Tennessee (including Alabama)
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Saturday, January 30, 2010
|Missionary Ridge Camp #63 hosted the 15th Annual Encampment
of the Department of Tennessee (including Alabama) held in Chattanoooga, Tennessee on Saturday, January 30, 2010. Following
the meeting, attendees visited the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.
National Commander-in-Chief Leo Kennedy as he installs new officers in the Department for 2010.
|New Department officers pose for a photo. Shown left to right:
Charles Engle, Immediate Past Commander; Doug Fidler, Senior Vice Commander; Sam Gant, Department
Commander; Geoffrey Hintze, Secretary/Treasurer; Mark Kemp, Department Council Member; and National
Commander-in-Chief Leo Kennedy.
C-in-C Leo Kennedy updates the group on National activities. He was accused of bringing to town the unusual snowfall
Chattanooga received Friday evening. He felt "right at home" as Rhode Island looks pretty much the same this time of year
as is does here! The weather hindered the appearance of several others who wanted to attend, but could not travel to town
this morning due to icy road conditions.
Below left, we see the Department Charter draped in black in rememberance of true daughter,
Lila Rose Queener Hudgens, of Maryville, TN. Her father was Pvt. James Madison Herron, Co. G, 8th
Tennessee Infantry. She died January 5, 2010 at the age of 93. And at right, C-in-C Kennedy pins the Department
Commander medal on Sam Gant, Camp Commander of Fort Donelson Camp #62, as he assumes his new office.
Several brothers took the opportunity to visit nearby Chickamauga Battlefield. Below,
Historian and Park Ranger Jim Ogden explains to the group the main reasons the Army
of the Cumberland came to Chattanooga in 1863.
The strategic map on display in the Visitor Center helps to clarify the maneuvers of the troops
prior to the Battle of Chickamauga.