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Speech Text as presented by Camp Commander J. B. Pickens:
WELCOME TO THE
ABILENE CONFEDERATE FOUNDERS DAY MEMORIAL SERVICE!
I am Jimmy Pickens, Commander of the Chief Clinton Camp #366 of
the Sons of Confederate Veterans. On behalf
of all the members of the Camp, I welcome all of you (those who came from out of town) as
well as the people of Abilene to our memorial service.
Our thanks to Jeff Salmon and his staff of Frontier Texas! for
sharing their wonderful facility! We also
thank the Abilene Preservation League for hosting this great celebration of Abilenes
history and heritage. We give special thanks
to our fellow compatriots from the 2nd Texas Frontier Camp of the Sons of
Confederate Veterans in the great city of DeLeon, TX.
It is very appropriate that this celebration occurs this month
since the Texas State Senate has designated APRIL as TEXAS CONFEDERATE HISTORY AND
HERITAGE MONTH. This month has been set aside
to honor the men and women of Texas that served the Confederate States of America during
the War Between the States.
Today, we celebrate the Spirit of Texas that permeated the being
of the founders of Abilene and makes us who we are today!
The Spirit of Texas sprang from the Texicans and Tejanos that settled this
land in the 1830s. It was molded and
tested in Alamo and Goliad and triumphed at San Jacinto.
It bloomed and watered in the Mexican and Indian Wars.
The Texas Spirit sprang anew in 1861 as Texans placed themselves
shoulder to shoulder with their fellow Southerners to defend their honor.
Over the next 4 years, more than 70,000 Texans of all races,
colors, and creeds walked the bloody roads of Glorieta, Laredo, Antietam, Gettysburg,
Vicksburg, and Appomattox. Gen. Robert E.
Lee put these fighting Texans at the point of attack because of their superb horsemanship,
marksmanship, and loyalty to their Confederate comrades.
As a result, by April 1861, many young Texans had died in battle or
succumbed to the ravages of disease. But many
more survived and they followed the final order of Gen. Lee to return home and
become good citizens.
The City of Abilene is a direct result of those spirited
Confederate soldiers! Tempered in the heat of
battle in the War Between the States, the founders came to these tall grass plains,
envisioned a bustling city, and with the Texas Spirit made it a reality!
Claiborne Walker Merchant, 14th Texas Cavalry, along with his twin brother,
John, was the driving force in founding and naming the town. A cattleman, President of 1st National
Bank, director of Abilene Central Railway, President of West Texas Fair, Deacon of 1st
Baptist Church and trustee and benefactor of Simmons College.
Sayles, Texas Militia, was a renowned Abilene attorney.
McReynolds Clack, Pvt. 1st Tennessee Cavalry was a Taylor County buffalo
Harrison Parramore, Lt. 8th Texas Cavalry, was a cattleman in Runnels County
and close friend of the Merchants.
V. Cockrell, Col. 16th Missouri Infantry, was a Texas Congressman.
Wooten, Lt. 10th Texas Cavalry, was a blacksmith and later an Abilene Hotel
keeper. One of the first settlers of Buffalo
A. Minter, Musician 5th South Carolina Infantry, organized the first church.
Clinton, Pvt. 2nd Arkansas Cavalry, was the second city Police Chief and Fire
Wylie, Pvt. McCords Texas Frontier Company, was an Abilene merchant and his widow gave the
land to form the Wylie School District.
Horn, Pvt. 18th Georgia Infantry of Hoods Texas Brigade, was a saloon
owner which burned in 1881 and took all of the downtown business with it.
Legare, Bass, Blakemore, and Bradfield served as Confederate Army surgeons before becoming
the first physicians of Abilene.
Crow, Etheridge, Keeble, and Ross marched the bloody paths of war that brought them from
Mississippi, Georgia, and Alabama to become pastors to the Abilene flock.
Lawyers, teachers, businessmen, cattlemen, surveyors, Mayors and
Sheriffs, they came from the horrors of War in the South to become the pillars of the City
of Abilene. Their remains rest in our City
cemetery but their unquenchable spirit of honor and truth is alive and present in the
vibrant city of Abilene.
Our Confederate History and Heritage is
precious to all Abilenes citizens! Teach
it to your children! Celebrate it with your
THANK YOU FOR COMING
TO OUR MEMORIAL SERVICE!
THIS CONCLUDES THE
CEREMONY! MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND GOD BLESS THE
Click here <~ Abilene "Founder's Day
Celebration" photos taken 04-08-2006
Yet another sucessful
program, even better this year with live musical entertainment, three cannons, a Cavalry
Horseman, Riflemen and a few period dressed ladies. Thanks to all participants, many
of whom traveled many a mile to support this camp's event.