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    Friends,

    It is with great sadness that I pass along the most recent news regarding this years' effort at Raymond, MS.

    Following the conclusion of the Fort Blakeley event, I activated my phone and realized that I had received an email from the president for the Friends of Raymond asking me to call her. They are the caretakers and POC for our efforts at Raymond.

    I had expected this conversation to be in regards to the march that we were to conduct through town on the Saturday of the event. The mayor of Raymond had recently expressed concern regarding our efforts through town, as it might bring "bad publicity to our town," as she put it. This was in reference to the current situation at Ole Miss University and their attempts to move their Confederate marker. I assured her that none of our participants were going to involve themselves in any form of civil discord with any spectators that showed up to picket our efforts. After a four hour back and forth conversation, we agreed to move the march time to earlier in the morning to limit the amount of time the column spent in downtown Raymond. I felt the matter was resolved.

    The conversation I had with the Friends of Raymond on Sunday was completely different. I was told that the board held a meeting last Thursday night and had come to the conclusion that our presence in Raymond would be "too great a risk and a political flash point for bad publicity in the city of Raymond." They told me that their constituents in town had already begun to raise concerns about our presence, even though I am aware that there was no publicity of our effort even up to this past weekend. I was told there was no opportunity to salvage the event in any capacity at this point and that we would be unable to do anything at the Raymond battlefield. Their justification for cancelation stemming from their concerns that our presence, as a Confederate living history, would be too great a risk for the town to take in the "current political climate."

    To say I am heartbroken would be an complete understatement. I have spent the better part of 18 months preparing for this event and to host you all at what I considered one of the most pristine and important engagements of the Vicksburg Campaign. To each of you, I am truly sorry. I feel I have let you down and wish there was something more I could do. After talking to several of our event planners, we feel this is the best course of action.

    For those that registered for the event, there are several options that I am willing to make available to you.

    First, for anyone interested in attending "Missouri, 1861," Andrew J. Kasmar has graciously agreed to wave the cost of registration to that event, granted you will still need to submit the event document and impression images.

    Second, if you have interest in joining us for the Vicksburg Preservation March in 2020, we will knock $50 off your fee, and you would only be required to submit a final $75 to cover your fee into the event. This is due to the nature of the event and the amount of rations required to supplement 60 participants.

    Third, if you would like your registration dollars to still go towards preservation, we will be submitting those funds to the American Civil War Trust to assist in preservation efforts at Fort Blakeley, Alabama.

    Lastly, if you feel you deserve a refund, I will be happy to grant the $25 to you via PayPal.

    Please understand this will take me some time (as there are 90 of you who registered up to this date), so I will set a deadline of May 1 for folks to make their decision. Otherwise, all left over funds will be donated to the ACWT.

    Thank you all for your support and time with this effort. I truly wish that it would have been successful, but it is completely out of my hands at this point. I feel like I have been punched in the gut. Please take the time to support events like "Warlike on the Rapidan," "Pigs and Tomatoes," and "Missouri, 1861."

    -- Sam Galyon
    Most respectfully yours,

    Sam Galyon
    Trans-Miss Hellcats

    "Like True Badgers" -- 4th Wisconsin @ 155th Port Hudson

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    Re: 7th Texas at Raymond -- CANCELLED

    We will not be intimidated... We will be proud of our history and our hobby.

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      Re: 7th Texas at Raymond -- CANCELLED

      The action of the officials of Raymond is interesting, to say the least, considering the following quote on City of Raymond's website:

      "We all come from the past,
      and children ought to know
      What it was that went into their making,
      to know that life is a braided cord of humanity
      stretching up from time long gone,
      and that it cannot be defined by the span
      of a single journey from diaper to shroud."

      Take care,
      Marc Speed
      Marc Speed

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        Re: 7th Texas at Raymond -- CANCELLED

        I have a fond memory of being handed fried chicken and ginger snap cookies by period-dressed civilians as the Red River Battalion marched around the old Raymond Courthouse in May 1998 at the first Raymond Campaign event--my very first reenactment. We were Rebs the day we marched around the courthouse and Yanks on Sunday. Times have changed. Here's a photo of my 17 year old son and I in our spanking new uniforms and very bad hats. We're both fatter now, but our hats are a lot better.Phil and Todd Raymond MS 98 001.jpg
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          Re: 7th Texas at Raymond -- CANCELLED

          Originally posted by Phil McBride View Post
          I have a fond memory of being handed fried chicken and ginger snap cookies by period-dressed civilians as the Red River Battalion marched around the old Raymond Courthouse in May 1998 at the first Raymond Campaign event--my very first reenactment. We were Rebs the day we marched around the courthouse and Yanks on Sunday. Times have changed. Here's a photo of my 17 year old son and I in our spanking new uniforms and very bad hats. We're both fatter now, but our hats are a lot better.[ATTACH=CONFIG]53226[/ATTACH]
          Glad you mentioned that experience, Phil. It brought back some good memories for me, too. We were riding in column of fours in that same procession and a beautiful southern belle was handing us flowers from her basket. As luck would have it, I was on the wrong side of the column to get one, but it was a fine moment all the same. Good memories....
          J. Mark Choate
          7th TN. Cavalry, Co. D.

          "Let history dictate our impressions.......not the other way around!"

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            Re: 7th Texas at Raymond -- CANCELLED

            When the defenders of the Old Flag came through town a few minutes later, we didn't receive as warm a reception �� As a member of Company B (and a short one at that,) I was near the end of the regiment's column and didn't get to partake in the treats. But I did get to see the rebel flag come down, and Old Glory take its place atop the courthouse. BEST. EVENT. EVER
            Arch Campbell
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            Past Master of Martin Lodge #624, GL of Iowa AF & AM

            "Secessionists and Rebel Traitors desiring a fight can be accomodated[sic]on demand." -David Moore

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