The Quantrill Gazette – Past Issues

The Official Newsletter of the Confederate Riders of America

Read past issues below.

4th Qtr 2023

3rd Qtr 2023

2nd Qtr 2023

1st Qtr 2023

4th Qtr 2022

3rd Qtr 2022

2nd Qtr 2022

1st Qtr 2022

4th Qtr 2021

3rd Qtr 2021

2nd Qtr 2021

Welcome to the Confederate Riders of America by James Lovelace - Welcome Back to the Quantrill Gazette !   Well another quarter of the year is gone. With the many things going on such as Covid, Sickness and one of the coldest winters in a 100 years, the members of the CRA have been busy completing our mission. So many other groups basically shut down inRead more ⟶
Message from the President by Rick Cameron - We are already in our third issue of the Quantrill Gazette. Thank you to our Editor-in-Chief James Lovelace and to all of our reporters, Y’all are doing a great job! I’ve got a few things I wanted to get out to everyone. First off, I want to welcome our two latest LIFE MEMBERS, Chris TaylorRead more ⟶
The Declaration of Independence – Preamble Part 2 by Rick Cameron - [the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God] Thomas Jefferson referred to two categories of universal law. The first category, the Laws of Nature, are simply all laws that govern the universe both physical and moral. Examples of physical laws are the law of gravity, the laws of motion, chemistry, biology, etc. Examples of moralRead more ⟶
Monuments of the South by James Lovelace -           Athens, Alabama The Limestone County Confederate Soldiers Memorial is an outdoor marble Confederate memorial installed outside the Limestone County Courthouse in Athens, Alabama. Limestone County and the City of Athens, Alabama was the first city invaded by the Union Invaders. The monument was erected in 1909, and depicts a soldierRead more ⟶
The Little Things by James Lovelace - We get so busy in life sometimes that we forget the little things. We spend time on Facebook, Twitter or checking emails. We go to work each day just to make money to provide for our families.  I guess it gets in the way of doing the little things.   Little things can be soRead more ⟶
Chapter 10002 by Rebecca Evans - Chapter 10002 Spotsylvania VA   Spring is in the air here in VA! With the weather getting warmer, we are planning more outdoor recreation regarding our Chapter. This is to include Cemetery trips to allow those who do not yet have an adopted soldier, a chance to find one. Lake trips as a Chapter, cookRead more ⟶
Barry County Chapter News by Melanie Fastner-Taylor - Greetings CRA brothers and sisters from the Barry County Chapter.   Here’s all the news that’s fit to print from southwest Missouri, the birthplace of CRA.   The January meeting for the Barry County Chapter was both an end and a beginning.  The end of 2020, because we were finally able to hold our ChristmasRead more ⟶
Greetings from Tennessee Chapter # 16001 Crossville TN by Maudean Bullard - Now that the terrible coronavirus year of 2020 is behind us, we are looking forward to this year.  It is not starting out to well for our members.  Several of our members are having health issues that we are all continuing to say prayers for.  Now that we are starting to see warmer temperatures, weRead more ⟶
The Battle of Olustee February 20, 1864 by James Lovelace - February 20, 1864: The Battle of Olustee February 2, 2021 by Jenny Ashcraft Fold 3 HQ Blog     On February 20, 1864, the Battle of Olustee (also known as the Battle of Ocean Pond) was fought in Baker County, Florida. It was the largest battle of the Civil War fought in Florida and involvedRead more ⟶
Taking Up the Mantle: A Salute to our Jr. Riders by Eric Dempsey - I  wish  I  could  say  I  was  a  direct witness  to  the  events  of  Chapter  #28002’s  chapter  meeting  on  Friday  March  19th  2021…. the date I  cherish already  ( for  personal  reasons ) . Unfortunately  ,because  of  my  work  schedule,   I  was not.   This  was  not  only  a  most  prestigious  day  in  our  wonderful Read more ⟶
Lochlainn Seabrook by James Lovelace -  It’s not very often that one of our very own gets published in a book. And yet that is just what happened to Sandra “Sassy” Fish. She was asked to submit an article for a book of stories by Lochlainn Seabrook. I can’t think of a greater honor for her to have knowing that 1,000’sRead more ⟶
Back to Business by Adopt-A-Soldier Coordinator - Greetings CRA Brothers and Sisters!   We have almost made it through another winter. Green grass, blooming flowers, sunshine and warmth is on the horizon.   We must get back to visiting, grooming grave markers and paying respect to our ancestors. Remember the commitment we made when we adopted our soldier(s).  I want to takeRead more ⟶
Time to Plan for Summer by James Lovelace - Thank You Lord for another winter on it’s way out!! When winter is harder than normal like this year (February) we all get cabin fever. We can’t wait for the first signs of spring to come out. Maybe it’s the budding of the Buttercup’s (Daffodils) or the budding of the trees. We all get excitedRead more ⟶
Interviews with Lifetime member Miss Randie Owen and New member Mrs. Rebecca Evans by Eric Dempsey - This quarter I wanted to focus a little on the ladies of the Confederate Riders of America so my following two interviews are with a couple of women who have shown resilience and loyalty through and through. I start my interviews this round with a dedicated lifetime member….Miss Randie Owen.   Q.G.:  Hi Randie! So,Read more ⟶
Dr. William Key by Sandra Fish - William Key, nineteenth-century veterinarian and horse trainer, was born a slave in Winchester and took the name of his owner, William Key, a Shelbyville planter and entrepreneur. As a child he demonstrated a remarkable talent for working with horses and mules. Key read veterinary texts and experimented with animal remedies until he became a successfulRead more ⟶
Interviews with Lifetime member Miss Randie Owen and New member Mrs. Rebecca Evans by Eric Dempsey - My second interview is with New member, Mrs. Rebecca Evans…   Q.G.: Hi Rebecca! How are you doing today?   Rebecca: I am doing well, thank you. And I hope you are as well…   Q.G.: (laughs out loud)Yes I am, and thank you! Is it true that you are in a chapter? Where isRead more ⟶

1st Qtr 2021

Welcome to the New Year by James Lovelace - Welcome to the New Year Everyone!! We would like to wish everyone a late Merry Christmas and Happy New Years!! Last year was a great year with many new members and several new chapters. With all of this going on out in the field we yet had time to create a totally new website. PresidentRead more ⟶
President’s Comments by Rick Cameron - I hope everyone had a great holiday season with lots of family time, great food and a thankfulness in our hearts for what we all are blessed with. A lot of events have happened since our October 1 issue of the Quantrill Gazette. This past year seemed to be in a continual freefall. The NovemberRead more ⟶
Remembering A Fallen Sister by James Lovelace - Connie Anne Brown Elrod, 62 of Vashti, TX, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, December 12, 2020 in Wichita Falls, TX. Pallbearers are Brad Hanks, Billy Brown, Alex Dangsai, Dakota Stone, Jeff Holden and Levi Beasley, and Austin Bailey, Garrett Gestes, Tiffany Sword, Jerry Wayne Brown, Tyler Gallagher, and Chance Orton, servingRead more ⟶
The Declaration of Independence – Preamble Part 1 by Rick Cameron - The Preamble of the Declaration of Independence: In Congress, July 4, 1776 The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth,Read more ⟶
Chapter 10002 Spotsylvania, VA by Rebecca Evans - Chapter 10002 of Spotsylvania VA has some really interesting things in play. Currently we have sworn in 5 new members. We have Daniel Ranasinghe whom we have made our Chaplin, Penny Watson, Nicholas Shaver, Sara Shaver and Drew Bacallao . Mr Shaver is currently our Sergeant at Arms. Currently our Chapter has 10 members. InRead more ⟶
Barry County Chapter 24001 News by Melanie Fastner-Taylor - Greetings, CRA family, from the Barry County MO Chapter. 2020 continues to be a challenging year for those of us here in Missouri. The monthly meeting in October, and the potluck dinner after,went off without a hitch and left us optimistic that some sense of “normal” might be just around the corner.  The chapter madeRead more ⟶
Tennessee Chapter # 16001 Crossville TN by Maudean Bullard - Greetings from Tennessee Chapter 16001. In the last part of the year we held a Back the Blue rally in September to show our support for our local police force. It was a big success. Three people came to us wanting to join our group, Luke and Jamie Heral and Destiny Honeycutt. The Herals jumpedRead more ⟶
Chapter #28002-The Beginning by Randie Owen - In the beginning, there was a big boom for the Confederate Riders of America. It started with 6 dedicated members to 100s in a few short months. Our chapter started very much the same. Our single chapter started with 40 to 50 members. Well, a MAJOR series of unbelievable unfortunate events depleted our numbers inRead more ⟶
Petrified Confederate Soldier Legend by Adopt-A-Soldier Coordinator - During both the War of 1812 and the Civil War, Grassy Cove’s caves were an invaluable source of saltpeter , which was used in the manufacture of gunpowder. William Kelly mined saltpeter in Grassy cove Saltpeter Cave in 1812, according to a manuscript written by Richard Green Waterhouse. According to a local legend, the body ofRead more ⟶
The Family by James Lovelace - Unlike most articles we do here we post a lot of facts and information, this article will come from my heart. I want to speak on my family and how it was growing up in a large family. As a young boy I grew up with my mother and sister. My parents separated when IRead more ⟶
Why Me? by Randie Owen - When I became a member of the CRA, there were very profound reasons why I joined. Reasons, such as wonderful friends, loving family environment, and supportive like-minded individuals are plenty for joining any organization. Educated, intuitive people, dedicated to doing what is right, come by the bucket loads in this organization and I genuinely enjoyRead more ⟶
California in the Civil War by James Lovelace - Most people know that the Civil War, fought between 1861 and 1865, began with the firing on Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861 in Charleston, South Carolina. But they don’t know that California did play a significant role in the War Between the States. California became a state in 1850, and in 1859 the CaliforniaRead more ⟶
The Battle of Raymond Mississippi Along the Natchez Trace Parkway. by James Lovelace - The Battle of Raymond was fought on May 12, 1863, near Raymond, Mississippi, during the Vicksburg Campaign of the War of Southern Independence. The bitter fight pitted elements of Union Army Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s Army of the Tennessee against Confederate forces of Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton’s Department of the Mississippi and EastRead more ⟶
Interview with New Member Mr.James Lovelace ,Chapter #16001 by Eric Dempsey - For my new member interview, I wanted to close out the year with someone who is new,but also made an impact in the organization right out of the gate. I believe that, in the case of James Lovelace, I have found such a member. This individual joined us January of 2020 (officially)and in that shortRead more ⟶
QG Interview with Life Member Alissa Townsend by Eric Dempsey - With our second edition of the Quantrill Gazette we sat down with newly instated Lifetime and patched member Alissa Townsend. QG: Congratulations on your new acquisitions (lifetime membership, patches) since that is what this interview is about. Lifetime membership is quite an achievement, yes? Especially for you,considering you have been with the organization almost fromRead more ⟶

4th Qtr 2020

Welcome by James Lovelace - Welcome to the first edition of The Quantrill Gazette. An all new newsletter just for the Confederate Riders of America Members. As our group grows each month the need to share information, share events, learn about each other and much more came to the surface. Our President Rick Cameron saw this need and after discussionRead more ⟶
President’s Comments by Rick Cameron - First off I would like to express my appreciation to everyone that has had a hand in making our newsletter a reality. It takes a lot of dedication and hard work to make things like this happen. A special thank you to James Lovelace for stepping up to be the Editor-in-Chief of the Quantrill Gazette.Read more ⟶
Our National Birth Certificate by Rick Cameron - Many Americans have never read their national birth certificate: The Declaration of Independence. This document contains many principles which give us a sense of identity as Americans. Ignoring this document affects both us and our posterity. Our lack of self-identity has resulted in a loss of this unique character that is at the roots ofRead more ⟶
3rd Lt Lucius Weaver Gash by James Lovelace - Lt Gash was born on April 8, 1844 near Raleigh, NC. His early life consisted as many other men who served in the CSA, he farmed the land for his family. When the need came for men to take a stand Lucius Gash was 17 years old. Lt Gash joined the 11th Regiment North CarolinaRead more ⟶
3rd Quarter 2020 – New Service Mark Members – Patch Holders by James Lovelace - Earning those coveted patches is not an easy thing to do. It takes 200 hours of service, learning the history of the CRA, the ability to recruit a new member and representing the CRA in all aspects of the day. Each Quarter we would like to honor those members that have done the work toRead more ⟶
The Stars and Bars by James Lovelace - The first official National Flag of the Confederacy, often called the “Stars and Bars”, flew from March 4, 1861, to May 1, 1863. It was designed by Prussian-American artist Nicola Marschall in Marion, Alabama, and resembled the Flag of Austria, with which Marschall would have been familiar. The flag was replaced in May 1863 dueRead more ⟶
Quantrill, Bandit or Hero? by James Lovelace - William Clark Quantrill was born in Canal Dover, Ohio on July 31,1837. His father was Thomas Henry Quantrill of Maryland. His mother was Caroline Cornelia Clark of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Quantrill was the oldest of 12 children four of which died as infants. By the time he was 16 Quantrill was teaching school in Ohio. InRead more ⟶
CRA Member Bio – Sandra “Sassy” Fish by Sandra Fish - Married to Jerry Fish 6 years. Mother of 2 and 2 grandsons, stepmother of 2 and 1 step grandson. Daughter of Charles and Sandra Griffith. Oldest child with 2 sisters and 1 brother. I was raised in Cumberland Co, Tn but also lived in Gettysburg, Pa. I still visit my friends and the battlefields there.Read more ⟶
Cumberland County #16001 Crossville, Tennessee by James Lovelace - In the first quarter of the year the original 8 members formed the chapter after being sworn in at a meeting in Chattanooga, TN. It didn’t take long for those 8 members to become 10, 12 and 16. By recruiting people we knew and trusted. We became very active in the community when BLM andRead more ⟶
Virginia Chapter #10002 Spotsylvania, VA by Rebecca Evans - We are truly excited for this opportunity that has been given to us and cannot wait to see what the future has to hold. We look forward to seeing how we can help keep our Confederate History alive. We came about wanting to start a chapter here in Virginia due to the most recent eventsRead more ⟶
Adopt-A-Soldier Coordinator by Adopt-A-Soldier Coordinator - Hey Ya’ll! “Sassy” here to update you on the Adopt A Soldier program. This is a new position for me and I am in a learning curve and trying to organize a few things. This is a privilege and an honor for me! To date, we have 70 adopted soldiers and more that I amRead more ⟶
Wichita County, Texas Chapter #28004 by Barbara Cheatheam - Hello everyone from the great stats of Texas. We are proud to announce that we have started a new chapter in Wichita county Texas. Our chapter number is 28004 and our officers are: President Steven Hunt Vice President Don Cheatheam Serge of Arms Levi Beasley Secretary Barbara Cheatheam Treasurer Jason Brogdon Our first event weRead more ⟶
Potter County Texas Chapter 28002 by Randie Owen - Even with COVID-19 sweeping through the country like a bad nightmare on steroids, we are doing our best to continue efforts for the CRA. Located in the Texas panhandle, though a small chapter, we spend an extensive amount of time making a big mark on the community. When organizational programs, such as Adopt-A-Highway and Adopt-A-Soldier,Read more ⟶
Barry County, Missouri #24001 by Melanie Fastner-Taylor - Greetings CRA brothers and sisters. Let me begin by saying Thank You to Rick Cameron for asking me to serve as the newsletter correspondent for the Barry County Chapter. I am humbled and excited to be able to share news from our chapter and I look forward to working with all of you who areRead more ⟶
The Battle Cry of Freedom by George F. Root by James Lovelace - Our flag is proudly floating On the land and on the main, Shout, shout the battle cry of Freedom! Beneath it oft we’ve conquered, And we’ll conquer oft again! Shout, shout the battle cry of Freedom! Our Dixie forever! She’s never at a loss! Down with the eagle And up with the cross! We’ll rallyRead more ⟶
Member Interview by Eric Dempsey by Eric Dempsey - Joey Evans President, Chapter #10002 Spotsylvania, Virginia I wanted to interview one of our new members to give our readers an idea of what drives or interests someone to join our organization. Joey Evans fits that description perfectly. Herein lies the following interview with a 7 month member, newly chapter president appointed Mr Joey Evans.Read more ⟶
Shortest Military Service Civil War by James Lovelace - Confederate — William Knight, enlisted in Midway March 19, 1862, Private, Company H, 39th TN Mounted Infantry, Confederate; died of disease May 25. Served 66 days. Union — Reuben Baskette, enlisted at Greeneville June 13, 1863, at the age of 18, 5-feet 6-inches tall, eyes blue, hair light; Private, Company B, 4th TN Cavalry, Union;Read more ⟶
Member Interview by Eric Dempsey by Eric Dempsey - Michael “Mayhem” Mitchell Chapter 28002 Potter County, Texas For my second interview we introduce the first of two newly signed lifetime members Mr. Michael “Mayhem” Mitchell. QNL: Hi Mayhem! How are you today brother? Michael: I’m doing great. Enjoying the beginning of a three day weekend. QNL: That’s good…I will try not to take upRead more ⟶
Member Interview by Eric Dempsey by Eric Dempsey - Miss Anne “Carebear” Ramundo Chapter 28002 Potter County Texas My last interview is with another newly vested lifetime member…Miss Anne “Carebear” Ramundo. (For our readers,I am the chapter President for chapter #28002. The reason for this explanation is because Carebear and Mayhem are members of my chapter). QNL: Good evening Carebear and how are you?Read more ⟶
Remembering a Fallen Brother of the CRA!! by James Lovelace - James (Chester) Frederick Eagen of Crossville, TN – Beloved husband, father, and grandfather and esteemed teacher, coach, administrator and mentor passed away September 1, 2020 at age 71. Mr. Eagen was well known and respected by students, teachers, staff and community members. He taught English and French and supervised many other academic extracurricular activities. HeRead more ⟶