Sic Semper Tyrranus
Commander F Co/ 21st Virginia
Election of Officers
Captain/President- Mr. Ramsey
Lieutenant/Vice President- Mr. Turley
Treasurer- Mr. Alexander
1st Sergeant/Secretary- Mr. Pearson
Member-at-Large- Mr. Harris
1st Platoon- Mr. Stafford
2nd Platoon- Mr. Gammon D.
Chairman- Mr. Ward
Chairman- Mr. Turley
Mr. Gammon M.
1st Lieutenants Report
No report available in time for this issue, but Im sure therell be plenty to hear at the Camp of Instruction.
2005 Has Begun
It is now officially on the record books. Our Annual Meeting has adjourned and the season has now begun. We had an excellent turnout of the membership with tons of paperwork, policy additions, and the voting of events, positions, and committees. The Museum of the Confederacy was a very appropriate backdrop on a historic day for F-Company. A lot of time and labors of love went into the future of our beloved company that included: uniforms, vendors, our web site, toll-free access, fundraisers, the elections of officers, member-at-large, recruitment and uniform committees to name a few of the 3-hour meeting that was held on the lower level meeting room. .
Camp of Instruction
Last call for your opportunity to spend a weekend of training, drilling, live firing, wood burning, and down home fun with your fellow members before the first battle is upon us. Please try to make every effort possible to be there on Friday to have everything ready for Saturdays activities, which will begin, officially with roll call. Directions are repeated in this newsletter, just in case you lost yours. Remember, this is private property and it is being offered just for our company for the weekend. Our privacy will be respected and our agenda will not be interrupted with any outside interference. Bring staple guns.
Pvt. Harris will be bringing the straw, Cpl. Gammon is furnishing "me" with wood, and Lt. Turley will be bringing the mess gear. I would like everyone who has frying pans to please bring them just in case we need to use them.
Those with A-Frames, please bring them. Otherwise, be sure to bring your dog tents and/or she-bang material. Most of us will be more than willing to share our shelter, but be prepared. The Captain has informed me of a back-up plan, should the weather be inclement. It would consist of a roof over our heads, but I would prefer to keep a camp style weekend if the weather cooperates. Cold is fine, wet and cold would implement "Plan B" if necessary.
The Company will provide Saturday and Sunday morning breakfasts and Saturday night dinner. All other meals or snacks will be out of your haversacks.
This is a training weekend, but sleeping bags will be encouraged for this weekend. For new recruits, bring the period uniforms or accoutrements that you have. Whatever you dont have, you can either do without or borrow. If any new recruit is not sure of what you do or dont need, contact your Corporal immediately. He will either direct you or hell check with me. It is vital to learn all that you can during this weekend, not to be miserable. So, dress warm, be prepared if it rains, and look forward to a great weekend together.
Directions to the Cochranes COI site:
From the North: Take I-95 South to I-295 heading toward Charlottesville. Take I-64 to the Rockville-Manikin exit 173. At the top of the ramp, turn left onto Ashland Road (Country Road 623) and go a half-mile. See below under further directions to finish your drive.
From the East: Take I-64 West heading toward Charlottesville to the Rockville-Manikin ext 173. At the top of the ramp, turn left onto Ashland Road (Country Road 623) and go one-half mile. See below under further directions to finish your drive.
From the South: Take I-95 North to Richmond, then get on I-64 West towards Charlottesville. Take the Rockville-Manikin exit 173. At the top of the ramp, take a right onto Ashland Road (Country Road 623) and go one-half mile. See below under further directions to finish your drive.
From the West: Take I-64 East to the Rockville-Manikin exit 173. At the top of the ramp, take a right onto Ashland Road (Country Road 623) and go one-half mile.
Turn onto Rockville Road (Country Road 622) and go about 4 miles to the stop sign at Rockville. Proceed straight ahead onto Walnut Hill Drive and go 7/10ths of a mile to where 622 veers to the left. Go straight ahead onto Henley Road (Country Road 734), and go 2/10ths of a mile to where the road turns to the right. Veer to the left onto a gravel road and go through the twin metal gates. As you drive down the gravel road, follow the tree line on the left for almost a mile. As the tree-line takes a right angle turn towards the gravel road, our camp will be established inside that wooded area. If you drive into the woods on the gravel road, youve gone too far.
Well, the every 5-year North Carolina event is quickly approaching and all members who expressed interest have been registered and I await our first official battle encampment. Due to the Middle East demands on our military, there will be some changes from the last event. Unlike 2000, there will not be any modern day military officers present to judge or referee this event. For those who were there in 2000, it was a quite unique procedure where we were not the decision makers of who made it through the day. Those judges actually handed us sheets of paper that decided whether or not we were killed or wounded during the course of the battle based on our positions and commands. Those wounded had to sit out for a half hour while the battle raged on. It is with great respect that we will miss all those who are serving our military and share with all of them our prayers of their safe return home to their loved ones. As those in our past, we salute you. You are one of the true heroes that we honor.
The directions to Bentonville:
|From I-95 (get onto I-295-SOUTH)|
|Take the I-295
SOUTH towards EMPORIA(I-95 SOUTH)/
ROCKY MOUNT NC - go 139.0 mi
|Take exit #90
BATTLEGROUND/NEWTON GROVE - go 0.2 mi
|Continue on a local road - go 0.1 mi|
|Turn on US-701 - go 10.2 mi|
|Turn on NC-1188 - go 0.4 mi|
|NC-1188 becomes MILL CREEK CHURCH RD - go 2.2 mi|
|Turn on NC-1008 - go 0.1 mi|
|Arrive at 5466 HARPER HOUSE RD, FOUR OAKS, on the|
There should be plenty of signs directing you exactly to the event site.
Another alternative, that I find useful, would be to type in the address below:
5466 Harper House Road
Four Oaks, NC 27524
and go to your favorite search engine on the computer and find out which directions may be more driver friendly from your particular location.
Schedule for the weekend:
Saturday, March 19
9am- Camps open to the public
("Last Grand Charge of the Army of Tennessee & Morgans Satand")
5pm- Camps close to the public
Sunday, March 20
8:30-9:30- Church Services
9am- Camps open to the public
("The Fight for the Morris Farm")
The supplied schedule does not include any interpretive programs, lectures, or unit activities, nor, of course, breakfasts, dinners, musket cleaning, or times allowing all units to fall in for each battle or possible sentry duty.
Confederate Heritage Parade In Richmond
Virginia Division, SCV
Capital of Confederacy Memorial March
April 2, 2004 2:00pm
I have already sent in a head count to notify the Parade coordinators for our participation. Those that expressed interest in attending, that I know for sure, are: Ramsey, Turley, Firth, Gammon D., Perry, Pate, Gammon M., Catlett, Alexander, Ward, Price, Harris, Powell, Schirmer, and Courson. Mr. Talbert and Pearson are also a possible for this. If you wish to come to this, this is not a registered-style event. Please feel free to just show up, if Ive missed your name. More is always better than less. The Parade starts at 2:00 p.m. sharp, so plan on being there approximately 2 hours early to park, to gear up, and to locate the rest of F-Company in attendance. Please refer to the February Newsletter for all other details. If you lost your copy, check our web site.
As we discussed at the Annual Meeting, our tin drum canteens are 1/3 the cost of a wooden canteen. Its always better to buy from our inventory. I am, however, in the process of working out some costs for bulk order for wooden canteens. Should any member wish to own a wooden canteen, let your editor know, and well see what kind of savings and availability we can manage.
Excerpt from the Meeting hand-outs:
2 cups Flour
1/2 tablespoons Salt (see below)
1/2 tablespoons Sugar (optional, but not recommended)
1/2 cup Water
Mix flour, salt, sugar (optional), and water.
Using rolling pin, flatten dough on floured cloth until 1/4-inch thick.
Cut into approximately 3-inch squares.
Punch holes fairly evenly across the flat surface of each 3 inch piece using a nail, screw, or any pointed object.
Bake on cookie sheet in 350-degree oven for approximately 30 minutes. Do not over bake. Theyll be hard enough without burning them, too.
Authors note: Theres no doubting of none to little flavor in these little morsels from hells kitchen, but I have found that altering your recipe can give some flavoring to get you through the chewing process. I have altered my recipe by using salt, garlic salt, onion salt, and finally a touch of crushed dried red pepper. Its not authentic, but it does give it something to taste. Its your option should you try to make your own.
Event Tallies for 2005
Contact your corporal if any errors in listings
Camp of Instruction- March 11th-13th
Members planning to attend:
Ramsey, Turley, Pearson, Firth, Stafford, Gammon D., Pate, Gammon M., Baird, Alexander, Talbert, Harris, Powell, Norman, Lawrence, Schirmer, Parks, Catlett, Parzych, Messerley, Ward, and Courson
140th Bentonville- March 18th-20th
15 Members registered:
Ramsey, Turley, Pearson, Gammon, D, Perry Sr., Ward, Baird, Norman, Lawrence, Powell, Talbert, Harris, Catlett, Gammon, M, and Messerley.
Sailors Creek- April 8th-10th
17 Members who are registered:
Turley, Pearson, Firth, Stafford, Gammon D., Price, Ward, Norman, Perry Sr., Perry, Jr., Baird, Lawrence, Talbert, Powell, Harris, Pate, and Parzych.
Lees Final Retreat- April 15th-17th
Sailors Creek L. H.- April 15th-17th
Members expressing interest:
Gammon D, Gammon M, Alexander, Harris
The following events will not be finalized until I get all of the event worksheets or replies from all of the active members in the unit. I firmly wish to not exclude any man that wants to fill the ranks this year.
Fort Pocahontas- May 20th-22nd
(Registration due by May 9th @$10.00 each)
Ramsey, Pearson, Firth, Stafford, Gammon D, Perry, Powell, Harris, Catlett, Gammon M, Alexander, Pate, and possibly Norman. Baird. And Parzych.
Cold Harbor L.H.- June 3rd-5th
(Mr. Sanders of the NPS has already been notified of our participation for this year.)
Ramsey, Turley, Pearson, Firth, Stafford, Gammon D, Perry, Powell, Courson, Catlett, Harris, Gammon M, Pate, and Parzych.
Gettysburg- July 1st-3rd
(Registration due by April 15th @$10.00 each)
Ramsey, Turley, Pearson, Firth, Stafford, Gammon D., Pate, Gammon M., Ward, Talbert, Harris, Lawrence, and possibly Parzych
Summer of 62- August 26th-28th
(Registration due by July 1st @$15.00 each)
Ramsey, Pearson, Firth, Stafford, Gammon D., Perry, Pate, Gammon M., Alexander, Ward, Harris, Powell, Schirmer, and possibly Parzych
Cramptons Gap L.H.- Sept. 10th-11th
Ramsey, Turley, Pearson, Firth, Stafford, Gammon D., Perry, Pate, Gammon M., Catlett, Alexander, Harris, Powell, Schirmer
141st Cedar Creek- October 14th-16th
(Registration due by June 25th @ $10.00 each, but at this price, we need to register individually and also send in their waiver form. We can discuss this at the Camp of Instruction or next event.)
Ramsey, Turley, Pearson, Firth, Stafford, Gammon D., Perry, Pate, Gammon M., Price, Harris, Powell, Schirmer, Lawrence, and possibly Parzych
Fort Branch- November 4th-6th
(Registration information to come)
Ramsey, Turley, Pearson, Firth, Stafford, Gammon D., Perry, Perry, Pate, Gammon M., Catlett, Alexander, Ward, Talbert, Harris, Powell, Schirmer, Courson, Sanders, Parzych
Remembrance Parade- November 19th
Turley, Pearson, Firth, Stafford, Gammon D., Perry, Gammon M., Alexander, Price, Talbert, Harris
Camp Of Instruction Agenda
1400 - Members arrive, Set up Camp
1700 - Inventory Sale
1800 - Supper in Camp - Each man prepares his own
2000 - Campfire
600 - Reveille
630 - Form Company / Roll Call,
Platoon Assignments / Orders for the Day
6:45 - Company Hot Breakfast
- 1st Platoon cooks
7:45 - Kitchen Police - 2nd Platoon
8:30 - Form Company /
Break into Platoons
1st Platoon - 1st Sgt. Pearson & Cpl. Stafford
2nd Platoon - 2nd Sgt. Firth & Cpl. Gammon
School of the Soldier
8:30 - 9:30 Drill
9:30 - 1000 Drill with Officers/
15 min. then switch
1000 - Break
1030 - Form Company
School of the Company
1030 - 1200 Drill
1200 - Break for Lunch - Haversacks
1330 - Company Formation /
1330 - 1430 - Skirmish Drill
1430 - Target Assembly
1500 - Assemble Company/Safety check
Live Round Intro/ Ammo Issue
1545 - Range Open /Musket Live Firing
1700 - Range Closed / Gather Targets/
Strike target frames
1730 - Company Hot Supper
2nd Platoon cooks/clean muskets
Kitchen Police - 1st Platoon
1900 - Company Bonfire
Announcement of Target Scores
2200 - Tattoo / Lights Out
0500 - Reveille
0515 - Form Platoons:
Capt. Ramsey & 1st Sgt Pearson
Lt. Turley & 2nd Sgt Firth
0530 - Dawn Tactical
0700 - Assembly / Church on the Mount
0800 Company Hot Breakfast
-1st Platoon cooks/ 2nd Platoon KP
1000 - Field Crafts
1100 - Form Company /
Roll Call of Honor
1115 - March and Maneuver
1300 - Return to Camp /
1400 - Strike the Camp
1500 - Final Formation
1515 - Final Departure
Everyone, please make sure that you have all of your gear and equipment before leaving the site. If anyone sees any items lying around, notify the 1st Sergeant or pick it up and we can find its rightful owner. And please remember to leave this property in the same condition that we found it.
Jackson & Editors Note
I was not only honored with the nomination to the position of 1st Sergeant, but also overwhelmed with the unanimous vote. Also, having Stonewall Jackson, himself, show up to congratulate me was, well, over the top. I have my work cutout for me, but not a moment will go by without the gratitude for the support that the membership has shown to me. And, because of that, I am truly humbled. Of my many duties, the important factors to me are safety and your welfare, and then your training. For the COI, make sure you review your checklist and gone over prior to departing your home for the weekend. Make 100% sure that those muskets, which have been sitting for way too long, are clean. I do not wish to have any safety issues with your firearms. Besides our live firing on Saturday, make sure to bring an ample supply of blank cartridges (40-50) and percussion caps. This is what weve been waiting all winter for, now; lets get to it and someone point me in the direction of the woodpile, and all I expect is for every man to pull his own weight, be alert/safe, and pay attention.
One Year Ago
Camp of Instruction 2004
Front row, seated left to right:
Powell, Harris, Baird, Wilson, and Perry.
Standing, from left to right:
Ramsey, Turley, Firth, Schirmer, Ward, Vice, Alexander, Stafford, and Pearson.
Although it has been one year since we last joined around the campfire at our Camp of Instruction, the memories still linger. The saying of farewells, the readings of a letter from home, the touching church service, the firing competition, the drill, the hot muskets, sharing meals together, and the friendships around the campfire. Thats just some of things I remember from the 2004 Camp of Instruction. Its a new season, and we have the opportunity to make more memories. I look forward to your fellowship and all that comes with it. Lets have a safe and instructive camp. What we gain from this time, well carry through with us for the entire season & throughout our lives.
Mr. Talbert is going to be a PaPa
Mr. Powell will be tying the knot