This is an outstanding gesture on the part of the great Texas Division, and I respectfully ask everyone receiving this to thank Pete and Texas Division Commander Steve Lucas, when you see them later this month in Memphis. (At the dedication ceremony last December, Steve sent us a flag that had flown over the Alamo, and it was the first flag to be flown at the Lunette.)
What is good for each camp is good for the Tennessee Division. A rising tide lifts all boats.
A brief word about the Lunette (which is located on Polk Avenue, east of Nolensville Road and the Fairgrounds, in Nashville): Brig. Gen. Hiram Granbury's famed Texas Brigade anchored the Confederate Right during the decisive and tragic Battle of Nashville, on December 15, 1864. The General was mortally wounded at Franklin, and the brigade, itself, was cut to ribbons. Less than 350 men were present for duty on the 15th.
To protect the Confederate Right, the Brigade selected an elevated position protected on one side by a railroad cut, and conducive to manmade fortifications on the other sides. Supported by a section of artillery, it faced an onslaught of Yankee infantry, estimated in the Official Records as numbering anywhere from 5,200 to 8,500 troops.
The Brigade held. In a day of fierce fighting, wave after wave of Yankee infantry were repulsed with heavy losses. In my study of history, I would have to say that the Spartans at Thermopylae have nothing on Granbury's Texas Brigade. Only one other brigade in the Confederate Army comes close, as far as I can determine, of equaling the reputation and fighting prowess of this Brigade: The Stonewall Brigade.
Camp 28 holds a long-term lease to the Lunette. The Camp spent about two years clearing the property, restoring it to its 1864 appearance, making it "visitor friendly," and erecting signage. A number of other camps helped (including Dillard-Judd, Robert Hatton, William Bate, Tod Carter, Sam Davis, and Randall McGavock).
Please visit the Lunette when you are in Nashville.
Dick Knight - Camp 28
There are just two things descendants of Confederate Veterans, their families, and those partisan then and now to The Cause need to remember to sleep well at night:
1. Our Cause was just, our icons and symbols are sacred, our heroes are real, and no apologies or compromises are either necessary nor acceptable!
2. See No. 1
Unreconstructed, Unapologetic Southern American!