From July 16-July 19, the General Children of the Confederacy held
their 66th Annual Convention in Texarkana, AR. The
Memorial Service was at the First Presbyterian Church, built in
Historic Washington State Park, formerly known as “Old
Washington,” enlightened us to the history of this pioneer
settlement along the famous Arkansas Southwest Trail where Sam
Houston, Davy Crockett and James Bowie traveled. It was exciting to
be at the same blacksmith shop where the famous “Bowie knife” was
made. The Park also has the oldest Methodist Church in Arkansas
where Union bullet holes can still be seen and the largest magnolia
We had our picture made at the famous “State Line Sign”
where half of us were in Texas and the other half in Arkansas and
laid the Memorial Wreath at the beautiful Confederate Monument.
Congratulations to CofC President General Jessica Sizemore
and her General Officers. Thank you, Paige Wallnofer, for being my
special Page throughout the convention. A very special thanks to
Historian General Mary Jackson, her husband Jack Jackson and Ralph
Widowski for transporting me to the convention from Shreveport and
to Vice President General Pam Trammell, Convention Chair, who drove
me back to Shreveport.
From August 17th-23rd, VPG Pam
Trammell and I spent the week at the Business Office. While I was
taking care of many business matters, Pam was busy setting up the
furniture for our “Magnolia Room,” furnished generously by our
General CofC. The room contains all of our UDC supplies ready for
purchase as well as displays featuring merchandise pertaining to our
Confederacy and our Southland. We hope you will be pleasantly
surprised at the new layout when you see it at our Memorial Tea.
When meeting with Stephen Bonadies, Deputy Director for Collections
at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and Dr. Beth O’Leary, guest
curator, we toured the ongoing preservation and rehabilitation of
the Robinson House, an Italianate structure built circa 1850. When
completed in the Fall of 2015, it will serve as a regional tourism
center with plans to display the history of the site as a farm and
its role as a key facility for the R. E. Lee Camp Confederate
Soldiers’ Home for 56 years. It has been nominated for the National
Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register.
Members surely love our Sesquicentennial plate as almost half of the
numbered 300 limited editions have already been sold. If you are
attending General in November, you can purchase one for $100 and
save the $15 shipping cost. For those who love “bling,”
Sesquicentennial charms will be available in the states’ shapes with
date they seceded from the Union.
“United We Stand”
President General Message
Memorial Building Unexpected Expenses
Front Brick Walkway
Left Brick Walkway
At the 2013 Spring Board, we experienced a drain
problem in the men’s bathroom and this year at Spring Board, the
ladies bathroom and the kitchen plumbing required extensive repair
and replacement of pipes. Since the Commonwealth of Virginia would
not allow us to lay the pipe in a less expensive route, it
necessitated our brick walkway in front of the building being torn
up and redone
(Remember, we own the land where our Memorial Building is built, but
do not own the land around our building.) The old pipes were terra
cotta and crumbled forcing us to replace everything.
The total cost of repairing and replacing both the drainage system
and our brick walkway will be over $70,000.00. We are asking for
donations, which are tax deductible, to offset these expenses and
all donors’ names will be published in our magazine under three
$500 – Lieutenant
$100 – Private
We have a beautiful Memorial Building and we want to ensure it
Sesquicentennial Plate will soon
be available at a cost of $115.00 each. This price
includes a commemorative box and shipping and handling.
Limited numbered edition of 300 plates
will be produced. These plates will be available
for sale through 2015.
They may be pre-ordered with checks made
out to “Treasurer General UDC” and please
note on check “Sesquicentennial Plate(s)”.
The cream rimmed plate is a gold custom
design created to commemorate the
Sesquicentennial of the War Between the States. Cotton
bolls and magnolias, both symbols of the South, surround
the center tribute to the Great
Seal of the Confederacy.