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Past SCV Louisiana Division Commander Thomas Taylor (left) was presented the "Fightin' Tiger" Award for service above & beyond in the defense and support of Southern Heritage by Captain Bobby White at the 04/17/18 Captain Thomas O. Benton Camp #1444 monthly meeting in Monroe, LA.

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Danny Barmore (left) pictured here with 2nd Platoon Leader Sgt. Donnie Brown & Captain Bobby White, was sworn in as a new trooper in the LA SCVMC at the 04/17/18 Captain Thomas O. Benton Camp #1444 monthly meeting in Monroe, LA.

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Wendell Betts (left) receives membership certificates for himself and his son Jamie during the monthly meeting of the SCV Thomas O. Benton Camp 1444 yesterday. Camp Commander Thomas Taylor makes the presentation.

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The West Ouachita High School JROTC end of year banquet was held recently and the SCV Thomas O. Benton Camp bestowed the H.L. Hunley award to Cadet Senior Chief Petty Officer William Rice. Sammy Travis, Jr. the 2016 recipient of the Hunley Award and Benton camp member assisted on stage with the presentation. Pictured from left are: Lewis Ducros (Thomas O Benton camp Lieutenant Commander), Sammy Travis, Jr., Cadet Senior Chief Petty Officer William Rice and Thomas Taylor (Thomas O Benton camp commander).

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A Virginia school board has voted not to change names of some schools and mascots that recall the Confederacy, defying trends elsewhere.

The next regular monthly meeting of the Captain Thomas O. Benton Camp #1444 is scheduled for 17 April 2018. We meet at the Catfish Cabin restaurant located at 1400 Louisville Ave in Monroe, LA. Come early, order from the menu and share supper with us at 6:00 pm. The meeting begins at 6:30 pm. Invite a friend and bring them with you.Our guest speaker this month will be Todd Bonin and he will share with us the account of Confederate hero and martyr David O'Dodd. Come and be with us.

By an unanimous vote, the Union Parish Police Jury has just proclaimed April as Confederate History Month!

The annual reunion of the Louisiana Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans is set for 18 and 19 May 2018. Click on the link below to register and for more information.

More than 25 cities across the United States have removed or relocated Confederate statues and monuments amid an intense nationwide debate about race and history. Here is a running list of all the monuments that have been removed and the cities that have removed them.

Rayville High School JROTC Cadet Sergeant Dusty Martin receives the H.L. Hunley Award from Thomas O. Benton Camp Commander Thomas Taylor (right) and Adjutant Lewis Ducros.

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Student activists demand Hofstra University remove a statue of Thomas Jefferson from campus through a petition and protest.

Cedar Hill Memorial Dedication
Saturday, April 28, 2018, 10:30 am
Vicksburg, Mississippi

There will be a dedication to 50 Confederate headstones placed at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Vicksburg, MS on Saturday, April 28th at 10:30 am. The address for Cedar Hill Cemetery (also known as City of Vicksburg Cemetery) is 326 Lovers Ln, Vicksburg, MS. The majority of these headstones are Louisiana soldiers.


The memorial dedication ceremony will include speakers from the MS & LA, reading of the soldiers' names and a rifle salute. Afterwards there will be a "eat & meet" at Goldie's Trail Bar-B-Que located at 2430 S Frontage Rd, Vicksburg, MS. There are also plans for a ride through the Vicksburg Military Park that afternoon for those interested.

The headstones mark soldiers who are from Mississippi and Louisiana regiments. The soldiers died from disease at a hospital near Raymond, MS and were buried at a placed named Cooper's Well. Around 20 years ago, the Mississippi Division got permission to place headstones and began the task for acquiring them. During this process the land was sold and the new owner would not allow the stones to be placed.

The headstones were then scattered around the state of Mississippi in storage. Three years ago, a project began to locate the headstones. Cedar Hill Cemetery allowed the headstones to be placed there as a memorial to the Confederate soldiers who are buried at Cooper's Well.

Here is a link to the event listed on Facebook:

Deo Vindice,

Lt. Brian McClure
Northeast Brigade Commander
LA Division, SCV

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Benton Camp 1444 Commander Thomas Taylor as Captain, 13th Louisiana Volunteer Infantry at the annual reenactment of the siege of Port Hudson.

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