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Granville Beville chapter updates reenactment events

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On Saturday, Feb. 12, the Granville Beville 2234, Bushnell Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy held a meeting at the First Baptist Church of Bushnell.
The meeting was attended by Carol Tomlinson, Carolyn Shaw, Jessica Hoag, Peggy Griffin, Peggy Sloan, Deborah Higginbotham, Bettye Jemison, Jewell Stansell, Kathy Black, Megan Black, Belle Phillips, Doris Sue Smith, Bonnie Tenney, Joyce White and Eloise Pitts.
Bettye Jemison read a poem called “Ghost of Southern Past” by Dianne Drake Boren the Poet Laureate Florida Division 2010-12.
Historian, Deborah Higginbotham gave a list of upcoming reeactments: Feb. 18, 19, 20, Battle of Olustee; Feb. 18, Battle of Lake City; Feb. 18, The Battle of Lake City; Feb. 25, 26, 27, Battle at Aiken; Feb. 24-27 97th, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Re-enactment; Feb. 25-27, Civil War Heritage Days; Feb. 25-27, Civil War Heritage Days in Key West; March 3-6, Pioneer Park Days, Zolfo Springs; March 4-6, The Battle of Natural Bridge.
The chapter is planning a trip to the Civil War Exhibit at the Orange County Regional History Center in Orlando Feb. 5 - June 12, in May.
Joyce White presented the monthly program in two parts. The first part dealt with the Historian General’s program called “Marines for the Confederacy.”
The Confederate States of America Marines were formed on March 16, 1861, and their first and only commandant was Colonel Lloyd J. Beall, a native of Rhode Island and an 1830 graduate of West Point. His main concern throughout the War was the lack of money for supplies. In 1864 Col. Beall reported that the corps had 539 men, 32 of whom were in recruit training in Charleston, SC, while 67 were prisoners of war. The recruiting bounty offered was $50 for new recruits and $40 for persons having prior service experience. Many CS Marine Corps records were lost as reports fell to the enemy or were destroyed when Richmond fell.
The largest collection of CS Marine Corps records was lost when Col. Beall’s Richmond home was destroyed during a tragic post-war house fire. Col. Beall died on Nov. 10, 1887, and is buried in Holly Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia.
The second part of the program dealt with the Sesquicentennial celebrations of the War Between the States. For the next four years our country will be remembering and honoring this period of history of 1861-1865 when our nation was torn apart by the Union and the Confederate forces. On January 8, 1961, to begin the celebration of the Centennial of the War, President Dwight D. Eisenhower led the call to every American to remember the struggles of the Americans who fought and lived during the War.
Ceremonies were held at the tombs of General Robert E. Lee in Lexington, VA, and General U.S. Grant, in New York. For the next four years, we will commemorate the secession of the Southern states in their desire to govern themselves; second, to honor our ancestors; and third, to record the history of the Sesquicentennial.
Each month we will remember our ancestors with bits of history and stories of heroism as they struggled to survive the course that was laid before them. The meeting was adjourned.
Immediately following the meeting it was the honor of the Granville Beville Chapter 2234, Bushnell, United Daughters of the Confederacy to hold a ceremony of Bestowal of Military Service Awards at the First Baptist Church of Bushnell. There were 3 recipients for Military Service Awards presented by the Chapter.  President, Carol Tomlinson gave the Welcome; Chaplain, Eloise Pitts gave the Invocation; Presentation of the USA
Flag and the Confederate Flag was done by the Gen. Jubal A. Early Camp 556 Sons of Confederate Veterans; Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag was lead by Belle Phillips; The National Anthem was played and sung by Pastor Raymond Robbins; Salute to the Confederate Flag was done by Jessica Hoag; “Dixie Land” and Florida State Song, “Old Folks at Home” was lead by Joyce White, Posting of the Colors was done by the Gen. Jubal A. Early Camp 556 Sons of Confederate Veterans. President, Carol Tomlinson and Recorder of Military Service Awards, Peggy Sloan performed the ceremony for the Bestowals:
Cross Of Military Service
Elmer Winfield Tillis Sr., of Starke FL, served during WWII, as a Private, Squadron F, 137th Army Air Force Base Unit, U.S. Army
Ancestor: Thomas Benjamin Tillis, Private, Co. H, 2nd Florida Cavalry Regiment.
National Defense Medal
Edward L Sloan, of Groveland, FL., served during the Vietnam Conflict as a Specialist (E-5), 4th Cavalry, United States Army.
Ancestor: Daniel Sloan, 1st Lieutenant, Co. B, 1st Battalion, Florida Special Cavalry.
David Erich Bridges, of Ferndale, FL., served during the Persian Gulf Conflict as a Senior Airman, 33rd Fighter/Maintenance Sq., USAF
Ancestor: Simeon Tison, Private in Co. H, 4th Regiment, Georgia Cavalry.
It was truly an honor for the Chapter to have this ceremony and recognize these decendents of Confederate Soldiers. We appreciate and thank them for their service to our Country.
We were honored with the presents of the Florida Division President, Gail Crosby of the Tampa Chapter 113 and the Florida Division Recorder of Military Service Awards of the Plant City Chapter 1931. Following the ceremony lunch was served in the Fellowship hall of the Church. There were 65 who attended.
Next meeting will be March 12, at the First Baptist Church of Bushnell at 10 a.m. followed by lunch at Beef O Brady’s. Followed by a Dedication of a UDC Grave Marker for deceased member Doris Woodard.
For more information contact: Carol Tomlinson, 516-5720 or Joyce White, 793-8119.