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Grave Committee Report

RuffinSiteTuesday July 18, 2017

Members of the Edmund Ruffin Fire Eaters camp 3000 Graves & monuments committee, went to the family grave site of Edmund Ruffin to clean headstones and replace tattered and or fadded flags. Upon their arrival and to their dismay a large tree limb had fallen across the fence that borders the grave site. The damage, if any, to any of the  headstones can not be determind until the limb is removed Tuesday July 18 , 2017. We will have the equipment and volunteers on site at that time.

Graves & Monuments Chairman, Jim Tingle


July 2017 Fire Eaters’ Meeting

Hey Everyone:
Did you realize that 2017 is almost history?  Think about it…the days are already getting shorter and 2017 is over have over already!  Can you believe it?
Well don’t panic; we have a solution for you that will allow you to sit back, relax and enjoy good fellowship and reacquaint yourself with your Southern Compatriots.
This month our guest speaker is Ed Harris, who will be speaking on John Bell Hood.  Ed comes to us through the recommendation of John Henry Taylor.
As usual, we will have a large central table in the Restaurant for any and all who want to socialize before the formal meeting.  So gather around the table at 6:00 p.m. (1800 for you military types) to meet, eat and greet.  If you prefer, there are a number of other restaurants in the Ashland area, but the Almadora Restaurant is convenient to our meeting space.  Regular meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. (1900) in the upstairs meeting room.
We need to get everything straight for the upcoming Tomato Festival, so come on down to see what is planned.
The Camp has not had any controversy since the Camp Corvette and Camp Harley fiasco, and I love a good controversy.  Therefore, I urge you to please submit your ideas for a great Camp Controversy to me, so we can see if anyone can get something together that will result in charges being brought this time.
Have fun on July 4th, and get your bad self out to The Bass Pro Shops for our monthly meeting on July 5 at 6:00 p.m.
See you all then.
P.S.: There is absolutely no truth to the rumor that the Stafford County Sheriff’s Swat Team surrounded my residence in an effort to repossess the Camp Corvette.  Don’t believe it, whatever inaccurate, incorrect and blatant falsehoods the liberal press prints about this alleged incident!
Joe Howard

June 2017 First Shot


The June 2017 edition of the Edmund Ruffin Fire Eaters’ newsletter, The First Shot is now available. Download your copy here..

REMINDER: Color Guard Event

Gentlemen –

This is a reminder for those that contacted me to participate in the Color Guard for the Shockoe Hill ceremony Sunday June 4th at 2 p.m. Please remember that we have been asked to be there one hour early.
We will be dedicating headstones for 35 Confederates, 8 Rev. war and 3 for 1812.
We have already experienced some warm weather. I would recommend if you have a canteen, please carry it. If you don’t please consider putting a bottle of water in your haversack.
There will be times when it is very warm and we will not wear shell jackets / Frock Coats. On warm days you may consider bringing your vest with you. We do not want anyone to suffer heat stroke.
Best Regards,

June Meeting

Dear Fire Eaters, Friends, Ladies, Associates, Compatriots:
I know you may be anxiously awaiting a weird meeting reminder, with my usual shenanigans, jokes and making a fool of myself, which I thoroughly enjoy doing, even if no one else enjoys such jocular missives.
However, this month, I need to make sure that everyone knows about our new meeting location starting with the June 7, 2017 meeting.  This is being done so that no one shows up at the wrong location, and also
to demonstrate that I am “semi compos mentis”, which is a  polite way of saying “only half crazy”.
If you have any questions about the new meeting site or this abrupt change, contact Commander Joe Wright, Adjutant Walter Smith, 2nd Lt. Commander Willie Wells, 1st Lt. Commander Joe Howard, or Matron of Honor Judy Smith, who are all knowledgeable about this shift in location.
My compliments to Commander Joe Wright for his strong leadership efforts to secure a new meeting venue for our Camp on short notice.  The fact of the matter is that Anna’s Italian Restaurant advised us that due to low attendance at the Fire Eaters meetings this year, they are booking larger parties in the meeting room, and that we needed to vacate beginning with the June meeting (they have already booked a 75 person group on June 7 to attend a party in the meeting room).  As a result, Commander Wright promptly searched for an alternate site, requesting input from the Executive Committee.
Those members who have been with the Camp for a while will remember that we used to meet at the Bass Pro Shops, until we started getting too large for their meeting room to accommodate us.  There is a decent restaurant at this location, where we can dine and enjoy fellowship and socializing.
I hope this information is not confusing for anyone.  The situation is that we can no longer meet at Anna’s Italian Restaurant, but will now go back to meeting at the Bass Pro Shops (which you can see from I-95), which have everything we need to continue our members, guests, Friends, Associates, the Ladies and visitors.
So if you have your car computer or GPS programmed to take you to Anna’s, you need to override the infallible computer and make a U Turn to head over to the Bass Pro Shops, where we are fortunate to have a restaurant as well as a good private meeting room.
See y’all joining me in circling around Hanover County looking for the Camp #3000 meeting!   Not!!!  See you at the Bass Pro Shops on June 7, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. for dinner, and 7:00 p.m. for the formal meeting.
Joe Howard
1st Lt. Commander

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.

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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!

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