifts.
Commander Reed assures us this is not an event to be missed!
In the News………………..
Thanks to Bob Croye for donating postage for this newsletter. Bob’s constant generosity towards the Camp is very much appreciated! Another example of Bob’s character is his personal dedication to the cause of our organization. He writes:
“As I have done for the past several years, I placed a live Christmas wreath (red bow, pine cones and berries) at the monument in Camp Chase Memorial Cemetery a week before Christmas. A week after Christmas I retrieved it. The wreath represents each of us as we remember those Confederates who gave their all for the Cause”.
We appreciate his noble gesture on our behalf to honor the Southerners who perished in the most inhumane of circumstances for their country.
From the Commander….
Just a few comments. I read about the ceremonies
held in Malta at
K.C. Jones set up our SCV recruiting tent on Saturday
On Sunday Commander Reed set up a display of SCV materials
Thanks to Mikey Strawser for making a Camp
Ripley banner used at McConnelsville. It was on display at the last meeting.
We discussed the possibility of
changing the Lee - Jackson Dinner into a salute of our Generals at a tavern
instead of dinner. We discussed the ideal of having the formal
dinner around March 18 (to honor our namesake, Gen. Ripley on his birthday) when
the weather is better. Jeff Stiener, who is a bartender at Flanigans in
Gahanna, has suggested we come
consideration is having the cotillion in April or early May. Jeff
Bob Croye is considering some of
our suggestions for the book committee. We discussed books for elementary
schools. We have researched Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and "Turn
Homeward Hannalee", all 5th to 9th grade books. Commander Reed has
purchased nine books of "Turn Homeward Hannalee" for Saint Mary's
School in Lancaster. He teaches there once a year. Another good book
is Charles Adam's "In The Course
One of the Camps in the Division needs to host
the March Convention of the Ohio Division. We are centrally located and
could easily reserve a library room. We need to vote on this.
Dennis Rainy presented what the Veterans Administration is doing at Camp Chase. Dennis is leading an effort to erect tombstones for the men who were buried in Eastern Cemetery in 1861and 1862 (the city cemetery near what is now Children’s Hospital, before they started burying the dead on location at Camp Chase),
They included a native American Confederate, two servants of Confederate
soldiers, and two black free soldiers. He would also like to get tombstones for
the four men who's bodies were stolen by bodysnatchers and sold to medical
schools. Dennis is going to keep us abreast of progress at Camp Chase.
Commander Reed is sending a request to new VA director McDonald for our ceremony at Camp Chase. I was hoping that the Ohio Division had heard about their request for a Confederate Day of Remembrance from Governor Taft.
Treasurer’s Report…Collin Thomas gave the Camp’s financial report for Treasurer Phil Kaufman, who was unable to attend. The Camp presently has $1210 in the coffers. Also, at the time of the meeting, Treasurer Phil had only received six renewals for dues (however, Commander Reed had a number of re-ups to turn in).
Welcome New Members!We welcome into the Camp Shawn Welch, Jeffrey Steiner, and William Perry. Shawn lives in the Indian Lake area of Logan County. Jeff is an associate member and is a bartender at Flanagan’s Tavern in Gahanna. He has offered his establishment as a host site for meetings if we wish for a place to gather.
Dues are Due!Everyone needs to pay their National and Local Camp Dues. National dues are still $20, unless received after November 1st, when you will be assessed a $5 reinstatement fee. Local Dues are $10. Send your dues to Treasurer Phil Kaufman ASAP. Two separate checks are needed, $20 made out to "Sons of Confederate Veterans" and $10 to Treasurer, SCV Camp #1535. FYI, SCV Membership now exceeds 33,000 members.
Division Editor Needed!Anyone interested in serving as the Ohio Division Editor, please contact Jeff Yoest (firstname.lastname@example.org). We need someone to head up communications within the Ohio confederation…..preferably someone with good computer/internet skills, as the bulk of correspondence will be sent via e-mail.
New Members Needed!For the SCV to remain strong, we must constantly recruit new members. Participation is now not just limited to those with Confederate ancestors. Associate members can be recruited, who can enjoy all the benefits of membership, except voting. Help keep our Camp strong by bringing in more "troops".
September 12th Regular MeetingThe last regular meeting was held at Vet’s Memorial in downtown Columbus on Sept. 12th. In attendance were Reed, Croye, Chet Bennett, Yoest, Steele, Jones, Baugess, Collin Thomas, Ranney, Welch and guest Mickey Strawser. With us were the speaker, Mr. Ernie Parnell, accompanied by his wife. Earnie is retired military, but has a museum of the WBTS and cafe in Maysville. His ancestors are from Charleston, South Carolina. He is a reenactor and a member of the Cincinnati Camp. He gave a very interesting talk about history and Southern Heritage
Items of Discussion During the Business Meeting:
Bob Croye made a motion to donate $100 to the SCV Heritage Fund. He also made a motion to donate $200 to the reconstruction efforts required to restore Beauvoir, Jefferson Davis’s home, so terribly damaged by Katrina. Both motions were seconded and approved by the Camp. However, the $200 to Beauvoir was contingent on some research to insure the money is sent to a reputable source dedicated to that project.
Camp Chase and Dennis Ranney’s efforts to have the VA erect stones for those who perished but are not represented by a marker. Dennis has done an incredible amount of research on the subject, and we hope one day he will produce a book about was he has uncovered.
Dues…many have not paid to date
From Ohio Division Webmaster John McAlister….Compatriots: I have made some changes to the Ripley Website you may be interested in. As you may know, our site is accessible through and clicking on our site or you can go to: http://SCVOhio.org/camp1535 . First check out the pictures of the Ohio Div Convention posted at: http://www.scvohio.org/events.htm Second: if you would like your Confederate ancestor listed on our website, let me know. I will post your name and your ancestor's name and state at on the Research Page.. Scroll down to ANCESTORS OF RIPLEY CAMP MEMBERS. If you have anything written about your ancestor in electronic format, I can post it on a separate page, just as I have done for Pvt. Tarver who was my own ancestor. Email the information to me. Finally I have volunteered my services to the Ohio Division to update the Division Website http://SCVOhio.org.
Prefer to get your newsletter by E-Mail?Please contact Editor Yoest at email@example.com if you would rather receive your Ripley Report via the internet. This saves the Camp on printing and postage costs.
National and Division News
The following was sent to me by Mike Lawson of Patton Camp. No doubt you will
enjoy Gen. Hill’s reflections on the war and reconstruction. These comments were
made 23 years after the surrender. An address by Lieutenant-General D. H.
Hill, on Memorial Day, June 6th, 1887, at Baltimore, before the Society of the
Army and Navy of the Confederate States in the State of Maryland.5th.
Results of the War. I would place first of these the general diffusion
of love for the Constitution of the United States. Time was when the
South-hating philanthropists denounced it as "a covenant with death and a league
with hell," gotten up by the slave-power in the interests of slavery. But in
1861, the philanthropists experienced a change of heart, and ever since have
talked of the Constitution as that "sacred instrument," that "bulwark of
freedom," that "palladium of liberty," etc., etc. I am glad of their conversion,
suspiciously sudden though it was, and I hope that they will never fall from
grace. As a stalwart Presbyterian, I believe in the perseverance of the saints.
2d.--Change of views in
regard to the intellectual, moral and social status of the Negro. The
philanthropists used to tell of the cruelty and brutality of slaveholders to
their slaves, and said that they had reduced the negroes to the lowest state of
ignorance, barbarism and bestiality. But in the reconstruction period, the
philanthropists underwent a radical change of views and discovered that these
negroes, whom they had described as more savage and degraded than the barbarians
on the Congo, were not merely enlightened and civilized enough to be freemen and
voters, but also to be United States Senators and Congressmen, Foreign
Ministers, Consuls and Marshals, Governors of States, Judges, Members of State
Cabinets, &c. I am glad that the philanthropists found out that the Old South
had trained its slaves so carefully for these high and responsible duties. No
other masters in the world's history ever gave such training to their slaves.
The 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments to the Constitution of the United States are
the grandest possible eulogies to the Old South.
But there was one great error in
this training. The simple-hearted, confiding Southern masters, always careless
of their own money, did not teach their slaves to be cautious about their
investments, and tens of thousands of these credulous creatures put their money
in a bank in Washington, established by the philanthropists, and lost it
3d.--Development of Great Men. I love to hear the praises of the wonderful deeds of McClellan, Grant, Meade, and Hancock, for if they were such great warriors for crushing with their massive columns the thin lines of ragged Rebels, what must be said of Lee, the two Johnstons, Beauregard, and Jackson, who held millions at bay for four years with their fragments of shadowy armies ?
Pile up huge pedestals and
surmount them with bronze horses and riders in bronze. All the Union monuments
are eloquent of the prowess of the ragged Rebels and their leaders. Suppose the
tables had been turned, and that either of the five Southerners named above had
been superior to his antagonists in all the appliances and inventions of war,
and had been given, moreover, an excess of two millions of men over them, how
many statues, think ye, my countrymen, would there be of bronze warriors and
prancing chargers ?
The Congressmen from the Old South have voted liberally for all legitimate pension bills to Union veterans, for they know what a tough job it was for the 2,859,132 Union soldiers, with their magnificent outfit, to overcome the 700,000 Rebels, poorly fed, poorly clothed, and poorly equipped. These pension bills are splendid tributes to the pluck, patience, perseverance, and fortitude of the chivalry of the Old South. Source: Southern Historical Society Papers, Vol. XVI. Richmond, Va., January-December. 1888.
Buffington Island Wreath presentation.
I arrived at about 9:30. There was a good size WBTS camp set up with sutlers
and all. It looked really good. I had a nice surprise when I was in the
Confederate camp trying to recruit men for the SCV. I had the chance to meet and
speak with Past Division Commander, and Camp 1720 Commander Edd Sharp. It was a
pleasure to talk with him about the days events and projects he is working on,
mainly the Morgans Trail project. He has done a lot of work on this! I did
extend to him the Divisions support, and assistance, in this endeavor. He
invited myself and my family for a battlefield tour he was giving, but
regrettably I had to get the little ones home.
At about 11:30 I was called up to speak before a group of about 25. My speech
was brief and centered mainly on the Confederates who had fought and died at
that location. About 14 wreaths were presented at the Monument there. I am
attaching photo(s) with this mailing.
A member, James Chapman, of the Garnett Camp 1470 from WV was also there and
presented a wreath on behalf of their camp. He has extended an invitation to the
Ohio SCV to a get together for future projects, picnics, etc...
I think the day went well and I believe our host, Kieth Ashley, was pleased
with the days events. I expressed to him our desire to return again next year
and he seemed to like the idea. I do hope we can muster more men and maybe a
presenter and wreath from each camp. Kick the idea around, we could do the same
for Johnsons Island and others, maybe even an honor guard made up of members
from each camp.
Please contact me back with any comments or ideas so we can spread them
through the Division.
Future of Confederate White House Unknown
By DIONNE WALKER, Associated Press WriterSat Jul 23, 4:29 AM ET
In the 1800s, the idea of a separate Southern nation seemed real enough to warrant a grand executive office — a Confederate answer to the White House that would symbolize the lasting Dixie empire. Officials chose a hilltop mansion in the Shockoe Hill section, a former doctor's home that dominated the then-sparse landscape. But what was once a Civil War centerpiece is now an afterthought. Curators of the Museum and White House of the Confederacy say runaway development from nearby Virginia Commonwealth University has all but erased the site, cutting into attendance and threatening to elbow the landmark right out of the city. A group of state lawmakers met Friday to discuss ways to save the 187-year-old site, including moving the entire complex. "We are simply in their way and their expansion is simply in our way," executive director Waite Rawls III said during the first of four scheduled public meetings. Rawls told the 11-member panel of the challenges facing the complex, including limited parking, incessant construction noise and looming buildings that leave the historical site lost in the mix.
All have contributed to shrinking museum attendance — from a peak of 91,000 in the early 1990s to just 54,000 visitors this past year. Raised in 1818, the building was scheduled for demolition by the 1890s. Members of the Confederate Memorial Literary Society saved the home, converting it into a museum. Society members later restored it as a home in the 1980s; a separate museum housing artifacts such as Confederate flags and period paintings now stands next door. The committee will review such solutions as relocating the museum or even the entire complex. The state-convened panel can only make recommendations for the privately owned site; the literary society has the final word, offficials said.
From the Commander-in-Chief
Gentlemen: This is a report to SCV members on the current status of the legal
actions pending against the SCV.
1. Tennessee Court refuses to give coup Conspirators lawyers' fees from SCV
treasury, but allows them to refile their motion at later date.
Announcing the inaugural conference of the Stephen Dill Lee Institute, 14 -
15 October 2005 | Columbia, SC
Program will include:
In addition to these outstanding presentations, we will have a reception
Friday night for all participants, and an open panel speakers' discussion where
all participants can put questions to the whole faculty. The program will
conclude with a banquet Saturday night. Arrangements are currently being made
for the location of the meeting.
The 110th SCV annual general reunion/convention was held at the Music City Sheraton, Nashville, TN from July 20-23, 2005. The Reunion was a great success with over 660 registered members, representing over 300 camps, in attendance. Elections for vacant GEC positions in the AOT and ATM were held, a vote was taken on whether to merge the old MS Corporation into a new TX corporation, and many other important issues were decided in the business sessions which are summarized in the next section.
Jefferson Davis’s home, Beauvoirseverely damaged by Katrina
This dispatch was received from Ed Funches in a report to the SCV:"Ben, I was finally able to get in touch with Rusty Trowbridge, the finance officer of Beauvoir. Rick Forte, the chairman of the Board managed to get down there yesterday. The Beauvoir house is still standing, blown out underneath, and no front porch. The furniture and belongings are still inside the floor level, which as you may remember is about 10 or more feet off the ground. The new presidential library has had the ground level floor blown out, but the upper floor is present. By the way, Jefferson Davis is still on his horse on the lower level of the library, the Confederate flag still draped over his arm.The gift shop, museum, Hayes cottage, the directors home, and the replica of the veterans home is gone. The tomb of the Unknown Confederate Soldier is intact as is part of the cemetary. The security people are on site. It is a nightmare mess, but the home is certainly restorable. This is what I know second hand, since I have not been able to contact Rick Forte myself".
In a subsequent update, he writes, "All the buildings are gone with the exception of the library and the mansion itself. Our security people are present, along with the Facilities manager and his two workers".
The Indiana Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans , will conduct a
The event will commemorate the sacrifice of the 1616 Confederate soldiers who died in the Camp Morton Prisoner of War Camp between 1861 and 1865. The 1616 dead include the remains of 25 Black Confederates who declined their freedom and remained imprisoned with their white counterparts. The service will begin at 11:00 AM with the Presentation of Flags by re-enactors from the 50th Virginia Infantry. Immediately following will be remarks by Indiana Division Commander, Ronald W. Mertz of Avilla, Indiana followed by an address by historian and former Kentucky Teacher of the Year, Mr. David Chaltas. Mr. Chaltas will speak in the persona of General Robert E. Lee and deliver an address entitled, "With Sacred Principles to Maintain".
Ronald W. Mertz, Indiana Division Commander
Camp Ripley Report Summer, 2005
Comments from Commander Reed - July 14,2005
Just a few comments. I read about the ceremonies held in Malta at
Camp Ripley Report Summer, 2005
Mark you Calendars for the upcoming events:
Camp Chase Memorial Service: The annual Camp Chase Memorial Service will be held Sunday, May 29th at 3PM. Camp Chase is located at 2900 Sullivant Ave. in Columbus. We look forward to honoring the Southern soldiers who died in this Northern prison camp so far from their homes and family. Last year our service was denied by the VA, so we are happy to continue our tradition this year. Mark your calendars. Please note that in the preceding newsletter, the date was erroneously listed as Saturday. It is SUNDAY.
Next Camp Meeting will be at Saturday, June 11th, 6 PM at Vic Jeffrey’s Place, 8060 Concord Rd., just east of Johnstown. Once again, we will be treated to an artillery demonstration by Jim Boggs. Except for the wheels (Amish made), Jim made all the parts of the cannon himself….an incredible piece of artistry! For those of you who have never witnessed the spectacle of a fieldpiece firing, it is an event not to be missed. For those who have already had the pleasure (Jim has been kind enough to do this several times for us in the past), you will want to see it again. Several members of the 5th Ky. Reenactment group will be there to practice their artillery skills. The Camp will provide hot dogs and beverages. Members are asked to bring a dish or snack for a potluck picnic. Also, congratulations to Jim Boggs who just recently received his theology degree. He is a man of many talents! To get to Vic’ from downtown Johnstown, go southeast on route 37. Just out of town, turn left on Concord Rd. Travel east on Concord for a mile or two. Vic’s address is 8060 Concord Rd. His place is on the left or the south side.
March 14th General Meeting. Present at the last Camp meeting at Vet’s Memorial were Compatriots Reed, Croye, Sevy, Yoest, Steele, Jones, Baugess, Wilson and potential member Ranney . Commander Reed gave an interesting presentation about the WBTS in Alabama near LaGrange.
April 2nd Ohio Division Meeting was held at the Worthington Inn. It was a very productive meeting, and we were honored by the presence of Army of Tennessee Commander tarry Beasley, who drove to Ohio with his Adjutant all the way from Memphis. After lunch at the Worthington Inn, all walked down the street to admire the new OHS marker erected by our Camp to recognize the birthplace and achievements of our namesake, Roswell S. Ripley. From there is was a nasty walk in the snow and wind to the Worthington Library for the annual Convention. Several issues of business were discussed and acted upon. Elections were held at the conclusion of the Convention.
From Ohio Division Webmaster John McAlister:
Compatriots:I have made some changes to the Ripley Website you may be interested in. As you may know, our site is accessible through http://SCVOhio.org and clicking on our site or you can go to: http://SCVOhio.org/camp1535 . First check out the pictures of the Ohio Div Convention posted at: http://www.scvohio.org/events.htm Second: if you would like your Confederate ancestor listed on our website, let me know. I will post your name and your ancestor's name and state at on the Research Page. http://www.scvohio.org/resources.htm. Scroll down to ANCESTORS OF RIPLEY CAMP MEMBERS. If you have anything written about your ancestor in electronic format, I can post it on a separate page, just as I have done for Pvt. Tarver who was my own ancestor. Email the information to me.
Finally I have volunteered my services to the Ohio Division to update the Division Website http://SCVOhio.org. I have already made some changes to the site during the transition period of the new Division Commander, Scott Morris and Lt. Commander Mike "Bulldog" Lawson. Mike is also a webmaster and has put up a great site for their camp in Boardman Capt. Thomas Patton Camp 2021 The Ohio Division got a very high compliment with the attendance of Army of Tennessee Commander Terry Beasley, who made the trip from Memphis for the convention. With more and more people researching the WBTS on the internet it is imperative that we have a web presence for recruitment and communication to our members. Best regards, John McAlister
From Commander Reed: I
have taught twice in the last few weeks. On April 14th I attended a Cub Scout
Pack at Alton Darby School with about two dozen boys and twenty adults. They
asked me to teach the boys about the Civil War.
mini balls. and a three pound cannon ball.
For the past nine years I have been teaching about the Civil War to
the fifth grade at Winterset Elementary on the Northwest side of
Columbus. I show them uniforms, weapons, foodstuffs, and pictures from
the war. They enjoy the etiquette of the period, language of the fan
and the life of the women of the period. We discuss the history of the period.
On Thursday May 12 I will be lecturing 70 some eighth graders at the
Catholic school across from Sherman's home in Lancaster.
For two hours we show uniforms, weapons, foodstuffs, pictures, and the
etiquette of the Civil War. We set up a camp and fifty some tombstones
to tell the history of the War. The young people enjoy when we fire the
muskets as the very end.
Results of Special Convention, held last month in North Carolina: More camps represented than at any other previous SCV gathering (379). Amendment #1, to limit the number of past Commander-in-Chiefs with voting privileges on the General Executive Council to only the preceding three, as opposed to all past CiC’s having voting privileges. Passed by 96% (yea, 1616, nay, 74, 11 abstentions). Amendment #2, to eliminate the Military Order of the Stars and bars from the General Executive Committee. Passed by 93% (yea, 1565, nay, 125, 11 abstentions). Chet Bennett was present to represent our Ripley Camp. Scott Morris was present to represent the new Quantrill Camp.
Presentation of SCV Medal to ROTC Cadet. On Saturday, April 23, Brian McKee represented Ripley Camp at the ROTC Military Ball at Ohio University to present the SCV Ribbon to the top MS4 Cadet. Compatriot McKee also presented a copy of the book “Robert E. Lee: An Album”, by Emory Thomas, chosen and donated by Bob Croye for the occasion. McKee enjoyed the event tremendously, not only to represent the SCV, but also as a chance to return to OU, his alma mater. The event was a wonderful opportunity to provide positive publicity for the SCV. Lt. Col. Chase, professor of military science and ROTC Commander, made reference to the “War of Northern Aggression”, when introducing McKee. Obviously, the commandant was familiar with the true nature of the conflict. McKee made the awards in Confederate officer’s uniform and received many compliments from the ladies in attendance on his elegant attire, which they deemed much more attractive than today’s US issue….perhaps another reason the South should have won!
Welcome New Members! Ripley Camp #1535 welcomes into our ranks two new members, Fred Wilson and John Morgan. We also are happy to have Jeff Stiener join us with associate member status. He lives at 432 James Rd. in Columbus. An associate member is one who can partake in all Camp activities, except voting. They wish to join an SCV Camp (and pay camp dues), but do not have a documented Confederate ancestor. It is a great way to swell the ranks and promote what we are about.
Did You Know that Camp member Brad Tilton is also the current Ohio Department Commander of the Sons of Union Veterans? His dual membership illustrates the fact that the WBTS split many families as to where their individual loyalties and opinions lay. We are proud to have SUV Commander Tilton be a member of our Camp….a man who honors the service of all his American ancestors, be they Yankee or Confederate.
Camp Ripley Report Spring, 2005
Mark you Calendars for the upcoming events:
The Annual Lee-Jackson Dinner was held at the Bogey Inn on Friday evening, January 28th. It was originally scheduled for the 22nd, but pending inclement weather prompted a decision to change the date. Attendance, considering the last minute change of date and always present threat of hazardous travel in January, was better than expected. Enjoying the even were Bob Croye, David Reed and guest Gary Shaw, Jeff Yoest, Bob Sturgill, Mark and Martha Mahan, John and Sally McAllister, Jim and Lynette Baugess, Jim and Karen Smith, and KC and Betsy Jones. Good food, good company and a good time were had by all! For pictures: Click Here
Ohio Division Convention.
We as a Camp need to meet on April 2nd
at 11AM at the Worthington Public Library to begin the SCV Ohio
Division Convention. The Convention will start by having lunch at the
Worthington Inn, We have a reserved room at 11:10 AM. After the social lunch
with members from the other camps we will visit the Ripley House for
pictures. At 1 PM we will meet at the Library for the official SCV
Convention. Anyone with business or amendments to the constitution please let
me know. Scott Morris, the interim Division
The Sons of Confederate Veterans of Camp 1535 acknowledged several teenagers
at the Southern Cotillion on February 12th. Pataskala
Message from the Commander:
From Bob Croye:
As has been the custom for the past several years, Bob Croye placed a Christmas wreath at the monument in Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery. The live green wreath with pine cones and red bow, placed upon a stand, was taken to the cemetery several days before the Holiday and retrieved the first week in January. Remarkably, the wreath was not moved nor damaged. They are not forgotten!
Anyone going to Richmond this year? Available: Two free passes to the Museum and White House of the Confederacy in Richmond Virginia. They are valid for any visit in 2005. If you are interested in one or both, call Bob Croye at 614-846-1629 and they will be mailed to you.
Editor’s note-- The fate of the museum is now in question. Compounding the problems of dwindling attendance and a tight budget, the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center has begun construction of a 14 story bed tower on the east side of the museum, whose medical complex already looms over two other sides of the museum. The White House of the Confederacy is thus a hidden cultural island in the midst of downtown high-rise modern buildings. The museum board is presently weighing their options. How to deal with this difficult situation will be a challenge. Relocation is being considered. One thing that will NOT happen is ceasing museum operations. If you are interested in this issue, or would like to make a donation to the Museum, go to www.moc.org.
In the News….
The Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources, Division of Geological Survey, publishes a periodic newsletter, Ohio Geology. The main subject of its last issue is “The Role of Geology and Terrain in the Success and Defeat of Morgan’s Raiders”, a very unlikely subject for a scientific publication! The six-page article examines how the topography of the Buckeye State had as much to do with Morgan’s failure to achieve his goals as pursuing Federals and local resistance. Even the weather was against him (the high level of the Ohio River due to recent rains allowed Yankee gunboats, usually unable to go so far upriver in normal conditions, to steam up to the Buffington Island vicinity and ultimately shell Morgan’s men during the battle).
An article appeared in the Columbus Dispatch on February 21st in conjunction with the President’s Day Holiday. Two polls asked Americans who they thought were America’s greatest presidents. One poll commissioned by Washington College had Abraham Lincoln getting top honors at 20%. Rounding out the list were Reagan (15%), FDR (12%), Kennedy (11%), Clinton (10%) and our current Chief Executive at 8%. General Washington came in next at 6%. The CNN-USA Today-Gallop poll put Reagan on top with 20%, Clinton and Lincoln were in the mid-teens, Roosevelt and Kennedy were next at 12%, with Washington following. Regardless of one’s political affiliation or place on the Liberal-Conservative spectrum, these results are surprising, and to the editor’s mind, disturbing. It demonstrates a very shallow understanding of our country’s history and an ignorance of the contributions of some of our greatest historical figures. Any student of Washington would be aghast at the results of these polls.
People Helping Others…
Last month Editor Yoest received a phone call from a stranger who identified himself as a member of the SCV. The gentleman, Gary Pierce (member of the B.G. Humphrey Camp in Indianola, Mississippi) explained that he had a dear friend in Lancaster, Ohio, whose basement had been severely flooded by the recent January rains that have caused so much terrible damage. Mr. Keitz (who began the Camp Chase Gazette magazine years ago) was distraught over the overwhelming task of cleaning up the mess. Aside from the financial burden it placed on him, he did not know how he was going to get the help to physically haul out all the ruined carpet and paneling. Requests for help from his union a a few other sources resulted in some money, but not what he needed the most….people!
Although he would have loved to, Gary was unable to make the trip up north due to help his friend. He took it upon himself to see if his SCV brethren up North might be willing to lend a hand. To make a long story short, Yoest made a couple of phone calls, word got around, and the generous nature of the human heart took over. Don Grant and his son, who also live in Lancaster, promptly contacted Mr. Keitz and in one day helped him remove all the carpet and paneling he could not carry up himself. Despite the fact that the SCV did nothing, Gary so appreciated us facilitating the network of help that he insisted on sending bullets fired at Spanish Fort, Alabama, for each member of our Camp. Gary has a business, Pierce Iron and Artifacts (check out http://cwrelics.biz/store2) and wanted to share some of his products with our Camp. Thank you, Gary! Editor Yoest will distribute these gifts at upcoming Camp functions (so Attend!). To find out about the history of Spanish Fort, go to www.siteone.com/tourist/blakeley/historic.htm.
Enclosed Articles of Interest….
Your Editor’s father is a snow-bird in Florida. He periodically sends me articles of interest. Often, they are by Charlie Reese, who has a column in the Ft. Myers newspaper my father subscribes to. I thought his article, “A Southerner baring souls, cupboards” a very interesting commentary. We often make quick judgements or assumptions about people we think we know. Mr. Reese’s observations and opinions show just how difficult it can be to pidgeonhole people’s beliefs based on their religion, political affiliation, etc. Food for thought. No doubt you will agree, as well as disagree, on some points this self-professed Southerner makes. Also enclosed is an article taken from the Columbus Dispatch concerning a new exhibit at the Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont. “Civil War POWs: Excavating Johnson’s Island Prison” opened earlier this month and will run through July 4th.
Rather Receive your Ripley Report Newsletter by E-Mail?….
For those computer savvy compatriots who might prefer to receive their newsletter via e-mail, please contact editor Yoest at firstname.lastname@example.org. Paperless communication has its advantages. The Camp could cut down on printing and postage costs. If any of you prefer this method, contact me. We will not do away with the snail-mail, but a dual system is certainly possible.
The Central Ohio Civil War Roundtable will hold a meeting at 7:30, March 8th at the Westerville Electric Company, 139 E. Broadway. Park historian Timothy Smith will discuss his book, Champion Hill: Decisive Battle for Vicksburg. For info, call 296-9060
Camp Ripley Report Winter 2004-2005
Brigadier General Roswell S. Ripley Camp # 1535
Mark you Calendars for the upcoming events for 2005
The Annual Lee-Jackson Dinner will be held at the Bogey Inn on Saturday evening, January 28th. The social hour will begin at 6 PM with dinner following at 7 o’clock. Banquet menu of Rosemary Garlic Chicken and Grilled Salmon. A cash bar will be available. We have reserved a private room with fireplace. For reservations, please call Commander Reed at 888-9843 ASAP. Cost per meal will be roughly $16.
Commander Reed is planning a Southern Cotillion for February 12th at 7 PM at the Pataskala Presbyterian Church. In the tradition of a “coming out” ceremony for Southern Belles and recognition of young Southern Gentlemen and Cadets, beat the winter blahs with an old-fashioned southern social complete with period dress (not required), dancing, live music, refreshment punch, games and song. Dancing will be led by Elizabeth Reeb. For those wishing to brush up on their dance skills, there will be informal dance instruction at the Reynoldsburg Library on January 5th. Another instruction opportunity will be held the 25th at another location to be announced. Price of admission is a Southern desert per couple. Contact Commander Reed for details.
The March 14th Regular Meeting will be held at the Courthouse Tavern (tentative location). Members will notice that we have already had several meetings at this establishment. The proprietor, Mark Scram, is a Civil War buff and has been very gracious in extending special arrangements for our meetings (unfortunately, the Schrams have sold the establishment and its management will change hands this Spring). One of the oldest Columbus taverns still in operation, the location was frequented by Confederate POW’s from Camp Chase who had lenient visitation rights to the downtown in the early days of the war. Camp Chase will be the topic of discussion. Our speaker, Roger Pickenpaugh, a published author from Caldwell, Ohio, is currently writing another book about Camp Chase.
New Division Commander Scott Morris has tentatively scheduled the Ohio Division Meeting for the first weekend in April. He has requested that Camp #1535 host the event in Central Ohio. The goal of the Division is to provide the individual camps with better communication, cooperation and fraternization within Ohio. Commander Morris is presently searching for a Division Adjutant. If anyone is interested in serving in this capacity, please contact Commander Reed or Commander Morris.
Past Division Commander Edd Sharp is organizing a Buffington Island Battlefield Symposium to be held on April 9th. This is planned as an educational event to bring attention to the importance of Ohio’s only major Civil War battle. A tour of the site will be provided attendees and there will be a ceremony to honor those who fought and died there. The event is open to all. Contact Edd for more information, EDDSHARP@aol.com.
Treasury Report. As of early November, the Camp had $1250.68 in the coffers. Treasurer Kaufman said that several members sent in their dues past the deadline, which requires a $5 late fee. Since International Headquarters moved up the deadline this past year for the submission of camp funds, late fees ($30) will be paid for by the Camp. Next year, members who send in their dues past the deadline will be required to pay the additional $5 late fee. Dues are now $20 for International, $10 for local Camp dues. Please send in your dues ASAP after receiving Treasurer Kaufman’s notice next year.
Bob Croye has donated two mint-condition sets of books from his personal library to the Central Crossing High School library (South-Western City School District). One is the classic series by Alan Nevins, The Ordeal of the Union (1847-1865). Six of the eight volumes deal with the War Between the States. The other set, The Time-Life Pictoral History of the Civil War, contains 25 volumes. The nameplate in each book indicates it was donated to honor the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Our Camp has donated several new Confederate books to this library because it serves both the high school and the Grove City Public Library. Nameplates have been placed in each book to indicate they were donated by Camp #1535. Chaplain Jim Baugess handled the arrangements with the librarian who accepted our contributions with much appreciation. Thanks to Bob for this generous offering from his personal collection, and thanks to Jim for his contacts with the library. Those who do not appreciate Southern history are those who know nothing about it. Hopefully, these books will be sources of information so many can learn about the deeds and character of our ancestors.
In the News……
Perhaps some of you saw the article that appeared in the Columbus Dispatch recently about the ‘body snatchers’ at Camp Chase. At the last Roundtable at the Courthouse, Thursday, December 9th, Mr. Dennis Brooke spoke about this interesting story. Dennis has done extensive research trying to find out what happened to the handful of deceased prisoners who were dug up at Camp Chase on the night of November 24th, 1864. We were told body-snatching was a very common (although illegal) practice carried on by a very organized network of perpetrators, who supplied a market for cadavers for medical schools at the time. The bodies stolen from Camp Chase in all likelihood traveled by rail to the Cleveland Medical College where they underwent dissection by students. Mr. Brooke would like to see an appropriate group such as the SCV recognize these Southern victims with headstones or similar monuments so they will not be forgotten.
As most of you are probably aware, The Friends and Descendants of Johnson’s Island have raised enough money to obtain a 3-year mortgage on 17 acres of the prison and Ft. Johnson. Johnson’s Island is presently prime real estate for residential development, and without the efforts of The Friends, the site of the former Confederate prison will soon be lost. The note and mortgage are due in October, 2005. A sum of $290,000 is needed to pay of the debt and place the 17 acres in permanent conservancy. If this effort is successful, Heidelberg College will probably assume stewardship of the land. Obviously, there will be an aggressive fund-raising campaign soon to achieve this goal. Anyone interested in contributing to this worthy goal to protect an Ohio WBTS site should call 419-448-2327 or e-mail email@example.com. More information can be found at the website at www.johnsonsisland.com.
Thanks to Bob Croye, the Worthington Memory Project now has her famous son, Gen. Roswell S. Ripley featured on the website. Photos of our Camp’s Marker dedication are also available, as well as a biography written by our own Chet Bennett. Susan Allen, of the Worthington Public Library, who is coordinating this project, was very happy to have the information we provided her on Ripley. To view the site, go to www.worthingtonmemory.org and type in ripley under the search box.
To All Compatriots and Their Family,
Have a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year!!
The following letter was sent to the VA regarding their denial of our event at Camp Chase scheduled for May/04:
Brig. Gen. Roswell S. Ripley Camp #1535
Sons of Confederate Veterans
Jeffrey P. Yoest, Camp Adjutant
98 S. Grove St.
Westerville, OH 43081-2007
Saturday June 5, 2004
Brig. Gen. J. W. Nicholson
Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs
U. S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs
National Cemetery Administration
810 Vermont Ave. N. W.
Washington, D.C. 20420
Dear General Nicholson,
This spring the Brig. Gen. Roswell S. Ripley Camp #1535 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans requested permission from the Director of the Dayton National Cemetery of the Veterans Administration to have our annual Memorial Service at the Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery in Columbus Ohio on May 15th. As you are aware, the Camp Chase Cemetery is where the remains of over 2000 Confederate soldiers rest after perishing as prisoners of war. As descendants of Confederate soldiers (some in our Camp actually have ancestors buried there), our Camp has held an annual memorial service at the site for the past 6 years. We have always requested permission from the Director of the Dayton National Cemetery. This year we were denied permission. We had always assumed permission was a formality and courtesy for what we considered our right. That evidently is not the case. This came as a great surprise to us. It was also a major inconvenience, as we were notified by FedEx letter only 52 hours prior to the service. A great deal of time and effort was involved in the planning of our ceremony, which had to be cancelled at the last moment.
Mr. Lovett, Director of the Dayton National Cemetery, has been most cooperative and cordial in providing us with the VA’s regulations and how they should be interpreted. We understand the restrictions as they apply to flag displays, and Mr. Lovett has forwarded to us the written rules pertaining to such. He explained to us that flag displays were synonymous with ceremonies…. both were limited to only Memorial Day and Confederate Memorial Day, or an alternative day in states where it is not recognized, as in Ohio. The result of these regulations is that it is only permissible to have a service to honor the dead on Memorial Day or one other day as approved by the VA. To do otherwise would be a violation, the penalties of which are rumored to be substantial.
We now understand the rules. We fully abided by the recent ruling and made no demonstration of the VA decision in defiance of the edict. Our memorial service was held in a hotel banquet room where the United Daughters of the Confederacy were holding their Ohio Division Convention in Dublin. Unfortunately, it was a most inappropriate setting.
The purpose of this letter is to inquire about the rationale behind the VA two-service/year limitation. As you might suspect, there has been much speculation within our organization as to the reasons for this rule, especially considering the unpleasantries surrounding the lawsuit pending with Pt. Lookout in Maryland. No one would argue that the VA does not have the obligation to manage cemeteries under their control with rules and regulations. Yet it seems a contradiction that your government agency, dedicated to the service and memory of American war veterans, would exercise such stringent restrictions on those who wish to honor soldiers in a cemetery supposedly maintained for that very end. These restrictions also seem to be at odds with the citizenry’s right to freely assemble and express their respects within the bounds of free speech as guaranteed by the First Amendment. It just doesn’t make sense to us.
Perhaps there are very logical and appropriate reasons for the VA’s position. Knowing these reasons would do much to allay our suspicions that only Confederate cemeteries are subject to this rule or that Confederate groups, such as the Sons of Confederate Veterans, are being discriminated against in an arbitrary manner. We are acutely aware of the inflammatory issues associated with the Confederate cause and its symbols. We also understand why many in our society recoil at the Confederate battle flag and what it represents to them. However, we interpret its meaning in a completely different manner, and see it as a symbol of sacrifice and heroism, and fitting for display in the context of Camp Chase memorial services. Yet flag display is only of secondary importance. The prohibition of our ability to congregate at Camp Chase on 363 days of the year is our greatest concern. All we wish to do is remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice via an organized memorial. Why does your agency severely limit such demonstrations of respect?
It is our sincere hope that the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Veterans Administration can maintain a relationship of mutual understanding and cooperation in the years to come. After all, your administration and our organization are both dedicated to honoring veterans. We would therefore hope that two groups dedicated to the same principles could maintain a friendly association predicated on the same objectives.
As previously mentioned, we have been provided with written copies of VA rules. What we desire is an explanation of why only two ceremonies are permitted each year in VA administered cemeteries. To quote one of the founding fathers in the VA’s website : "A popular Government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives." -James Madison.
We look forward to your reply.
Jeffrey P. Yoest, DDS
Adjutant, SCV Camp 1535
The first thing you will notice about this newsletter is its new format. Unfortunately, it is not the attractive version we have become accustomed to over the past many years. Previously, we enjoyed one of the best newsletters produced by any Camp in the SCV. This was due to the tireless work and generosity of Camp Editor Bob Vogt. Bob collected the information, put all written reports and contributions (in addition to photos and graphics) together into a professional publication. Not only did Bob do this gratis via his business, Printing Arts Press of Mt. Vernon, Bob also paid all postage costs from his own pocket. This not only included the newsletter, but the numerous flyers that notified the Camp of our various activities. His devotion to our organization and generous nature would prevent him from accepting offers to be reimbursed for any expenses. However, the time has come for Bob to step down from his duties as Camp Editor. New family obligations will require more of Bob’s time and he will no longer be able to volunteer services he has provided so many for so long. We will now better appreciate his incredible contributions to our Camp! Bob will continue his membership in the SCV and we hope to see him at future Camp functions. Thank you, Bob, from all of us! We all wish you well with the new changes in your life. And please don’t be too critical of the mailings from the Camp you will now receive!
P.S.- Anyone who might consider serving as Camp Editor, please contact any Camp officers.
Next General Membership Meeting
The next general membership meeting will be held at Hoggy’s Restaurant, Monday, March 15th at 7 PM. Hoggy’s is located at 1370 E. Johnstown Rd. (at the corner of Morse Road and Rt. 62 in the Gahanna/New Albany area). We will have our own private area for cocktails and dining. Chet Bennett will be speaking on the life of our Camp’s namesake, Gen. Roswell S. Ripley. This presentation will coincide well with this year’s erection of the Ripley marker. If anyone knows more about Gen. Ripley than Chet Bennett, we would be interested to know who that individual is! Plan to attend. PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS. NO MEETING FLYER WILL BE SENT.
The annual Lee-Jackson Dinner was held on Saturday, January 17th at the 94th Aerosquadron Restaurant in Columbus near Port Columbus. Attending the Annual event was Collin Thomas, his brother Scott (newest member of our Camp), Phil Kaufman, Bob Croye, Chet Bennett and wife Marcia, Jim Baugess and wife Lynette, John McAlister and wife Sally, Jeff Yoest, Steve Steele, Dave Reed, and Tim Fulton. Although the turnout was less than hoped (the weather was bad), all present had a very nice evening. Past Commander Chet Bennett personally paid for the option of having a private bar in our dinner room, a generous gesture on his part to keep costs down. Following a delicious meal, Bob Croye served as emcee in the tradition of raffling off gifts, which he so graciously supplies each year. Reports about various Camp projects were given. Bob Croye also received an award recognizing his many contributions to our Camp through the years. Bob was a founding member with Chet Bennett. It would be hard to imagine Ripley Camp without the leadership, humor, fraternity and endless contributions Bob has provided.
As all of you by now are aware, the Morgan marker erected by our Camp in the Arena District was either vandalized our accidentally damaged by heavy equipment (we hope the latter). The marker itself was not damaged and has been recovered, but the post was totally destroyed. A new post of a different design has been purchased and received. Both the sign and the new post are in the possession of the City of Columbus. The park service department will re-erect the marker. Hopefully, this will be done soon. The new Ripley marker, through the efforts of Chet Bennett has been designed, accepted by the Ohio Historical Society, ordered and paid for. Erection of this new historical marker denoting one of six Ohio-born Confederate generals will be placed sometime this spring or summer. Again, thanks to all whose work and money made these permanent recognitions of Ohio’s Confederate history possible.
Book Donation Program
Bob Croye, Jim Baugess and Jeff Yoest have been involved with the Camp’s book donation program. To date, books of WBTS history (fair-minded accounts of Southern history) have been given to the Westerville Public Library and the Upper Arlington Public Library.
Ohio Division News
It’s official! The Ohio Division is a full-fledged Division within the Army of Tennessee in the SCV, now that we have 5 camps in the state. A division meeting to draw up a constitution was held at the Red Brick tavern on October 11th. There were 19 compatriots present, 11 from Tallmadge Camp 1658, four from Bushrod Johnson #1720, and five representatives from our Camp #1535. Much discussion ensued in debating the merits of the two drafts presented, one by Division Commander Edd Sharp and the other from a committee from the Tallmadge Camp. In the meantime, revisions combining points from both versions have been made and a document has been put together for consideration at the next division meeting, which will take place at 1 PM at the Westerville Public Library on Saturday, March 20th. All Ohio Division members having an interest in the adoption of our new constitution are welcome and are encouraged to attend.
The Ohio Division also hosted an Upper Dixie Conference on November 7th and 8th in Sandusky, Ohio. The purpose of this gathering was to allow SCV members from camps in the North to become acquainted with one another, share ideas on how we can work together to promote our ideals and goals, and to inform each other on what type of activities we are involved in. We were privileged to have in attendance Denne Sweeney, Lt. Commander-in-Chief of the SCV, who provided opening remarks. Also present was Jeff Massey, Commander-in-Chief of the Military Order of the Stars and Bars. Several interesting and informative talks were given on Saturday, as well as a tour of the Johnson’s Island Prison site led by archaeologist David Bush, who has done extensive fieldwork at the site for the last decade and is now involved in raising money to purchase 16 acres for preservation against imminent development. This first Upper Dixie Conference was a great success. Compliments to Edd Sharp for spearheading this first meeting for what will hopefully become an annual event. Next year the conference will be hosted by the Illinois Division in Springfield, IL.
As of February 6th, 2004, our treasury had a balance of $3308.37. Although this is good news soon we will expend a sizeable portion of the funds in the very near future. First, our Ripley marker in Worthington has been ordered and the cost is $1660. Our Morgan marker replacement post is $300, our bill for the wonderful evening at the Lee-Jackson Dinner at the 94th Aerosquadron Restaurant was $550. Thus, after paying these bills we will have approximately $800 to last us until this time next year when our local dues ($10) are once again collected. Presently, 24 members have paid their dues. This is down from a year ago when we had 41 members. I hope to see all of you at our March meeting at Hoggy’s.
Phil Kaufman, Camp Treasurer
As of this printing, the camp has 43 members. Unfortunately, quite a number are in arrears for not paying this years dues, which were delinquent on February 1st. Letters were sent to those individuals. For those who have not paid, please get your Camp ($10) and National ($20 + $5 reinstatement fee) dues sent to treasurer Philip Kaufman, 341 S. Third St., Suite 300, Columbus, OH 43215 as soon as you can. If you have any questions concerning this matter, contact Phil or Adjutant Yoest.
Camp Chase Ceremony
Our annual memorial service to honor the Confederate POW’s who died at Camp Chase will be held on Saturday, May 15th at 2 PM. As in the past, this ceremony will be a private memorial held with the United Daughters of the Confederacy, concurrent with their annual Division Convention. Please show your respect for those Southern soldiers who gave their lives for their country by attending this solemn remembrance. Also, Bob Croye wishes to pass on the following related information:
“Color Sergeant Jim Smith is the new caretaker of our Confederate flags used for this service and other appropriate camp-sponsored events. Retiring from that position, I turned over to Jim 632 flags, approximately 450 of which were given to our Camp by Dixie Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy long ago. Included in the flag collection is a large battle flag, staff and floor stand given to us by Bob Vogt several years ago. Jim, thanks for your accepting this important responsibility! When Jim calls for volunteers to help place the flags, please answer that call”.
UDC Ohio Division President Gail Robinson has graciously invited any SCV members (and spouse/guest) to several activities associated with their convention. On Friday evening, our own Phil Kaufman will speak at their 7 PM banquet about his ancestor, Sgt. Richard Kirkland, the “Angel of Marye’s Heights”. On Saturday evening after the Camp Chase Ceremony, we are invited to attend their Buffet Dinner and installation of their new officers. This will take place at 5:30 PM. The site of these evening activities will be at the Wyndham Dublin Hotel at 600 Metro Place North. The Friday Banquet is $34.50 each, and the Saturday Buffet is $25 each. Any compatriots wishing to attend please contact Adjutant Yoest for reservations.
10th Annual Spring Civil War Ball, Burr Oak State Park, March 13th, 2004
Camp Compatriot Brian McKee passes on this information about those who enjoy period re-enacting. This ball is sponsored by the Morgan County Reenactors Association. Burr Oak State Park is located near Glouster, Ohio. Cost is $25 per couple, $15 per individual ($30/$20 after March 6). Reservations to stay at the Burr Oak Park lodge can be reserved at 1-800-AT-A-PARK. For more information and reservations, contact Mary Ellen Van Horn at 740-554-7601.
Camp Member Rich Sevy responds to Foolishness
Member Rich Sevy recently took it upon himself to respond to a commentary that appeared last summer in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review by Mike Seate. The staff writer could not comprehend “the unyielding attraction to this remnant (Confederate Flag) of a deposed, anti-American regime”. Space precludes Rich’s eloquent response to Mr. Seate’s ignorance, but suffice it to say his rebuttals of the writer’s assertions were most appropriate. Thanks, Rich, for taking the time to defend what others naively and erroneously interpret as bumpkin bigotry. To paraphrase a similar saying….”It’s a Southern thing….you wouldn’t understand”.