2019 Bridgeport Reenactment

The State of Dade Camp 707 and our own 39th Georgia will participate and be present at the Bridgeport Reenactment on the 22nd – 24th of March 2019.

Located on one of the original sites in Jackson County, outside of city limits in Bridgeport, Alabama. Off Highway 72, on County Road 255. All profits to benefit the preservation of local history! All Amenities included. Saturday Night Evening Ball/Social.

Barry’s Battery, The Lookout Artillery

State of Dade 707 will meet at the Chattanooga Library this Saturday for this presentation by David Scott: 

Barry’s Battery, The Lookout Artillery, presented by David Scott
Saturday, November 19th @ 10 am
Chattanooga Public Library, 1001 Broad St., Chattanooga

Presentation based upon the book by the late Raymond Evans, with additional research by David Scott. Mr. Scott will recount the history of the formation and the battles fought by the Lookout Artillery. In Chattanooga early in 1862 Robert L. Barry, John A. Armstrong, and Richard L. Watkins recruited 113 men and organized this Confederate battery of light artillery.

Chaplain’s Corner: December 2015

Jim Fletcher

In this month where we will be celebrating Christmas, there will be many military families, as well as families who have no military personnel, who find the holiday season to be of physical suffering. Many families mourn the loss of loved ones they have lost during the year as well as many who have been severely wounded serving their country in these conflicts.

Preparation for Christmas calls for rememberance of those lost during the year, civilian and military alike, and the comforting of those involved with the sorrow.

God , in this Christmas season, help us from being thoughtless and selfish by our forgetfulness and remember those who serve our country.

Galatians 4:4
But when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth his son, made of woman, made under the law.

Prayer List: I have no prayer requests , but wish Camp #707 and the First Brigade a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Help us to remember those less fortunate than us.

May God Bless,

James Fletcher, Chaplain
SCV Camp #707
Ph. 256-657-5998
E-mail: jdfletcher@stateofdade.com

What’s New: October 2012

New Salem Arts Festival
The State of Dade Camp # 707, Sons of Confederate Veterans invites you to join with us at The annual New Salem Art Show which is held on Lookout Mountain on Saturday and Sunday October 13-14, 2012. The Camp 707 sales booth will be set up and this is our last sales event of the year. This is always a relaxed and fun event. Come and spend one or both days with us.

Next Meeting – November 20th @ 7 pm
The next meeting of the State of Dade Camp 707, Sons of Confederate Veterans will be held at 7:00 P.M on Tuesday, November 20th, 2012 at Randy’s Resturant in Trenton. We will meet to eat at 6:00 P.M. – there will be no retreat!

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Road Rash Biker Bash
Good times were had by all at the RRBB this year! What a party! See the photos in the gallery!

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Funeral Photos
Many thanks go out to Lori Forster and Tom the Bomb of Road Rash for over 600 photos of our Commander’s funeral. Check them out and save a few!

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Memorial Day
Once again, State of Dade Camp 707 observed Annual Confederate Memorial Day at the Georgia Monument at Chickamauga Battlefield. See the photos in the gallery!

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Commander Wedge Morrison

Our camp is devastated at the loss of our Brother, and camp Commander, Doug (Wedge) Morrison. While traveling home from Biloxi, MS on his last leg of the Mechanized Cavalry 11th Annual held in Texas, he was struck and killed by a truck while entering a local Harley Davidson Dealer in Montgomery, Alabama. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and family. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.

News & Events: July 2008

Next Meeting – July 15th @ 6 pm
Our next camp meeting will be at Randy’s Restaurant in Trenton. Come early for dinner – our meeting will follow at 7PM.

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Funeral Photos
Many thanks go out to Lori Forster and Tom the Bomb of Road Rash for over 600 photos of our Commander’s funeral. Check them out and save a few!

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Memorial Day
Once again, State of Dade Camp 707 observed Annual Confederate Memorial Day at the Georgia Monument at Chickamauga Battlefield. See the photos in the gallery!

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SCVMC Party!
Gold Rush Days in Dahlonaga meant good times had for the SCV and SCVMC at Lukes! See the photos in the gallery!

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The Chaplain’s Corner: June 2006

Chaplain's Corner

The “Battle of Resaca” reenactment week-end turned out to be pretty wet for those that participated, especially Saturday night when the thunderstorm came thru with heavy winds and rain that toppled a few tents and got several reenactors wet, but this didn’t dampen their fighting spirit and they were ready to meet the “Enemy” on the field the next day.

The “1890 Day’s Festival” was one of the hottest in temperature that I remember. It was 90+ degrees in temperature that day, but no one fell out during the parade. There were many spectators along the parade route and we were cheered more this year as we marched by than in years past. As we participated in the opening ceremonies with the singing of “Dixie” and the National anthem and the firing of the 21 gun salute and of Freddie Parris telling of the participation of the 48th Georgia National Guard in Iraq and of our own Patrick Parris having been there and helped in their mission. Many cheers went up by the crowd in thanking him and the 48th for what they had done.

Prayers: Lewis Leach continues to improve after his motorcycle accident. He was recently removed from ICU at Erlanger hospital and placed in a private room. In checking on his condition this A.M., I found that he has been taken to a taken to a health care facility that is close to Memorial hospital. I’m sorry that I don’t have that information (as of this writing.) Check with the Camp. Wedge Morrison’s granddaughter, Rachel Phillips, has a very serious illness. Fred Stafford continues to improve from his motorcycle accident. Ronnie Watts requests prayer for his Dad who has health problems.

Let us remember all of these in our thoughts and prayers. I believe that prayer is an answer for many of the hardships we as mortals face.

Psalms 41:3 “The Lord sustains him on his sickbed: in his illness thou healest all his infirmities.”

James Fletcher, Chaplain,
SCV Camp #707 mailto:jdfletcher@farmerstel.com
Ph. 256-657-5998
E-mail jdfletcher@farmerstel.com

Confederate Heritage Month in Dade County

State of Dade Camp 707 celebrating Confederate Memorial Day 2006 in Trenton

April is the month when the Confederate States of America began and ended the four year conflict of the American Civil War. Confederate Memorial Day, on April 26, is a timer when Georgians honor the more than 90,000 brave men and women who served the Confederate States of America. In keeping with this time honored tradition, Governor Sunny Perdue has issued the following proclamation: “I, Sunny Perdue, Governor of the State of Georgia, do hereby proclaim April 2006 as CONFEDERATE HISTORY MONTH in Georgia and encourage our citizens to learn about Georgia’s heritage and history.”

County Executive Ben Brandon issued a similar proclamation proclaiming April as Confederate Heritage Month in Dade County. Mayor Anthony Emanuel also issued a proclaimed April Confederate Heritage month in the City of Trenton. The local chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the State of Dade Camp No. 707, provided a number of things in keeping with the charge by our governor to learn more about Georgia’s heritage and history.

Confederate Heritage Month Proclamation
County Executive Ben Brandon issuing Confederate Heritage Month Proclamation


Confederate Heritage Month Proclamation for Trenton
Mayor Emanuel issuing Confederate Heritage Month Proclamation for Trenton

During the first week of April, we flew the First National Confederate Flag, known as “The Stars and Bars” on our flag pole at the Confederate Monument in Dade County’s Veterans Park. During the second week, we flew the Second National Confederate Flag, known as “The Stainless Banner.” During the third week, we flew, the Third National Confederate Flag, known as “The Flag of No Surrender.” During the final week of April we flew the Confederate Battle Flag, known as “The Southern Cross.” Each week the local paper covered the changing of the flag and did an article describing the flag used during that week.

Copies of Calvin Johnson’s excellent “Confederate Minutes” were provided to every school in Dade County. This material was also made available to local radio and television, and the information was put to good use throughout the month of April.

On Thursday, April 27, 2006, at 10:00 A.M., we conducted a memorial service at the Confederate Monument in Dade County’s Veterans Park. On Sunday, April 30, 2006, at 2:00 P.M., we joined with members of the Private John Ingram Camp 1977, the John B. Gordon Camp 8599, and the Colonel Joseph McConnell Camp 1859 to conduct the seventh Confederate Memorial observation at the Georgia Monument in Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. Ben Brandon was the feature speaker. Senator Jeff Mullis, Representative Martin Scott, and Representative Jay Neal were also featured.

Upcoming Events: May 2006

May 16, 2006 : Camp Meeting: The March 2006 meeting of the State of Dade Camp 707, Sons of Confederate Veterans will be held at 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, May 16, 2006 in back of the Easy Rental Store on Highway 11 at the south end of Trenton. We will meet to eat at 6:00 P.M. – there will be no retreat! Call 657-5000 for directions.

May 19-21, 2006: Battle Re-enactment: The annual re-enactment of the Battle of Resaca will be held on the weekend of May 19-21, 2006 at Resacca. This is always an outstanding event. This year will be the first year that we have had our camp sales booth at the event. All who can are urged to help.

May 27, 2006: Parade. The annual 1890’s Parade and celebration will be held on Saturday May 27, 2006 at Ringgold, Georgia. We will lead the parade and have the camp sales booth. We hope you all will be able to attend this important event. Call 657-5000 for additional information.

June 17-18, 2006: Georgia Division Convention: The annual Georgia Division Convention will be held on June 17-18, 2006 at Gainesville, Georgia. There will be additional information at the camp meeting.

STATE OF DADE CAMP No. 707
Sons of Confederate Veterans
Lewis Samuel Leach, Adjutant
116 Ridge Road Chattanooga, Tennessee 37411

Mechanized Cavalry Report: May 2006

Mechanized Calvary Report

As most of you already know on April 30 Lewis Leach was involved in a bad accident on Missionary Ridge and is in critical condition in Erlanger Hospital. As of May 3, his condition is improving. If anyone can pull out of this, Lewis can. As most of you know he has a tough stubborn streak. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers, and if possible visit. He and his family need your support at this time and welcome it.

Fred Stafford is coming home next week from convalescing since before Christmas. Way to go Fred! Hurrah!

I would like to thank all who called, came by, or sent letters while I was convalescing from my April Fool’s Day crash. Special thanks to Chuck Shields for keeping my yard work done each week. Thanks Chuck.

State of Dade Mechanized Cavalry has had three bad motorcycle accidents and two minor incidents in the past year. The only way to never have an accident is to keep your bike parked. State of Dade – “WE RIDE!” We need to strive to ride safer and wiser. I know some members still wear novelty helmets – but please get a DOT approved helmet. For helmet information contact Larry Wheeler. Thank you, Larry, for getting me to change to a DOT helmet.

I would like to thank all Mechanized and State of Dade members for attending the memorial at the Georgia Monument. Lewis once said that State of Dade and Mechanized was a part of his family now. Let’s all work and play together as brothers should.

May 20 is a National Mechanized Cavalry meeting in Birmingham, Alabama. Several members intend to attend. Call me for more information. I know this is Resacca weekend, but the advantage of having a large group is that we can do both. Summer is here and its time to hit the road, with heads up, eyes open, and wheels down!

Mechanized Cavalry
Sgt. Johnny Sparks