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.