Category Archives: Kinship in the Ranks

Confederate Memorial, Greenton Cemetery (Near Odessa, Missouri)

12th Annual Coffee Camp Tour & Heritage Dinner

Don’t miss the 12 Annual Coffee Camp Historical Tour and Heritage Dinner April 21, 2012 in Osceola , Missouri. This year’s keynote speaker will be Donnie Kennedy co-author of the best selling book ” The South was Right”.

Click on the link for details!

12th Annual Confederate Heritage Dinner rev.

Goodbye Bazz

It is with a heavy heart that I have to report the death of Bazz Childress , one of the most beloved activists in the South. From Kirk Lyons at the Southern Legal Resource:

“We are told that Ba…sil Dwayne “Bazz” Childress died at his home earlier tonight. Bazz Ky Division SCV Cdr, and a member of the Bd of Directors of the SLRC, KY Chairman of the League of the South as well as plaintiff in a lawsuit against a Wingate/Wyndham Hotel that had him arrested for having a Confederate flag in his hotel window at the National 2008 SCV Reunion. The case, swinefully and illegally dismissed by a Superior Court “Judge”, was on appeal to the NC Court of Appeals, where Bazz expected to smack the hotel owner again, and make a little law. Bazz was a good friend, far seeing political thinker and Christian gentleman, he will be sorely missed.”

Always dedicated, always in the fight and never backed down. Thank You Bazz for all that you did. Let Bazz be an example to all of us to follow. Special Thanks to PoP Aaron for letting us know of Bazz’s passing.

Civil War Battle in Oregon

A very interesting video from Mr. Aaron Baker. Mr. Baker discusses a battle that took place between Confederates in Oregon and the Union army at the end of the war. He also reads a letter that was published in the town’s local newspaper at the beginning of the war. Slavery is mentioned, however; it is the people that consider themselves Abraham Lincoln’s slaves! From youtube:

“Aaron Baker stands on the ground of Oregon’s only Civil War Battle. Next to a heritage marker placed by the Daughters of the Revolution, in the town of Franklin, Oregon A.K.A Smithfield, Oregon. Aaron reads a letter addressed To “Abraham Lincoln” From, “His Slaves in Oregon”. The letter was printed in a Eugene, Oregon newspaper called the “Democratic Register” on August, 30 1862. Several years later in May of 1865 after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, Phillip Mulkey a local Preacher and Politician was wrongfully arrested. Mulkey was taken by secret to the Union’s stronghold, Fort Vancouver. Confederates gathered and prepared to battle the Union Military for Mulkeys release. Joseph Lane’s County was a hot bed for Confederates, termed “Long Tommers”, giving a strong presence of the Confederate States of America (C.S.A.) in Oregon.”

Why the South fought…

As the Civil War sesquicentennial quickly approaches one question has been and will continue to be debated; why did the South fight?

Liberal bloggers, Northerners, government entities such as the National Park Service as well as Lincoln apologists have made the war about slavery.

The debate whether or not black Confederates existed and in what capacity seems to be a favorite subject for those who make the slavery argument. Does it really matter in what capacity that black Southerners served in the Confederate army?

It does to the Lincoln apologists. It matters because if they allow themselves to admit that blacks served in the Confederacy with honor, it takes away from the myth that Lincoln was the great emancipator.

With this in mind they would rather take a racist approach to the question of black Confederates, making statements such as “oh they were just body servants” etc to protect the image of Lincoln, all the while taking away the honor that these men achieved in fighting for their home. Their state. Their Country.

Why did the South {both black and white} fight the North?

Why not let the common Confederate soldier speak for himself?

Recently 82-year-old Jefferson Smith shared a letter written by his grandfather prior to being killed in the Battle of Gettysburg. The letter was published in Virginia’s “The Daily Progressive” and is self-explanatory:

“I am 82 years of age. My grandfather served the Confederacy under North Carolina Gen. J. Johnston Pettigrew. He died at the Battle of Gettysburg. I will allow his thoughts, written to my grandmother just a couple of weeks prior to that battle, to speak for themselves.”

My lovely wife. I do so miss you, and the life we have there on the small plot of land God has given us. More and more, it seems that my thoughts are drifting back there to reside with you. Yet, as badly as I desire to be back home, it is for home for which I deem it best for my presence here with these other men. The proclamation by the Lincoln administration six months prior may appear noble. Were I here in these conditions, simply to keep another man in bondage, I would most certainly walk away into the night and return unto you. God knows my heart, and the hearts of others here amongst me. We know what is at stake here, and the true reason for this contest that requires the spilling of the blood of fellow citizens. Our collective fear is nearly universal. This war, if it is lost, will see ripples carry forward for five, six, seven or more generations. I scruple not to believe, as do the others, that the very nature of this country will be forever disspirited. That one day, our great great grandchildren will be bridled with a federal bit, that will deem how and if they may apply the gospel of Christ to themselves, their families and their communities. Whether or not the land of their forefathers may be deceitfully taken from them through taxation and coercion. A day where only the interests of the northern wealthy will be shouldered by the broken and destitute bodies of the southern poor. This my darling wife, is what keeps me here in this arena of destruction and death.

These noble men who willingly sacrificed themselves for the sake of future generations knew exactly why they were fighting. They knew with such clarity that their words proved prophetic in so many ways. I have the feeling that the recent censorship of Virginia history textbooks would have come as no surprise to these men for they already knew what was at stake and this is why they fought so desperately without hesitation.

This is why the South fought.- Webmaster

“Border Ruffians”

Thanks for Dixie Diarist for putting this video together. T. Warren and I wrote this in 2004 and that same year won ‘s “Single of the Year” in their annual Southern Heritage Music Award constest. What an honor it was to visit T. and write this song together!

Letter to the Editor:

Below is the Author’s Preface to my new self-published book, entitled, “Dismantling The Republic,” in which I examine the philosophy behind the Declaration of Independence, the crafting of our Constitution and the sovereignty of our States upon which the American Republic rested, and the process of dismantling that Republic, culminating in Lincoln’s war on sovereign States. The book further traces the elimination of State sovereignty through the 20th century by Lincoln’s political heirs and concludes that today’s Tea Party Movement is a continuing struggle for the principle of States’ Rights for which the South fought from 1861 to 1865.

The 217-page book also contains two appendices. The first is a side-by-side comparison of the U. S. Constitution of 1787 with the Confederate Constitution of 1861. The second contains all of the secession ordinances of seceding States, indicating that federal usurpation of States’ Rights, not slavery, impelled their secession.

The book is $16.50 per copy, plus $2.50 postage and handling and may be ordered from me at 308 South Okla. Ave., Elk City, OK 73644.

SCV members may purchase it for $15.00, plus $2.50 postage & handling.

Jerry C. Brewer, Commander
Pvts. Grayson & Brewer Camp, 2118
Sons of Confederate Veterans

Author’s Preface
Constitutional government in America ended April 9, 1865. It ended four years earlier in the United States with Abraham Lincoln’s ascension to the presidency. Within a year of his inauguration, he effectively eliminated Constitutional rights. He suspended the writ of habeas corpus and imprisoned and deported an Ohio Congressman without warrant or due process. He censored telegraphic communications, stopped circulation of newspapers that criticized his autocratic rule and imprisoned many of their editors. He deprived states of representative government, and unilaterally waged war without the consent of Congress by blockading Southern ports and calling for 75,000 volunteers to invade the sovereign States of the South.
The last bulwark of State sovereignty and Constitutional rights in North America, the Confederate States, ceased to exist when Lee surrendered at Appomattox. From that day forward, the Republic of Jefferson, Madison, Mason and Franklin was to be no more. Henceforth, the federal government that was created by sovereign States to be their agent would become their master. All that remained was for the new order of government to dismantle the Republic’s remnants.
Individual rights, expressed in State sovereignty, undergirded the Republic. The declaration of those rights by American Colonists in 1776 culminated a centuries-long struggle for recognition of individual sovereignty dating back to the Magna Carta. As Thomas Jefferson expressed it, all men are “endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights. Among those are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” and when government fails to protect those rights it is the right of the people to “alter or abolish” that government.
In late spring, 1787, the greatest minds among the American States gathered in Philadelphia to carve out an instrument to strengthen the weaker Articles of Confederation under which they had united in 1777. What they forged was the American Republic—a voluntary union of sovereign States, created by sovereign individuals, and founded upon the Constitution. When their proceedings ended in September a bystander asked Benjamin Franklin what kind of government they had created. He replied, “A republic, if we can keep it.” He and the other Founders understood the fragile nature of government—especially their Republic with its delicate balance of powers.
None of the Founding Fathers envisioned a democracy. Their new government was a Republic of Sovereign States with carefully diffused constituencies and Franklin’s uneasiness about keeping it was well founded. Even before the Constitution was in its final form, forces were at work to weaken it and institute a government as autocratic as that of George III.
Without surrendering their sovereignty, the States ratified the Constitution, entering into a voluntary compact under it. In so doing, each State reserved for itself the full measure of sovereignty it held before joining the compact, and expressed that in the 10th amendment to the Constitution. State sovereignty meant that any or all of them had the right to freely withdraw from that compact whenever it became destructive of the ends for which it was established.
From the Republic’s inception the sovereignty of its member States suffered erosive political attacks that reached their high water mark when Lincoln invaded the South and forced seceded States back into the union at bayonet point. Upon his shoulders rests the responsibility for destroying the Republic. But even before the election of 1860, greedy Northern interests were working to change Franklin’s Republic into a Consolidated, Mercantile Empire. Lincoln’s election culminated those efforts and in the century and a half since his war Lincoln’s heirs have almost finished his work. From 1860 until the present, the Republic has been dismantled to such an extent that the Founders would not recognize it if they returned to 21st century America. Their Republic no longer exists. How that came to pass is the thesis we chronicle in this work. The foundation of the American Republic, created by the Constitution of 1787, was the sovereignty of its creator States. From its very beginning efforts were exerted to dismantle the Republic and replace it with a centralized government by incrementally eroding its foundation of State sovereignty—efforts that achieved their goal, for without State sovereignty, that Republic cannot exist.
Governments may control actions, but they cannot control ideas. They may chain a man’s body, but they cannot chain his mind. The Republic that Lincoln destroyed first existed as an idea and it still exists in that form. Jefferson Davis said, “The contest is not over, the strife is not ended. It has only entered upon a new and enlarged arena, and the principle for which we contend is bound to reassert itself, though it may be at another time and in another form.” Given the grassroots disaffection for the federal social programs being forced upon the states and the arrogant usurpation of Constitutional authority by the federal government today, it appears that the cause of State Sovereignty still reposes in American hearts. Those voices of dissent in Congressional “Town Hall Meetings” and “Tea Parties” across the land in our time are faint sounds from the stirring wings of the great Phoenix of Davis’ principle rising from the ashes of Lincoln’s war to reassert itself “at another time and in another form.”

Deo Vindice
Jerry C. Brewer
Elk City, Oklahoma
May 18, 2009

Wilson Massacre

Hello again, first let me say it is my pleasure to be updating the Coffee Camp blog again, of course, this blog is to serve not only the camp, but the entire “Confederation”.  It’s been a long hard year for me, but I am finally feeling “recharged” and am once again updating the Across our Confederation blog. For Coffee Camp members and supporters, the website will be updated in the coming weeks. Thank You for all of the support I have received from my fellow compatriots in the meantime, I have just discovered that you can read my article about the Wilson Massacre (which was published in the 2007 Barnes Review Magazine online) The editors over at The Barnes Review did a superb job in helping tell the story of a particularly horrific attrocity which ocurred in the Southeast Missouri Ozarks on Christmas Day, 1863. Enjoy! (The article is in PDF format so just click on the Table of Contents icon on the left hand side, and the pages will drop down, the article begins on page 10.)

-Clint E. Lacy, Editor, Across our Confederation 

“St. Andrew’s Cross” by T. Warren and Clint Lacy

Heritage Dinner to Feature Pastor Charles Jennings


The Coffee Camp is proud to bring you our Guest speaker, Pastor Charles Jennings. Pastor Jennings was raised in south Florida with a rich spiritual legacy of traditional Pentecostal
heritage and ancestry. He has served as Pastor, Evangelist and Bible Teacher. He was married to Marylee in 1966 and they have one son.

He has several ancestors who were Confederate Veterans and one was captured, processed
through Point Lookout and sent to Federal Prison and later died at Elmira, New York. Pastor Jennings has written many articles about the War of Northern Aggression. He has also authored several books. One of them is entitled, “Cultures in Conflict-the Union Desecration of
Southern Churches and Cemeteries.”

The most well known book is “The Book of Revelation from an Israelite and Historicist Interpretation”.

Pastor Jennings is the founder of Truth in History Ministries and Editor of “Truth in History
Magazine”.  He is a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and Point Lookout Prisoners of War Organization.

Please come and listen to Pastor Jennings speak on “The Spiritual Revival in the Confederate Army”. This is not a sermon so don’t expect that. This will be a hard hitting program that will set the records straight as to what the Federals felt toward the Southern people and of Missouri citizens.

Col. John T. Coffee Camp, Inc. will offer the following for raffle:
$1.00 per ticket or $5.00 for 6 tickets and so on…

First Prize will be $500.00 Cash
Second Prize will be a framed picture of Elm Springs. It is a signed and numbered printer’s
proof, valued at $250.00.

You do not have to be present for the raffle! We will also have items for silent auction and
maybe a real auction for some items.

As always there will be many door prizes.

Why not plan to make an evening for dinner, fellowship and a great program, and get in
on the chance at $500.00 cash.

To get tickets for the prizes, you can contact John T. Coffee Camp, Inc Officers:

Gary Ayres Jared Lawler Harold Simmons George Eberhardt Willie Lawler
417-754-8397 660-447-3449 417-637-2068 417-646-8907 660-477-3683

Bolivar, MO is located on highway 13 about 45 miles south of Osceola, MO. All the motels are
on Hiway 13.

Comfort Inn
2451 Tower Drive, Bolivar, MO

Super 8
1919 Wommack Road, Bolivar, MO

Country Inns
1819 S. Killingsworth Ave, Bolivar, MO

Speedway Inn
4710 S. 128th Rd., Bolivar, MO

Clinton, MO is located on highway 13 about 20 miles north of Osceola, MO. All motels are on
Hiway 13.

Best Western Colonial Motel, S. Clinton, MO

Hampton Inn, S. Clinton, MO

Parkfield Inn, S. Clinton, MO

USA Inn, N. Clinton, MO

Safari Motel, N. Clinton, MO
Sportsman Lodge, N. Clinton, MO


(please be patient as the flyer is in pdf format)