Maj. Gen. John Alexander Logan Camp# 4
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
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.
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.
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.
The door prizes were outstanding.