Virginia War Memorial

Virginia War Memorial

Presentation of our camp wreath at the ceremony on Veteran\\\'s Day at the Virginia War Memorial. more >>

Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America

Memorial service presented by our camp in conjunction with the Wreaths Across America program at Oakwood Cemetery, Richmond Virginia. Our color guard presented the colors at the event. more >>

Mattie Clyburn Rice Memorial Dedication

Mattie Clyburn Rice Memorial Dedication

For those of you who were not able to attend - video of the service is available by clicking on this photo. more >>



Compatriots gathered early on a Saturday morning to clean up our designated section of highway. more >>

Sally Tompkins Birthday Outing

Sally Tompkins Birthday Outing

The Captain Sally L Tompkins Order of the Confederate Rose Chapter 2 and compatriots from the Edmund Ruffin Fire Eaters Camp #3000 traveled to the burial site of Capt. Sally L Tompkins. more >>

Mechanicsville Christmas Parade

Mechanicsville Christmas Parade

The Edmund Ruffin Fire Eaters and Color Guard participated in the 2014 Mechanicsville Christmas Parade. more >>


January 2017 Meeting Reminder

Let us start off the new year with a fantastic Fire Eaters Meeting on January 4, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. for dinner and 7:00 p.m. for the formal meeting.  Commander Joe Wright will take charge and officiate at the meeting.
Our keynote speaker is our good friend, Les Updike, previous Brigade Commander, and a very able historian.  He will speak to us on the topic of “Lincoln vs. The Constitution”.  Sounds something like our current President’s problem!
As most of you know, the Fire Eaters are fortunate to have THE TABLE (you know what I am talking about!) at its pre-meetings and at its meetings, where the occupants of THE TABLE are famous for their festive attitude, hilarity, loud laughter, joking, and all manner of raucous behavior.  However, at a recent Fire Eater meeting, THE TABLE was strangely quiet, all was silent, there was no hilarity, no loud laughter, no joking and no familiar raucous behavior.  As a result of this situation a thorough investigation was conducted, led by a forensic CSI expert, interviewing numerous witnesses, reviewing the video tapes of the pre-meeting and involving all of the most current techniques for serious investigations of all types.
We are pleased to report that the experts have discovered the reason for the silence at THE TABLE at the involved meeting.  Although the usual suspects were shown to be present at the meeting, based on reliable sources, it has been determined that there was one particular individual who was absent, and who invariable is an occupant of THE TABLE.  That person is not other than mild, shy and meek Cathy Hendricks!!!!!  Therefore, it has been determined that said Cathy Hendricks is the instigator of the raucous behavior, laughter, joking, and fun time at THE TABLE.  Cathy Hendricks has been revealed to be THE INSTIGATOR, and she is so named for good cause shown.  In addition, based on all of the authority invested in me by Me, Myself, and I (a three person committee), I do hereby further denominate and name the said Cathy Hendricks as the RAUCOUS REBEL BELLE, to be so referred to in all Fire Eater Camp business, Minutes and other official communications!!  Congratulations, Cathy!!
Please attend our Fire Eater Camp meeting on January 4, 2017 at Anna’s Italian Restaurant.  Be sure to arrive early so you can get a good seat to observe the conduct, behavior and activities of our own INSTIGATOR and RAUCOUS REBEL BELLE, as she presides over THE TABLE.  Please offer her your congratulations, but no autographs, please.
Joe Howard
1st Lt. Commander

December 2016 First Shot


The December edition of the First Shot is now available. Click Here to Download

Merry Christmas

Dear Compatriots:
Have a very Merry Christmas.  Enjoy the entire Christmas Season, which lasts for 12 days, starting today.
See you all at our first meeting of 2017, on Wednesday, January 4.
Put that date on your new calendar that you just got for Christmas!  DO IT NOW!!!!!
Take care.
Joe Howard

October Meeting Reminder

My Dear Compatriots, Associates, Friends, and Prospective Members:
In order to avoid the constant backlash of criticism concerning the previous Fire Eaters Meeting Reminders being unprofessional, outrageous, undisciplined, irreverent, unprincipled, and generally rude, crude and outlandish; this Fire Eaters Meeting Reminder will strive to be totally professional, low key, and most respectful in every way, such that all can be proud of the caliber of invitation you receive in your email mailbox when it relates to the Fire Eaters Meeting Reminder.
YEA, RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
NOW HEAR THIS:  Each and every one of you get your *****&&##??****** lazy hips in gear and mobilize your buns down to Anna’s Italian Restaurant on Mechanicsville Turnpike this coming Wednesday evening, October 5, at 6:00 p.m. for dinner and 7:00 p.m. for the Floor Show, starring “Jumping Jimmy and his Rockin’ Rebels” performing all manner of lewd and suggestive songs, accompanied by the Fire Eaters Dance Ensemble.  There is no cover charge for this one night stand, I mean performance.
In addition to the foregoing, we will have two speakers providing a tag team presentation about the CSS Shenandoah, and its exploits.  Our speakers are Gary Hall and his colleague, Byron Brady, who spoke to us last month.
BE THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Most cordially and respectfully,

Supporting Our OCR Chapter

The Edmund Ruffin Fire Eaters sponsors the Captain Sally L Tompkins Chapter 2 OCR. Out ladies have put together a calendar of the “Men of the OCR” as a fund-raiser for their ongoing Tombstone Project. Learn more about their project by clicking on the image below.


September Newsletter 2016

The September edition of The First Shot is now available. Download your copy now!.

Katherine Mason Rowland Marker Dedication

Color Guard –

We are providing the Colors for the below mentioned ceremony:

Katherine Mason Rowland Marker Dedication, Sunday September 11 at 2 PM.  Please be there by 1:30 at the latest.

Location: Loudon Park Cemetery

3620 Wilkens Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21229

There will be directional signage posted at the cemetery.

Some background information on her:

Katherine nursed at hospitals during the War in Virginia.

When the United Daughters of the Confederacy was born, Katherine helped form many Chapters in Virginia and Maryland.  It was Katherine’s work that helped form the Virginia Division and was elected Division Historian for 1895.  She was elected Corresponding Secretary General in 1896.  She also served as Vice President for the Board of Managers in Maryland.  She was a noted author on her ancestors George Mason and editing the first edition of Minor’s “The Real Lincoln”.  She was an unreconstructed Confederate lady.

This cemetery is one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the South with statuary that is outstanding.

Many dignitaries from UDC General, Division, and Chapter levels will be attending.  There will also be another Color Guard, The Harry Gilmor Camp of Baltimore, representing Maryland at this event.  All are welcome at this event.

I need to know who is coming so that all needed equipment and flags are there.


August 2016 Newsletter

The August edition of The First Shot is now available! Download your copy here!

September Meeting 2016

Ladies and Gentlemen:
This is a very important document and announcement!  Do not lose this Very Special and Personal Invitation to attend the next Fire Eaters meeting on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 6:00 pm. at Anna’s Italian Restaurant on Mechanicsville Turnpike across from Lee Davis High School.
If you are unable to produce this Invitation at the door, the Sergeant At Arms may scrutinize your SCV membership card, or your UDC card, or your OCR card, or your ANV Mechanized Cavalry card or your VA Flaggers card before allowing you to enter this Very Special Event.  So keep this Invitation in your possession at all times.  This Invitation will allow you, your family members, your friends, your visitors, your guests and anyone you happen to pick up by the side of the road on your way to the meeting, to enter our hallowed hall to participate fully in all of our ceremonies.
If you have heard of the ridiculous and outrageous local, state and national media reporting of our last meeting, please do not be afraid to attend the September 7 Fire Eaters meeting.  Everyone knows how the media gets everything wrong, exaggerates everything, and produces sensational headlines and news stories to gain attention.  The local, state and national media have been absolutely out of control in attempting to besmirch the reputation of the Fire Eaters and one table at our meeting in particular.  I am here to officially announce to you that there is absolutely no truth to the vicious rumor appearing nationwide in the media that a certain boisterous table at our last meeting (EVERYONE KNOWS WHO I AM TALKING ABOUT!) was ejected by force from the meeting room, including the table, chairs, meals, drinks, silverware, condiments and napkins, and that all participants at the involved table were required to sit and remain outside in the parking lot for the duration of the meeting due to their loud laughter and festive atmosphere surrounding the table and adjacent areas.  This is untrue, and absolutely did not happen in any way shape or form!!  However, you never can tell what will happen at the upcoming meeting.  Frivolity and festive behavior, including loud laughter, are hallmarks of a successful Fire Eaters meeting.  So do not be afraid to attend, because you will really be missing out on something special and important.  Folks who laugh long and loud live longer than those who sit around frowning and displaying a gloomy attitude.  It is a scientific fact!
To insure that this type of scandalous reporting by the media is not repeated, our Judge Advocate has been instructed to file a vigorous protest and to issue a firm warning to the local, state and national media to refrain from such activity in the future.
You are special and you are invited to attend our next meeting.  Here is what you need to know:
What:  September Fire Eaters Camp #3000 meeting.
When:  Wednesday, September 7, 20016 at 6:00 p.m. for dinner, and 7:00 p.m. for the formal meeting.
Where:  Anna’s Italian Restaurant, Mechanicsville Turnpike, Mechanicsville, VA, across from Lee Davis High School.
Speaker:  Byron Brady, speaking on the escape route of John Wilkes Booth.
This is an important meeting, and we need everyone to attend.  Please plan to be there.
Our Camp Commander has promised fireworks, so let’s get there to fill the room and enjoy a fantastic Southern down home get together, and have some fun.  The  Governor is out of town, so we won’t disturb him for a change.
See you there this coming Wednesday.
Joe Howard
1st Lt. Commander

Division Newsletter – August

The August 2016 issue of the Old Dominion Voice, edited by Travis Toombs, has been posted on the Virginia
Division Website.

This issue is very informative in contains information concerning the reunion and other happenings that membership may find interesting.

Old Dominion Voice

July 2016 Newsletter

ERFE_Volume3_Issue27_webThe July edition of the First Shot is now available.

Download your copy now!

2016 Camp Survey

We are a member camp and we want to make it the best one possible for everyone and keep the camp moving forward and growing. We will be utilizing this information to help when selecting speakers/programs and in helping our individual compatriots enjoy the SCV experience.

2016 Camp Survey

Thank you for taking the time to respond to our first camp survey.

Secret Meeting Reminder

Compatriots, Friends, Associates, Ladies, Guests and Prospective Members:
Actually, as far as I know, there will be no judges attending our next Fire Eaters meeting on August 3, 2016.  I plan to check with the Judge Advocate to see if it is even legal for judges to attend Fire Eaters meetings!!!!!  (Based on some recent court decisions, well, you know!)
If you fail to get your buns down to the August 3, 2016 Fire Eaters Meeting at Anna’s Italian Restaurant you will miss out on all of the festivities, frivolity, fun, camaraderie, hoot’in, holler’in, laughter and food of the renowned Fire Eaters Fellowship and Dinner hour.  Rumor has it that our Fun Bunch (you know who you are) was so loud and boisterous last month that the Governor had his State Dinner totally ruined all the way downtown in the Governor’s Mansion!!!  You have got to be a part of this wild event coming up next Wednesday right up Mechanicsville Turnpike, across from Lee Davis High School. During that pre-meeting hour we do not have Order in the Court, we are proud to have DISORDER IN THE ROOM!!!  You have got to get in on this stuff.  Come on down and join in the fun.
Seriously, the Fire Eaters have a great time together because we enjoy each other’s company.  Additionally we have educational speakers making presentations about aspects of Southern history during and around the time of the War for Southern Independence.  We need to know the true history of the South and the Cause to be able to counter the PC stories that are taught in schools.  Our keynote speaker on August 3 will be Bert Dunkerly, of the National Park Service, talking about the battles and NPS battlefield parks around the Richmond area.
The members of our Camp are dedicated Sons of Confederate Veterans.  We are fortunate to have tremendous support from the OCR members, the ANV Mechanized Cavalry and the Virginia Flaggers.
You really are missing out on something important and special when you do not attend our Camp meetings.  We need your participation and ideas to help us grow and continue the work needed to support the Cause, fly the Flag and and defeat those who want to tear down everything and anything Southern.
BE THERE AUGUST 3, 2016 at 6:00 p.m., which is when the fun starts.  (The food is good too!)
I look forward to seeing you all then.
Joe Howard
1st Lt. Comander

July Meeting!

Hey Y’all:
“It’s Summer Time and the Living is Easy!!”  Or as we used to sing when I was a little boy:  “It’s Supper Time and the Liver is Greasy!!!”
It is July already, 2017 is half over and it is time for Fire Eaters, Friends, Associates and OCR Members to gather to break bread together.
Are you bored?  Are you craving excitement?  Are you searching for adventure?  Do you feel there is something missing is your life these days of Summer?  
Hey, have I got the solution for you!!!!!  O Yeah!!
Support your Camp, and your ancestors by attending the July 6 Fire Eaters Camp Meeting.  Our keynote speaker will be Will Glasco, who will speak on the Richmond Blues and the Battle of Roanoke Island.
It is well known fact of life, documented by numerous officially sanctioned scientific studies, that those who attend Fire Eaters Camp Meetings have more fun that the Government’s Recommended Daily Allowance!!!!  You know you want to be a part of that!!!!
So Come on Down and Enjoy Yourself.  Bring your family as well.
We have about 60 members in our Camp.  I look forward to seeing every one of you there to fill the meeting room, wave the FLAG, and demonstrate that SCV members are here to stay.
Take care.
Joe Howard
1st Lt. Commander

We Need You!

We NEED your help. We will be taking the flags up at Oakwood Cemetery, at 11:00 am tomorrow (May 19, 2016).