December 31, 2004 – Closed Journal.
December ?? 2004 – Annual Social and Induction conducted
December 11, 2004-Lt. Commander Dave Chaltas attended the Southern Guard Battalion dinner in Jonesville, Virginia. It was hosted by the 37th Virginia, Company E under the command of Colonel Parsons. The 2005 schedule was discussed and General Lee spoke of the Reflections of Christmas Past/1861-1865. He read letters from General Lee and asked each member to reflect upon their ancestor during the 4 Christmas dates of the war. The names of those southern boys killed in Iraq during the month of October 2004 were read. The highlight of the night was when the 10 local children sponsored by the 37th opened their Christmas gifts. Approximately 60 people attended.
December 10, 2004-East Kentucky Lt. Commander Danny Taylor and Lt. Commander David Chaltas braved the hail, rain and snow to place stone #700 in Washburn, Tennessee at the Dotson Cemetery on Route 131 near Thorn Hill. It was placed to honor 1st SGT. John D. Mallicoat of the 37th Tennessee, Company I. The dedication that was planned was postponed due to the weather conditions.
December 6, 2004-Danny Taylor, Tabby Back and Lt. Commander David Chaltas attended the Christmas dinner of the Cumberland Mountain Rangers (37th Virginia, Company D). The dinner was wonderful and then General Lee offered his rendition entitled Reflections of the War and the Man called Lee. It was well received. He was presented with a shirt, book on the history of the regiment and a beautiful lantern for his tent.
December 5, 2004-The Caudill Camp was represented by Tabby Back, Chris Back, Big Tree Adams, Danny Wright, Roger Hall, Kenny Cantrell, Quenton Childers, David Chaltas as General Lee and 3 ladies of the Auxiliary Society (Rosetta Back, Sandy Wright and Daughter). The band was well received and when the fired their muskets, the crowd applauded. The parade went from the Pizza Place all the way through town past Rite Aide.
December 4, 2004-Matthew Chandler, Chaplain John Back, his wife and granddaughters along with Lt Commander Dave Chaltas in the persona of General Lee represented the Caudill Camp at the Mt. Vernon parade and dedication. The county judge went all out and rolled out the red carpet for the event. The Rockcastle band played Dixie, the ROTC were assigned as honor guards and the 5th Kentucky along with other camps performed a beautiful ceremony dedicating several stones. General Lee read off the names of those that are resting in the land of Rockcastle County. After the event the county judge took everyone out to eat at Renfro Valley and paid for it. He was the most gracious host and we owe him a debt of gratitude, for he has opened up his county for us to continue our research. After the lunching, the old general went to Knoxville to attend a living history in the Bleak House (Confederate Memorial Hall). We have been invited back to participate in the living history in April! The Jenkins Christmas Parade that was held on December 4, 2004, saw Raymond Isaacs and Bob Balthis representing the camp’s interest.
December 3, 2004-The Caudill Camp held its annual dinner with over 65 people attending. An auction was held along with a general meeting. The next meeting will take place January 20, 2005.
December 2, 2004-The Caudill Camp’s interest was represented by Lt. Commander Chaltas as he spoke to WHS history classes on the sterling character of Lee and the War of Northern Aggression. He also spoke to the men and women at the Harmony House on that same date.
November 22, 2004 – Commander Sparkman reports the total 13th burial spots found increased by three to a total of 687.
November 20, 2004 – Hazel Green: The Ben Caudill Camp, in cooperation with the Cox Camp, placed a large historical marker along Highway 1010 a few miles out of town on a hill overlooking the Red River Valley where General Marshall disbanded the Old 5th Infantry. See the historical story here. Besides the men of Caudill Camp, there were reenactors from several other camps. Following the dedication, all retired to the Campton Methodist Church for lunch, fellowship, and an Eastern Brigade meeting.
November 19, 2004-Lincoln Memorial University opened its door to General Forrest (Stan Dalton), Forrest’s younger brother (Bill White) and General Lee (Dave Chaltas) as they represented the southern cause during a presentation and play performed by Dennis Boggs (Nashville, Tennessee) as Abraham Lincoln. The nationally known Mr. Lincoln had invited them to come as escorts. A crowd of over 1000 people were greeted by the 2 generals and the young captain. After the presentation, a reception was held in the Lincoln Memorial and then the group accompanied Mr. Lincoln to a local school for another presentation. This marks the first time that Confederate Officers were invited to such an event and before leaving were invited back to speak in the future! A major accomplishment for the cause of keeping the good name of the Confederate soldiers’ alive.
November 19, 2004 – Commander Faron Sparkman and his wife Linda were the Grand Marshalls of the Hazard Christmas Parade. Faron wore his Confederate uniform and Mrs. Sparkman was in period dress. They rode in a fine white carriage.
November 18, 2004 – Mint Julep Recipe by General SB Buckner Jr., see under presentations and articles under Mark Carroll
November 15, 2004-Lt. Commander Dave Chaltas attended the Lexington Round Table to hear Bud Robertson (nationally known writer for over 30 years) speak regarding his many books. His topic was the character of Stonewall Jackson and when he spoke, it was as if you were there amongst the boys in gray. The Lexington Round Table is the largest in the nation, boasting of over 650 members. If you are interested in joining, please see the ole general for details.
November 12-14, 2004-Steve Richardson and David Chaltas attended the battle of Ft. Sanders and Ft. Dickerson in Knoxville, Tennessee. On Saturday there was a formal dedication of the 2 cannons and also the city of Knoxville were officially given charge of Ft. Dickerson. It is located on Chapman Highway and is the only existed earthen fort from the original 16 that surrounded Knoxville. The days consisted of living history and a battle each day. On Sunday, Private Richardson and General Lee attended the book signing at the Crescent Bend Mansion and was saluted by the 19th Tennessee. They were performing an excellent example of the Hardee’s manual of procedures and were greeted with cheers from the crowd as well as the ole general.
November 10, 2004 Commander Sparkman reports: Richard Brown and I set an “in memoriam” stone this afternoon for Pvt. Lafayette Bentley, 13th KY. Cav., who was killed late in the war and buried in the former old Bentley Cemetery on Main Street in Jenkins. This cemetery was later done away with and a hotel was built on the site that contained at least thirteen graves. Some of the graves were moved, some were not. Eventually the hotel was torn down and a new house was recently constructed at this same location. Pvt. Lafayette Bentley’s homeplace was later the location of the old Jenkins High School. After careful consideration, we placed the in memoriam stone for Pvt. Bentley in the old Potter Cemetery, Forest Hill Drive off Rt. 119, just east of Jenkins. This is a short distance from his original burial site and the family members of Lafayette Bentley’s wife, Susan Potter, are buried here, including her brother Levi and sister Patsy. Our total is now 696, with 115 in Letcher County.
November 4, 2004 – Commander Sparkman reports two stones set for a total of 695, Breathitt 111, Morgan 73: At 1:00 I met Steve Bowling and we drove into a very remote part of the Little Buckhorn section of Breathitt County where we set a stone for a 13th soldier. We were also joined by Victor Jones who has assisted us many times with research in Breathitt County. This particular mission took a little over an hour. After that Steve had to leave for Knott County to teach a class. I decided to go to Morgan County to set another stone. When I reached Jackson I called Harold McKinney and worked out details for setting a stone for Pvt. Noah Long, 10th KY. Cav. We met near the Morgan – Rowan County line where he parked his truck and then rode with me. Once near the location of the “lost” Noah Long Cemetery in Zag area of Morgan County we put the truck in 4WD and drove in closer to the access point for the small abandoned cemetery in the woods. The thorns and brush was really pretty thick, and we spent a lot of time just trying to tug and lift the dolly a few feet at a time. There was a lot of decaying logs in our path and every second the briars were sticking in our clothing. The weather turned cooler and we were met with an unexpected high wind in our face. Harold and I spent quite a lot of time scouting around in the dense brush before we found any fieldstones to confirm we had really found a cemetery. But eventually I found one, then two, then three. Soon after that Harold began digging the hole. Within a few minutes the stone was in the hole and I poured in the concrete mix around it. I dropped Harold back at the Citgo station.
October 29-31- Lt. Commander Chaltas Reports: The Battle of Leatherwood was successful as the Caudill Camp, Arthur Camp, and the East Kentucky Blacksmith Association went out into the field to represent their ancestry. The highlight of the event was when the boys honored the Caudill Camp by presenting a new Caudill Camp flag, as Rob of the 13th Ky. reenactors carried the colors proudly on his horse to present to General Lee. The memorial service was very touching as we honored all veterans that are buried in the William Cornett Cemetery. The presidents along with General Forrest attended the memorial. Numerous men and women from the area showed in support of the event and all came away with new experience that can be applied next year in different fields. A meeting to discuss future events will be held on Nov.18, 2004.
October 26 – Commander Sparkman reports that Tim Harp, Steve Bowling, Harold McKinney and he set two Confederate upright markers this afternoon, one in Breathitt County and one in Morgan County, bringing our total to 693.
October 15-17- Lt. Commander David Chaltas Reports: The men of Caudill’s Camp were well represented in the persona of the 5th Kentucky, Company F and the east Kentucky Blacksmith Association as several of the boys took the field to push the men in blue back to the other side of the Ohio River. They were Dale Wright, Danny Wright, Richard Brown, Richie Brown, David Brown, Wendell Brown, Jeremy Jones, Mark Carroll, Richard “Cherokee Red Dog” Smith, Randall Haddix, Will Cornett, John J. Back, Danny “Ole Jubal” Taylor, Branch Chub, John P. Back, Matthew Chandler, and the Old General. After the battle, they toured Wildcat Mountain and enjoyed the companionship of others. David Chaltas represented General R. E. Lee, serving as a speaker at the memorial service, addressing the troops, leading the right wing of the army and acting as escort to President Davis and President Lincoln. The Wildcat Committee along with the Harlan Battalion did an outstanding job. Thank you all for what you do…..
October 9, 2004- Lt. Commander David Chaltas Reports: The flag has flown over another event! Our own David Chaltas (General Robert E. Lee) attended the Tobacco Festival in Pendleton Gap, Virginia and led the troops with Colonel Parsons. Thousands of spectators were present and in an interview, several questions were asked about the Southern Guard, The 37th Virginia and Colonel Ben Caudill’s.
October 9, 2004 – Commander Sparkman reports: We got another rough one done yesterday – Good ol’ Wickliffe Crawford, 13th KY. Cav., Co. K, has a nice new stone on an isolated mountain top in Breathitt County in the Crawford Cemetery off Bryants Creek Road from Rt. 1202. Quite a adventure…About an hour’s drive from Hazard, then a five mile stretch of narrow dirt road, followed by 4-wheel drive climbing to the base of the mountain. After that we strapped the stone on the dolly and began our climb. There was a small tree in our path that had to be cut down about every ten feet or so, so we spent considerable time just trying to clear a path wide enough for the dolly. From the base of the mountain to the cemetery was two and half hours of climbing. That brings our total number now to 687 and 110 for Breathitt County.
September 28-October 3, 2004-Our own Lt. Commander David Chaltas was selected as the General R. E. Lee of Franklin during a week long living history/reenactment of the Battles of Springhill, Franklin and Nashville. He was nominated from a national poll sponsored by the Civil War Courier and Camp Gazette. When asked of the Selection Committee, they stated that Mr. Chaltas personified the true Christian gentlemen and dignified the greatness of that humble warrior known as Lee. When asked as to his feelings, Lt. Commander stated, ‘I feel unworthy of such an honor and do pray that a merciful God will guide me as I reach out to so many people during the 6 day event.” He represented the Caudill Camp as well as guarded the southern gentlemen’s persona with grace and professionalism. Around 10,000 reenactors participated in the event with over 75 sutlers as well as numerous well known national figures. It was the premiere event of the year and is being considered by some as the event of the decade.
September 25, 2004-The Mountain Heritage parade at Whitesburg was attended by several of the Ben Caudill Camp. Chris Adams,Danny Wright, Okie Blair, Tim Blair, Mr. Fleming, Wayne Watts, Roger Hall, Richard Brown, David Brown, John P. Back, Matt Chandler, John Peck (honorary member), and David Chaltas in the persona of General Robert E. Lee marched in the procession. The men in gray marched in front of the boys in blue, escorting the Lions Club Float entitled, “The Battle of Whitesburg”. Several volleys rang through the streets as the band of men honored the memories of not only their ancestors but also those men fighting the wars against terrorism in a foreign land.
September 24, 2004 – Caudill’s Navy. See the full story here. Faron Sparkman, Tim Harp, Joe Skeens and Mickey Goble launched the first “ship of the line” on Dewey Lake to properly mark the grave of Private Henry Taylor, Co E, 5th Kentucky Infantry. Our brave lads earned their sea legs that day. Be sure to read the entire story.
September 24, 2004-Our Lt. Commander David Chaltas represented our camp as he went into Virginia for living history days around the Clintwood area. He was well received and assisted with the rededication of the Crane’s Nest Battlegrounds. The Cumberland Mt. Rangers presented him with the ole flag that flew over the sacred soil for a year. The ceremony was very moving and a roll call of those that gave their full measure was offered unto the wind.
September 19, 2004-The Second Annual Battle of Whitesburg was a tremendous success with over 70 reenactors participating in the battle. The scenario occurred on the soccer fields and followed the actual battle on that December day in 1863. Around 25 camp members participated in not only the battle but also the living history portion of the event.
September 17, 2004 – Lt. Commander Chaltas reports that the 13th Ky. Cav. Co.B has been reactivated as a reenacting unit. Robert Ray, of London will be the recruiting Sergeant. His work number is 606-877-5988.
September 16, 2004 – Commander Sparkman reports – Despite some vehicle problems, a roll-back call, and a lot of walking yesterday, Tim Harp and Carlos Brock helped me spend five hours to set a stone on Johns Creek in Pike County. The gate to the cemetery was padlocked and the man with the key was not home, so we were unable to drive Carlos’ Explorer up the mountain to reach the cemetery and instead had to pull the stone, cement bucket and post-hole diggers up quite a distance on the dolly all the way from the main highway to the mountain top. We have now set a total of 679 Confederate markers and this was our seventh stone for Pike County.
September 14, 2004 – Faron Sparkman reports: the Caudill Camp set two more Confederate markers – 1st Sgt. Preston Caudill (13th KY. Cav.) at the Mullins-Caudill Cemetery on Jacks Creek in Floyd County, and Private Greenville Burke (5th KY. Inf.) at the Burke Cemetery at Virgie, Kentucky in Pike County. Thanks to Caudill Camp member Barry Johnson for all his help with the research of these two soldiers. Our new total is 678 , and now Floyd County has 51 and Pike County has 6. Also we have now have located 674 burial sites of the 13th Kentucky Cavalry men. Also our reenactment at Chavies this past weekend was a real success.
September 10-12, 2004-The Battle of Barboursville was a huge success as man from the 13th fell in with over 300 reenactors from 14 states. Both days action was picture perfect as Dale Wright, Danny Wright, Matt Chandler, Richard Smith, Tucker Hibbits and the Old General represented the Caudill Camp. General Robert E. Lee was portrayed by our own David Chaltas, Lt. Commander and the east Kentucky Blacksmith Association was well received by all. Several people stated that it was the best reenactment of the year.
September 4, 2004 – Faron Sparkman reports: The Caudill Camp dedicated 12 more Eastern Kentucky Confederate soldiers at Drake in Johnson and Caney in Morgan County. The ceremonies were well attended by a large group of descendants from around the country. Our total number of dedications is now 147. And also our total number of 13th burial sites found is now 673
August 29, 2004-Corporal Matt Chandler and the Old General participated in the Battle of Richmond reenactment. Both fell in with their brother group; the 5th Kentucky men out of Corbin area (Arthur Camp). Sunday fielded 15 men with weapons and the Old General serving as Battalion Chaplain, offering prayer for men and beast.
August 28, 2004 – Report of Adjutant Richard Brown – 12 members of the Camp participated in the Battle of Saltville, VA. All had a great time.
August 25, 2004-Four men braved the heat to clean up the Caudill Camp’s Adopt-A-Highway (Route #23). They were Mike Watts, Danny Taylor, Richard Brown and R. E. Lee. Nineteen bags of trash were picked up over a 4 mile stretch of highway. This gives the camp an impressive 106 bags of trash to date.
August 25, 2004 – Report of Faron Sparkman – Tim Harp and I have set five more Confederate markers – one in Perry County and four in Morgan County. Our new numbers are- 676 stones set – Perry County -82 and Morgan County- 68. Among those set in Morgan County this afternoon were Captain Dudley C. Lykins and Lieutenant Eli S. Lykins – both of the 5th Kentucky Infantry.
August 21-22, 2004-Corporal Steven Richardson and Danny Wright (accompanied by his lovely wife) were joined in Saltville by the Old General and two new recruits (Mike Burton and Jeremy Jones) on Saturday evening. On Sunday Richard Brown, Tim Blair, David Brown, Wendell Brown, Okie Blair, Matt Chandler, Tucker Hibbits. The Caudill Flag flew proudly as the men of the 5th Kentucky, Company F stepped upon the battlefield where 140 years ago their ancestors fought so gallantly. It was the first time since the battle so long ago that every Confederate Unit was represented. The air was filled with a eerie sense of pride as unsettled spirits walked for a brief period upon the land.
August 21, 2004-Jenkins Day Parade witness several men in gray proudly march by and salute the crowd with a volley. Captain Roger Hall led the honor guard with Raymond Isaac, David Lucas, Mike Watts, Michael Burton, Jeremy Jones, Kenny Cantrell and the Old General R. E. Lee serving the cause as tears of gratitude fell from the heavens. Lest we forget
August 17, 2004 – Report of Faron Sparkman on stone settings: Tim Harp and I set three more Confederate markers today in three different counties and covered a lot of miles in the process. James Duke, William W. Bailey and Michael T. Byrd were set today in Harrison County, Johnson County and Morgan County. But to get those three stones set we have to drive through a total of 11 counties – Perry County, Breathitt County, Wolfe County, Morgan County, Johnson County, Powell County, Clark County, Fayette County, Scott County, Bourbon County and Harrison County! Our new total is 671 and you can now add Harrison County to the list (today was our first stone setting in that county) and bump up Johnson County to 9 and Morgan County to 64. I have to extend my sincere thanks to Larry Combs, Henrietta & Harold McKinney and Joyce Brown for their help over a long period in seeing these three research projects culminate today with this fitting tribute to three of our proud southern soldiers.
August 15, 2004-The Old General was in attendance at the Crescent Bend mansion in Knoxville, Tennessee where he took part in a ceremony honoring the direct descendents of General Jubal Early. The event was sponsored by the Ellen Renshaw house Chapter 2624, United Daughters of the Confederacy. The event keynote speaker was Ed Hooper, the editor of the Civil War Courier and Camp Chase Gazette. He gave a stirring speech based on the actual autobiographical work of our beloved Jubal. Colleen Addair offered a wonderful performance on ‘Going Home’ and did a grand job at the master of ceremonies. Marshal Andy performed and all stood as Dixie was song by all. General Forrest, Cleburne, Jackson were present with several members from local camps as honor guards. I take off my hat in salutation and offer my deepest compliments to the wondrous ladies of the Ellen Renshaw House Chapter of the UDC! I remain your humble servant, The Old General
August 14, 2004-The Old General participated in the Highland Festival held in Abingdon, Virginia with the 22nd Virginia. The living History encampment was held in the yard of the Field-Penn House, on the location in which General Joe Johnson was born. Over 10,000 people attended the festival.
August 12, 2004-High Private Steven Richardson and the Old General represented the Caudill Camp in the NIBROC Parade. They participated with the Arthur Camp, resulting in another great public relations event for the Sons.
August 7, 2004 – The Old General represented the Caudill Camp at the cleanup of McNeil’s Crossing in Barbourville. A stone was set in remembrance of the 8 Confederate Cavalry killed by an attack for Federal artillery positioned on the mountain overlooking the meadows. A meeting was held to begin forming the 5th Kentucky Infantry reenacting group and a bridge was built for the upcoming event. The battlefield was left in grand condition. Another cleanup day is being planned.
August 7, 2004 – The Camp set three stones in Floyd County, the total is now 668
July 31, 2004- Adjutant Richard Brown writes, The dedication at the Griffith Cemetery went well. Had a good turnout of camp members and the crowd was very big. Johnny Pearl read a very interesting prayer after which Wayne Whitaker fired his cannon. We fired a 21-gun salute, a second firing of cannon, and then at the end Brett Halcomb played Taps. Dedicators present were Wayne Whitaker, Dewayne Whitaker, Richard Smith, Johnny Pearl Back, Danny Wright, Barry Johnson, Okie and Tim Blair, Wendell Brown, David Brown, Richie Brown, and myself.
July 31, 2004 – Danny Taylor and David Chaltas set the Caudill Camp’s first Confederate marker in the state of Georgia! This took place during the National Convention weekend and the honored soldier was Danny’s ancestor – Pvt. Hiram G. Mallicoat, 37th TN. Inf. Taylor, Chaltas and Mallicoat family members also held a dedication service for Pvt. Mallicoat at the cemetery.
July 28-30, 2004-Danny Taylor and the Old General represented the interests of the Caudill Camp at the National Reunion held in Dalton, Georgia. The delegates from Kentucky were well represented and afforded us time to discuss issues pertinent to our beloved state. Don Shelton did an outstanding job in his presentations and came very close to winning the election as Commander of the Army of Tennessee. A dedication to Hiram Malicoat was also given on Saturday. Our brothers from the Arthur Camp paid their respects by attending. They were Don Poynter, east Kentucky Brigade Commander, Les Williamson, Edgar Hayden, and Luther Gaddis. Lt. Commander Dan Taylor read the eulogy and the Old General had the honor of being the Master of Ceremonies and lead the Honor Guard.
July 24, 2004 — Oak Wood Cemetery Trip Report by Faron Sparkman.
I just returned from a visit to a very significant 13th KY. location – the single largest burial site of soldiers from Caudill’s Army – the Oak Wood Cemetery in Chicago, Illinois. This is the final resting place for the eighteen 13th Kentucky boys who died in horrible conditions in the Union prison – Camp Douglas – between 1863 and 1865. Even though I had studied this for over fifteen years I was not prepared for the emotional experience of being at this site. It was sad for a variety of reasons. Knowing the details of the pain and torture they endured in this city was part of it. But having just traveled the long distance from their home and my home in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky to this unfamiliar terrain in the north, I thought most of how sad it is their bodies were here. Those bodies were tossed in a trench in Chicago and of course the immediate families had no chance for closure, no funeral and because of the distance and extreme poverty, no chance of ever visiting their loved one’s grave. As an extended family member with ties to a number of the 18 members of Caudill’s command buried under those large trees, it was a special feeling knowing that in a small way I was finally representing the families in paying respect. It’s a sad story but there was some comfort in seeing what a beautifully landscaped site, complete with winding streams and wildlife, is the place where the bodies were interred.
July 23-25-The Old General represented the Camp at the Grainger County Tomato Festival was a huge success! Over 15,000 people walked the grounds and enjoyed the living history offered by the Southern Guard. General Forrest procured and requisitioned provisions for the troops as General Cleburne and this Old General talked to the constant stream of people walking by the exhibits. The 3 inch ordinance rifle was shot every 2 hours and made quite a bang with the spectators!
July 16-17, 2004-The Old General represented the Ben Caudill Camp at the Hungry Mothers State Park’s 31st Festival. The park is located in Marion, Virginia. The battle scenario was presented four times during the weekend. The Festival hosted over 100 booths and several musical groups along with horseback rides, canoeing, fishing and a living history encampment. An estimated crowd of over 10,000 attended the three-day event. The Old General was given the honor of being the narrator of the battle and also was the offered Sunday services on the topic of the passion of Christ/the passion for Christ. On the 17th, Steven Richardson and the Old General met at Weber City for the Battle on the Holstein where they reunited with several brother reenactors, General Forrest, Chaplain James and his lovely wife Ms. Sherry.
July 16th, 2004 – (Report by Faron Sparkman) I picked up Tim Harp and we met Harold McKinney and Donnie Gillum at McDonald’s in West Liberty where we had breakfast before heading out on a stone mission. We drove a few miles toward Crockett and at one point we loaded three stones, the tools and ourselves into Donnie’s old green Ford truck. He took us through some rough country covered in briars and bush with the 4-Wheel drive engaged. The almost non-existent road to the Bolin Cemetery was up a steep mountain. Limbs and leaves were constantly striking the truck the whole way. We had two guys on four-wheelers leading the way and they directed us around the worst of some huge mud holes and fallen timber. It was so rough and steep at one point that as Donnie shot the gas to the truck to make it up a steep hillside, even though the tailgate was closed, the stones slid and forced it open and all fell out behind us down the hill. Fortunately none were broken and we stopped, reloaded them and continued on up the mountain. At another point one of the four-wheelers in front of us tried to plow through a deep mud hole and was soon stuck with tires spinning. The second four-wheeler hooked on with a chain and was attempting to pull the other out when we arrived in the green truck. Tim Harp saw they weren’t having much luck so he jumped out from the bed of the truck and in “Hercules” fashion began helping pull the four-wheeler. Within seconds, Tim muscled it clear of the mudhole and hopped back in the truck to the amazement of the guys watching. It was quite a distance around to the old cemetery. Donnie told me that just last week he cleaned off the cemetery for the first time in years and it had been over his head in brush and weeds before that. He had it looking good and we were able to quickly take in the three upright markers – Pvt. Adam Pack, Pvt. John C. Pack, and Pvt. John W. Boling – and get them set. The trip back down the mountain was less adventurous and he dropped us back at my truck. With Harold McKinney on board we traveled to another cemetery in the county and set a stone for Pvt. Hezekiah Wyatt without any difficulty. We next ate lunch at the food court in West Liberty. I got food from Arby’s and Tim and Harold got food from Long John Silver’s. We dropped Harold back at his little green Chevrolet S-10 pickup at McDonald’s and transferred stones for Henry Holbrook and William Bailey to his truck. In doing so I dropped one of the stones on my fingers moving it out the tailgate — a lot of pain but no major damage. We now have 664 stones set and the total for Morgan County is 63.
July 6, 2005 – Stone setting in Lee County
July 5, 2005 – Faron Sparkman and Tim Harp set a stone in Breathitt Co.
July 3-4, 2004-Adjutant Richard Brown and The Old General took part in the Living History Days at Clintwood, Virginia. The parade was grand and several different camps paid their respects to the War Memorial. The event featured a late 7:00 battle on the softball field followed by fireworks
July 1, 2004 – Steve Bowling, Tim Harp and Faron Sparkman set #658 today for Pvt. Cornelius N. Moore, Co. K, 13th KY. Cav., at Fillmore, Kentucky in Lee County.
June 26, 2004-The Old General attended a planning committee meeting at Barboursville for the September reenactment at McNeil’s Crossing. The event will have over 500 reenactors and other first time events. Refer to the Battle of Barboursville website for details and updates.
June 24, 2004-A roadside clean up was scheduled for 6:00 but was cancelled due to only 4 members coming out to assist. A token effort was made before they left and went home. They were Raymond Isaac, Danny Taylor, Richard Brown and the Old General. Another pick up date is being scheduled.
June 24, 2004 – Camp members set four stones in Floyd County – now at 47. Total stones set 654 and Confederate graves located 670.
June 18-20, 2004-The Georgetown reenactment and events were attended by Chaplain John Back and his wife. The Old General participated in the event as provost and worked the crowds.
June 15, 2004 – Adjutant Brown and the Old General presented to the Unthank Camp regarding the Battle of Wallins and the upcoming Leatherwood event.
June 14,2004 – The Old General requested that the Letcher County Fiscal Court support a resolution sponsored by the Ben Caudill Camp to the state in naming the Twin Bridges after Bobby Fields (Vietnam) and James Whitaker (WWII). Motion approved. He also hand carried a copy of the letter to representative Howard Cornett.
June 7, 2004 – Ross Fleming and the Old General gave a status report to the Jenkins City Council. Also discussed was the location of the monument in close proximity to the Welcome Center.
June 4-6, 2004 – Chaplain Back represented the interests of the camp at the state convention held at Fairview (Detailed report given under Chaplain’s Corner in June 2004 Newsletter).
June 4-6, 2004-“Caudill’s Army” Flag was unfurled and flew proudly this weekend after being absent for over 140 years at Jonesville, Virginia. The flag fluttered in the wind beside the Army of Northern Virginia and the many colors of the Southern Guard Battalion, commanded by Major General Kenny Doss. The Battle of Jonesville was supported by the following men of the Caudill Camp to honor the original men of Caudill’s Army that fought upon that sacred ground on January 3, 1862 (The Frozen Fight) in 6 degrees below zero weather…Tucker Hibbits, Danny Wright, Roger Hall, and the Old General. The Old General was busy with two speaking engagements, two dedications (one to the Confederate Gravesite and one to the Union) in which the musical group Dixie Grey dampened every heart with their slow rendition of Dixie, participated in an authentic period wedding conducted by Parsons James, featured speaker at the wedding reception, and was honored by the Army of Tennessee by being appointed Brigadier General and Aide-de-Camp to the Major General.
June 3, 2004-The Caudill Camp made another Adopt-a-Highway cleanup. This time the area was from Garner Mountain to Isom, Kentucky (1.6 miles) to Route 7 towards Dean, Kentucky (3.4 miles) to Lower Gap (used during the Civil War). Both sides of the road were cleaned. Sixty seven bags of trash was picked up and several hundred pounds of metal was laid beside the road for pickup by John Cleveland’s Sanitation crew. Richard Smith, Okie Blair, Tim Blair, Larry Adams, Terry Adams, Danny Taylor, Greg Caudill and the Old General participated in the cleanup. To date we have acquired over 83 bags of trash. Another clean up is planned during the week of June 20-26 to coincide with the Adopt-A-Highway clean up week. To date the Caudill Camp has covered over 15 miles of highway both ways.
June 1, 2004-The Old General was on 103.9 radio talk show entitled, Round Table discussing the camp as well as the forthcoming projects. Several calls have been received in support of our endeavors resulting from the talk show.
June 1, 2004 – Commander Sparkman reports we now have 668 13th Kentucky Cavalry burial sites located, the latest finds include James M. Duke in Harrison County, Robert Wicker in Knott County and Thomas Collinsworth in Pike County.
May 29, 2004 – The Caudill Camp was represented at the Miners’ Memorial Dedication at Jackhorn, Kentucky. The Honor Guard offered a 21 gun salute as Amazing Grace played in the background followed by the sound of cannons echoing in the valley and Taps. The Honor Guard consisted Wayne Whitaker and his cannon, Field Commander Roger Hall, Richard Brown, David Brown, Wendell Brown, Big Tree Adams, Raymond Isaac, Berry Johnson, Steven Richardson, James C. Fleming, Brant Adams (Flag bearer) Kenny Cantrell and “Old Reliable” and the Old General introducing the Ben Caudill Camp. Several people were moved to tears by the moment. An crowd of approximately 200+ people witnessed the candle light service and the final salute.
May 29, 2004 – Mark Carroll delivers a Brief History of the 5th Infantry prepared by Faron Sparkman at the Cox Camp Confederate Memorial Day. See photo album here.
May 28, 2004 – Faron Sparkman and members of the camp set three stones in Morgan County. Total set now 650 and 59 in Morgan County.
May 25, 2004-Four members of the Caudill Camp patrolled the road from the Virginia/Kentucky border for 5 miles picking up trash for the Adopt-A-Highway program. Richard Brown, Dave Brown, Chad Brown and the old general gathered trash on the section of road adopted by the Camp.
May 24, 2004-Richard Smith, Former Lt. Commander of the Camp and east Kentucky Brigade, with family members Bob Banks, Ed Banks set a flag pole in honor of the late Everett Banks. Mr. Banks was an elder of the community that also was a living historian and assisted in locating several graves of soldiers within our area. He will be sorely missed..
May 23, 2004 -A Social/Tea was held at the Miniard Farm. It was sponsored by the Ladies Aid Society. Chaplain Jon Back and his wife were in attendance along with Kentucky Division Commander Bill Lyons. The meeting was opened by a few words from the Old General and discussions revolved around period dress, fashion show, and so you want to be a reenactor.
May 22, 2004-The Old General attended a clean up of the Jonesville Battlefield. The Battle of Jonesville will be held June 5-6, 2004. All are welcome!
May 20, 2004 Camp Meeting – See Newsletter
May 14-16, 2004 – The spirit of the Sacramento Event were not dampened by the downpour as the Old General represented the Caudill Camp in the persona of General Lee. On Friday, educational day went as planned with an estimated 2,000 students going through the stations and sutler row. The event hosted approximately 20+ artillery pieces, with a grand cavalry reenactment and 700+ reenactors.
May 16 – Morgan Co. Faron Sparkman and Tim Harp set three more Confederate markers on Thursday afternoon in three different corners of Morgan County – all 5th Kentucky Infantry men. We were joined by several family members. Our total number is now 647 and the new number for Morgan County is now 56.
May 15 – Louisa, Ky. Mark Carroll and Matt Chandler participate in the first reenactment of “Fight in the Foothills” at the Lawrence County Park on Yatesville Lake sponsored by the Commonwealth Battery CSA. Bill James of the Cox Camp accompanied the 13th men as an observer.
May 8 – The Camp set two stones in Morgan County. Total of 664, 53 for Morgan Co.
May 1 – The Camp met at 2:00 p.m. for a dedication of Captain Cope and Lt. South on Frozen Creek in Breathitt County. Thirty-two people gathered on the mountain for the dedication including a number from other states. Many were touched by the ceremony to honor and remember their ancestors. Steve Bowling did an excellent job in recounting the lives of Captain Cope and Lieutenant South. A number from the Caudill Camp participated in the military salute (including Steve Bowling, Okie Blair, Tim Blair, Jerry Wells and Faron Sparkman) and our friend Bill James from the Cox Camp was also present.
May 1 – The Camp set four Confederate upright markers this afternoon from one end of Morgan County to the other, men who served in the 5th Kentucky Infantry, 2nd Btt. Mounted Rifles and 3rd Btt. Mounted Rifles. Morgan County now has 51 stones. In the linked photo, Caudill Camp member Tim Harp and Cox Camp member Bill James place a new Confederate marker for Captain David Franklin Swango, Co. E, 10th KY.Cavalry, buried in the Old Swango Cemetery off Rt. 1812 at Stillwater, Kentucky in Wolfe County. – April 16, 2003
April 30 – May 2 – Ben Caudill Camp members Mitch Miller, Dale Wright, Danny Wright and the Old General participated in the reenactment of the Battle of Cumberland Gap. The Old General fooled everyone and walked the Gap with 40 other hard core troops to invade the sleeping town of Cumberland Gap, TN off guard, resulting in a street skirmish. Approximately 200 reenactors participated including the Southern Guard Battalion commanded by General Ken Doss. Also in attendance was General Bedford Forrest (Stanley Dalton) and Ron Robinson (Brigade Commander of the 10th Kentucky Cavalry), resulting in a grand demonstration of horsemanship. Parson James offered a church service on Sunday with over 60 in attendance. Kentucky Division Commander Bill Lyons represented the Kentucky Sons of Confederate Veterans. It was a time of fellowship, brotherhood and renewed friendships. Flyers for the Battle of Leatherwood were given out to prospective audience and reenactors. The event is unique in that it covers three states and emphasizes the importance of the Gap during the Civil War. The ball was held in an open covered building in the downtown area of Cumberland Gap.
April 24-25 -The Old General accompanied General John Hunt Morgan on a raid into Georgetown, Ohio. The significance of that reenactment is that it is the town in which General Grant was raised! Estimation of around 2000 spectators was given by the local media. Approximately 250 reenactors participated in the event. Approximately 50 flyers regarding the Battle of Leatherwood were given out along with recruiting efforts with different sutlers and those Union boys. The Southern Guard was represented by the 37th Virginia Infantry, Company E; Major Jerry Parsons commanding.
April 20 – The Old General presented a power point presentation to the Whitesburg Rotary Club regarding the Ben Caudill Camp. It was well received and makes the 2nd presentation to that particular club this year.
April 19 – Letter from Compatriot Tucker Hibbitts: I hope that all returned safe to their homes from the past weekend events regarding the Hunley funeral. I looked for the Kentucky boys on Saturday morning (the 1st Kentucky Volunteers, the 6th Kentucky and the Colonel Caudill Camp), but I was “volunteered” for others unexpected, but honorable duties. I arrived in Charleston on Thursday evening. Friday morning I was assigned guard duty over the 8 crew members of the Hunley at the Church of the Holy Communion and that evening I attended the Solemn Requiem Mass for the crew members. Saturday morning I was looking for any of my Kentucky brothers when I was approached by the Lt that I served under the previous day during my guard duty. He asked if I would like to be part of the Hunley Honor Guard during the funeral procession and of course I “volunteered.” I was assigned to the 1st Company of the Hunley Honor Guard and followed behind the last horse drawn caisson. After the funeral I did have a brief meeting with one of my “fellow” reenactors from the 1st Kentucky. It was a long and hot march, but it was well worth it. I was able to guard over the men of the Hunley on Friday and I was honored by being assigned to the Honor Guard on Saturday. I do hate that I was unable to meet up with the Kentucky boys, but I hope that I served Kentucky proud by my other assignments.
Respectfully, “Tucker” Hibbitts
April 17-18 – Wendell Brown, Richie Brown, Richard Brown, Faron Sparkman, Danny Taylor, Dale Wright, Danny Wright, Roger Hall, Tim Harp, Matthew Chandler, the Old General and Tucker Hibbits had the unbelievable honor of being involved in the Hunley funeral procession. They marched along side the 6th Kentucky, Southern Guard, Mississippi boys, and fellow Kentuckians there to pay their final respects as the 4th and final crew of the Hunley. Tucker was selected as an honor guard member during the review of the caskets at Holy Communion Church and served as an honor guard for one of the cassions. The Old General acting at the east Kentucky Brigade Chaplain was asked to lead the Kentucky Division in prayer. Tim Harp not only served as the camp photographer but also as a life support for the weary boys of the Kentucky Division, bringing water and aid to the needy. Matt Chandler’s brother, mother and father along with Tim (also his son) Danny and Dale’s wives were in attendance. The Ladies Aide Society was represented by Ms. Brenda Nease, Ms. April Nease and Ms. Debbie Fugate. An article will soon be posted regarding this historical event.
April 16 – Richie Brown, Richard Brown, Wendell Brown, Danny Taylor, Faron Sparkman, the Old General, Tim Harp and his wife and child set a stone in honor of Captain James Rogers in Ninety-Six, South Carolina. This was the first stone set in South Carolina by the camp to honor a 13th Kentucky Cavalry man. See photo
April 15 – A camp meeting was held. Please go to the April 2004 newsletter for details.
April 13 – An article appeared in the Mountain Eagle discussing the approval of the monument and the appropriation of $20,000 towards the project by the Letcher County Fiscal Court. The Old General is pictured with Danny Taylor, Okie Blair, Raymond Isaac, and Big Tree Adams in the background. The general received approval to begin locating a site in which to place the monument.
April 12 – Richard Brown, Danny Taylor, Ross Fleming and Richard Smith presented the estimated cost of the Memorial entitled Brothers Once More to the Letcher County Fiscal Court. The Court graciously appropriated $20,000 towards its construction. It will be placed in close proximity to the proposed Welcome Center on top of Pound Gap.
April 12 – Lt. Commander David Chaltas signed the agreement between the Kentucky Department of Transportation and the Ben Caudill Camp to adopt US 23 starting at the Virginia/Kentucky border for 5 miles
April 10 – Faron Sparkman, Rick Baker, Steve Bowling, and Mark Carroll, along with two instructors and about nine cadets from the Cadet Leadership Education Program, and five cadets from the Breathitt High JROTC met in Whick, Kentucky to haul three stones across the North Fork, along the rail line and up a steep hill. After setting the stones they enjoyed a light lunch on the mountain top. Afterwards Steve Bowling gave the cadets a short history lesson on the war and Eastern Kentuckians, and highlighted the biographies of the three veterans whose graves were marked. New total stones 636.
April 8 – Richard Smith met with the county judge regarding the monument. East Kentucky Brigade Commander Danny Taylor obtained a written estimate regarding the cost of the monument to present to the Letcher County Fiscal Court.
April 7 – Commander Sparkman and the Old General worked on a draft copy to be submitted to the Lost Cause regarding the camp activities and growth.
April 6 – Faron Sparkman and Tim Harp drove through 12 counties (Perry-Breathitt-Wolfe-Morgan-Elliott-Carter-Lewis-Mason-Fleming-Bath-Menifee-Montgomery) and traveled exactly 300 miles (round trip) to set 6 stones yesterday. New total is 633.
April 5 – Tim Blair, Okie Blair, Big Tree Adams, Raymond Isaacs, Bob Balthis, Danny Taylor, Ross Fleming, Roger Hall and the Old General presented the monument proposal to the Jenkins City Council. It was approved and the site is to be determined by the May council meeting. The Heritage T.V. station interviewed the men dressed in gray and a promotion was made for the Jenkins Days. Tentatively, the camp will participate in the parade and dedication of the monument with a possible skirmish at the industrial park. Richard Smith and his mother represented the interests of the camp by placing flags on flagpoles honoring our ancestors.
April 5 – Steve Richardson, Dan Taylor and the Old General represented the interests of the camp at the Leatherwood Committee meeting held at the Cornettsville Fire Department.
April 2-4 – Pvt. Steve Richardson and the Old General represented the camp along with the Southern Guard and 6th Kentucky by participating in a Living History held at the Confederate Memorial House (Bleak House) in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Old General had the privilege of being the keynote speaker. General Forrest and Sgt. Marty Marcum offered an educational display regarding cavalry. General Doss (commander of the Southern Guard) was present along with approximately 50 others. Chaplain James gave a stirring sermon on Sunday morning. Several ladies were present in their period clothes.
March 29 Camp members set a stone in Knott County
March 26-28, 2004 the 0ld General was in attendance and participated in the Battle of Bridgeport. The Southern Guard was well represented. Flyers regarding the Battle of Leatherwood were distributed The reenactment was simply awesome with approximately 2,000 reenactors and 30 cannons on the battlefield to honor those of yesterday. An anvil shoot and mortar display highlighted the event preceding the battle. The 5th Alabama performed brilliantly and the Ball was grand. The most touching part of the three day event was in the closing ceremonies, honoring Phillip Tucker a long time reenactor and friend to all. His ashes were placed into the cannons and released upon the battlefield on the command of his widow. Each cannon in turn fired their sacred volley and was followed by 2,000 muskets. The crowd was subdued with a sacred silence as Amazing Grace was offered as a tribute to the man. And all the masses cried with sorrow and remembrance as this man of character settled upon the sacred ground of his ancestors. The circle has not been broken for he is among those he wished to join. When you walk upon the hallowed ground you can feel his spirit passing by as a soft breeze and you will feel the peace.
March 27 – The Camp set two more stones during the week in Johnson County, Kentucky. One was the grave of Major Hiram F. Strong of the 13th.
March 25, 2004-A presentation on the role of Kentucky during the Civil War was given to the students of the Leslie County Branch of Hazard Community College. The presentation was well received and the Old General gave out applications for those interested in joining.
March 20 – School of the Soldier was hosted by the 6th Kentucky, Company A (Orphan Brigade) at the beautiful McNeil’s Crossing in Barbourville. The purpose was to prepare for the reenactment season and the Hunley Funeral Procession. Dale Wright, Danny Wright, Wayne Watts, Mike Watts, Matthew Chandler and The Old General represented the Ben Caudill Camp. They are also members of the 6th and Southern Guard.
March 18 – Compatriot Mark Carroll presented on the Christian nature of Stonewall Jackson. The presentation offered insight into the true nature of a Southern hero…
March 16-Southern Region East Kentucky Lt. Commander Danny Taylor and the Old General visited the Unthank Camp. Commander Grady Lee had invited Les Williamson to speak on the Hunley and he did an outstanding job.
March 16 – General Lee presented to the Rotary Club on the sterling Christian character of Lee and also the proposed monument.
March 12 – General Lee along with the Ladies Aid Society presented to the regional Mason’s meeting at Hazard High School. The topic was the role of women during the Great Conflict.
March 11 – General Lee presented to the Life Long Learning Center located on the Vocational Technology Campus in Whitesburg. His topic was the Ben Caudill Camp and the sterling character of Lee.
March 8 – General Lee, Private Ross Fleming, Private Tree Adams and Private Terry Adams presented a proposal of creating a monument to those brave men that fought during the Civil War to the Letcher County Fiscal Court. The Court approved of the monument to be set by the new Welcome Center on top of Pound Gap, next to the Kentucky-Virginia border.
March 8 – The Old General met with the Leatherwood Committee regarding the reenactment of the Battle of Leatherwood to be held on Oct. 29-31, 2004
Mar 8 – Camp sets stone in Breathitt County
Mar 4 – Commander Sparkman and Tim Harp set Confederate stone for Mathias Osborne in Floyd County. Also located two more 13th Kentucky Cavalry burial sites in very unexpected places this week – Lt. James T. Crutchfield at the Cave Hill Cemetery on Baxter Avenue in Louisville and his brother Robert E. Crutchfield at the Westview Cemetery in Palatka, Florida total location = 662.
Mar 3 — Commander Sparkman reports that Tim Harp, Richard Brown and he set two more Confederate stones in Wise County, Virginia. This was especially significant for member Tim Harp who this afternoon helped set his 100th Confederate marker since joining the Caudill Camp in November of 2002!
March 2 — Commander Sparkman reports that the Colonel Ben E. Caudill camp has now set its first Confederate marker in Harlan County: Corporal David Blevins, 13th KY. Cavalry, Company H was set today at the Reds Creek Cemetery on Rt. 215 at Disney.
February 25 — Commander Sparkman and others place two stones in Knott County.
February 21-22 — The Southern Guard Battalion held the School of the Soldier. Over 30 Confederate Soldiers braved to cold weather to take part in the drills. The two day event offered training for the upcoming reenactments in and around our area and to begin preparing for the Hunley Funeral Procession to be held on April 17, 2004. The 6th Kentucky Company A School of the Solder (under the leadership of Captain Jack Carnes) will be held on March 20, 2004. The training will be specifically designed to get those wishing to participate trained in the basic marching drills required for such a large event as the funeral procession. To date over 32,000 people have registered to participate. Members interested in participating should contact the 6th Kentucky, Company A.
February 20 – William Jackson Arrowood stone laid in Johnson County by Steve Bowling, Tim Harp, and Faron Sparkman # 616.
February 19 – Isom, Ky. The Col. Ben Caudill Monthly Camp Meeting conducted the Annual Officer Elections. The following were elected as indicated: Faron Sparkman-Commander; Dave Chaltas-Lt. Commander; Richard G. Brown-Adjutant; Danny Taylor-Sec/Treasurer; Wayne Watts-Field Commander; Roger Hall-Field Commander; Sgt at Arms-Wayne Watts; Judge Advocate-Rick King; Chaplain-John P. Back
January 31 – David Chaltas represented the Camp at the Groundhog Dance hosted by the Laurel Guard in London at the Party Barn. Several different camps were represented along with re-enactor groups such as the Kentucky Cavalry Brigade, the 6th Kentucky were also in attendance. Estimated crowd was around 100 individuals. The music and dance was of the period. It was hosted by the Laurel Guard
January 15 – David Chaltas, Raymond Isaacs and Southern Brigade Lt. Commander Danny Taylor attended the first Reed Camp meeting where Southern Brigade Commander Don Poynter presided at the induction ceremony. The new camp is 27+ members strong and several took an application to reenact with the 6th Kentucky, Company A
January 17 – Danny Taylor, Steve Richardson, and David Chaltas attend a Lee/Jackson Dinner with representation from the Ladies Aid Society.
January 17 – Mark Carroll presents at the Lee-Jackson Dinner at the Cox Camp on “Stonewall Jackson – Christian Warrior” – Campton, Kentucky
January 15 – Camp Christmas Dinner Social, induction of new members, and auction to raise funds for grave registry – Isom, Kentucky