Maj. Gen. John Alexander Logan Camp# 4

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Raleigh, NC

January 2012 Program

Zouaves: America's Forgotten Soldiers

Presented by Civil War Author/Historian

Patrick A. Schroeder


At our January meeting, Patrick Schroeder presented the comprehensive history and service of the Zouave soldier in the Civil War.   He brought several examples of Zouave uniforms and explained their origin and evolution during the war. 


Schroeder was born January 1, 1968, at Fort Belvoir, VA, and was raised in Utica,

New York, until he was 13.  Patrick attended Stuarts Draft High School in Augusta

County, VA.  In the spring of 1990, he graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in Historical

Park Administration from Shepherd College, Shepherdstown, WV.  He has a M.A.

in Civil War History from Virginia Tech. 


From the summer of 1986-1993, Patrick worked as a seasonal living history

interpreter at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park.  In 1993, he wrote

Thirty Myths about Lee’s Surrender, which is currently in its twelfth printing.  

From 1994–1999, he was employed at Red Hill, the Patrick Henry National Memorial. 


Patrick has written, edited and/or contributed to more than twenty-five Civil War

titles including:  More Myths About Lee’s Surrender; The Confederate Cemetery

at Appomattox; Recollections and Reminiscences of Old Appomattox; Tar Heels;

Sailor’s Creek:  General Custis Lee Captured with Controversy; Civil War Soldier

Life:  In Camp and Battle; A Duryee Zouave; We Came To Fight: A History of

the 5th NY Veteran Vol. Inf., Duryee’s Zouaves; Campaigns of the 146th Regiment

New York State Volunteers; Pennsylvania Bucktails; The Bloody 85th; The Life of

General Ely S. Parker: Least Grand Sachem of the Iroquois and Grant’s Military

Secretary; Appomattox County; and With the 11th New York Fire Zouaves: In Camp,

Battle and Prison. 


Patrick resides in Lynchburg, VA, and he has worked as an independent researcher,

author, historian, and tour guide.  He has been the Historian at Appomattox

Court House National Historical Park since 2002.  In an effort to protect sites relevant to the Appomattox Campaign, Patrick has set up the “Appomattox Fund” with the Civil War Trust, to save land important to the climatic events of April 1865.

Installation of officers


Also at our January meeting, was the installation of our officers for 2012.  The North Carolina Department Commander, Jerry Devine, attended the camp meeting and performed the installation of officers.


Left to right:  Dan Hopping, Senior Vice Commander; Sam Moore, Past Camp Commander and Council member; Bob Farrell, Past Camp Commander and Council member; NC Department Commander Jerry Devine; Logan Camp Commander Roscoe Reeve, Larry Jones, Camp Treasurer;  Russ Wunker, Council Member; and Seated: Myron Miller, Camp Secretary.


North Carolina SUVCW 2012 Encampment


This year’s NC SUVCW Encampment was hosted by the MG John Gibbon/1st Sgt. Daniel Burke Camp #2 and held at the Rowan County Public Library in Salisbury, NC.  CC Michael Thompson, Council Member Charles Augur and Camp Secretary Craig Hipkins handled the details of planning the meeting.


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Attendees at the 2012 North Carolina SUVCW                                       

Encampment, Photo by Becky Maris


All of the North Carolina SUVCW Camps were represented.  The meeting started with the registration and inspection of credentials at 9:00 am and opening of the Encampment at 10:00 am.  The meeting closed before 1:00 pm and we had a great lunch of Chicken and dumplings, BBQ, corn, green beans and Iced Tea. After lunch we had a presentation on the Salisbury Confederate prison which stood nearby our meeting place.


Ed and Sue Curtis gave their presentation on the “History of the Salisbury Confederate Prison” and a tour of the site was available after the encampment.


The prison was an 1839 cotton factory that was converted early in the war.  At the time, the city of Salisbury had a population of about 2,000.  The city was also a supply depot for the Confederacy.


The prison had the capacity to hold 2,500 men however at its peak occupancy in 1864 it held over 10,000 Federal Troops.  The National Monument at the cemetery is inscribed with the number 11,700 dead.  Prisoners being held at other prisons were transferred to Salisbury when fighting got too close to the other prison.  The facilities at the prison were “horribly inadequate and unsanitary” for the large numbers.


The library setting for our meeting was beautiful and several items of business were completed at the Encampment.


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Officers being sworn in


The following persons were elected to serve for 2012:


                          Jerry Devine                  Department Commander                     (Camp #1)

                          Dennis St. Andrew       Senior Vice Commander                      (Camp #1)

                          Daniel Hopping            Junior Vice Commander                       (Camp #4)

                          John France                  Secretary /Treasurer                             (Camp #1)

                          Doug Elwell                   Department Council                              (Camp #1)

                          Yale Mooers                  Department Council                              (Camp #3)

                          Steve Sayko                  Department Council                              (Camp #5)


Acting Commander St. Andrew read the names of Commander Devine’s Appointed Officers:


                          Thomas N, Rightmyer,             Chaplain;

                          Roscoe Reeve,                         Patriotic Instructor;

                          Lee Harford,                               Historian;

                          Travis Masters,                         Eagle Scout coordinator;

                          Douglas Elwell,                         Monument Chairman.


Brother Wendell Small was recognized for his outstanding service to the Department.  John France takes over this important office for 2012.


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The door prizes were outstanding.