Alexander’s Battalion Meeting Minutes

                                                                            January 19, 2019

The meeting was called to order at 8:30am

Artillery Staff in Attendance was: Battalion Commander, Col. John Douglass, Battalion Adjutant, Lt. Col. Tim Fogarty, Battalion Chaplin, Major Steve Peddycord and Safety Officer/Battalion Sgt Major.

Special Guests Lt. Col. Terry Alamong of the General Staff and Ms. Melonie Peddycord

Staff Absent: Lt. Col. George Miller, Major Roland Meiers, Capt. Bob Henry and Lt. Dawn McCall

Batterys in attendance were: Striblings Battery, 4th MD,

Batterys Absent: Bedford Light, Cunningham’s, Hart’s Battery, & 1st Co. Washington Artillery

·         Major Steve Peddycord began the meeting with prayers and blessing on all in attendance.

·         Battalion Commander Col. John Douglass, made his opening remarks, welcomed everyone and appreciated the effort all made to attend. He discussed how our hobby is becoming fragile with declining numbers a lot having to do with societal changes in attitudes and what history is taught to the younger folks, he talked of keeping the hobby alive for the next generation. Col. Douglass spoke on evolution is standards of the drill, a decline in the mega-events and the move to smaller events. A lengthy discussion was had on the events that occurred of the 2018 Gettysburg and to affiliate ourselves with other group such as the Federals, Parks and co-ordinate with PACS, ANV. His plan to discuss firing tactics with his peers of other organizations The battalion staff will continue as it is for 2019, and looking for a volunteer from our batterys to assume the Quartermaster position on staff. A discussion was had on have Lt. Col. Miller move into the leadership position as Col. Douglass stated he won’t be able to do this forever.

·         Chief of Staff Lt. Col. George Miller, in his absence, through a text, stated our battalion treasury balance is 186.73, no outstanding bills, a motion was made to raise battalion dues from $10 to $20 for 2019. The motion passed. 

·         Battalion Adjutant Lt. Col. Tim Fogarty,  took a hands vote as to what batterys were attending Corps and Corps sanctioned events, reviewed and emphasized the different forms to be found either on the Corps or battalion website, reminded the batterys to use the insurance form for any guests in the field, must put their name on it and turn it in Corps COS or ADJ, and to please send to this adjutant their yearly schedules and a copy of current insurance rider, also a battery roster of names must be submitted to Jill Russell by March 1st and to update battalion master roster, elaborated on the Chuck Hillsman/Longstreet’s Scholarship fund which a form can be found on the Corps or battalion websites., there has been only one applicant in past years, so someone in your family could possibly benefit from this. It can be used for immediate family of Corps members. Nominees must be submitted by April 30th or post marked by May 1st. no exceptions. Send to Art Wingo at dianewingo@vcu.org

·         Also as our year begins any nominees for “Artillerist of the year” are to be submitted to Sgt. Major Swain by Sept 1st at aswain41@aol.com  Criteria for this award was reviewed in battalion meeting. “Artillerist of the Award” will be presented at this year’s Cedar Creek.

·         Chaplain Steve Peddycord Spoke on General Order #83 of August 16 1863, which contained General Lee’s heartfelt talk to his troops.

Sgt. Major Alex Swain, Battalion Sgt. Major and Safety Officer, we had a safe year in 2018, but now without our medical staff, we need to watch out for one another in the field. A discussion was held on that NCWAA was not period correct and discussed options of a period correct drill. Talked on why we are placing rammers on the hubs as it means “ready” leading to the prepare command, the drill vs the safety aspect and lastly spoke on infantry retreating through our guns, that there must be a communication between battalion and artillery commanders whether by radio or runner/rider to let the infantry when it is safe to retreat through the guns, also spoke on incorporating the infantry and Cav into our scenarios. 

A class will be held once again at John Douglass’s farm to certify/recertify any cannoneers, positions 1-6 & gunner, As of now the class is slated for April 20-21 2019

·         A motion was made to close discussions and the meeting adjourned at approx.10:15am and proceed to the general Corps meeting downstairs in the hotel.

·         Chaplain Peddycord gave a parting prayer to end the meeting.

·         KUDOS TO SGT.MAJOR SWAIN FOR HIS PRESENTATION TO THE GENERAL CORPS ON THE DANGERS OF APPROACHIG A LOADED GUN, WHAT CROSSED RAMMERS MEAN TO THEM AND IF RETREATING TOWARDS THE GUNS,HOW TO AVOID THE AREA, IF AT ALL POSSIBLE EXTREMLY WELL DONE, I BELIEVE THEY GOT THE MESSAGE FROM THIS.

 

Respectfully Submitted By

Lt. Col. Tim Fogarty

Battalion Adjutant

Alexander’s Battalion

Longstreet’s Corps