Monday, October 3, 2011

Union Defender October 2011

1) Members discussed plans for the commemorative ceremony for “Zagonyi’s Charge on October 22.
2) Members discussed upcoming plans for the Lexington battle reenactment.
3) Jeff Patrick announced that a grant application would be submitted by the end of September to the Mountain Grove Community Foundation, seeking funds for the restoration of that city’s Union soldier monument.
4) Members were encouraged to attend the DUV marker dedication ceremony on September 30 (see below).

On Friday, September 30, the members of Mary Whitney Phelps Tent, Daughters of Union Veterans will dedicate a new historical marker honoring the achievements of Mary Phelps in establishing an orphanage for the children of fallen Union soldiers in 1865. The event will take place at Sunshine Elementary School, on the corner of Jefferson and Sunshine in Springfield. The ceremony begins at 1 p.m. All members of Phelps Camp are urged to attend, and we still need 2 or 3 members who have a Union uniform, accouterments and weapon to help with the Phelps Camp color guard. If you are available that afternoon, please contact Jeff Patrick (417-732-2662, ext. 226 or as soon as possible. Limited parking is available at the school, with more parking in the Jefferson Avenue Baptist Church lot.

Phelps Camp is pleased to announce that we have a new member, Donald Lancaster of Mountain View, Missouri. His great-great grandfather was St. Clair Lancaster of Company I, 7th Maryland Infantry Regiment. Private Lancaster served his country from September 1862 through May 1865. The 7th Maryland's war service was in Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia. Welcome to Phelps Camp!

NEXT MEETING The October meeting of Phelps Camp will be held at the Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Visitor Center on Tuesday, October 4 at 7 p.m. Jeff Patrick will present a brief program about his recent visit to the grave of Captain David Van Buskirk, the “biggest Yankee in the world.”

Are we still collecting aluminum cans? You bet we are! We are ready to make another “run” to the recycling center, so please bring your cans to the next meeting.

September 30: DUV dedication of Civil War Orphans’ Home historical marker, 1 p.m.
October 22: “Zagonyi’s Charge” 150th anniversary ceremony, 2 p.m.

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