"Ramblins from Forrests 'Riter"

By Ed Butler, Tennessee Division
Heritage Defense Chairman ~
Dillard-Judd Camp Commander

I would like to thank the members of the Dillard-Judd Camp for bestowing on me the honor of serving as Commander. It is my fervent hope that two years from now you will think of me as more of a General Forrest than a General Bragg. While I can not hope to make as few mistakes as General Forrest, I realize that in order to be a good leader I must be willing to take the initiative and strive to get things done. If we are to continue to educate the citizens of this area about the honor and valor of our ancestors we must work as a team. I can do little. We can accomplish much!

I urge each of you to give me the opportunity to listen to your hopes, your desires, and your complaints. The rumor mill always distorts the truth and I will make a practice of ignoring rumors. When, in your opinion, I make a bad decision please call or email me so we can discuss the problem as Southern gentlemen.

The formation of a Camp at Monterey has taken several of our members. While this will result in a decrease of our numbers it will only be temporary if you will talk to at least one person a week about membership in the SCV. The Champ Ferguson Camp will attract men from the Monterey area that were unwilling to travel to meetings in Cookeville. Thus, the end result is an increase in SCV membership. I can not emphasize enough the importance of recruiting. The most common objection I have encountered in the past four years is the busy schedule most of us have. Tell your prospect if only takes ten or fifteen minutes per year to be a member of the SCV. If they love their Southern Heritage, that amount of time and forty dollars is a small price to pay.

I want to thank all of you that support the many events we participate in during the course of a year. We owe Marshall Judd a big THANKS for his efforts in coordinating the Lee-Jackson Banquet and the Forrest Picnic for the past four years. A big THANKS also goes to Jerry Gardner and Ken Tyler for their loyalty in holding the food drive for the past two years. Bring a guest to the meeting on 18 February!
Door Prizes ~ Beginning in February, everyone attending our regularly scheduled meetings and the Forrest Picnic will be eligible to register for a set of four genuine restrike Confederate coins. The coins are a $20 gold piece,
$5 gold piece, a $.50 piece, and a $.01 piece. While these

coins are restrikes and not original, they are not readily
available and are a very desirable acquisition. A drawing for the coins will be held at the Lee-Jackson Banquet in 2004. Guests will be allowed to register but will be eligible to win only if they are members by the 2004 banquet. You will not have to attend the Lee- Jackson Banquet to be eligible to win. The decision on whether to draw for door prizes at each meeting will be made at the January 28th plannin' meetin'



In 1986 the first of a series of four volumes of "Confederate Chronicles of Tennessee" was published. Additional volumes were printed in 1987, 1989, and 1994. These volumes contain stories about events that occurred in Tennessee during and after the war. Volumes #1 and #2 are sold out but Commander Earle saved a small quantity of volumes #3 and #4 for distribution to members of the Dillard-Judd Camp. It is hoped that our newest member, Luke Ward, will make a point to attend the February meeting. As an officer of the law we hope he will be in attendance in order to enforce the fair distribution of these sacred and valuable tomes.

It is hoped his services will not be needed but these books are collectors items and much sought after by all Tennesseans of Confederate ancestry. If you want a chance to own one of these cherished items be sure to attend the Camp meeting on 18 February, 2004. Unless other unsold copies are discovered, this could be your only opportunity to own one of these historical treasures.

Program for February Meeting
Southerners have always been quick to come to the defense of their country. During the American Revolution, General Washington left the New England states because many of the citizens were ready to surrender to the British and would not support the war effort. The American Revolution was won in the South by Southerners. The War of 1812, The Texas War for Independence, and the Mexican War of the 1840's were all won by soldiers of Southern ancestry. In both World War I and II a disproportionate number of Southerners volunteered to fight for their country. In World War II, 64% of the volunteers were from the South. Over 70% of all Medal of Honor recipients during the Vietnam War were Southerners. In the Gulf War, 60% of the volunteers were Southerners. Defending one's country is a Southern tradition.

The United States of America had approximately fifteen million men and women in uniform during World War II. These honored Veterans are "crossing


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