Missionary Ridge Camp #63
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

August 27, 2011 Meeting Minutes

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Missionary Ridge Camp #63
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Department of Tennessee (including Alabama)

Missionary Ridge Camp #63 Minutes of the meeting held Saturday, August 27, 2011 at Wally's Restaurant in East Ridge, Tennessee.

Those present: James Fletcher, Bob Dobbs, Charlie Engle, Mark Kemp, Mark Steele, William Massey and Harvey Scarborough. Also present were several guests and new member candidate, Jim Burran.

CALL TO ORDER: Commander Fletcher called the meeting to order at approximately 1:45 PM ET following our lunch.

OPENING PRAYER: Camp Chaplain William Massey gave the opening prayer.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Commander Fletcher led the camp in the pledge to the flag of the United States of America.

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OLD BUSINESS: Commander Fletcher called for old business. Charlie Engle reported that when he attended the National Encampment, it was noted that the Department of Tennessee (and Alabama) had the highest percentage of new members during the past year than all the other Departments in the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. He said that Ft. Donelson Camp #62 in Nashville and Major William A. McTeer Camp No. 39 in Maryville, TN and led all the camps in the Department of Tennessee in new member growth.

Charlie Engle gave the Treasurer's Report and stated that the Camp's treasury has $627.47.

Commander Fletcher stated that the Chestnut Grove Baptist Church in Ider, Alabama is having its 150th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, September 18, 2011, at 1:00 PM Central Time. Along with its own history, the Church will have a Civil War Honor Guard as part of the ceremonies to also acknowledge the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War and to remember the fact that Union Major General Alexander M. McCook's Twentieth Corps marched through the area during the Chickamauga Campaign. Commander Fletcher requested participants from the Sons of Union Veterans to join a unit of Confederate soldiers that will be present. It is anticipated that the combined group will fire a three-volley salute. Several in the Camp expressed an interest in helping.

NEW MEMBER INITIATION: At this time, Commander Fletcher introduced new member applicant, Mr. James "Jim" Burran to the Camp. Mr. Burran's qualification to join is through his great-great-grandfather, Samuel Van Nuys of Franklin, Indiana who was initially in the 7th Indiana Infantry. When the offer came to be an officer to an all black regiment, he volunteered. He was made a 2nd Lieutenant in the 4th U. S. Colored Troops Regiment and later became a captain. He fought in the Eastern Theater and it was during the Petersburg Campaign that he was killed in action on September 29, 1864 at the age of 23 years. At right, Commander Fletcher pins the camp membership medal to complete the ceremony.

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NEXT MEETING: Several voiced conflicts with meeting dates in September and October. However, it was decided to meet next on November 5, 2011 - Saturday 1:00 PM ET at Wally's Restaurant, East Ridge, Tennessee.

BENEDICTION: Chaplain William Massey gave the Benediction.

ADJOURN: There being no further business to come before the camp, Commander Fletcher adjourned the meeting at approximately 3:40 PM.

Respectively submitted,
Harvey Scarborough, Acting Secretary