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             On May 6th, the chapter and guest met at the Greensboro Museum for the display of Civil War guns they have on display. It was wondrous to walk and see not only the guns and rifles but the knives  and personal items that solders used during the War Between the States.

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Memorial Day Program

Vernell Gwynn placing rose in memory of lost UDC member Shirley Primiano.

             On June 4, 2017, the Anne Eliza Johns Chapter with the Pittsylvania County Vindicators Camp SCV 828 met at Green Hill Cemetery for our Annual Memorial Day meeting. After our opening ritual, we welcomed a new member, Amanda Randall. Welcome! We also welcomed Susan Byrd who could not be with us at this meeting due to unforeseen circumstances.

             Next we heard from Ivan Neilson who gave us a History on Green Hill Cemetery. As always, the information he provided had us wanting to learn more about this very old cemetery.

Ivan Nielson giving a recount on The Hunley

Ivan Nielson giving his presentation on the History of Green Hill

             Then we heard from Ronnie Roach, Commander of the ANV, SCV. Introduced by President Sharon Jennings, He gave us an attention grabbing speech on “A Tribute to the Common Soldier”

             Our final speaker of the day was Ms, Teresa Roane. She gave a very informative speech “Why Confederate History is Still Relevant”. In her speech, she gave several examples of how Confederate History intertwines with people of all colors fighting for the Confederacy. She gave examples of Native Americans, Hispanics, and former slaves who were paid more than their Union counterparts.

             The second part of her speech was titled “The Importance of Preserving Confederate Memorials and Monuments”. She spoke on how monuments are raised to remember the past and not pay tribute to the negative that ignorance thinks it does. She encourages us to educate and teach the younger generations about Confederate history and their Confederate ancestors.

             We finished out the meeting with two events. First was the placing of wreaths in memory of our Confederate ancestors. Then the placing of roses on the base if the obelisk for our sisters and brothers we lost this past year. Our fallen UDC and SCV members are Karen Moore, Sally Lou Oakes, Marie Mills, Shirley Primiano, Nancy Pritchett, Stuart King, Joe Castagna, and Ed Chaney, husband to our own Barbie Chaney.

             On September 9, 2017, the Anne Eliza Johns Chapter met at Golden Corral to open our new fiscal year. We started out welcoming two new members, Kathy Mayhew and Carolyn Stainback. Welcome!

We had a slight change in schedule. Dianne McMahon introduced Ivan Nielson to educate us on the H L Hunley. I know I am going to leave some details out because Ivan made it so interesting to listen to. This was the first successful combat submarine in world history. Horace Hunley, James McClintock, and Baxter Watson started working together to find a solution to the Union blockage on the southern ports. They started working on underwater vessels. Thus, the birth of the submarine. The three of them started work on prototypes, the Pioneer and the American Diver, both proving to be unsuccessful.

The Hunley was the 3rd commissioned sub, but not put n the CSA. This type of sub was designed to tow a torpedo. The submarine would dive under the enemy ship, towing the explosive. The ideal was to have the torpedo tethered to the vessel and drag it hits the enemy ship on the bottom.  Ivan went in to discuss the different types of torpedoes, but made it so interesting I failed to take notes. (sorry) Even though the Confederate Army did not commission it, Gen. Beauregard did put it under the control of the CS Navy.

Another interesting thing about the Hunley is it had to sink three times before it was lost. Of the first crew of 8 men, only 3 survived. It took weeks to recover it. The second crew of another 8 men, including Horace Hunley, didn’t survive. For the third mission, the volunteer crew of another 8 men were ordered to operate the ship on the surface. Union forces, having learned of the submarine, deployed anti-submarine tactics. The confederacy had to rethink strategy. Instead of towing a torpedo, one would be mounted on a spar in the front. The Hunley attacked the USS Housatonic causing the deaths of 5 of the 155 crewman. Within 45 minutes, the Hunley disappeared and wouldn’t be seen again for over 136 years.

Last, we did get an update on the Chapter pins. Because of the hurricane in Texas, it will be delayed a few weeks.

General Archivist and Virginia Historian Ms. Teresa Roane

New sisters, Kathy Mayhew and Carolyn Stainback

For tickets, email us at: aejohnsudc@gmail.com  More info to come.