"The Hanover Dragoons
Camp #827, SCV"
February Camp Meeting

Our February meeting was held on the 19th in the Fellowship Hall of
historical Slash Christian Church located at
11353 Mount Hermon Road,Ashland, VA.

Our guest speaker this month was
Dr. Bob Bluford of the
Hanover County Historical Commission.

He is very knowledgeable of
Hanover County’s rich history and a wide variety of
Civil War/War Between the States history. We enjoyed hearing about his various efforts around the county to promote and preserve it's history, including his efforts at historic Pole Green Church.

Below is a photo showing the view from
historic Pole Green Church today.

Some of Dr. Bluford's other efforts in the past have been preserving Civil War Battlefield trenches and most recently his joint efforts with the APVA with regards to the "Lee Tree" in Mechanicsville.

Below is a photo of the "Lee Tree"
taken in December, 2002.

We had a great turnout, despite the wintry weather, for our Camp meeting. We had regular members, new members, prospective members and visitors from other Camps, including John Frawner (Compatriot of Capt.Wm.Latane Camp) and John Henry Taylor (Compatriot of R.E.Lee Camp)

Compatriot John Henry Taylor brought a rather unique gift to the Camp...a copy of a photo of his Confederate ancestor. Compatriot Taylor's great grandfather was 2nd Lt. Charles Coleman Taylor of Co. E, 15th VA Infantry "Ashland Grays" and Co. G., 4th VA Cavalry "Hanover Light Dragoons". What a prized gift for our Camp - a photo of one of the brave Confederates who served in the very unit our Camp is named after. We thank Compatriot Taylor for sharing this with us and below is 2nd Lt. Taylor's photo.

The Camp does still need a Camp Chaplain and if you are interested in serving our Camp in this position, please contact me.

We do have several prospective members at this time who are working on their applications.
We welcome each and every one of you!

Our Camp was well represented at the various Lee-Jackson-Maury programs during January. I received in the mail this week from Past VA Division Commander, Baxter Perkinson the following note and photo:

"Thank you for your help in making Robert E. Lee's birthday such a success. My goal is to keep having this event on his birthday, so if we keep this successful, it will be harder for any group to stop us! I hope you will like the photo enclosed. I think it is real good. Harold Himes (American Legion) took it." (See photo below)

As you can see by the photo and the number of wreaths, it was a great program as were all the programs honoring and remembering
Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

I look forward to seeing each of you on
March 19th at Slash Church!

Robert T. Millikin, III
The Hanover Dragoons Camp #827

Robert T. Millikin, III, Site Owner/Admin. and Commander, The Hanover Dragoons Camp #827.
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