Minutes of the Meeting of Missionary Ridge Camp #63
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Saturday, August 4, 2018
Those in Attendance were: John Sims, Mark Miller, Gary Knoss, Harvey Scarborough, Robert Dobbs, Jeff Webb and Alma Webb.
Call to Order: At 1:07 PM, Commander John Sims called the meeting to order.
Pledge of Allegiance: Commander Sims led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States Flag.
Opening Prayer: Chaplain Sims led the group in prayer.
Introductions: At this time, everyone present stated their name and their connection to the Sons of Union Veterans.
Old Business: Commander Sims requested any old business from previous meetings. Those present did not bring up for discussion any prior business.
Camp Elections: Commander Sims stated that since the next Camp meeting will be Saturday, December 3rd, the members of the Camp will need to consider officers for next year. Commander Sims will be the outgoing commander as he has served two consecutive years ending with this year. The three offices of Commander, Senior Vice Commander and Junior Vice Commander will be elected positions needing to be filled. It is assumed that Mark Kemp will continue his service as the Camp’s Secretary-Treasurer. Members willing to serve should make know their intentions known as soon as possible so that nominations can be made in a timely manner.
Park Bench Dedication – at the Chattanooga Confederate Cemetery: Jeff and Alma Webb reported that a new park bench was erected and dedicated within the Chattanooga Confederate Cemetery adjacent to the pavilion. Former Camp Commander Jeff Webb stated that he was present in Union uniform to represent the Missionary Ridge Camp #63 as well as the two Union veterans buried within the cemetery.
The bench was dedicated in the name of Raymond Evans who passed away some months ago. He was heavily involved in historical research and an active member of the local Sons of Confederate Veterans, N. B. Forrest Camp #3.
Wreaths Across America December 15th Event: Associate Member Harvey Scarborough reported that earlier this week, he was told that the Wreaths Across America (WAA) organization had approached a private Civil War artillery organization to request their attendance at a memorial event at the Chattanooga National Cemetery scheduled for Saturday, December 15, 2018 at noon. He said the artillery organization – Burroughs Battery – was requested by WAA to provide an artillery salute beginning at noon. A total of 10 shots would be fired in a two-minute period of time beginning with the signal shot at high noon. The group will lay wreaths at the eight graves of the Andrews’ Raiders. Mr. Scarborough has agreed to serve on one of the cannon crews. He mentioned this because of the Camp’s discussion last year about participating in a WAA event.
Further discussion revealed some skepticism whether or not the Veterans Administration would allow any arms, including black powder, to be fired anywhere within the cemetery’s boundary. Mr. Scarborough stated he would provide more details to Commander Sims as they become available that could be passed along to the membership. Commander Sims stated that the consensus of the Camp would be to purchase a wreath for the program event.
New Business (Continued):
Christmas Meeting Party: Alma Webb stated that the Webb’s will host this year’s Christmas party at their house to be held Saturday, December 8, 2018. Additional details will be provided at the November 3rd Camp meeting.
Next Camp Meeting: The next meeting has been set for November 3rd at Wally’s Restaurant in East Ridge. Members wishing to eat should appear shortly after noon so that the meeting can begin promptly at 1 PM. A room has already been reserved for the SUVCW at Wally’s.
Adjourn: Commander Sims, concluding that all Camp business had been brought before the membership, declared the meeting adjourned at 2:01 PM.
Remembering the War: At this time, each member present presented the name of an individual or unit that participated in the Civil War.
Benediction: Chaplain Sims led the Camp in the Benediction. “Peace be to the ashes of our Union dead and honor be to their memory.”
Closing Prayer: Chaplain Sims led the Camp in the closing prayer.
Harvey Scarborough, Recording Secretary