About our Camp…
Otho French Strahl Camp #176 is located in Union City, Tennessee. Our regular meetings are
every second Sunday @ 2:00pm in the Community Room of the Obion County Museum, 1004 Edwards
St., Union City, Tennessee.
2015 LEE-JACKSON BANQUET
The Lee - Jackson Banquet is an annual event consisting of an evening of good food, education, and entertainment with respect to the War for Southern Independence. It is named in honor of Confederate Generals
Robert E. Lee and Thomas (Stonewall) Jackson. Our Guest Speaker is J.W. Binion Living History Reenactor of Jefferson Davis & Chaplain of the SCV Kentucky Division. Cost is $25 per person. For more information see the links below.
2015 LEE-JACKSON FLYER
SCENIC TENNESSEE EXHIBIT
June 2013 - The Gen. Otho French Strahl Camp 176 is co-sponsoring along with the Obion County Library the Scenic Tennessee Contest winners
photographs of Civil War sites across Tennessee. These pictures will be on exhibit at the Obion County Library for three months and then travel to other locations.
FIELD TRIP TO JACK HINSON SITE
Members from Camp 323 Colonel Jeffrey Forrest, Dresden, TN and Camp 176 Otho French Strahl, Union City, TN touring Historic Sites of Jack Hinson, A Civil War Sniper.
If you haven't already done so, you need to read Col. Tom McKinney's "JACK HINSONS ONE MAN WAR"
Saturday, April 28, 2012, a Confederate soldier statue dedication ceremony was held at Parks Cemetery Ridge Confederate Memorial Plaza in Trimble, Tenn.
The dedication was hosted by Sons of Confederate Veterans Gen. Otho French Strahl Camp 176 of Union City.
In attendance were several distinguished guests including Hamilton Parks and his wife, Rep. Bill Sanderson, Col. Jeffrey Forrest Brigade Commander
Billy J. Foster, and guest speaker SCV CIC Kelly Barrow who is an educator, writer, and historian. Also a large number of SCV-Mechanized Cavalry troopers
from the 1st Battalions Company A & E (Tennessee & Kentucky) attended the ceremony. (This article is used with permission of Judi Cloninger - visit the
State Gazette on-line at the link below for more pictures.)
Photo Set by D.J. Cloninger
Trimble TN May 2012 - Parks Cemetery Ridge Confederate Memorial Plaza is home to new Confederate Soldier statue.
Dave Faulkner and John Abernthy cast the concrete statue from the same mold used for the bronze version resident on the Trenton TN Courthouse lawn.
SOUTHERN HERITAGE MUSIC ASSOCIATION
Southern Heritage Music Association presents the music of J Pat Baughman. Mr Baughman writes and performs songs of southern inspiration.
He is also the producer, supervising an ensemble of professional talent to create recordings of the highest quality. Mr Baughman has
graciously allowed SCV Camp #176 to provide several tracks for your enjoyment.
[click here for songs...]
[Link to SHMA...]
REASONS FOR GEORGIA'S SECESSION FROM THE UNION - Carlton Fletcher
"Georgia somewhat reluctantly joined other Southern states in seceding from the Union 151 years ago on January 19, 1861..."
A SOUTHERN VIEW OF HISTORY...
John K. McNeill Camp #674 Georgia Division SCV proudly presents an audio version of A Southern View of History - The War for Southern Independence -
"The Other Side of the Coin"...
Link To Audio
SCV RECRUITING ADVERTISEMENT
Links to SCV recruiting advertisement audio and text...
VINTAGE PHOTO OF CONFEDERATE MONUMENT CEREMONY 1954
Gov. Frank Clement (third from left) participated in ceremonies during the UC Centennial Celebration in 1954 by placing a
wreath at the monument in the Confederate Cemetery. Mayor Hardy Graham is on the far left.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans, General Otho French Strahl, Camp 176, of Union City conducted it's first Sesquicentennial Civil War event with a dedication of it's newly installed M1841, 6 pound, smooth-bore cannon replica at the Parks Cemetery Ridge Confederate Memorial Plaza near Trimble, Tennessee on Saturday, June 25, at 2 p.m.
The cannon is built on a scale of 125 percent larger than the original cannon that was widely used by both the Union and Confederate armies.
Lifetime SCV member William H. Parks II, in honor of his wife, Merion Spence Parks, donated the cannon to the Memorial Plaza. Mr. Parks also donated the land and a large portion of the financial backing for the Confederate Memorial Plaza.
There was a large crowd on hand for the dedication ceremony as well as several speakers and officials. Four Heritage organizations were present including the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Sons of the American Revolution, and the Order of the Confederate Rose. In addition there was music, Confederate re-enactors, a cannon fire/musket salute, and a color guard.
The ceremony opened with a Dedication of the Flag Program with the Presentation of Colors by SCV Camp 323 of Dresden and a Flag Ceremony by SCV Camp 323 Sergeant At Arms, Randy Bryant. There was the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States flag followed by a Salute to the Confederate flag.
George Butler, Pastor of the Trimble Cumberland Presbyterian Church, gave the Invocation; which was followed by the Welcome speech given by Bill Foster, Commander of the Colonel Jeffery Forrest Brigade of the SCV. Payton Foster gave the SCV Charge and Allen Nohsey of SCV Camp 176 gave recognition of Merion Spence Parks.
The guest speaker for the event was Barbara Marthal. Marthal is a storyteller, dancer, writer, educator, musician, amateur historian, genealogist and Civil War re-enactor.
She said, “I am a professional storyteller, graduate of Fisk University, with a major in Sociology, and minor in Anthropology. I have a Masters of Education with a concentration in Reading and Story Arts from East Tennessee State University.
Marthal stated, “As re-enactor, my name is Abigail and my stories are inspired by historical texts and my own family research. The purpose of my stories is to provide a glimpse into the daily lives of slaves and free people of color in the southern states that goes beyond the one-dimensional image of victimization. Through these stories I focus on a people who had their own unique sense of self and shared with all humanity the same dreams of hope, love and community for themselves and their families. Her speech was, “Paradox, Sacrifice, Honor, and Freedom.
After the unveiling of the cannon, there was a musket salute and an artillery salute by re-enactor Unit 7th Tennessee Dismounted Cavalry, Company B under the command of Lt. Colonel Billy Alton and Sergeant Major James Sharp of Bankheads’ Battery.
After the black powder smoke had cleared, the guest speaker, Barbara Marthal sang “Dixie”, and there was the Laying of the Wreath by Jan Hensley, President of the Order of the Confederate Rose.
In the closing of the ceremony, the Retiring of the Colors was done as State Representative Bill Sanderson played “Taps”. (This article is used with permission of Michael Enochs - for regional news and events visit the Tri-City Reporter on-line at the link below.)
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Photo Set Two
CANNON DEDICATION - GUEST SPEAKER BARBARA MARTHAL, HISTORIAN AND STORYTELLER
Storyteller, Dancer, Writer, Educator, Musician, Amateur Historian and Genealogist, Civil War Re-enactor.
I am a professional Storyteller, graduate of Fisk University, with a major in Sociology, and minor in Anthropology.
I have a Masters of Education with a concentration in Reading and Story Arts from East Tennessee State University.
As re-enactor, my name is Abigail and my stories are inspired by historical texts and my own family research.
The purpose of my stories is to provide a glimpse into the daily lives of slaves and free people of color in the
southern states that goes beyond the one dimensional image of victimization. Through these stories I focus on a
people who had their own unique sense of self and shared with all humanity the same dreams of hope, love and community
for themselves and their families.
click here to read the speech
WHAT IS THE SCV?
The citizen-soldiers who fought for the Confederacy personified the best qualities of America.
The preservation of liberty and freedom was the motivating factor in the South's decision to fight
the Second American Revolution. The tenacity with which Confederate soldiers fought underscored
their belief in the rights guaranteed by the Constitution. These attributes are the underpinning
of our democratic society and represent the foundation on which this nation was built.
Today, the Sons of Confederate Veterans is preserving the history and legacy of these heroes,
so future generations can understand the motives that animated the Southern Cause.
The SCV is the direct heir of the United Confederate Veterans, and the oldest hereditary
organization for male descendents of Confederate soldiers. Organized at Richmond, Virginia
in 1896, the SCV continues to serve as a historical, patriotic, and non-political organization
dedicated to ensuring that a true history of the 1861-1865 period is preserved.
Membership in the Sons of Confederate Veterans is open to all male descendants of any veteran
who served honorably in the Confederate armed forces.
PARKS CEMETERY RIDGE MEMORIAL PLAZA…
Parks Cemetery Ridge Memorial Plaza is a fifty foot circular bricked and walled plaza that was
constructed as a memorial to honor Confederate Soldiers. The plaza is also home to the largest Confederate battle
flag currently flying in Tennessee. SCV Camp #176 raises funds in support of the improvement and maintenance of the
plaza through various activies. Memorial bricks honoring Confederate Ancestors can be purchased for placement in the plaza
as well as square pieces of flags that have flown at the site.
view images of the dedication ceremony
purchase a Confederate Ancestor memorial brick
Purchase a Flag Square
UNION CITY CONFEDERATE MONUMENT NEW TENNESSEE CIVIL WAR TRAILS SITE
December 16, 2010 - New monument markers have been put up at the Unknown Soldier Monument off Summer Street in Union City,TN. Checking out
the new markers were (from left) Obion County Mayor Bennie McGuire, Mississippi River Corridor executive director Diana Threadgill,
Civil War Trails executive director Mitch Bowman, Mississippi River Corridor director Glenn Cox and Union City Parks and Recreation
director Ken Morris. The new Civil War Trails signs and the monument marker were sunk into the ground at the cemetery site earlier this week.
The monument marker details the history of the 1869 memorial to unknown Confederate dead, which is recognized as one of the oldest Civil War
monuments in the state. The local monument was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. In addition to the new signs at
the site, the monument is being added to the new Tennessee Civil War Trails brochures which are being distributed in six states. As part of
the 15-year-old program, each state has its own brochure highlighting historic Civil War sites in that state.
(Excerpt from Northwest Tennessee Today)
DYER COUNTY COURTHOUSE NEW TENNESSEE CIVIL WAR TRAILS SITE
December 18, 2010 - Dyer County received a new history marker last week on the Dyer County Courthouse grounds. The
marker gives an interpretation of events within the county during the Civil War. It will also be
listed on the new Tennessee maps for Civil War Trails. The Mississippi River Corridor in Tennessee
purchased the marker along with 10 others for West Tennessee. From left: Diane Threadgill, MRCT
executive director; Dyer County Mayor Richard Hill; Dr. Peter Brown, chairman of Dyer County MRCT
Task Force Committee; Glenn Cox, MRCT director; Mitch Bowman, executive director of Civil War Trails.
(Excerpt from State Gazette)
READ THE STAINLESS BANNER TODAY!
Take time today to read well researched and documented articles in the quarterly internet magazine "The Stainless Banner"
The Stainless Banner is a free e-zine dedicated to the armies of the Confederacy. Articles and features include battle
analyses, regimental histories, biographies, letters home, and other articles written by the men who fought for the Stainless Banner.
About the Publisher: C.L. Gray is a Civil War historian with a special interest in the Army of Northern Virginia. She has traveled throughout the country
giving programs on Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, Jeb Stuart, Braxton Bragg, and James Longstreet.
This e-Zine is published bi-monthly and is available through free email subscription or from the links provided at the website...Visit this site today!
(The Stainless Banner Website)
"BE PROUD OF YOUR SOUTHERN HERITAGE…" - Edward Butler
Edward M. Butler, Tennessee Division SCV - Heritage Promotion Committee Chairman, gave a rousing speech on Southern Pride
at the Parks Cemetery Ridge Memorial Plaza Dedication Ceremony. To hear his inspiring words
listen to the speech
THE TRUTH CONCERNING THE CONFEDERATE BATTLE FLAG - Rev. John Weaver
Pastor John Weaver has traveled across America and into several foreign countries preaching and lecturing in churches, colleges and Bible conferences.
Chattahoochee Guards Camp # 1639 provides a link to hear Pastor Weavers talk on the "Truth Concerning the Confederate Battle Flag"...
listen to the speech
read transcript of the speech