In this issue:

Vol. XX
No. 11
The official newsletter of the
Confederate Secret Service Camp 1710
Sons of Confederate Veterans
Fort Huachuca/Sierra Vista, Arizona
All the South has ever desired was that the Union, as established by our forefathers, should
be preserved and that the government, as originally organized, should be administered in
purity and truth.
General Robert E. Lee, January 5, 1866
Next Camp Meeting
(l to r) Chaplain Ben Middleton, Keigan McCloud, Rob McCloud, Lt.
Commander Dwaine Bright, Adjutant Curt Tipton
Camp 1710 is pleased
to induct two new members
into our ranks. They are
MSG(Ret) Robert L.
McCloud and his son, Keigan
R. McCloud.
The McClouds are descended from Pvt. William
Madison Elliott, Company D,
34th Alabama Infantry Regiment.
Adjutant Curt Tipton
presented the candidates for
membership. Chaplain Ben
Middleton administered the
oath and Lt. Commander
Dwaine Bright presented
membership certificates and
cards. Adjutant Tipton presented the traditional Camp
1710 “Confederate Commission”.
Welcome, new Compatriots!
19 March 2015
6:00 PM
Country House
4373 S. Highway 92
Sierra Vista
In this issue:
Buffalo Soldiers
Living History Presentation
Commander’s Dispatch
Adjutant’s Report
From the Chaplain’s Tent
Latest War News
Camp Sutler & advertising
Intelligence from the Wire
Sergeant Major (Ret)
Harlan Bradford and Mr.
Charles Hancock of the Southwest Association of Buffalo
Soldiers gave an interesting
and informative presentation at
the 19 February Camp meeting.
The presentation covered the service of AfricanAmericans in the US Army
from 1866 through 1953 when
the last segregated Army unit
was disbanded.
Of particular interest
(left) Sergeant Major (Ret) Harlan Bradford and (right) Mr. Charles
were the 9th and 10th Cavalry
Regiments and the 24th and
25th Infantry Regiments. All
four had been stationed at Fort
Mr. Hancock also related the stories of the Buffalo
Soldiers who received the Congressional Medal of Honor
(and those who were denied
the medal).
SGM Bradford discussed the ongoing project to
restore the Mountain View
Colored Officers Club at Fort
Huachuca and outlined the
problems SWABS is facing in
continuing the project. It was Mr. Hancock begins the presentation. He is the President of the Southwest
Association of Buffalo Soldiers
noted that when the project
was first initiated, Camp 1710
was the first organization in
The picture (left) shows the Buffalo
Sierra Vista to donate funds.
Soldier Plaza located on Fort HuaOur thanks to SGM
chuca. The statue of “Emmett”, the
Bradford and Mr. Hancock for
10th Cavalry trooper, was moved
a great presentation!
from its place at the main gate to the
current location near the 111th
Military Intelligence Brigade HQ
several years ago.
On 24 February,
2015, members
of Camp 1710 and the Borderland Veterans Camp 2201 gave
a living history presentation at
Liberty School in Douglas.
The presentation consisted of
several stations exploring the
role of the infantry, cavalry,
artillery and medical service
during the War for Southern
Independence. Also given was
a demonstration of the “home
Members of Camp 1710, Camp 2201 and friends at Liberty School
front” to include civilian clothing, children’s dress and ladies’ fashions. The students
also learned how school was
conducted during the 1860s.
Another demonstration showed
the students the various flags
used during the War.
To indicate it was time
for each group of students to
rotate to the next station, Camp
1710 Color Sergeant Donnis
Davis fired a blank round from
his 12 pounder mountain howitzer. The children were very
impressed with the noise and
the huge cloud of smoke.
The event involved
classes from the Kindergarten
and 1st through 5th grades.
(clockwise from above) Camp 2201
The students had some preAdjutant Silas Griffin explains the
pared questions to ask but
role of the infantry; Larry Bowman
demonstrates medical practice; the
many came up with questions
limber and mountain howitzer; a
of their own.
cavalry saddle with weapons,
The living history presequipment and soldier’s personal
entation was covered by the
items; students loved the noise and
Douglas Dispatch, the local
smoke when the howitzer was fired.
newspaper. Photos were also
sent to the Sierra Vista Herald/
Bisbee Daily Review as well as
to The Confederate Veteran.
Commander Archer is War II and the Korean War,
out of state due to work com- he did touch on the service of
Black Confederates.
The service of slaves
Our Camp was privi- and free Blacks in the cause
leged to hear an informative
of the South is controversial.
and interesting presentation
Such service is routinely deon the history of the Buffalo nied by revisionist historians
Soldiers—Black soldiers who who declare no Black would
served in the four original
have fought for the right to
regiments formed in 1866 and hold men in bondage. That
those soldiers who served in may have a grain of truth but
subsequent segregated units in the fact that the War was
the US Army. All four of the fought not for slavery but for
original regiments—the 9th
the constitutional right of selfand 10th Cavalry and the 24th government and in defense
and 25th Infantry—were sta- against an invader, those pertioned at Fort Huachuca.
sons of color had every reason
Mr. Charles Hancock, to join under the flag. It was
President of the Southwest
their home, too.
Association of Buffalo SolA notation about a gediers and Sergeant Major
nealogical website was re(Ret) Harlan Bradford, Past
cently posted on the SCV
Executive Director of
General HQ’s Face Book
SWABS, gave the presentapage. It is
Of particular note was The site has information for
the fact that many Buffalo
those seeking information
Soldiers committed acts of
about ancestors who fought
valor and dedication that
for the Confederacy. It is a
should have earned recogni- valuable tool for such retion with a Medal of Honor,
search as is the Tennessee
only a very few actually reState Archives which has the
ceived the medal. In fact,
pension records of many
during WWI, there was a
Black Confederate soldiers.
standing order that Black solI have some material
diers would not be recognized about Black Confederates that
for valorous acts.
needs to be organized and,
While Mr. Hancock
once that is completed, I will
emphasized the service of
share it with the Camp and
Black soldiers in the Indian
with SWABS.
Wars, the Spanish-American
SGM Bradford also
War, World War I, World
brought us up to date on
Commander & Mrs. Tom Archer
SWABS’ project to restore the
historic Mountain View Colored Officers Club at Fort
Huachcua. This has been an
ongoing struggle with the
Army, the Registry of Historic
Places and with fund raising. It
should be noted that this Camp
was the very first organization
in the community to donate
funds for the project.
If (and when) the restoration
reaches a conclusion, the building will become a center for
study of the Black experience in
the Armed Forces and will include service in the Confederate
Army and Navy. We look forward to that day.
Curt Tipton, Adjutant
Unit insignia (l to r) 9th & 10th
As Spring approaches,
we are looking forward to another successful season for our
Camp, the Arizona Division
and the SCV. As noted elsewhere in the newsletter, we
welcomed two new members
and we have two applications
Our book donation to
All Saints School was well
received. We have already
conducted two living history
presentations this year and will
give another in March. The
“Civil War in the Southwest”
event is scheduled and we will
participate both as reenactors
and with our sister Camps in
recruiting and providing information about the SCV. Camp
members took part in the Fiesta de los Vaqueros Rodeo
parade in Tucson and we will
hold memorial ceremonies for
Confederate Memorial Day
and at Dragoon Springs. A
celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Camp’s charter
is scheduled and we are assured of a large attendance..
The Texas John Slaughter
Camp 2074 will host the 21st
Arizona Division Reunion on
9 May and we will be in attendance. We will present our
colors at the Federal Memorial
Day ceremony at the Southern
Arizona Veterans Memorial
Cemetery on 25 May.
Financial Report
(as of 19 February 2015)
Wells Fargo checking acct.
Bal. fwd.
Trans fm savings:
$ 75.00
$ 18.00
$ 45.00
Total income
(incl bal fwd)
Trans to savings:
Organization chgs: $165.00
(dues to GHQ & Div)
Credit card pmt
$ 19.50
Total expenses
Wells Fargo savings acct.
Bal. fwd.
Trans fm checking: $100.00
$ 0.01
Total income
(incl bal. fwd.)
Trans to checking:
$ 75.00
Total expenses:
$ 75.00
Citibank MasterCard acct.
Bal. fwd.
$ 0.00
CV subscription
$ 10.00
War Svc medal
$ 36.00
$ 8.00
Book project:
$ 9.50
Total charges:
$ 63.50
$ 19.50
Balance due:
$ 44.00
War Service Medal
The SCV recognizes
members’ service to the nation
in the US Armed Forces with
the War Service Medal. Any
Compatriot who served honorably in the US Army, Navy,
Marine Corps, Air Force or
Coast Guard during World
War II (7 Dec 1941-31 Dec
1946); Korea (25 Jun 1950-31
Jan 1955); Vietnam (28 Feb
1961-7 May 1975); Lebanon/
Grenada (24 Aug 1982-21 Jul
1984); Panama (20 Dec 198931 Jan 1990); Desert Shield/
Desert Storm/War on Terrorism (2 Aug 1990-present) are
eligible for the medal. Contact
the Adjutant for an application. Cost of the medal is
$36.00 plus $8.00 shipping
from GHQ. The medal comes
with a service bar
indicating the conflict in which the
served. A miniature medal is also
available but one
must receive the
full size medal
before purchasing the miniature.
I remain, very respectfully, your obedient servant.
Curt Tipton, Adjutant
time of repentance, to give
something up (fasting or abstinences) and give ourselves
to others.
This Lenten season
let us give to praying each
day and to reach out to those
in need. In your prayer each
day you might want to consider praying that we treat
each other with love and respect, World Peace, for our
Country, Sons of Confederate Veterans, GHQ staff and
Officers, for the Army of
the Trans-Mississippi, for
the Arizona Division and
each camp, our members and
members and their families
in need, and our men and
women in the military.
These are a few thoughts for
prayer and I know that you
can add many more and
please do so.
Heavenly Father, during this holy time for so
many, we pause to remember
that your light can never be
extinguished. Help us to believe in this truth so that we
might live lives that display
your eternal illumination.
“Amen” (prayer from
May the Lord Bless you
Ben H. Middleton,
“Is not this the kind
of fasting I have chosen: to
loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the
yoke, to set the oppressed
free and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food
with hungry and to provide
the poor wanderer with shelter--when you see the naked,
to clothe him, and not to turn
away from your own flesh
and blood? Then your light
will break forth like the
dawn, and your healing will
quickly appear; then your
righteousness will go before
you, and the glory of the lord
will be your rear guard.
Then you will call, and the
Lord will answer; you will
cry for help, and he will say:
Hear am I. .
Isaiah 58: 6-8 (NIV)
The season of Lent is
observed for 40 days, excluding 6 Sundays, starting on
Ash Wednesday and ending
Saturday evening before
Easter. Lent represents the
Chaplain Camp
40 days Jesus spent in the
wilderness, enduring Satan’s 1710
temptations. For us it is a
time of prayer,
preparation, self reflection,
“Ashes to ashes, dust to dust,”
How those words, remind me,
tell me of my mortality.
O dear Feast of Lent,
what I can accomplish
during your forty days
of immortality?
Surrender You will,
my Master would say.
And learn of my way,
of obedience to the Father.
That is a hard task,
I thought.
How can a mortal
accomplish this?
By grace, dear child, my grace.
Grace I give you, each time
you say, “no” to self,
and “yes” to me.
Love your enemies,
San Antonio, Texas
5 cents per copy
$3.50 per annual subscription
right; and this is not a tenth part of
the horrors daily enacted in Virginia!
The following extract from You speak of being sorry that I ever
a letter from a young gentleman in
had any thing to do with this war.
the army in Virginia, Wm. H. Noel,
God knows I wish I had a
to his mother, in Atascosa county,
thousand lives to sacrifice in such a
Texas, will be read with interest.--It cause, and with my dying breath I
breathes the true spirit. We regret
would shout for Jeff Davis and the
that our contracted space prevents us Southern Confederacy!
from giving the letter entire, as well
You say you pray for your
as the reply of the noble mother:
poor boy, and for the cause in which
"My Dear Ma:--If you could see
he is engaged. Millions of prayers
what I have seen, you could not for a from the Southern mothers ascend
moment (aside from political causes) daily to the throne of Grace in the
doubt of the North's being in the
same cause; and we consider this the
pole star lighting us on to victory,
If you could see the beauti- and steer by its light with a bold
ful plantations laid in waste, the his- heart and a steady hand. The recoltorical and romantic town of Hamp- lection that you pray for me will
ton reduced to ashes, slaves carried
nerve my hand to meet any danger,
off to labor upon fortifications, to
or to endure any privation, and if I
protect them from our just vengeshould fall, as perchance I may, I
ance; peaceful citizens shot upon
will have the consciousness of havtheir own door steps while vainly
ing died in a good cause; and those
striving to defend their wives and
who die fighting for their country,
daughters from the loathsome emshed their blood like Martyrs to wabrace of these boasted upholders of
ter the tree of liberty. “
the constitution and the law, and last,
Christmas is Past!
most horrible of all, if you could
January 4, 1862
know how often they have violated
The Christmas holidays
the persons of unprotected females, have passed off pleasantly. The
then you could no longer for a moyoung people have enjoyed themment doubt of the South being in the selves at social parties. Eggnog,
Letter from Virginia
November 2, 1861
cakes and wines have received a due
share of attention, and powder
enough has been burned to kill a
thousand Hessians. The gay appearance of the city during the past week
would hardly indicate the hard times
and general distress which might be
expected to result from such a war as
the country is engaged in. Were old
Abe in San Antonio, he would be
more than ever convinced that
"nobody is hurt."
January 22, 1862
The thanks of the "Jeff.
Davis Life-Guards," are extended to
the officers and members of the "San
Antonio Southern Aid Society," for
camp furniture and provisions to the
handsome sum of $377.31. The
above named society have done a
noble work, having contributed more
or less towards the fitting out of
nearly every company in and around
this county, besides supporting the
families of a number of poor men
who are now in the service of their
country. Our citizens generally have
subscribed liberally towards sustaining the funds expended by the officers of the society.
(Continued on page 8)
(Continued from page 7)
San Antonio
We hope the good work
will continue until the independence
of our country is established. The
transactions of the society constitute
a part of the history of the times.
A Brave Texas Patriot!
September 20, 1862
Polk Childress, a son of Sol.
Childress of this city, is a fine specimen of young American Texas Chivalry. He is a member of Forrest's
Brigade. Speaking in a letter to his
father of the battle of Murfreesboro
he says "My outfit has not cost me
much. I have a Yankee horse, valued at 175 dollars, got by me at Murfreesboro, a Yankee six shooter, got
in Lincoln county, Tenn., where I
captured a Yankee and secured his
six shooter, Yankee shoes, Yankee
hat and breeches." Polk is a mere
lad in years and size, but in bravery a
full grown man.
Headquarters, 1st Brigade,
1st Division
Army of the Southwest
Camp Hope, Arkansas
September 27, 1862
There are two brigades
here, about 25 miles from Little
Rock, on the Searcy road. The Arkansas brigade consists of six regiments, and is commanded by Col. D.
McRea. The Texas brigade consists
of five regiments as follows, Col.
Nelson's, Col. Sweet's, Col. Fitzhugh's, Col. Darnell's, and Col. Taylor's. All of these last named have
been dismounted, except Col. Nelson's, which was Infantry at the start.
The well men are being
drilled in Infantry, at the rate of six
hours a day, and the convalescents as
they can stand it. We have the promise of new arms in the place of our
shot guns and old squirrel rifles--a
change much to be desired in the
Infantry service.
I learn that a portion of
these arms are now en route from
Monroe, La. to Little Rock. Some
are said to be Enfield rifles, the oth-
ers Minnie and Belgian muskets. . .
Our friends at home must
do all in their power to manufacture
clothing; we shall be needy on that
score when cold weather sets in,
many of our men have not now the
second shirt to their back, their pants
are worn out, and they are barefooted. There is nothing in this State
to supply their wants with, they are
looking to their friends at home to
meet the emergency, and unless
prompt steps are taken by the citizens in each county from which the
men have so promptly volunteered,
there will be a great deal of suffering
--let county depots be established
and as soon as the clothing can be
deposited, let wagons be started with
it for the various regiments. The
Government does not ask these efforts to be made gratuitously--it is
able and willing to pay promptly for
all the goods thus furnished, but the
difficulty is to get them in time to
save the army from suffering, unless
many and willing hands contribute
their industry. Let the ladies organize societies and attend to the task in
person, then it is sure to be accomplished.
Very respectfully
Henry C. Logan, Adjutant
December 27, 1862
A little six-year-old, in
speaking of Christmas the other day
remarked that he did not expect to
get any thing this time, as he reckoned Old Santa Claus was a Conscript and had been sent to the wars.
Capture of Traitors!
January 17, 1863
Exciting occurrences have transpired
here in the last day or two. Judge
Davis now Col. Davis, and the notorious Montgomery [Major] of Lockhart, were over in Matamoras, last
week; they enticed away many of
our Regiment, who for $50 went
over and swore into the Northern
army. Last Friday the above named
renegade officers left Matamoras
with about 120 renegades and deserters, to embark on a Yankee steamer
at the mouth, which was there to take
them to New Orleans. A party of
Confederates went down at the same
time on this side of the river, to
watch their operations. On Friday
and Saturday the sea was so rough
that they could not go out to their
steamer. On Sunday morning at daybreak the Confederate boys crossed
over to the Mexican side and took
Davis and Montgomery prisoners,
and killed and captured about a
dozen of the deserters. Two men on
our side were wounded. Col. Davis
November 22, 1862
A valuable donation of 100 was sent prisoner to this place, and
pounds of wool to the Ladies South- Montgomery went up a tree on the
ern Aid Society of San Antonio, by end of a rope. He was a wealthy
man, and h as a family in Lockhart.
Mr. Caldwell, and 40 pounds by
Mrs. Cline, will give the members an The Mexicans were very angry at
opportunity of knitting socks for the our having violated the sacred neutrality of their soil. Yesterday their
soldiers; a number of the members
have offered their services to do so. blood went up to 100 degrees on the
Any lady who has it in her power to subject, but in a day or two it will be
down below zero. Last night at
prepare the wool for knitting, will
confer a great favor by reporting it to about 11 o'clock the whole Regiment
was called to arms, it being reported
the President, Vice President, or
that the Mexicans were about to
A list of articles sent by the cross over. The men were under
arms nearly all night. They have
Society to the destitute of Gen.
McCulloch's command in Arkansas cooled down considerably on the
other side to-day, and I believe evewill be given next week.
A Bright Christmas Thought rything will go on as smoothly as
ever. Davis has been sent into the
from One of Our Little
interior. He looked "awfully" down
hearted when I saw him.
These articles were published in The San Antonio Herald between November 1861 and January 1863
Camp 1710 Gift Items Available for Purchase!
“Arizona, Confederate First” T-shirts in sizes L-XXL and
colors black or gray: $15.00 plus $2.50 s&h
Battle Flags (12” square) or 1st National Flags (12”x18”):
suitable for placing on graves: $2.00 each plus $2.50 s&h
Logo Polo Shirts in sizes S-XL, your choice of SCV, Army of
Trans-Mississippi, Arizona Division or your Camp’s
embroidered logo; your choice of color: $26.00 plus $2.50 s&h
Shirts in sizes XXL-XXXL $28.50 plus $2.50 s&h
Logo License Plates: Your choice of SCV, Army of TransMississippi, Arizona Division or your Camp’s logo: $12.00 plus
$2.50 s&h
SCV Name tags: SCV logo with your name, Camp name and
number. Can include your SCV office if desired. $8.00 plus
$2.50 s&h
Logo items policy
Items bearing the SCV, ATM, Arizona Division or Camp logos
may only be sold to bonafide SCV members in good standing.
“Arizona, Confederate First” T-shirts and flags are available to
To order: visit the Camp website at
Click on “Camp Sutler”
or Contact the Adjutant
17 March: Living History Presentation at Palominas School
19 March: Camp 1710 will hold a
business meeting & supper at 6:00
PM at the Country House Restaurant, 4373 S. Hwy 92
21-22 March: The Arizona
Department of Parks & Recreation and Picacho Peak State Park
will hold the annual Civil War in
the Southwest reenactments at Picacho Peak State Park. Contact Glenn
Meek at [email protected]
for information.
10 April: Camp 1710 will hold a
celebration of its charter at 5:30 PM
at Contessa’s Cantina, 202 Tombstone Canyon in Bisbee.
25 April: Camp 1710 will
hold a Confederate Memorial Day ceremony at the Southern
Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery at 10:30 AM
2 May: The Confederate
Secret Service Camp 1710
will host the Dragoon
Springs Memorial Ceremony at the
battle site at 11:30 AM
9 May: The Texas John
Slaughter Camp 2074 will
host the 20th Annual Arizona Division Reunion & Convention at the
Old Pueblo Grill in Tucson. Business session begins at 10:00 AM.
Lunch is served at Noon.
14 May: Camp 1710 will hold a
business meeting & supper at 6:00
PM at the Country House Restaurant, 4373 S. Hwy 92
18 June: Camp 1710 will hold a
business meeting & supper at 6:00
PM at the Country House Restaurant, 4373 S. Hwy 92
15-19 July: SCV National
Reunion & Convention,
Richmond, VA.
Visit for information.
20 August: Camp 1710 will hold a
business meeting & supper at 6:00
PM at the Country House Restaurant, 4373 S. Hwy 92
Thomas M. Archer
Lt. Commander
Dwaine L. Bright
Curtis E. Tipton
Ben H. Middleton
Judge Advocate
William D. Barton
Color Sergeant
Donnis W. Davis
Mailing Address
PO Box 12980
Fort Huachuca, AZ
[email protected]
For membership
information, call
(520) 456-6956 or
Each year hundreds of spectators descend on Picacho Peak State Park to watch reenactments of an Arizona Civil War skirmish and the New Mexico battles of Glorieta and
Val Verde.
Experience battle re-enactments during the 2015 Annual Civil War the Southwest event.
Visitors travel from around the country to experience three fascinating historic battle reenactments complete with lifestyles of the soldiers in the southwest during the 1860s. More
than 200 re-enactors come from many states and will camp at the park with their authentic Civil War camping gear. Food and beverage concessions are also available.
Civil War battles across America were well documented and history teachers carefully
covered each battle across the East Coast, but few ever thought what was happening in
the West during this time. A battle of the American Civil War was a skirmish fought near
a rocky spire called Picacho Peak located between Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. The new
highway follows the old wagon route that passed Picacho in 1862.
In 1860 the New Mexico Territory, which consisted of the lands that would become the
states of Arizona and New Mexico, was sparsely populated. It ranked 34th in population
out of 43 states and territories with only 83,009 inhabitants. It was 37th in black populations, with just 8 whom were all free. When the Civil War broke out in 1861, the U.S.
Government recalled the majority of its troops from the West to build the Union army for
the fighting in the east. Henry Hopkins Sibley joined the Confederacy and convinced Jefferson Davis that he would raise an army in Texas and invade New Mexico territories. He
proposed that mineral resources would fill the coffers of the Confederacy and fund their
massive war effort.
The Commander
of the
Confederate Secret Service Camp 1710, S.C.V.
requests the honor of your presence at a banquet celebrating the
20th Anniversary of the Camp’s Charter
at 5:30 P.M. on Friday, April 10th, 2015 at
202 Tombstone Canyon
Bisbee, A.T.
Contessa’s Cantina is located next to the Cochise County Courthouse at
the “copper man”
Cost is $20.00 per person
The meal is a grilled platter with beef, chicken and pork,
tortillas, ensalada, salsa, rice and refritos.
Coffee, tea or water included
A cash bar is available.
Please RSVP with the name(s) of your guests to the
Adjutant at (520) 456-6956 or [email protected]
We must provide a headcount to the restaurant by 1 April
You may pay in advance or at the door
The Commander
of the
Arizona Division
of the
Sons of Confederate Veterans
requests the honor of your presence
at the
21st Annual Arizona Division Reunion &
on May 9th 2015
at the Old Pueblo Grill
60 North Alvernon Way
in Tucson, A.T.
The business session begins promptly at 10:00 AM
Lunch will be served at 12:00 Noon
The Division Memorial & Awards ceremonies will follow.
Cost for the meal is $25.00 per person. Please RSVP and send payment
(checks payable to Camp 2074) to:
Texas John Slaughter Camp 2074
c/o Adjutant Don Rodgers
PO Box 85636
Tucson, Arizona 85754
RSVP and Payment must be received no later than 20 April 2015
The Major General J.E.B. Stuart Camp #1343 is honored to host the 120th National Reunion
in 2015 in Richmond, Virginia. We encourage you to sign up for a tour of the Old Dominion
State while you are visiting with us.
If we can do anything to make your trip more memorable, please contact us at [email protected] and we will get back to you as soon as possible.