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Francis Scott Key Views Ft. McHenry200 years ago today, Francis Scott Key finished his poem “Defence of Fort McHenry”, later to form the lyrics of “The Star-Spangled Banner”.

Sadly, Key’s grandson Francis Key Howard would later be imprisoned in Fort McHenry for daring to write an editorial critical of Abraham Lincoln’s suspension of the writ of habeas corpus.

The irony was not lost on Howard, who wrote:

“When I looked out in the morning, I could not help being struck by an odd and not pleasant coincidence. On that day forty-seven years before my grandfather, Mr. Francis Scott Key, then prisoner on a British ship, had witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry. When on the following morning the hostile fleet drew off, defeated, he wrote the song so long popular throughout the country, the Star Spangled Banner. As I stood upon the very scene of that conflict, I could not but contrast my position with his, forty-seven years before. The flag which he had then so proudly hailed, I saw waving at the same place over the victims of as vulgar and brutal a despotism as modern times have witnessed.”

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The latest issue of The Copperhead has been delivered to members’ email inboxes, and is available on the website: September issue of THE COPPERHEAD, the official newsletter of the New York City Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

In addition to details on the upcoming September meeting, and a recap of the First Annual Cigar & Mint Julep Party, be sure to peruse for important historical dates and anniversaries, as well as important Confederate heritage news from around the country!

Patrick McCullough

I had the pleasure of chatting on the phone this evening with a prospective new member who expressed a desire to be able to enlist the help of friends who either did not claim or could not prove lineage from a Confederate Veteran, but who very much supported the mission of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

I was quick to inform the member that such individuals certainly have an established outlet for involvement, through Associate Membership (“Friends of the SCV”), but I realized that with nary a mention on the website, I am guilty, as I imagine many of my fellow compatriots are, of falling into a defensive and unfortunate trap of believing that anyone who is not a descendent of a Confederate Veteran is necessarily at odds with the defense of their legacy.

Being someone who has lived in a rural corner of upstate New York for a few years, and seen no shortage of Confederate Flags, I should know better. Just as during the Late War, when the town of Town Line, New York, joined the Confederacy in seceding, many New Yorkers have no shortage of appreciation for the Southern Confederacy in either its aims or the devotion to duty of its soldiers, or both.

And as many whose forebears had not yet immigrated during the Revolutionary War fly the Marsden Flag high, so too do many see our own Battle Flag, as the audacious standard of a group who stood toe-to-toe with an enemy of much greater numbers when they ceased to feel represented.

New York also boasts no shortage of reenactors, who, after spending days recreating the same deprivations our forebears faced, can’t help but be outraged to see Confederate graves unmarked by the flags under which they fell, and statues and memorials toppled or renamed.

If you fit into any of these categories, you will find yourself just as much at home in the New York Sons of Confederate Veterans as any other member. The only limitations of Associate Membership are that you cannot vote in camp elections or run for office. But you will be subscribed to the National Magazine, CONFEDERATE VETERAN, as well as the Camp’s monthly newsletter, THE COPPERHEAD.  And you will be as welcome as any other member at Camp events, from Southern cocktail receptions to grave restorations and markings.  Finally, you will know that your annual dues go to supporting the ongoing efforts of the Sons of Confederate Veterans in keeping statues and memorials maintained and standing, against the elements, as well as political revisionism.

If you’re interested in becoming an Associate Member of the New York Sons of Confederate Veterans, simply download and complete the Friends of the SCV application form, and mail it, along with a check or money order for $50 payable to “Archibald Gracie Camp” to Camp Commander Patrick McCullough / PO Box 271 / Callicoon, NY 12723, or direct any questions or other thoughts to me at PGMcCullough@nycscv.org. And be sure to stay up-to-date with the camp by following us on Twitter and Facebook!

The $50 consists of $10 annual dues to the New York City Camp, $10 one-time induction fee, and $30 annual dues, both to the National Organization.

Our own native New Yorker namesake Archibald Gracie joined Alabama in standing against a northern force he regarded as a bully. Won’t you join the Sons of Confederate Veterans in standing up against the endless historical revisionism that arbitrarily curses Lee from the same mouth that honors Washington?

Yours in the Cause,

Patrick McCullough
Commander
Gen. Archibald Gracie Camp #985
SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS

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The latest issue of The Copperhead has been delivered to members’ email inboxes, and is available on the website: August issue of THE COPPERHEAD, the official newsletter of the New York City Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

This issue is, regrettably, 5 days late, though for good reason… What is that reason, you ask? Read the newsletter to find out, along with other invaluable information!

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Archibald Gracie Camp #985, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS, is proud to announce the First Annual Cigar & Mint Julep Party on Saturday, August 30th, at 7PM!  In the elegant South Lounge of the Soldiers’, Sailors’, Marines’ & Airmen’s Club, with a balcony overlooking Lexington Avenue, we’ll toast the unrivaled refinement of the South with frosty Mint Juleps (of course using only General Buckner’s Recipe!) and excellent cigars (only on the balcony, naturally).

The event is free to members of the Camp, as well as the ladies of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, while guests are respectfully asked to make a donation to the Camp of $20.  However, membership applications (both for descendents of Confederate servicemen as well as the auxiliary “Friends of the SCV”) will be available, and the submission of said along with payment for the first year’s dues will cover the cost of entrance!

This is an open event for anyone opining for the sunny South, so members are encouraged to invite friends.

Questions and RSVPs will be joyfully fielded by Camp Commander Patrick McCullough: PGMcCullough@nycscv.org, or RSVP at the First Annual Cigar & Mint Julep Party’s Facebook Page.

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