The

Commander’s Dispatch


Commander Barry L. Forkum

2014-Present

–October 2014–


Compatriots,
I hope this months newsletter find you well. This month seems calm compared to the last couple of months but we are still excited about the things our camp keeps striving to do for our Confederate ancestors.

We have been asked again to participate in the Veterans Day Parade in Lebanon on November the 11th. Last year we only had four from our camp to walk in the parade, we need more this year. Like the pictures on the opposing page, showing our support for the Confederate ancestors is what we are about.

Its turkey shoot time, this is our 2nd annual shoot, last year was great, it’s a great time to come out and bring you kids and grand kids to shoot and when some prizes. Don’t miss it, Oct. 31st and Nov. the 7th starting around 8:00 am.

It may be a little early to talk about Christmas but we need to let you know when our Camp Christmas party is and where. The date is Thursday night December 10, at 6:00 PM. We will change to a potluck style dinner, we ask you bring one our two of you favorite dishes and the camp will provided the meat and drinks. It will be held at the Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian Church at the corner of Leeville Pike and Castle Heights Ave, all your family are invited to attended. This is a great chance for us all to meet your better half and wonder why she put up with you!

Respectfully yours,
Barry L. Forkum
Commander Gen. Robert H. Hatton Camp 723,
Sons of Confederate Veterans


–July 2015–


Compatriots,
I hope this months newsletter find you well. As I write this months Commander’s Dispatch I find myself at a loss to where I should begin. In the last five weeks our Confederate ancestors have been attacked and smeared more than any other time following reconstruction. I don’t feel like I need to cover all that has happened, if you have a TV, radio or computer you know the story, from monument desecration, Dukes of Hazard and the Battle Flag being removed and Confederate dead voted to be dug up.

Lets look at some good things that have come from this attack, SCV membership has increased significantly, the Tennessee SVC license plate has sold out at many County Clerks office, the Battle Flag has also sold out at many suppliers plus many rallies for the Confederate Battle flag have happened all over the south with thousands attending. That makes me feel good but what else can be done?

I have written several times about getting involved with our camp activities,  I have asked what it would take for all of us to do more for our Camp and our ancestors. Well its here, the time that I thought would come many years down the road. I told my sons years ago that they would see things that would test their resolve in keeping the memories of our Southern Ancestors alive by telling the truth but that time is here now.

Lets all come together, we will need your help in the near future. The Wilson County Fair starts August the 14th – 24th, we need you to help us man our Camps booth. I’m not sure what kind of response we will have this year, I feel it will be mostly positive, which will result in new members and selling more of our products but we could have negative response also. We will fly our flags just like we do every year and will not be ashamed of it. There are many rallies happening in the near future around the south, the Fair is our rally, we will be seen by thousands of people from our Community and surrounding area, this is our time to show that we honor our Confederate Ancestors, nothing more, nothing less.

I have challenged myself not to get into the debates about slavery and why the South succeeded, we know the truth, and changing the mind of a Yankee or south hater solves nothing. But what we can argue is how brave the soldiers of the South were, how they fought to protect their family and state from an over powering army. I have used this one statement any time someone attacks the Confederate soldier, “94% of the Confederate soldiers never owned a slave, so what where they fighting for?” It makes people think, we must keep stating facts like this to help those that just have never been told the truth.

Respectfully yours,
Barry L. Forkum
Commander Gen. Robert H. Hatton Camp 723,
Sons of Confederate Veterans


–June 2015–


 Compatriots,
I hope this months newsletter find you well. We have a excellent, well know speaker this month, Judge Haywood Barry.

Our Confederate memorial day service at Cedar Grove Cemetery was a very moving ceremony, from the reading of the 151 names to the wonderful playing of taps by our young member, Sam Ford. Some of us also attended the General William B. Bate Camp # 34 Confederate Decoration Day in Gallatin, Tn. that afternoon. I want to personally thank everyone one who attended.

We have so much happening in future at our camp, we continue to raise funds for the flag restoration, in August we will be at the Wilson County Fair and in the fall we will be putting on a couple of Turkey shoots. If your not already plugged in with assisting the camp put these events, please do so. These events are how we raise the majority of our camp funds and recruit new members. Talk to any Officers and we will tell you where we need your help.

Respectfully yours,
Barry L. Forkum
Commander Gen. Robert H. Hatton Camp 723,
Sons of Confederate Veterans


–May 2015–


Compatriots,
This months newsletter we honor some of our camp member’s ancestors by showing there grave sites. If you would like to send me your Confederate ancestors picture or grave site you can e-mail it to me and I will try to get it in the next issue.

This month’s speaker is John Gillum, and you truly do not want to miss hearing him speak. His knowledge of the battles in Spring Hill and Franklin are, in my opinion, unmatched.

Our Confederate memorial day service will be Saturday, June the 6th, it will start at 11:00 am, at Cedar Grove Cemetery . The camp will place a flag on every Confederate grave and read every name that is buried there, along with firing a salute. Afterwards we plan on eating lunch together and then attended the General William B. Bate Camp # 34 Confederate Decoration Day in Gallatin, Tn. Their speaker will be Michael Landree the Executive Director of our National Headquarters Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Respectfully yours,
Barry L. Forkum
Commander Gen. Robert H. Hatton Camp 723,
Sons of Confederate Veterans


–April 2015–


Compatriots,
I hope this month’s newsletter finds you well. I look forward to seeing everyone at our meeting this month.

The Officer and I have decide not to do the Genealogy workshop this month, we had the opportunity to get a great speaker in Mr. Bill Heard and I look forward to hearing him speak.

Our auction last month was successful, I want to thank David Wright for the print he donated along with the others, like Read Majors, Scotty Ricketts, Don Scruggs and others who were so kind to donate items or time that night.

Chaplain Frost and myself had a great time at the Tenn. Div. SCV reunion. I would recommend everyone, if givin the chance, to go to Greeneville, Tn. to stay in the Gen. Morgan Inn, lost of history in and around that town.

I would love to publish pics of your ancestors grave, below is one of my Confederate ancestors grave, I hope to find the others someday and honor them as we should honor all the Southerners who fought for he cause.

Respectfully yours,
Barry L. Forkum
Commander Gen. Robert H. Hatton Camp 723,
Sons of Confederate Veterans


–March 2015–


Compatriots,
I hope this month’s newsletter finds you well. I look forward to seeing everyone at our meeting this month.

We have so much in the coming months, be sure and look at our Camp Calendar so you don’t miss anything! This months meeting should be an exciting one, we will be auctioning off over 100 pictures and prints that have be donated to us, bring you check book.

The battle continues for our ancestors heritage, just the other day some one was heard on TV whisling DIXIE! The TV news station is acting like someone cussed out old lady. Really what is it coming to? That DIXIE can not be whistled or sing it in public. The song verse that say “You have to stand for something or you will fall for anything” comes to mind, its not to late spread the word and be proud of who you ancestor is. Don’t do it in an angry tone do it in a educated tone, have the facts. Use the story on the front page, those Colored troops were not fighting for slavery they were fighting for the home and family and friends in the South.

Respectfully yours,
Barry L. Forkum
Commander Gen. Robert H. Hatton Camp 723,
Sons of Confederate Veterans


–February 2015–


Compatriots,
I hope this month’s newsletter finds you well. I look forward to seeing everyone at our meeting this month.

Everyone be sure and read the feature article on the front page, it is one of the biggest lies that came out after the war. It’s a subject the mass of people in this country will not believe. So I say pass it one educating one or many is better than doing nothing.

I want to give everyone and update on the 7th Tenn. flag fund. At this time we are at $9,000.00 raised, this is a great accomplishment for our camp and you should be proud of what we have done so far. This puts us close to half of what is need to restore the flag.

Do you have a SCV car tag? If not, why not? At it’s peak the SCV sold over 2,700 tags in the state, that has drop to just barely of 2,000 tags sold last year. Tenn. Div. SCV has been told that if it slips below 1,000 it could be removed from the specialty tags offered. It only cost and extra $35, all the money goes to the Tenn. Div. SCV and to flag restoration projects. GET A TAG – SAVE A FLAG!

Respectfully yours,
Barry L. Forkum
Commander Gen. Robert H. Hatton Camp 723,
Sons of Confederate Veterans