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 >>


May 2017 Camp Meeting Reminder

Compatriots, Friends and Ladies, and Associates:
The above coded Subject line can only be interpreted and translated by Camp Members who have the Captain Video secret decoder ring, which can be purchased from the 1st Lt. Commander at the Camp Meeting for only $19.99!  BUT WAIT!!!  If you contact the 1st Lt. Commander prior to the commencement of the May 3, 2017 Camp Meeting, he will give you TWO Captain Video decoder rings at no additional cost.  Imagine the fun you can have with your family transmitting secret messages that those without this important decoding device will have to remain in total darkness about what is happening right before their very eyes.  Imagine their embarrassment!  Order yours now!
Guess What?!?  The strategy of sending a “This is Not a Reminder” message last month was totally unsuccessful.  So clearly y’all need some heavy duty motivation.
There is a mystery surrounding SCV Camp #3000, aka the Edmund Ruffin Fire Eaters Camp, which has been defying explanation and solution for many months now.  Top investigators from NCIS, FBI, CIA, Homeland Security and numerous State and Local investigative services have been baffled to to explain the entire situation surrounding the disappearance of the Camp Harley.  The Camp Red Corvette was quickly located due to the resourcefulness of our 1st Lt. Commander, and is currently in his possession, awaiting display at the upcoming Camp meeting.  BE THERE to see the Camp Corvette on May 3, 2017, at Anna’s Italian Restaurant at 6:00 p.m.!
However, that is only half of the story.  After the BOLO was expanded to 6 States and the District of Columbia, the Camp Harley was located by a U.S. Marine at MCB Quantico, VA.  At our upcoming Camp Meeting to be held on May 3, 2017, at Anna’s Italian Restaurant, on Mechanicsville Turnpike, at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as the U.S. Marine arrives to display the Camp Harley, all in attendance will be able to tell their children and children’s children that you were there when the Camp Harley appeared after a mysterious disappearance lasting a number of months.  Compatriot Sonny Fauver has graciously volunteered to house the Camp Harley at his spacious facility.  BE AT THE MEETING TO WITNESS THIS SPECTACULAR EVENT!
The Edmund Ruffin Fire Eaters Camp #3000 is a family oriented organization,  Therefore you are encouraged to bring your entire family to witness this once in a lifetime momentous event, never to be repeated, world without end.  If you don’t have a family, bring your neighbors, your friends, or anyone you manage to pick up along Mechanicsville Turnpike on your way to our Camp Meeting on May 3, 2017 at Anna’s Italian Restaurant at 6:00 p.m. for dinner, fun and games; with formal meeting starting at 7:00 p.m.  The long awaited time for the arrival of the Camp Harley is TBD, in the discretion of our Camp Commander, in coordination with the U.S. Marine involved in this event.
We are extremely fortunate to have a keynote speaker who is well known for her ability to effectively communicate her messages in support of the Southern Cause.  She is frequently requested to speak at various events throughout Virginia. She carefully researches her topic and is a wealth of factual information, which she documents thoroughly.  I am happy to report that our good Friend Teresa Roane will be speaking to us on May 3 at Anna’s Italian Restaurant on the topic of “Women of the Confederacy”.  She always does a fantastic job, and I am sure you will enjoy her remarks.
Also:  Hopefully our Commander will provide us with a Report on the Division Convention held on April 22 in South Boston, VA.
All I can say is that everyone needs to attend this meeting or you will be the laughing stock of the entire SCV for missing this fantastic opportunity to witness history being made right in our own back yard at Anna’s Italian Restaurant on Mechanicsville Turnpike on May 3, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. and for not hearing Teresa Roane’s presentation.
Joe Howard

April 2017 Newsletter

Hot off the presses!! The April 2017 edition of the First Shot.

The First Shot, April 2017


Reminder: Hollywood clean up will take place on March 14 , 2017 at 9:00 am (weather permitting). If bad weather, watch for an alternative date. Thank you, Jim T.

A Question

A question from our Graves & Monuments Committee, Can anyone tell me what to spray on this moss? Also what will keep it off the fence at the Edmond Ruffin grave site?20170303_125932

Confederate National Flag Day

Flyer Flag Day (1)

Feb 2017 The First Shot


Hot off the presses, the February 2017 edition of The First Shot.

Read You Copy Here!

Cemetery Clean Ups

Calling All Compatriots! The camp will be doing clean up at Oakwood Cemetery on March 1, 2017 (tentative date) and at Hollywood Cemetery on March 14 ,2017 (confirmed date). Exact times for each clean to be announced.

We are looking for as many volunteers as possible. Let’s roll our sleeves up and make this a huge success.

All pickups, dumptrucks & trailers are welcome that can be used to haul alway the debris that we clear away.

Here is a list of tools that will be need during the clean up. Please bring what you are able to help us get the job done!

REMEMBER – No power tools are allowed when we are doing clean ups at Oakwood, pursuant to the Oakwood Restoration Committee.

Chain saws (fuel, oil, gauge, files, screwdriver, wrench, ear & eye protection)
Bow saws
Pole saws
Speed saws
Lopping shears
Axe and or Hatchet
Rakes (hard and leaf)
Pitchforks will be of help
Old tarps
Bush Axe
Leaf blowers
Brooms – Push & sweeping
5 gallon buckets (4)
Extend-A-Grip (4)

March Meeting Reminder

Compatriots, Friends, Ladies of the Camp:
Can you believe it is time to get ourselves out of the February Funk and out to the Fire Eater March 1 Meeting?
Yep!   It is that time again.  The Fire Eaters will convene at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. for Dinner at Anna’s Italian Restaurant on Mechanicsville Pike for dinner, with Formal Business Meeting to follow at 7:00 p.m.  Commander Joe Wright has promised an eventful and exciting meeting, as usual!  So come on down.
If you can believe it, there are some members of the Camp who are not regularly attending our action packed, fun, frolic and festivities meetings.  I have spoken with numerous absentee members about attending our meetings.  Here are the Top 10 Reasons For Not Attending Fire Eater Meetings, as given to me in confidence:
1.  “I do not like to have fun.”
2.  “I hate to hear laughter”.
3.  “I hate to see others having fun”.
4.  “I hate to enjoy a great meal of Italian Food”.
5.  “I cannot stand frivolous and boisterous behavior”.
6.  “I do not like to learn about the War for Southern Independence”.
7.  “I do not like to hear interesting and informed speakers”.
8.  “I do not like to socialize and fellowship with nice southern men and women”.
9.  “My wife is requiring me to clean out my closet on the first Wednesday of every month”.
10.  “I have no interest in hearing anything that our scandalous 1st Lt. Commander has to say”.
Can you believe such reactions?  The only one I can believe is Number 10, because I have to agree with that one.
You will have fun; you will enjoy the fellowship with other southerners; you will laugh (good for your health); you will enjoy a great Italian Dinner; you will see Compatriots, Friends, Ladies of the Camp and guests having fun together; you will witness frivolous and boisterous behavior (and there is no telling what “THE INSTIGATOR” will instigate); you will hear an interesting and knowledgeable speaker to learn about Southern culture and events during the War for Southern Independence; you might witness the impeachment of the 1st Lt. Commander; and Sonny Fauver has agreed to clean out everyone’s closet on the day after the Meeting!
Our speaker for the evening will be Art Taylor.  Mr. Taylor is a native of Richmond, VA, and is a historian familiar with the 1860s in Virginia.  He will speak on a wide variety of events that occurred in and around Hanover County during the War years.  It should be interesting and informative.
We are still looking for the Camp Harley, which went missing from my driveway some time before the last meeting.  We will pursue the perpetrator vigorously to the full extent possible; and anyone with any suspects in mind should contact the Camp Commander immediately.  (Cathy Hendricks immediately comes to my mind!)  The Camp Corvette will be brought to the Meeting, per the instructions of the Camp Commander.
One final note:  If we do not have a quorum at the meeting, the Camp will not be allowed to vote on the impeachment of the 1st Lt. Commander!  So stay home and clean out your closets!!!!!
See you Wednesday, March 1 for the Festivities that are the Hallmark of Fire Eater Camp Meetings.
Joe Howard

Confederate Flag Day

Gentlemen of the 2nd Brigade:

I have a few items for your consideration.  First and foremost, Confederate Flag Day will be held 2pm Saturday, March 4th at Oakwood Cemetery.  Attached is a flyer for you all to forward out to the members of your camps.  We have quite an event planned so come on out and support the Virginia Division.  Secondly, remember that Outstanding Camp Award submissions should be submitted to the Division Commander by the end of March.  Along those lines, the Division Reunion is scheduled for the weekend of April 21st-23rd in South Boston.  For registration information, visit the John M. Jordan Camp # 581 website at  I look forward to seeing you all there.  Also, please consider the possibility of your Camp sponsoring a child for, or volunteering to help with, the Sam Davis Youth Camp which will be held June 18th-24th.  For more information on this camp, contact Past Commander Tracy Clary at 434-774-4341.  Finally, there will be a Mosby Spring Bus Tour on Saturday, June 24.  A flyer for this event is attached as well.  Please put Flag Day on your calender!
Yours in the Cause,
Andrew Bennett Morehead.
2nd Brigade Commander,
Virginia Division, SCV

January 2017 First Shot!

ERFE_Volume4_Issue1_publicDownload your copy of the this month’s newsletter now. Be sure to read our 1st Lt. Commanders message from important information.

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February Meeting Reminder

Fire Eaters, Friends, Ladies of the Camp, VA Flaggers, OCR members, ANVMC members:
It is with a heavy heart, and with sorrow, anguish and despondency that I report to you that a totally outrageous and sneaky action by an anonymous deviant has some how secretly placed a Resolution for Impeachment of the current 1st Lt. Commander on the Agenda for the February 1 meeting of the Camp!!!  This can only be the work of some diabolical Yankee sympathizer, who must have slipped this unwarranted and malicious Resolution into the Agenda Package while the Camp Executive Committee (CEC) was tasting their mint juleps provided by the Jefferson Hotel in downtown Richmond, as part of the EC’s regular monthly retreat at their usual table at the Jefferson.  Regardless of how this unbelievable Resolution happened, I call upon all of you to attend this meeting to stand up and vote the shameful Resolution down for good.  The only Charge in the Resolution is that the 1st Lt.Commander has not done anything since being elected in November.  Well, even so, at least I did not screw anything up!!!  I should be congratulated, not shamed by this ignominious Resolution.  Besides, at some point, some where, some time, eventually I could possibly accomplish something.  We need a due process vote to forever put this malicious and defamatory matter to rest.  I must not lose the perks of the Office of the 1st Lt. Commander, such as the Fire Eater Harley, which looks so nice in my driveway next to the Fire Eater Red Corvette; as well as free lodging at all 5 star hotels approved by AAA and free meals at all 5 star restaurants approved by the American Restaurant Association.  To lose these perks would be an unconscionable tragedy for me. Therefore, I urge, beg, plead, cajole, entreat and supplicate each and every Fire Eater, Friend, Associate, Lady of the Camp, OCR member, VA Flagger, ANVMC member to come to this Fire Eater meeting on February 1, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. for the meal and 7:00 p.m. for the business meeting at Anna’s Italian Restaurant on Mechanicsville Turnpike, to vote down this scurrilous Resolution of Impeachment.  Please, please, please attend this meeting.  The consequence of your not attending and voting down the Impeachment Resolution would be that:
FIRST:  You will be able to enjoy socializing with fellow Southerners, catching up with all the recent happenings that impact our Camp and the Southern Cause.  You will be able to break bread together with Compatriots, Friends, Associates, OCR members, ANVMC members and Ladies of the Camp, enjoying the good food at Anna’s Italian Restaurant.  You will be able to watch, listen to, hear and participate in the fantastic fun provided by the boisterous behavior and continuous loud laughter from that now infamous location in our Camp meeting room (assuming that the Instigator/Raucous Rebel Belle, Cathy Hendricks, is attending)!!!  You have to be there to witness this activity.  It is all part of the fun of being at a Fire Eater meeting.
Second:  You will hear an interesting keynote speaker make a presentation concerning the Southern Cause.  This month our guest speaker is our good friend, Bo Traywick, who lives in Richmond, has published at least one book about the South, and is frequently published in the Richmond Times Dispatch.  Bo has spoken at our Camp in the past, and will be presenting a new topic entitled “The Virginia Decision–1861”.
Finally:  We need everyone to attend the meetings to support our Camp in all of its activities.  There are a variety of opportunities to serve the Camp and gain fulfillment from your membership in the Camp.  Come to the meeting and see what activity interests you.
I Triple Dog Dare you to not attend this meeting!!!
Humbly, Respectfully and Reverently Submitted,
Joe Howard

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,