Monthly Archives: February 2015

J.E.B. Stuart Memorial Service

JEB Stuart Memorial 2-7-15On Saturday, February 7th, members of the Edmund Ruffin Fire-Eaters, Camp #3000, SCV attended and participated in a memorial service to honor the anniversary of the birth of General James Ewell Brown Stuart, sponsored by Knibb’s Battery and J.E.B. Stuart Camp #1343 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Compatriot Patrick Seay laid a wreath on behalf of the camp at the grave of General Stuart, at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, VA.

Newsletter Updates

CompatriotsIt’s that time of the month. Please send your contributions to the camp’s next newsletter to Karen Cooper. Types of info you may want to send are: quotes, pictures, event dates, project needs and/or status, minutes of the last meeting, speaker information, color guard and southern heritage issues. Karen requests all information be sent by the 14th so she can send the newsletter February 20th.  Thank you for all of your support and contributions.

February Adopt -A-Highway Clean Up

Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup

Our Fire Eaters were out early this morning armed with clean up gear to attack our designated stretch of highway for clean up. The crew made short work of the job, receiving many honks and waves as they worked. Before our next clean up VDOT will be installing signage stating that this section is cared for by the Edmund Ruffin Fire Eaters SCV Camp #3000.


Heritage Report – Lee-Jackson Day Charlottesville VA

The vote on whether or not to cancel the Lee-Jackson holiday in Charlottesville will be held on the next regularly scheduled City Council Meeting, Tuesday, February 17th.  We hope that if you have not done so already, you will contact members of City Council and share your feelings about their plan to remove the Lee-Jackson holiday, regardless of the likely outcome.  We will plan on being in attendance for the final vote, whether or not we are given the opportunity to speak, and encourage anyone to join us who is able.
A public hearing this Monday night in Charlottesville, Virginia, to consider removing the Lee-Jackson holiday as an official holiday in the City.
City Councilor Kristin Szakos has long made the argument to City Council that the holiday should not an official city holiday.
“If people want to celebrate Lee and Jackson I have no objection to that, but for the city to close City Hall in commemoration of Lee and Jackson? I think a lot of our residents feel that doesn’t represent them. It doesn’t represent me.”
If the name sounds familiar to some of you, it may be because Ms. Szakos has a history of a strong Anti-Confederate agenda, calling for the removal of Confederate statues in the city in a 2012 Forum:
“Charlottesville City Counselor Kristin Szakos says it’s time for a discussion about what Charlottesville’s historic Confederate statues are saying about this community. One of the options she’s proposing is pulling Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson down off of their stone perches.”
Time is not our side in this one, but we believe that City Council at least needs to hear from as many people as possible between now and Monday.
Please take a moment to call or send an email asking them NOT to remove the Lee-Jackson Holiday from the City Calendar.
We suggest considering including the following talking points in any communications:
1)  This holiday honors two AMERICAN VETERANS.  Both men served both the United States and the Commonwealth of Virginia.  To deny them the honor and remembrance they deserve is to insult and dishonor ALL  Veterans.
2)   PRECEDENCE:   The holiday is recognized as a state holiday by the Commonwealth of Virginia, and a proclamation is issued each year by the Governor, including current Governor, Terry McAullife:
3)  Any effort  to remove the holiday will only cause division and strife where none existed.  As it is, the holiday is inclusive to all citizens.  This move serves to exclude and discriminate against citizens of Confederate ancestry.
Contact Information:
Mayor Satyendra Singh Huja
(434) 977-5094 (H)
(434) 981-8948 (C)
Vice Mayor Dede Smith
(434) 882-2933
Kristin Szakos
(434) 987-1042 (C)
Kathy Galvin
(434) 249-6404 (C)
Bob Fenwick
(434) 249-3406 (C)
To contact all the City Councilors with a question or comment CLICK HERE:
To contact Paige Rice, Clerk of Council, call 434-970-3113 or CLICK HERE:
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 911, City Hall
Charlottesville, VA 22902