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

April 1, 2017 Camp Meeting

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

This meeting was held Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Wally's Restaurant, East Ridge, TN. Prior to the meeting, those attending participated in a fine buffet meal.
Meeting Photo
Today's meeting attendees.
Photo courtesy of Harvey Scarborough
Those present: John Sims, Nick Norwood, Jeffrey Webb, Mark Kemp, Tim Hill, Harvey Scarborough, and guests David McMahon, Tyler Suttles, Alma Webb and Patricia Rhodes.

Prior to the start of the meeting, Commander John Sims displayed a recruitment poster from the Spanish-American War (see photo below). He asked if anyone knew who the two Civil War Veterans were pictured shaking hands in the poster. While several names were mentioned, no one could come up with the correct answers: The former Union soldier was Admiral George Dewey and the former Confederate soldier was cavalry general Fitzhugh Lee!

Call to Order: Commander Sims called the meeting to order at approximately 1:15 PM.

Pledge of Allegiance: Commander Sims led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

Opening Prayer: Commander Sims, following SUVCW meeting instructions, led the group in the opening prayer.


Last Meeting's Minutes: Commander Sims stated that the minutes of the last meeting were published on the website. He asked if anyone had any corrections or additions. There were none. Motion was made and seconded to approve the minutes. Motion to approve the February 4, 2017 minutes as written carried unanimously.

Treasurer's Report: Secretary-Treasurer Mark Kemp gave the Treasurer's Report. He stated that the Camp's balance at the last meeting was $1,198.90. He reported that since that meeting, deposits amounted to more than checks written. The balance is now $1,307.70.

Also, he reported that there are currently 18 members in the Camp. The Secretary-Treasurer stated that he would be paying out funds to cover $23 per member for the National SUVCW and $2 per member for the Department SUVCW.

Motion to accept the Treasurer's Report as presented was made and seconded. Motion approving the Treasurer's Report carried uanimously.

Frameable SUVCW Camp Membership Certificates: Commander Sims provided to those who ordered them personalized SUVCW Membership Certificates. Members desiring to order one can purchase it from the Camp at the price of $6.

Name Badge Buttons: Commander Sims stated that the badges will be produced soon. The buttons shall be worn by members at each meeting which will greatly help all members and guests to know each other by name.

2017 Department of Tennessee (including Alabama and Mississippi) Encampment: Commander Sims reported that both he and Nick Norwood attended the Department's Encampment held this year on March 4th in Murfreesboro, TN.

Commander Sims gave the Camp's report during the meeting. Commander Sims stated that he and Nick sat with incoming Department commander David McReynolds and established a good rapport on behalf of the Camp.

Commander Sims won the book, Plowshares and Swords (see photo at right). He offered it for sale to anyone with the money going to the Camp's fund.

Nick Norwood stated that one order of business brought before the Department involved changing the name of the Department slightly to include in the title the word "The" as a connection to the Federal "Army of The Tennessee" and "Army of the Cumberland." However, due to the horrendous cost involved in changing all documents, banners and graphics, as well as the legal fees involved, the Department did not approve the change.

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Camp Commander John Sims showing the book Plowshares and Swords
2017 SUVCW National Encampment: Commander Sims reminded those present that the 136th National Encampment of the SUVCW will meet in Lansing, Michigan August 10 - 13, 2017. More information is available through the Department of Michigan website:


Commander Sims reported that he is one of seven voting members from the Department that will attend the National this year.


Guests Introduced: Two guests and potential members were introduced: David McMahon (Nick Norwood's father-in-law) and Tyler Suttle. Both were welcomed to the Camp and encouraged to join.

Patriotic Instructor: Commander Sims reported that Nick Norwood has been appointed the Camp's new Patriotic Instructor. Nick graciously accepted the position. He stated that he is already looking into Junior ROTC programs and the Eagle Scout program as potential recipients for patches and awards that can be presented on behalf of the Camp and the SUVCW. Additional awards are available for flying the National Flag. He said the expense is very minimal and that it would generate a lot of recognition for the Camp. Nick is also the new Department Coordinator for Awards and Achievements, so the two jobs should compliment each other!

Wreaths Across America: It was reported that the Wreaths program would take place Saturday, December 16 at noon. More information will be provided later, but the Camp will be able to participate in this program.

Kirklin Cemetery: Alma Webb stated that the Kirklin Cemetery is in need of some clean up/brush removal work. She talked to former commissioner William Cotton who has worked hard for the cemetery's restoration. She mentioned that he would be willing to speak to the Camp possibly at the August meeting. It would be very helpful to involve the Boy Scouts as they do projects of this nature.

It was discussed that another memorial service could be held there similar to the one the Camp did in April of 2015.

Membership Brochures: To better promote the Camp and SUVCW, Nick Norwood motioned to approve the purchase of 100 Membership Brochures from the National SUVCW. Mark Kemp seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously. Nick will order the brochures soon.

Membership Recruitment Tables at Events: Tyler Suttle stated that new members might be signed up at both the reenactment Battle of Resaca in May, and at Point Park on Labor Day. A "Membership Table" could be set out to attract the attention of both reenactors and visitors. Nick Norwood stated that the deadline for table registration was today and that it would be too late for Resaca. Labor Day at Point Park would have potential if enough members would volunteer to staff it.

Program: Nick Norwood presented this month's program. He spoke about the Battle of Shiloh (155th anniversary is this month). In particular, he singled out the courageous Colonel Everett Peabody, a brigade commander in Prentiss' Division, who took it upon himself to "feel out" the Confederate battle line just prior to the opening attack. The action is credited with forewarning Prentiss and Sherman of the close proximity of Confederate forces and their pending attack. Colonel Peabody was killed while trying to hold together his brigade during the Confederate assault.

Following the program, Tyler Suttle voluntered to present a program on the Battle of Chickamauga at the next meeting.

Next Meeting: The next meeting will be held here at Wally's Restaurant, Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 1 PM.

Adjourn: There being no further business to come before the camp, Commander Sims adjourned the meeting at approximately 2:45 PM.

Benediction: Commander Sims led the Camp in the following benediction - "Peace be to the ashes of our Union dead and honor be their memory."

Closing Prayer: Commander Sims concluded the meeting with a closing prayer.

Respectively submitted,
Harvey Scarborough, Recording Secretary