Missouri Secession Day Dinner – 2016



Mark your calendars for our annual commemoration of Missouri’s secession from the Union.

On October 28, 1861, the Missouri legislature took up a bill for Missouri’s secession from the Union and it was passed on October 30, 1861. The next day, on October 31, it was signed by Governor Jackson.

Acting on the ordinance passed by the Jackson government, the Confederate Congress admitted Missouri as the 12th confederate state on November 28, 1861.

False rumors of Missouri’s “neutrality” during the War Between the States continues among revisionists to this very day.

To keep the record straight and provide clarity to this historic event, the Missouri Society of the Military Order of Stars and Bars pays annual tribute to the brave men behind this historic event.

Our annual Secession Day Dinner is scheduled for November 5, 2016 at:

Inn at Grand Glaize
5141 Highway 54
P.O. Box 969
Osage Beach, MO. 65065

We have secured a room rate of $69 per night plus tax. Make your reservations early to get that rate, tell them you are with the MOSB Secession Day Dinner!

Happy hour begins at 5:30 p.m. and the festivities are scheduled to end at 9:00 p.m. Watch for more details regarding the planned events for the evening.




Program for Confederate Memorial Day Ceremony – St. Louis, MO – 5/22/2016

Confederate Memorial Day

Sponsored by the James Morgan Utz Camp #1815

of The Sons of Confederate Veterans and

The General Francis Marion Cockrell Chapter #84

Of The Military Order of The Stars and Bars

Sunday, May 22, 2016, at 2:00 PM

Fee Fee Cemetery, Bridgeton, Missouri


Welcome…………..Mr. Dave Roper………….…Commander


Post the Colors.. .. …. Major  James M. Utz Camp ……………..

     Led by Color Sergeants  Rob Adelson, Rick Morton and Charles Heisinger


The Charge to the SCV… Mr. David Marvin Kaufman ….Utz Camp Member

The MOSB Pledge.. Mr. Bob Arnold… Gen. F. M. Cockrell Chapter Adjutant ..

 Address …..Mr.  Gene Dressel …Past Commander .. The Story of Major Utz ..


 Address:… Mr. Gale Red ..  Adjutant Lt. George E. Dixon Camp 1962  .. 

                               ” Lt. George E. Dixon “

Address….. Mr. Ray Cobb ..   Commander Gen. Sterling Price Camp 145   

                              ” General Sterling Price” 

Address….Mr. Jimmy Dee Woods II Lt. Commander Gen.Francis

     Marion Cockrell Chapter 84 ..  ” General Francis Marion Cockrell “

 Ancestors Roll of Honor ….. Audience and Camp Members ……….

Fee Fee Cemetery Role of Honor…Mr. (Marty) James C. Martin ….


Taps: … Kim Martin …. Saint Charles Symphony Orchestra …..


Amazing Grace… Mr. Rob Adelson … Utz Camp Color Sergeant ……

The Bonnie Blue . Mr. Ray Cobb … Commander Sterling Price Camp .

Medley/ Dixie …Mr. Rob Adelson   . Utz Camp Members .

         Please join in and sing The National Anthem of the South “Dixie“!

Retire the Colors…  Major James M. Utz Camp … Sergeant Rob Adelson…


Closing Remarks … Mr. Dave Roper  …… Utz Camp Commander ….

Benediction……Mr. Duane Mayer… Utz Camp Past Commander & Chaplain …..

Camp Motto: We, the Major James Morgan Utz Camp of The Sons of‑   

Confederate Veterans, exist to honor the Confederate Soldier.




What Side Would the Founders Have Taken?

From the September 18, 1861, edition of The New Hampshire Sentinal:

Rebel Officers Shot—Two rebel offices, while spying about our camp at Elk Water, in Western Virginia, Friday morning, were surprised by our pickets and shot. The body of one was brought into camp and proved to be Col. John A. Washington of Mount Vernon. He was not a direct descendant of the great Washington, whose work he was so shamefully endeavored to pull down, but was the son of Bushrod Washington, the favorite nephew of the “father of his country.” His character was utterly unworthy of the illustrious name he bore, and no tears will be shed over his loss among those who most revere his name.

Considering the ancestry of Lee and other Confederate notables and sympathizers, I wonder which side the majority of our founders would have have taken during this second revolution.

Please share your thoughts.


The Missouri Invasion.

(A Union version of Missouri activity.)

Thursday, October 6, 1864, The Boston Herald

St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 4.–A train which left Hannibal yesterday morning for the west ran off the track 17 miles from Palmyra, and was soon afterwards visited by a band of guerrillas, who searched the train for soldiers, seized the express safe containing about $20,000, took three revolvers from the passengers, and compelled one of the employees to fire the cars. A freight train, which arrived soon after the accident, was also burned. Three soldiers were on the cars, but through the aid of the passengers managed to change their uniforms for civilian dress, and escaped.

Robert Loudon, the notorious boat burner and rebel mail carrier, under sentence of death, escaped from his guard to-day while en route for Acton Military Prison.

An official dispatch from  Jefferson City says sixty of Col. Fletcher’s men, of Gen. Ewing’s command, had reached Herman. Gen. Ewing, with the principal portion of his troops, had arrived at Rolla.

All quiet at Jefferson City, the enemy not having appeared in that vicinity.

The rebel army is between the Pacific and Southwest Branch Railroads with a train of 200 wagons, apparently aiming for Rolla. The Pacific road is materially damaged, but the Southwest Branch is almost entirely in the hands of the rebels, and the depots at St. Clair, Sullivan, Harrison and Cuba and the bridges across the Merrimac have been burned. Nearly all the goods in Franklin have been taken by the rebels and many private houses plundered. Norton and Arcadia were completely gutted. Irondale was sacked after Price’s chief of staff and other offices had assured the citizens that private property would be respected.

A dispatch from Cape Girardeau says Colonel Hiller, commanding there, reoccupied Charleston and sent a force to Bloomington. His outposts and cavalry are scouting the country in all directions.





Proclamation of Gen. Fremont

St. Louis, Aug. 31—Gen. Fremont has proclaimed that circumstances render it necessary that the commanding general of the department should assume administrative power of Missouri, and declares the States under martial law.

In accordance with this proclamation, persons found with arms in hand shall be court martialed and shot. Property, real and personal, of persons who shall take up arms against the Federal Government will be confiscated to the public use; and their slaves, if they have any, are hereby declared freemen. Railroad tearers, telegraph interceptors, false report circulators, and aiders of the enemy, from this day subject themselves  to the severest penalties. People are warned to return to their homes, and any absence without sufficient cause will be considered presumptive evidence against absentees.

Provost Marshal McKinstry forbids persons from passing out of the country without a pass from his office. He orders ferries, railroads and steamboats  to sell tickets unless the applicants hold a pass.




(A Union version of Missouri activity)

The Springfield Republican, May 29, 1861

The Missouri troops at Jefferson City, organized under the requisition of Gov. Jackson, refused to disband, according to the terms of agreement of General Harney and General Price. It is alleged that great dissatisfaction is expressed by the secessionists at the arrangements alluded to.

Considerable excitement prevails at Jefferson City in consequence of the discovery of  an attempt to poison the federal troops by putting arsenic in the flour from which their bread is made. It appears that a Union man is baker to the troops, and a secessionist, in order to effect his destruction, had made an arrangement with a negress to poison the bread. She informed against him, and spies were placed so as to overhear the conversation between him and the woman, when he was arrested and placed in jail.

A proposition was made to hang him, but it was overruled.


Forty Years of Service Pledged by Confederate Missourians

Confederate Congress Joint Resolution No.5 stated:
Resolved by the Congress of the Confederate States of America, That the thanks of the Congress are eminently due, and are hereby tendered, to Brig. Gen. F. M. Cockrell and the officers and soldiers composing the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Regiments of Missouri Infantry; First, Second, and Third Regiments of Missouri Cavalry; the batteries of Bledsoe, Landis, Guibor, Walsh, Dawson, and Barrett, and Woodson’s detached company (serving in Virginia), all in the service of the Confederacy, east of the Mississippi River, for the prompt renewal of their pledges of fidelity to the cause of Southern independence for forty years, unless independence and peace, without curtailment of boundaries, shall be sooner secured.
References: O.R. Vol.38, Part 3, Page 1008, and Confederate Congressional Records.

Was the Civil War About Slavery?

Recently, a “civil war” moderated forum that I occasionally visit on-line recently had the question “Was the Civil War About Slavery?” posted for comments.

As usual, visitors to the forum who know only what they were taught in public grade schools were quick to paint a picture of a noble and benevolent north going to war with an evil south to “free the slaves”.

I chose to respond to the question and, quickly, I had a union apologist insist that I remove or edit my post.  I am publishing it here and ask you to decide.

“Was the Civil War About Slavery?”

The term “about slavery” is so broad and general that to use it in defining a cause to the war between the states, either to say it was or was not, is neither totally right or totally wrong.

Pro-southerners, such as myself (unlike some, I formally admit my bias), will defend against uninformed, self proclaimed “experts” who want to attribute a 350 year history of slavery in North America to a four year period of time.

Omitted from much of the discussions that often limits slavery to being a “sin” of the south are facts, such as:

The African slave trade was a part of the commercial interests of Europe, as were the colonies that they formed in North America. Thirteen of these 20 colonies would become the United States. Slave trade was an essential part of the New England economy from 1637 through as late as 1847. The first slave ship to be equipped in America was built in 1637, and sailed from Salem, Massachusetts. After slave cargo from Africa was barred from American shores, New England ships for hire were still providing the transportation of slaves from Africa to the other points in the world where slaves could still be purchased in South America and the Caribbean. Money from this trade was pumped into other New England business industries, such as textile mills (where cotton harvested by slaves in southern states would be processed) and distilleries. (See George H. Moore, Notes on the History of Slavery in Massachusetts (D. Appleton and Company, New York, NY: 1866)

It was in Virginia, the heart of Confederacy, where African slave trade was first outlawed on October 5, 1778, by an act of the General Assembly. They had tried several times as a colony to do the same thing, but their laws were overruled by the royal governor appointed by the King of England. This was ten years before Massachusetts and thirty years before British parliament acted on this barbaric practice. This law not only prevented the importation of slaves, but also stipulated that any slave brought into the state contrary to the law would be then and forevermore free. (See W.E.B. DuBois, The Suppression of the African Slave Trade to the United States of America (Russell and Russell Inc., New York, NY: 1965)

Thus, with a long and intertwined history throughout the colonies and states, “slavery” was a part of the life of anyone who was a part of the American economy at that time, north and south. Accordingly, the constitution protected this vile institution and Lincoln, taking an oath to defend and uphold that constitution, promised not to interfere with it in states where it existed.

The issue of the day was whether or not slavery … or the alternative development of a middle class in an industrialized society … should be the model in developing future territories into states — and the political ramifications of either decision, as to how it would affect power in the senate and house.

This issue is what was at stake following the election of 1860, which led to secession, which led to war.

So … was the war “about slavery”? Yes and no. The question does not go deep enough.


[Note:  The last I look, the post remains where it was and has not been deleted, yet.]


The True Southern History Is Here to Stay

I just read a social media post written by someone who is angry about the way that people are “destroying Southern history”.

Fellow Americans, the history that was made by our gallant and patriotic ancestors existed BEFORE the monuments did … and will remain long after the monuments have eroded from weather or have been removed by other means.

The ground that they hallowed with their blood was made holy BEFORE the markers were erected and battlefields were preserved.

The patriotic stand that our brave ancestors took to preserve their constitutional rights to self government, in the face of an invasion of forces that were superior in number and weaponry, existed BEFORE the history books about them were written.

Their glorious history, and the truths that it bears, has existed BEFORE anyone read about it in southern or northern newspaper articles that were written in the days or weeks that immediately followed their brave and honorable deeds.

No cowardly actions taken by fearful politicans can ever destroy or erase that history of bravery and honor.  It is up to us to preserve that history by passing it on to future generations.

Even when a frightened politician “wins” a minor skirmish that removes a simple monument … the true and honorable history behind that monument cannot be erased or destroyed, but will forever remain … and we will continue to fight to protect the monuments and flags that help us to bear witness to that truth.

Deo vindice.