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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Cedar Hill Memorial Dedication
Saturday, April 28, 2018, 10:30 am
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:
Lt. Brian McClure
Northeast Brigade Commander
LA Division, SCV