Thursday, October 24, 2013
A Visit to Seven Springs, North Carolina
On Saturday, October 19th, I traveled to Seven Springs, North Carolina at the invitation of the gentlemen of The Confederate States Armory, Kenansville Camp #2157 SCV. They were meeting to raise a new 10×15 battle flag at the Whitehall Confederate Monument.
The monument, dedicated in 2008, was erected in memory of the 13 men who died in the Battle of Whitehall. My friend, Brock Townsend had encouraged me to look on the back for his grandfather’s quote. I was not disappointed:
"I say we cannot know your suffering, but this we do know; We love and honour you, veterans, and are justly proud of the heritage you have given us. Just so long as warm blood flows in the veins of man, so long will the words ‘Confederate Veteran’ cause that blood to tingle with glorious pride, and, if there be one among us, born in our glorious Southland who is not so thrilled, every drop of stagnant blood proclaims him bastard to the South-a coward to all the world." Joseph Powell Pippen, Esq.
I was very honored to witness the raising of the new flag, which flies daily as a memorial to ALL of our Confederate Soldiers, and proud to join these fine men in paying tribute to the men who died at Whitehall. Although it was rainy on the trip down, the clouds moved out and the sun shone brightly at Whitehall Confederate Park throughout the ceremony.
Video of Flag Raising: http://www.youtube.com/edit?ns=1&video_id=S9yiV9lVdIo
Dan Boyettte shared a bit of the history of the property. The land on which the monument sits was all originally part of the Sutton Farm. Before leaving, I drove across the street and down a path to the Sutton family cemetery.
Eight Sutton brothers brothers served in the Confederacy. 5 are buried here. All are memorialized. LEST WE FORGET!
I-95 Battle Flag Projects UPDATE:
Chester Flag Site: We are pleased to report that the final inspection for the (bogus, appeasement, after-the-fact) building permit passed last week! A new access road was also cut, with VDOT approval, so that tree removal and trimming can resume soon, which will greatly improve the visibility from I-95, Dominion Power is scheduled to run power in a few weeks, and plans are being finalized for a fence for added security, although there have been no reports of any attempts to desecrate or vandalize the memorial since the flag was raised.
Confederate friendly neighbors who are keeping an eye on the property, report that many folks are stopping to admire the flag and take photos,
We would like to thank each of you who have contributed to the success of this project, and for your continued support as we work to finish up the site at Chester, and look forward to continuing the projects elsewhere in the Commonwealth…and beyond.
Contributions to the I-95 Battle Flag project may be mailed to:
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150
Payable to Va Flaggers
or through PayPal:
Va Flaggers UPCOMING EVENTS:
Thursday, November 7th: Susan will be speaking at the November meeting of the Jackson Rangers, Camp #1917, SCV, Jackson County NC. The meeting is at 6:00 p.m., and is held at the Barker’s Creek Community Center.
Saturday, November 9th: 2:00 p.m. Flag rededication at the NC Museum of History, Raleigh, NC
Friday, January 18th – Saturday, January 19th: Lee-Jackson State Holiday/Flagging/Memorial Events, Lexington, Va
Saturday, February 1st: Susan will travel to Statesboro, GA to speak at the Lee-Jackson Banquet, held by the Ogeechee Rifles, Camp #941, SCV. RJ’s Restaurant, 454 South Main St. (US 301 S.) @ 6 pm for the meal, preliminaries @ 7 pm and the program immediately following. Seating limited to 125. Ticket information forthcoming at a later date.
Saturday, February 22nd: Susan will be speaking at the February meeting of the Rev. Beverly Tucker Lacy Camp #2141, SCV, Fredericksburg, VA. 4:00 p.m., Perkins Restaurant, 10 Simpson Rd.
April 19, 2014: Susan will be traveling to Quincy, FL to speak at the Confederate Memorial Day Service at the Soldier’s Cemetery, sponsored by the Finley’s Brigade, SCV.