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Missouri, the 12th State of the Confederacy - Published on March 16, 2019
...     Did Missouri secede from the Union ? Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Park, has in it's collection, the actual Senate Journals which reveal that a legal quorum existed in the Senate. The House records are not known to exist. A State Guard journal in the Gen. Sweeney  Museum, reports that the vote for the House was being put off a couple days so that a quorum could be reached by the arrival of additional legislators. An important point to note, is that when the Federal government set up the Unionist government of the State, they made no point to dispel this report of a legal quorum, they simply "declared vacant all state offices, swept the General Assembly out of existence...and later vacated the Mo. Supreme Court and then even circuit clerks". ...
Salute to the Confederate Flag - Published on March 16, 2019
...I salute the Confederate flag, with affection, reverence, and undying devotion to the Cause * for which it stands.      * The "Cause" of the average Confederate soldier was not slavery, but the defense of family, home, the rights and loyalty owed to one's native State. The importance of principles of State's rights remains today as represented in the U.S. Constitution and the maintenance of powers to the U.S. Senate.       Note: Although we are an international organization, with camps abroad, the majority of our members are patriotic U.S. citizens. As such, each meeting of the Sterling Price Camp also begins with the pledge of allegiance to the U.S. flag.      Below is a short video ab...
Noble Kendall Wyatt - Published on March 9, 2019
...     Served as Camp Commander from 1978 til 1980. He was born in Charleston, West Virginia, on December 22, 1919, and was the son of William Howard and Helen Elizabeth (Hubbard) Wyatt. His mother’s  grand father, John Calvin Gillespie, served in Company “F” of the 50th Virginia Infantry. John Gillespie was captured at the battle of Spottsylvania on May 12th 1864, and sent to Point Lookout Prison. He escaped on April 1, 1865 and returned home at war’s end. Commander Wyatt was a graduate of Charleston High School, Charleston, West Virginia, and worked for the Owens-Illinois Glass Co. for forty-two years. At retirement he was serving as Industrial Relations Director at their Mold Manufacturing Plant in Alton, Illinois. During his  years of acti...
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Charles Stuart Via - Published on March 9, 2019
...     Served as Camp Commander on several occasions including terms in: 1956-1958, 1965-1966, and 1975-1978. He was one of our most revered commanders and a constant contributor who was always willing to lend a hand whenever the Camp was in need of leadership. He was born in 1907 and graduated from Southwest Missouri State University in 1929. He received his Masters Degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1936, and began teaching in 1939 at Kirkwood High School. Charles Via was also an active member of the Sons of the American Revolution, the Phi Delta Kappa, and the 1st Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood. He retired in 1972, and moved to San Diego, California in 1989. Charles Via was a 25 year member of Sterling Price Camp #145. He died on June 1st, 1992 in San Di...
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Seymour Steward - Published on March 9, 2019
...     Served as Camp commander beginning in 1907. He was the brother of Alcee Stewart (Camp Commander 1924-1925) and the son of Alcee William and Elizabeth Floyd (Greene) Stewart. Stewart was born in Thomaston, Georgia, and the family moved to St. Louis in 1875.  Seymour was educated at Smith’s Academy. In 1885 he began his business career with Samuel C. Davis Dry Goods Company. In 1890 he joined with Charles S.  Salveter, and formed Salveter & Stewart, Dealers in Men’s Furnishing goods, Clothing and Hats. During this time Stewart became a member of the Aetna Realty company. His residence was at 5261 Washington Avenue, a very exclusive area at that time. In 1908, at the age of forty-one, he retired from active business, and devoted himself on a full ...
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Alcee Stewart - Published on March 9, 2019
...     Served as Camp Commander from 1924 til 1925. He was the son of Alcee William and Elizabeth Floyd (Greene) Stewart. His father, Capt. A.W. Stewart, commanded the 20th Louisiana Infantry, Company “E”, during the war, and also served on the C.S. gunboat “Livingston” at the battle of Island #10. He was wounded at the Battle of Perryville, Kentucky, and taken prisoner.  Capt. Stewart was exchanged and later fought at the battles of Chickamauga, and Missionary Ridge. After the war he moved to New Orleans and then St. Louis where he worked at the Merchants Exchange, specializing in naval stores and  Southern commission business. The younger Alcee Stewart was born in New Orleans on February 27th 1869. He was educated at Peabody and Stoddard Sch...
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Dr. Selden Spencer, M.D. - Published on March 9, 2019
...      Served as Camp Commander in 1931, and served several terms. He was born in St. Louis on March 23rd 1873. He was the son of Dr. Horatio Nelson Spencer M.D. who served in the 1st Mississippi Light Artillery, General Cowan’s Brigade, Loring’s Division, Army of Tennessee C.S.A.  Dr. H.N. Spencer helped found the St. Louis Medical College which later became the Medical Department of Washington University. Selden Spencer was educated at Stoddard Public School in St. Louis, Miss Alexander’s Private School, Smith’s Academy, St. Paul’s in Concord New Hampshire, and Princeton University where he graduated from in 1897. He returned to St. Louis in 1899 and graduated from Missouri Medical College. He did post-graduate studies in England , Scotlan...
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Thomas Julian Skinker - Published on March 9, 2019
...     Served as Camp commander in 1934. In 1934 and 1935 the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the United Confederate Veterans were still having joint meetings, and Commander Skinker was a prominent participant in many of their events.  The St. Louis Camp #731 UCV at that time was commanded by Rev. John Claypool, and Henry V. Niemeyer was 2nd Lieutenant Commander. An interesting side note is that their Chaplain was Mrs. Hannah Shields O’Bannon. The United Daughters of the Confederacy were very active during that time period also, and Mrs. John R. Lionberger was President of the Mattew Fontaine Maury Chapter. Thomas Julian Skinker was born on March 9th, 1886 in Stafford County, Virginia. Skinker Boulevard in St. Louis is named for his cousin Thomas K. Skinker who own...
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Walter H. Saunders - Published on March 9, 2019
...     Served as camp Commander in 1921, and again in 1930, and  served as Judge Advocate-in-Chief for the national organization of the SCV. He was born in Virginia and graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law LL.B.  In 1899 he moved to St. Louis and served as a corporation attorney. He had practiced law in Virginia and Louisiana for seven years prior to this. Saunders helped form the law firm of Leahy, Saunders and Walther.  He and his wife, Eva Louise had four sons; George S., Walter H. Jr., William K., and Edward Watts Saunders. Mr. Saunders belonged to the St. Michael and St. George Episcopal Church at 6345 Wydown Boulevard, was a member of the University Club, the Bellerive Country Club, and the American Bar Association. Mr. Saunders died on ...
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Oliver E. Sappington - Published on March 9, 2019
...     Was elected Camp Commander in 1993, and as of this writing ( July 1999), is the current Commander. Commander Sappington, known to his friends as “Ollie”, is a direct descendant of John Sappington, Revolutionary War veteran and early pioneer (1805) of St. Louis County. He grew up in Richmond Heights, where he attended public schools and worshiped at Richmond Heights Presbyterian Church. Ollie holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, Bachelor of Science in Education, and Master of Arts in Education degree from Southeast Missouri State University. He is a Life Member of the Eagle Scout Association and a Wilson C. Morris Fellow of the Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity. He is also active in the Sappington-Concord Historical Society. He and his wife, Dr. Barbara Bramon Sappi...
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Walter C. Rawls - Published on March 9, 2019
...     Served as Camp commander beginning in 1942. His 1943 staff of Camp Officers included: W. Rufus Jackson, 1st Lt. Commander; Dr. drew S. Luten, 2nd Lt. Commander; William Warren, Adjutant; Alf E. Farrar, Treasurer; Thos. J. Skinker, Quartermaster; Wayne Ely, Judge Advocate; Dr. Grandison D. Royston, Surgeon; Dr. T. Wister White, Historian; and Paul Knabe, Color Sergeant. The Camp Lee/Jackson Dinner that year was held at the Forest Park Hotel on January 19th, (1943) and the principal speaker was Col. Thomas Jonathan Jackson Christian, Commanding Officer of the Army Air Force Command at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri. Walter C. Rawls was born in Ivor, Virginia, and went to school in Suffolk. In 1950 he owned the famous “Rawls” plantation near Gatesville, North Car...
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Thomas E. Powe - Published on March 9, 2019
...     Served as Camp Commander in 1904. He was born in Cheraw, South Carolina on January 5th 1872, and was the son of James Harrington and Josephine E. (Robbins) Powe. He was educated at the Cheraw Academy, and Harvard University. On November 10th 1910 he married Miss Grace McCulloch, daughter of Capt. Robert McCulloch (18th Virginia Infantry) of St. Louis. They had one daughter, Josephine Paxton McCulloch. In 1896 Mr. Powe was serving as assistant lumber inspector at Powe & Warren Lumber company in St. Louis. In 1897 he worked for the Little Lumber Company of Memphis, and in 1899 the Plummer-Benedict Lumber Company in St. Louis. He became vice-president of the Plummer-Benedict Lumber Company in 1903, and in 1909 bought the firm and renamed it the “Thomas E. Powe Lu...
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Gaylord Patrick O'Connor - Published on March 9, 2019
...     Was born on November 20th 1916, and served as Camp Commander in 1987. That same year he was elected Missouri Division commander at Jefferson City. For the first time since 1940 the State of Missouri had regained Division status when five Camps were chartered that year. This accomplishment was due mainly to the efforts of Robert L. Hawkins III,  “Pat” O’Connor, and John Karel of St. Louis. Army of the Trans-Mississippi Commander Ed Cailleteau of Baton rouge, La. presided at the re-activation ceremonies at Jefferson City, Missouri on June 27th 1987. Commander O’Connor’s patriotic leadership was forged as a combat Infantry Officer during the Second World War. He participated in many of the engagements in the European Theater, including th...
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Frederick Lawson Niemeyer - Published on March 9, 2019
...     Served as Camp Commander for Sterling Price Camp #145 in 1948. He was born in St. Louis in 1889, in the area known as the Cabanne Place District, at 5595 Bartmer. One of his neighbors was ex-Confederate Joseph Boyce, who lived at 5812 Clemens.. Governor Hamilton Gamble’s home was at the corner of Hamilton and Plymouth. Frederick’s  father, Henry V. Niemeyer, was born on February 24th, 1845, and served in the 9th Virginia Infantry C.S.A. He was a member of the Stonewall Camp UCV of Portsmouth, Virginia. The family  moved to St. Louis in 1894, and Henry served as  the drama critic for the St. Louis Post Dispatch for many years. He also served on the St. Louis Cotton Exchange. Their home in the Cabanne Place District was designed by Theodore Link...
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Joseph Mullen - Published on March 9, 2019
...     Served as Camp Commander in 1926. His staff included; Norman L. Lincoln, First Lieutenant Commander;   Edward C. Fisher, Second Lieutenant Commander;   William L. Ross Jr., Adjutant;   J. W. Estes, Treasurer;   Cortez Kitchen, Quartermaster;   M. N. Davis, Historian; Chilton Atkinson, Color Sergeant;   and  R. B. Gibson, Chaplain.  Mr. Mullen was born on April 3rd, 1875 at Norfolk, Virginia. He was the son of Joseph and Emily Nash Mullen, and was educated at Johns Hopkins University where he graduated in 1895 with a BE Degree. On October 22nd of that year he married Miss Elizabeth Welsh Cocke, daughter of James Cocke. Their residence was at 5217 Westminister Place in St. Louis. He was president of the Southern Acid and Sulphur Com...
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Lee Meriwether - Published on March 9, 2019
...     He was one of our  most fascinating members . He served as Camp Commander on several occasions, the first being around 1915.  In 1964 he was made” Honorary Commander” of the Camp. Lee was born during the War for Southern Independence, (December 25th, 1862), and lived to see America go through the Spanish-American War, WWI, WWII, the Korean Conflict, and the beginnings of the Vietnam War. He died March 12th, 1966 at the age of 104. One of his books titled My First 100 Years 1862-1962 gives a good account of his full, rich life. He was born in Columbus, Mississippi and was the son of Lieutenant Colonel Minor Meriwether and Elizabeth (Avery) Meriwether. Colonel Meriwether was a Engineering Officer in the Confederate Army, who had helped design and con...
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Richard McCulloch - Published on March 9, 2019
...     Served as Camp Commander in 1918, and was the son of Robert and Emma (Paxton) McCulloch. Robert McCulloch had served in the 18th Virginia Infantry at Gettysburg. Richard McCulloch was born in St. Louis on June 3rd, 1869, and educated in the public schools in St. Louis. He  graduated from Washington University in 1891 as engineer of mines. He married Miss. Mary Grace Beggs, and the couple had three children; John I.,  Robert P. and Mary Sue (Jones). He served as chief engineer for the National Railway Company of St. Louis from 1893 til 1899. From 1899 til1901 he was engaged in the construction of street railway systems in Switzerland and France. He was assistant General Manager of the Chicago Railway System from 1901 til 1904, when he became assistant general m...
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Paul Knabe - Published on March 9, 2019
...     Served as Camp Commander in 1963.  He was born in 1888, and worked as secretary of the C.V. Mosby Medical Publishing firm, til his retirement in 1955. His residence was at 8014 South Drive, Richmond Heights, Missouri. Mr. Knabe was also an elder of the Westminister Presbyterian Church. He died of a heart ailment on September 13th, 1964 at the age of 76 years, and is buried in Bellefontaine Cemetery. Source; Missouri Historical Society, Necrology Files ...
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John Karel - Published on March 9, 2019
...     Commander of the Sterling Price Camp from 1988 to 1990 and member of the John S. Bowen Chapter of the Military Order of the Stars and Bars. He is best known to the St. Louis community as Director of Tower Grove Park, where he has orchestrated the historical restoration of the park to its original condition when Henry Shaw opened it in 1868.      The St. Louis Post Dispatch (June 17, 1999) wrote, "Mr. Karel, the park's director, has been an adroit conductor, leading the players who will make the park resonate once more with Mr. Shaw's score. He has set the tempo for the park's Board of Commissioners, generous donors, governmental grant-makers and the architects and skilled crafts people who are bringing about this renaissance. The best ...
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Col. Daniel H. Hundley - Published on March 9, 2019
...     Col. Hundley began serving as Camp commander in 1967. He was born in 1901 and graduated from West Point in 1924. During World War II he served in the South Pacific, and was promoted to colonel in 1943. In 1944 he served as Chief of Staff for the 9th Army Division in Europe. He served in this position til the end of the war. During this period he was awarded: the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (with two Oak Leaf clusters and a Bronze star), the Order of the British Empire, the French Legion of Honor and the Croix de-Guerre, the Belgian Order of Leopold, and the Dutch Order of Orange Nassau. In 1949 he was appointed to General Douglas MacArthur’s Staff in Japan, and retired in 1954. Upon retirement he joined the faculty of Washington University, as...
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