Members of our Chapter and guests were invited to share in the “Christmas in Dixie” event conducted by the Covington Rifles Camp of the SCV. Commander Curtis Thomasson welcomed all, and Sir Francis McGowin presented a program about Christmas during the War.
Tammie and Brandi Evans at the 118th Alabama Division United Daughters of the Confederacy Convention held in Florence, Alabama, September 12-14, 2013. Tammie is the current Alabama Division Historian, and Brandi served as the UDC President General’s Page. At the Convention our chapter was awarded several certificates. We were tied for the most Children of the Confederacy to UDC transfers, tied for the Chapter with the best Alabama Day activity, and certificate of Honorable Mention. Tammie also serves as the Gen. Henry D. Clayton District Director. Our District was the recipient of the Mrs. Idyl King Sorsby Trophy. This is given to the District through whose influence statewide interest in Alabama Day has been most fittingly observed. We also received a certificate for best percentage of attendance at District Meeting. The Alabama Division sponsors a coloring and student essay contest. Two students from Straughn Elementary School won awards. Preston Bales won first place for his essay titled “Confederate Music” and a cash prize of $15.00. Spirit Hall of Straughn Elementary placed third in the state coloring contest.
Two new members received their UDC Membership Certificates at the annual Thomasson Reunion held on August 3, 2013. Janice Bowers Wallace and Judy Treadaway-Jordan were introduced by UDC Thomas Randolph Thomasson Chapter President Linda Castleberry. Janice joins under the service of her Great-Great-Grandfather William Jasper Bowers, Company A, 18th Regiment, Alabama Infantry. Judy Treadaway-Jordan joins under the service off Great-Great-Grandfather Cornelius J. Jackson, Company F, 63rd Regiment, Alabama Infantry.
Stonewall Jackson 667 hosted this year’s District meeting on February 23 at Colby’s in Ozark. The Thomas Randolph Thomasson chapter is a member of the General Henry D. Clayton District of the Alabama UDC. Other member chapters are Gen. William C. Oates 1342, Dothan; Gen. Edmond Winchester Rucker 2534, Enterprise; Capt. Stouten Hubert Dent 2669, Eufaula; and Stonewall Jackson 667, Ozark. Representatives from each chapter were present.
This term’s District officers are Mrs. Tammie Evans, director; Miss Brandi Evans, co-director; Mary Williams, chaplain; and Holly Muller, recording secretary.
A special thanks goes out to the Captain Stouten Hubert Dent Chapter 2669 of Eufaula for hosting the Gen. Henry D. Clayton District Meeting this year. After the business portion of the meeting, attendees visited Fendall Hall, which is owned and run by the Alabama Historical Commission.
Beauvoir, President Davis’s last home, is now a National Historic Landmark that is open to the general public every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas. After President Jefferson’s death and his wife’s move to New York two years later, the estate went on to serve as the Jefferson Davis Soldiers Home until 1940. After two years of restoration, it became the 51-acre site of the Jefferson Davis Presidential Library and the Beauvoir Estate. Although they are still recovering from the damages of Hurricane Katrina, the museum has much to offer and is well worth the trip.