August 1, 2004 to July 31, 2005
UNITED DAUGHTERS OF THE CONFEDERACY AWARDS CEREMONY, AUGUST 2004
MARIE CALLENDER'S RESTAURANT, CHANDLER, ARIZONA
On August 14, 2004, Dan Huskisson, Past Commander and current Lt. Commander of the Colonel Sherod Hunter
Camp 1525, was presented with the Meritorious Service Medal by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, honouring
his service in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.
U.D.C. AWARDS CEREMONY
Pictured above, from left to right, are Lt. Commander Huskisson;
Stacy McSwain, President of the Gen. Joe Wheeler Chapter 966, U.D.C.;
and Camp 1525 Adjutant (and Past Commander) Tom Tatum.
CAMP 1525 LAUNCHES WARGAME CLUB, NOVEMBER 2004
The Camp 1525 Wargaming Club, a new group formed by our Camp for the purpose of playing strategic and tactical wargames of the War between the States, met for the first time on Saturday, November 6, 2004 at the home of Camp Commander Robert Perkins. A table-top recreation of the February 1864 Battle of Olustee, Florida was played using military miniatures. Five Camp members attended, we ordered a couple of pizzas, and a great time was had by all! In an unfortunate reversal of history, Union forces under Brigadier General Truman Seymour (handled by Compatriots Robert Perkins, Sam Perkins, and Tony Eppler) defeated the Confederate forces under Brigadier General Joseph Finegan (handled by Compatriots Tom Tatum and Jerry Harbin) in the battle. Oh well, the good guys can't win all the time!
Members of the Camp 1525 Wargaming Club
Front, left to right: Tom Tatum, Tony Eppler
Rear, left to right: Sam Perkins, Jerry Harbin, Robert Perkins
JEFFERSON DAVIS MEMORIAL SERVICE, 4 DECEMBER 2004
On Saturday, December 4, 2004, the Colonel Sherod Hunter Camp hosted it’s eleventh annual memorial service in honor of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. The event was held at the Jefferson Davis Highway Marker, located on U.S. Highway 60, east of Apache Junction, Arizona. A small but hardy group of Sons of Confederate Veterans and United Daughters of the Confederacy members braved near-freezing temperatures and icy rain to attend the ceremony. Due to the wet conditions, it proved impractical to fire a musket salute, but Camp Commander Robert Perkins gave a short speech honoring President Davis, and we laid a wreath at the Jeff Davis monument.
ATTENDING THE JEFFERSON DAVIS MEMORIAL SERVICE
Pictured above, front row, left to right....Camp 1525 Lt. Commander Dan Huskisson and Camp 1525 Adjutant Tom Tatum.
Rear row, from left to right...Camp 1525 Commander Perkins; Ron Fox, Commander, Captain Granville H. Oury Camp 1708;
John Mangum, Lt. Commander, Arizona Division, S.C.V.; Janet Grams and Stacy McSwain of the Joe Wheeler Chapter, U.D.C.
Also attending, but not pictured, was Deanna Adams, representing the Arizona Division, U.D.C.
CONFEDERATE CROSSES OF HONOUR INSTALLED, 2 APRIL 2005
PIONEERS' CEMETERY, PHOENIX, ARIZONA
On Saturday, April 2, 2005, members of the Colonel Sherod Hunter Camp 1525, with assistance from a group of
students from the National Honour Society of Millennium High School (Goodyear, Arizona) and from Jeff Crowell,
a local contractor who volunteered his services for the project, installed bronze Confederate Crosses of Honour on the graves of fifteen Confederate veterans who have found their eternal rest at Pioneers’ Cemetery in downtown Phoenix,
Arizona. It had been originally intended to install seventeen such crosses, but the Pioneers’ Cemetery Association withdrew permission to install on two of the graves due to some uncertainty as to the location of the graves and
whether or not they were actually Confederate veterans. The crosses were obtained after a joint fund-raising effort by
Camp 1525 and the Arizona Division, United Daughters of the Confederacy.
Bronze Confederate Cross of Honour installed on the grave of Private Frank Hume, Braxton’s Artillery Battalion,
Army of Northern Virginia. The wooden form is still in place while the cement dries. Private Hume was one of fifteen
Confederate veterans honoured in this way on April 2, 2005 by members and friends of the Colonel Sherod Hunter Camp 1525.
Taking part in the Cross Installation Project at Pioneers’ Cemetery...front row, left to right...Millennium High School students
Jared Marvin, Patrick Ferguson, Jennica Seville, Amanda Fornal, Kourtnei Lyons, Hillary Jones, and Kaite Scianna. Rear Row,
left to right...Camp 1525 Adjutant Jerry Harbin, Jeff Crowell, Camp 1525 Chaplain Steve Johnson, and Camp 1525 Lt. Commander
Dan Huskisson. Also taking part, but not shown, were Camp 1525 Commander Robert Perkins, as well as Marge West and Diane
Summerall from the Pioneers’ Cemetery Association.
FEDERAL MEMORIAL DAY, 30 MAY 2005
PIONEERS' CEMETERY, PHOENIX, ARIZONA
On Monday, May 30, 2005, the Colonel Sherod Hunter Camp 1525 participated in the annual Federal Memorial Day
ceremony held at Pioneers’ Cemetery in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. The Sons of Confederate Veterans was just
one of several organizations attending, which included the Pioneers’ Cemetery Association, the Woodmen of the
World, the Masons, the 9th Memorial Cavalry (Buffalo Soldiers), the First Families of Arizona, the Arizona Civil
War Council, and the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Both the United Daughters of the Confederacy (represented
by Deanna Adams of the Thunderbird Chapter in Phoenix) and the Sons of Confederate Veterans (represented by
Camp 1525 Commander Robert Perkins) were among the groups asked to speak at the event, and the comments
of both organizations were well received.
COMMANDER PERKINS SPEAKS AT FEDERAL MEMORIAL DAY
Pioneers' Cemetery, Phoenix, Arizona, 30 May 2005
ARIZONA DIVISION CONVENTION, 3-5 JUNE 2005
MARIE CALLENDER'S RESTAURANT, CHANDLER, ARIZONA
Over the weekend of June 3-5, 2005, the Colonel Sherod Hunter Camp 1525 hosted the eleventh annual state Convention of the Arizona Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, at Marie Callender’s Restaurant in Chandler, Arizona. All six Camps of the Arizona Division were represented at the event. Additionally, we were joined by guests from the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Several Camp members received awards from the national organization of Sons of Confederate Veterans and from the Arizona Division at this Convention.
On Friday, June 3, a "pie and coffee social" was held, in which attendees met and shared good conversation and good company over pie and coffee. Saturday, June 4, was the main business session of the Convention. No important business was discussed, but at the awards ceremony, several Camp 1525 members received awards at both the national and division level. These are as follows...
—S.C.V. DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL: Dan Huskisson. This is the third highest award that can be bestowed by the S.C.V. to a member (two other awards, open to those who have served in some office at the national level, hold higher precedence), and recognized Dan’s long record of outstanding service to the S.C.V.
—S.C.V. SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Jerry Harbin, Dan Huskisson, Robert Perkins, Tom Tatum.
—S.C.V. LEADERSHIP AWARD: Jerry Harbin, Dan Huskisson, Robert Perkins, Tom Tatum.
—SHEROD HUNTER DISTINGUISHED MEMBER AWARD (Most Distinguished Member of the Arizona Division): Dan Huskisson.
—ARIZONA DIVISION CERTIFICATES OF ACHIEVEMENT were awarded to no less than twenty Arizona Division members. Winners from Camp 1525 were Jerry Harbin, Dan Huskisson, Robert Perkins, and Tom Tatum.
As the host Camp, the Colonel Sherod Hunter Camp 1525 brought a unique attraction to the Convention...a full-scale replica of the famous Confederate submarine, H.L. HUNLEY. Convention members were able to view the replica for free, and for an additional charge (to help cover Camp 1525's costs in bringing the HUNLEY to the Convention), listen to an excellent presentation by Mr. John Dangerfield of the Hunley Project. Mr. Dangerfield has been heavily involved in the excavation and restoration of the HUNLEY, and is one of the most knowledgeable people in the world regarding the submarine. Dangerfield built the full size model of the Confederate submarine H.L. HUNLEY which he brought to the convention, which is the most accurate replica ever made of the submarine, and he gave a most interesting talk on the history, the discovery, raising, and preservation efforts of the submarine. The submarine on its trailer in the parking lot caused quite a stir...submarines aren't an everyday occurrence in Arizona!
Although not properly part of the convention, on Sunday, June 5, Camp 1525 hosted another viewing of the HUNLEY and lecture by Mr. Dangerfield at the Mason's Hall in Scottsdale, Arizona. This also caused quite a stir...not least because the submarine was parked out in plain view from one of the main roads in Scottsdale, prompting several people to pull into the parking lot to inquire about what we were barbecuing (the submarine, when viewed from the back, evidently could easily be mistaken for a huge barbecue smoker), which provided somewhat of a humourous anti-climax to the event.
This was easily the most unforgettable Convention the Arizona Division has ever had, and Camp 1525 is proud to have hosted the event.
Camp 1525 Lt. Commander Dan Huskisson (right, in black navy uniform) received the third
highest award which can be given by the national Sons of Confederate Veterans,
the Distinguished Service Medal, at the 2005 Arizona Division Convention.
Jerry Harbin receiving one of his awards.
Robert Perkins receiving one of his awards.
Dan Huskisson posing with the HUNLEY.
CAMP 1525 MEMBERS ATTENDING THE CONVENTION.
Left to right...Robert Perkins, Dan Huskisson, Jerry Harbin, Ron Gann.
John Dangerfield of the HUNLEY Project, who gave an excellent lecture on the HUNLEY.
ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING, JULY 2005
BILL JOHNSON'S BIG APPLE RESTAURANT, PHOENIX, ARIZONA
On Saturday, July 30, 2005, the Annual Business Meeting of the Colonel Sherod Hunter Camp 1525 was held at Bill Johnson’s Big Apple Restaurant in Phoenix, Arizona. This year, after a hiatus of at least four years, the Colonel Sherod Hunter Camp revived it’s Camp Awards Ceremony. While most of the awards presented consisted of certificates, a new Rotating Trophy was introduced for the Jefferson Davis Award—our Camp’s highest award. The Jefferson Davis Award, which was won by Dan Huskisson, now consists of a plaque, on which a Confederate Officer’s Sword is mounted. A plate which names each year’s winner will be engraved and affixed to the plaque below the sword. In addition to the regular awards, some special awards were also presented. Camp Commander Robert Perkins received an award recognizing his service to the Camp over the past year. And, last but not least, Camp Commander Perkins presented some very special awards to Compatriots Dan Huskisson, Jerry Harbin, and Steve Johnson in recognition for their vital contributions to the success of our Pioneers’ Cemetery Cross Project. These awards consisted of a Confederate Officer’s sword, with a dedicatory plate affixed to the scabbard, inscribed as follows...
Col. Sherod Hunter Camp 1525, S.C.V.
Pioneers’ Cemetery Cross Project, 2005
To (winner’s name) in recognition of your
outstanding efforts and a job well done.
The swords were obtained by Commander Perkins at his own personal expense as a special token of appreciation for the outstanding efforts made by these Compatriots on this project.
Dan Huskisson receives the new Jefferson Davis Rotating Award.
Steve Johnson receives his Sword from Commander Perkins.
Jerry Harbin receives his sword from Commander Perkins.
Dan Huskisson receives his sword from Commander Perkins.
ATTENDEES AT THE 2005 ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING.
Left to right...Jerry Harbin, Steve Johnson, Bob Dillard, Robert Perkins, Dan Huskisson.
CAMP 1525 WINS NEWSLETTER AWARD, JULY 2005
S.C.V. NATIONAL CONVENTION, MOBILE, ALABAMA
At the 2005 National Reunion of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, held at Mobile, Alabama, the Colonel Sherod
Hunter Camp 1525 won, for the fourth time, the prestigious Dr. Paul Jon Miller Award recognizing the best
newsletter produced by a Camp with less than 50 members.
RECEIVING THE AWARD
Robert Perkins, Editor of the Camp 1525 Newsletter, THE GUIDON, receives the
2005 Paul Jon Miller Award from Arizona Division Commander George Rombach in
September 2005. The award was originally presented in July 2005 at the S.C.V.
National Reunion in Mobile, Alabama.
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