April 2007
Missionary Ridge Grapeshot
Newsletter of Missionary Ridge Camp #63
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
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March 17, 2007 Meeting


3 April 2007
Vol 1, No.2

And, MINUTES of the March 17, 2007 Meeting


Present : Wes Davis, Mark Kemp, Bob Dobbs, William Massey, CC James Fletcher, Charlie Engle. Also present were Harvey Scarborough and of course, Mrs. Kay Dobbs. Meeting was opened by Chaplain Bill Massey which was followed with the Pledge of Allegiance.

2007 dues are asked for.. $22.00 total. (18.00 to National; 2.00 to the Dept. of Tenn.; and 2.00 stays in the camp). Please make check payable to SUVCW, Camp Missionary Ridge. Non paying members will be dropped if payment is NOT received by 30 April 2007. Please mail to Sec/Trs Charlie Engle, Box 1552 , Athens, Tenn. 37371-1552. Thank you for your continuing interest in remembering you ancestor(s) by being a member of the SUVCW.

National has created a recruiting CD for play on your local radio station. If you are interested in providing one to your local radio station give me an email and I will get you one.

APRIL 2007
09 - Surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia. -But not the physical end. That came with the death of the last survivor of that magnificent body of soldiers. The spirit and memory lives on! I always thought it peculiar that it was called the Surrender of General Lee and not the triumph of Generals Grant/Meade. The Army of the Potomac must have been made of worthy men to fight as they did for four years against this foe.
12 - 15 - Alabama. Battle of Selma reenactment.www.battleofselma.com.
13 - 14 - Alabama. Sultana Descendents reunion. nshawwatty@hotmail.com.
13 - 15 - Tennessee. 2nd annual skirmish at Ramsey House, Knoxville. 865-546-0745.
13 - Georgia. Historical Society Lecture Series. Kennesaw.education@southernmuseum.org.
21 - Dalton, Ga. CWRT/UDC Ceremonial dedication. We will meet at the Dalton State College (from the north on I-75---take Walnut St. exit, turn right and again immediately turn right and take the road northerly that parallels the interstate) at 12 noon and go to the Cracker Barrel for lunch. At 2:00 we will leave for the ceremony.
28 - 29 - Mississippi. Fight for the Streets of Corinth. www.battleofcorinth.com.
29 - Meet at the Georgia Monument on Confederate Memorial Day at the Chickamauga Battlefield. After the ceremony we will have a covered dish picnic in the Battlefield with a very short meeting. This is always a good event to attend. The SCV always welcome our presence, asks us to display the Colors and appreciates our respect for our ancestors who fought on either side and our desire to honor them.

MAY 2007
5 - 6 - Alabama. Forrest-Streight Raid. Blountsville. tonnia@uab.edu.
11 - 13 - Tennessee. Battle of Bean Station.Rutledge. windspinner@frontiernet.net.
12 - Virginia. The Stonewall Procession. Lynchberg. http:/www.lynchburghistoricalfoundation.org.
18 - 20 - Georgia. Battle of Resaca. csgrizly@bellsouth.net.
26 - 1890 Days Parade in Ringgold, Ga. On the Sat. before Memorial Day. Details to follow later.
28 - On Memorial Day we will first honor a soldier at the cemetery in Catoosa County, Ga. off Pine Grove Rd. From there to we will go to the Cracker Barrel (remember an army marches on its stomach) in East Ridge. Then we will go to the Confederate Cemetery across from UTC and honor two Union soldiers buried there (If time permits). If not we will proceed to the National Cemetery. (Donít take us through the section of town that you did last year). We will honor the Union Soldiers buried in The Chattanooga National Cemetery in cooperation with the National Park Service as we have done in past years.


Hereís an appropriate poem:

By the flow of the inland river,
Whence the fleets of iron have fled,
Where the blades of grave-grass quiver,
Asleep are the ranks of the dead:
Under the sod and the dew,
Waiting the judgment-day;
Under the one, the Blue,
Under the other, the Gray.

Those in the robings of glory,
Those in the gloom of defeat,
All with the battle-blood gory,
In the dusk of eternity meet;
Under the sod and the dew,
Waiting the judgment-day;
Under the laurel the Blue,
Under the willow, the Gray.

From the silence of sorrowful hours
The desolate mourners go,
Lovingly laden with flowers
Alike for the friend and the foe;
Under the sod and the dew,
Waiting the judgment-day;
Under the roses, the Blue,
Under the lilies, the Gray.

So, with an equal splendor,
The morning sun-rays fall,
With a touch impartially tender,
On the blossoms blooming for all;
Under the sod and the dew,
Waiting the judgment-day;
Broidered with gold, the Blue,
Mellowed with gold, the Gray.

So, when the summer calleth,
On the forest and field of grain,
With an equal murmer falleth
The cooling drip of the rain;
Under the sod and the dew,
Waiting for the judgment-day;
Wet with the rain, the Blue,
Wet with the rain, the Gray.

Sadly, but not with upbraiding,
The generous deed was done,
In the storm of the years that are fading
No braver battle was won;
Under the sod and the dew,
Waiting for judgment-day,
Under the blossoms, the Blue,
Under the garlands, the Gray.

No more shall the war cry sever,
Or winding rivers be red;
They banish our anger forever
When they laurel the graves of our dead!
Under the sod and the dew,
Waiting for judgment-day;
Love and tears for the Blue,
Tears and love for the Gray.

Francis Miles Finch
Page 270, Photographic History of the Civil War-Miller
Vol. 9, Poetry and Eloquence

(If you have access to this source there are several other appropriate poems).

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For the Camp Commander, James Fletcher
C Engle, Sec/Tres