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Chief Clinton Camp #366

Abilene, Texas

 

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This page contains information and links to some of the events we have participated in recently.

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Click here  <~ Visit to Mansfield, Louisiana State Historical Site   03-05-2005

On a recent trip to Louisiana, I happened upon the Civil War Battlefield of Mansfield, now preserved as a Louisiana State Historic Site.  Well, after seeing the signs for this historical location I had to find it and pay a visit.   Amidst the beautiful, densely wooded area of DeSoto Parish there was a clearing...a bloody battlefield years ago.  Off in the distance I see three flags flying:   the US Flag, the Louisiana State flag and a Confederate Naval Jack with the blue and red fields reversed (similar to a Polk's Corp flag).  I happily paid the nominal $2 entry fee, toured the museum and watched a 12 minute video detailing the importance of the Confederate victories of the Mansfield-Pleasant Hill engagements and the Red River Campaign.  Click the link above for some photos of this not-to-be-missed historical treasure!

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Click here  <~ Marking local CSA graves with Naval Jack Flags  04-02-2005

Early in the month of April '05, as part of Texas’ Confederate Heritage and History Month Celebration, our camp members spent a significant amount of time paying homage to C.S.A. veterans by placing Confederate Naval Jack Flags on their gravesites.  This is an honorable tribute to our faithfully serving predecessors and an annual tradition of the Chief Clinton Camp.  There are over 325 known C.S.A. veteran graves in the Abilene City cemetery and surrounding “Big Country” area towns of Buffalo Gap, Cedar Gap, Counts, Bluff Creek, Content, Potosi, Bradshaw, Anson, Hawley, and Baird.  It is truly a sight and the photos do not nearly do it justice...as far as you could see in any direction, Confederate Flags flying in the breeze over our brave Southern ancestors.   Click the link above for a few photos from the Abilene City cemetery.

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Click here  <~ Abilene "Founder's Day Celebration" - photos taken  04-09-2005

Speech Text as presented by Camp Commander J. B. Pickens:

WELCOME TO THE ABILENE CONFEDERATE FOUNDER’S 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 Abilene’s 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 1830’s.  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!

 

        Captain 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.

        Gen. John Sayles, Texas Militia, was a renowned Abilene attorney.

        Missouri McReynolds Clack, Pvt. 1st Tennessee Cavalry was a Taylor County buffalo hunter.

        James Harrison Parramore, Lt. 8th Texas Cavalry, was a cattleman in Runnels County and close friend of the Merchants.

        Jeremiah V. Cockrell, Col. 16th Missouri Infantry, was a Texas Congressman.

        John W. Wooten, Lt. 10th Texas Cavalry, was a blacksmith and later an Abilene Hotel keeper.  One of the first settlers of Buffalo Gap, 1870.

        William A. Minter, Musician 5th South Carolina Infantry, organized the first church.

        James J. Clinton, Pvt. 2nd Arkansas Cavalry, was the second city Police Chief and Fire Chief.

        James J. Wylie, Pvt. McCords Texas Frontier Company, was an Abilene merchant and his widow gave the land to form the Wylie School District. 

        Thomas D. Horn, Pvt. 18th Georgia Infantry of Hood’s Texas Brigade, was a saloon owner which burned in 1881 and took all of the downtown business’ with it.

        Dr.’s Legare, Bass, Blakemore, and Bradfield served as Confederate Army surgeons before becoming the first physicians of Abilene.

        Privates 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 Abilene’s citizens!  Teach it to your children!  Celebrate it with your friends!

 

THANK YOU FOR COMING TO OUR MEMORIAL SERVICE!

 

THIS CONCLUDES THE CEREMONY!  MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES!

 

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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.

 

 

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