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THE HOWLING DAWG

FEBRUARY 2015

Hawk

16th Georgia Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company G "The Jackson Rifles"

POST-OLUSTEE ISSUE

AN OLUSTEE TO REMEMBER ...

The "Jackson Rifles" Surge Forward at the Battle of Ocean Pond

When you have attended a particular event for many years you have to resist the dull edge of sameness. As you get past that point, nostalgia takes hold and you look at the old grounds, where you have spent so many an eventful weekend, as if they are a box of faded photographs. February 2015 drew people of the past to the old familiar haunts. Friday evening Ronnie "Skin" Neal and Larry "Bones" Orr pitched their tent near the swamp. Around the campfire, "Bones" and I decided it had been at least a decade since he and I stood on this familiar ground. "Coonpossum" and Beverly came with us. Jerry "Alabama" Franklin sailed in. I heard that Jose Menderos was present but I never could catch up to him. There was Phil Frazier, Jerry Gouge, Pat and John Rocky Griffeth; Bill Cameron, Wanda Middlebrooks (formerly Dobson) Ford Wilson, Laney Haygood and even Sam Bornt. Some of these names of the 80's-90's - are vaguely known - suspended between past and present among living legends and legends in the making. It was an Olustee to remember..... Duke

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OLUSTEE 2015 IN PICTURES

As is often the case we are blessed by the dedicated efforts of several talented photographers. Among best pictures we received this time were from Heidi Edge who sent them in three collections: The Parade, The Memorial Service and The Battle. Were know you will enjoy them as much as we do and thank her for capturing these moments of life ...

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LAKE CITY PARADE - SATURDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 14th

"Who knows, but it may be given to us, after this life, to meet again...to get up soon to answer the

morning roll call, to fall in at the tap of the drum for drill and dress parade....." - Sgt. Berry Benson

THE MEMORIAL SERVICE - SATURDAY 5 PM, FEBRUARY 14th

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THE MEMORIAL SERVICE - SATURDAY 5 PM, FEBRUARY 14th

Members of The Camp of the Unknown Soldier #2218, the Logan Bleckley Camp #1998 and The Lt. James T. Woodward #1399 took part in a memorial service conducted by Compatriot Ricky Smith for the Confederate dead of the February 20, 1864 Battle of Ocean Pond. Simple Heritage provided special music. Rev. Joey Young called on Heaven for us all.

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THE MEMORIAL SERVICE - SATURDAY 5 PM, FEBRUARY 14th

"..... And though we weep 'tis for those braves who stood in proud array, beneath our flag and nobly died while wearing of the gray....." -4-

THE SKIT SATURDAY NIGHT, FEBRUARY 14th

Years ago, a Saturday evening skit was a 16th GA trademark, crafted from the amazing imagination of Ricky "Coonpossum" Smith. It was always meant as a high tribute to the target of our shenanigans. This year, the tradition was revised and took aim at our new GVB Colonel, Larry Bacon. If you want more explanation than that I suggest you ask him...

CHURCH CALL SUNDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 15th

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THE BATTLE - SUNDAY AFTERNOON, FEBRUARY 15th

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