Camp of the Year Award
At the 2011 State Meeting of the Mississippi Division of the
Sons of Confederate Veterans, the Colonel William P. Rogers
SCV Camp recieved the Jefferson Davis Award as the Mississippi
SCV Camp of the Year. This was the second year the Camp took
Eli Franklin Romine Iron Cross Dedication
October 29,2011, the Col Rogers Camp and the Corinth United
Daughters of the Confederacy Chapter #333 dedicated an Iron
Cross Memorial at the grave site of Private Eli Franklin Romine
of Company A of the Sixth Regiment of Mississippi Calvary at
Farmington Baptist Church. The Sixth Mississippi was part of
General Nathan Bedford Forrest's command and participated in
several battles in Mississippi. The Sixth was cited for gallantry
in the Battle of Harrisburg, which is now part of Tupelo, MS.
The unveiling of the Iron Cross was done by SCV members. The
tributes to Private Romine was done by Commander Mangus and
Mrs. Rosa Spencer, UDC president. UDC members placed a wreath
on Private Romine's grave.
here for Private Eli Franklin Romine Service Program
Sons Memorial Services
Oct.2, 2011 the Rogers SCV Camp and the Mississippi Division
of the SCV held two Memorial Services for our two Real Sons
that answered the last "Roll Call" in June - Mr. Willie
J. Cartwright and Mr. James J.
Nelms, Jr. We were honored to have Mr. Alan Palmer, Commander
of the Mississippi Division, and Mr. Larry McCluney, Councilman,
of the Army of Tennessee as participants in the Memorial Services.SCV
members from many Camps across Mississippi were in attendance
to honor the last two Real Sons from Mississippi.They were very
moving services, greatly appreciated by the families and friends
of Mr. Cartwright and Mr. Nelms.
Willie J. Cartwright Memorial Service
Cartwright's grave marker
Members in Mourning dress
Larry McCluney presenting flag
Mr. James J. Nelms, Jr. Memorial Service
Nelms Head Stone
James Taylor escorting
Presentation of flag by Councilman Larry McCluney
Division Commander Alan Palmer
of first cousins run very deep
by Daily Corinthian
first cousins and Alcorn County natives are among the six living
true sons of Confederate veterans documented in the state of
Mississippi, but the parallels between the two men run much
Willie Cartwright, who will be 87 on March 11, lives on Bunch
Street . James Nelms, who will be 85 on April 9, lives on County
Road 709in the Holly Community. They were reunited on April
2003, when Nelms joined the W.P. Rogers Sons of Confederate
Veterans Camp that Cartwright had been a member of since 1988.
Cartwright's mother Laura and Nelms' mother Kate were half sisters.
was 21 years of age when his father Pvt. John Harvey Cartwright
of the 1 st Mississippi Infantry, died at the age of 90, and
Nelms was 23 when his 93-yar-old father James Joseph Nelms died.
Unlike Cartwright's father who was twice wounded during Civil
War battles in Virginia , Nelms' father was a 16-year-old Confederate
soldier-in-training around the time the war between the
states ended. Nelms' grandfather Capt. Matthias Nelms with Company I of the
2 nd Mississippi Infantry did see Civil War action.
We don't have proof, but we've always heard he rode with
N.B. (Nathan Bedford) Forrest, Nelms said of the grandfather
he never had the chance to meet.
U.S. Army Pfc. Cartwright followed in his father's footsteps
serving three years in North Africa , Italy , France and Germany
during World War II, and Nelms was stationed with the U.S. Army
in Columbus during World War II when his father passed away.
Both are soft-spoken men who describe their fathers in similar
He was a good daddy. He spanked me when I needed it, but
he wouldn't whip you when he was mad, remembered Cartwright.
He never failed to do what he set out to do. He was one
of the most truthful people I've ever known.
Nelms recalled, He was a strict dad like most were in
those days. We got along real well, but when he said no'
he meant no'.
Cartwright and Nelms were taught strong work ethics by
their fathers as well. Both were reared working side-by-side
with their fathers on the farm. Cartwright has worked as a mechanic,
truck driver and most recently a grocery bagger at Gardner 's
Super Market where he officially retired in the summer of 1999.
Nelms was a cotton farmer at one time who retired as a truck
driver for a children's home in Cullman , Ala. He also operated
a sawmill from 1977 until about five years ago.
Cartwright's wife Virginia passed away of a stroke in 1998.
Nelms and his wife Virginia yes, the cousins married
women with the same name celebrated 60 years of marriage
in July 2003.
One thing that sets the cousins apart is that Cartwright is
the father of three as well as grandfather and great-grandfather.
Nelms and his wife have no children.
And while Cartwright thrives on the physical rehab he completes
twice daily for a total of four hours, Nelms is more laid back.
I mostly stay around the house and do as near nothing
as I can get away with, Nelms admitted.
On July 9, 2011, the camp sponsored a Memorial Service and Headstone
dedication for Private Martin F. Adams of the 14th Mississippi
Infantry, Co A, known as the Shubuta Rifles. He had a distinguished
war record having fought in many major battles. The ceremony
was part of the Adams/Gray family reunion and was attended by
family members from several states. Music was provided by the
"Lost Cause"and Chaplin Tony Brown gave the invocation
and benediction. Mr. Roy Gray spoke for the family and Commander
Mangus presided over the ceremony. Betty Raye Smith Akers of
the D. T. Beall UDC #1185 read the patriotic poem "Let
the Banner Wave Boys". The 24th Alabama Calvary, Co. C
provided the military salute, and Mr. James Embry played Taps.
Over 75 persons were in attendance.
F. Adams Gravestone
Gray from the Adams' Family
Gray and Commander Mangus remove flag from grave
Memorial Day Service
Sunday April 17th, 2011, the Camp sponsored its 19th Annual
Confederate Memorial Day Service at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive
center. Music was provide by the "Lost Cause', Commander
Mangus presided over the ceremony, Compatriot Mark Houston gave
the invocation and benediction, 2nd Lt. Commander Dennis Brown
read lt. Governor Phil Bryant's Confederate Day Proclamation,
2nd Brigade Commander, Buddy Ellis, read the poem, "If
a Confederate Soldier could talk", and General Robert E.
Lee gave the keynote address, "Portrait of a Confederate
wreath was laid on the grave of Colonel William P. Rogers by
Dana Lee of the UDC, Mr. James Nelms, our Real Son, and Commander
Mangus. The 48th Tennessee provided the military salute and
Mr. James Embry
played taps. There were over 125 persons in attendance.
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Nelms with General & Mrs Lee
Brown, 2nd LT Commander
- Reading of the Proclamation
(l to r) General Grant, Mr. Nelms, Larry Mangus, Dana Lee
& General Lee
Spencer, Larry Mangus and Kathy Sewell from Corinth UDC
Practice Stacking Arms
Annual Corinth Civil War Heritage Day
annual Civil War Heritage Day was held on April 16, 2011, on
the grounds of the historic Verandah House in downtown Corinth.
This has been an annual event for the last 19 years. The activities
period music by the "Lost Cause', a living history encampment
by the 48th Tennessee, and visits by general and Mrs. Robert
E. Lee and General and Mrs Ulysses S. Grant. A large display
of civil war relics and flags were also part of the event.
Over $200 in donations were raised toward the restoration of
the historic Verandah House.
from the 2011 Confederate Memorial Day
Grant & Reenactors
& Mrs. Lee and General & Mrs. Grant with Lost Cause
Lee and John Austin Childers