Sons of Confederate Veterans

Terry's Texas Rangers Camp #1937

PO Box 1861

Cleburne, TX 76033-1861

Contact: Michael Smith ph# 817-645-9387
Bob Rubel Ph# 817-929-5576

Meets the second Monday

of each month at 7:00 p.m.

at West End Grill

1629 West Henderson

Cleburne, Texas

2014 Camp Officers, Committee Chairmen,
Appointments and upcoming events

Commander Robert F Rubel
1st Lt. Commander Stephen Wells
2nd Lt. Commander Richard Glidewell
Adjutant Michael Smith
Chaplain Ronald Shultz
Color Sgt. / Quartermaster Cecil Bonham
Judge Advocate Melvin Burt
Camp Surgeon Robert McMinn
Newsletter Editor Michael Hatch
Secretery William Hawkins
Communications Officer Ronald Shultz

Committee Chairmen
Cemetery Wade Chaney
Awards Robert F Rubel
Preservation/Heritage Jerry Jetsel

Please Note

Visit our Camp Library at 405 W. Henderson in Cleburne
and see our Camp Charter,
browse through 7 volumes of our pictorial camp history,
read a book from a great selection of War for Southern Independence books
and see some really nice artifacts and pictures.

Please Note

Camp member and former chaplain and cemetery chairman Otis Gorman
has compiled a book he calls
"Confederate Veterans from Johnson County"
This is the most complete record to date of men who left Johnson County to fight for the Confederacy
or who moved here after the war, died and are buried here.
There are over 2200 men listed, some with biographies.
Where known their burial places are shown.
A listing of county cemeteries and their location is included.
And more.
This is a 200 page book,
and the camp is selling it for $19 postage included.
Send check to 405 W. Henderson, Cleburne 76033.

Please Note

Please visit our memorial monument to Johnson County Confederate Soldiers that died as POW’s at Camp Douglas, Illinois.
The monument is located in the Cleburne Memorial Cemetery at the large flag pole in the center of the cemetery.
Terry’s Texas Rangers Camp is continually in the process of restoring and maintaining Cleburne Memorial Cemetery and other Johnson County Cemeteries.
Our Camp also performs grave dedications as well as education programs for
public, private and home schooled students.
We accept contributions that enable our Camp to buy materials
to continue these activities for Cleburne and Johnson County.
If you wish to make a contribution, please mail to:
Terry’s Texas Rangers
P.O. Box 1861
Cleburne, Texas 76033

Sons of Confederate Veterans
Camp 1937

Terry’s Texas Rangers

Statement of Purpose and Current Activity

1. We exist as an organization to honor and preserve the memory and true history of our Confederate ancestors.

2. We also seek to educate those around us concerning the true history of the South and our true Southern heritage.

We accomplish these goals through preservation work, identifying and placing markers on Confederate graves, by cleaning and straightening all existing Veteran’s markers, by providing Confederate grave dedication services, by participating in historical re-enactments and living history presentations, by providing scholarly publications to schools and other groups, and by meeting monthly to discuss the military and political history of the War Between the States, and other like activities.

Specifically, in Cleburne and Johnson County, which included Somervell and Hood Counties in 1861-1865, we have provided numerous grave dedication services and continue to work in county cemeteries. We continually place grave markers, clean and repair those already in place, as well as those of their family members, and generally beautify cemeteries where Confederate veterans are buried. Between 2002 and 2014 we cleaned hundreds of Confederate markers in addition to all other Veteran’s markers in numerous Johnson County cemeteries. Since we began in 1997, we have installed over 290 Confederate grave markers. We successfully researched and obtained two large bronze plaques for 26 Johnson County Confederate soldiers who died as POW’s at Camp Douglas, Illinois. We then designed and constructed an Austin stone and marble monument incorporating these plaques. This monument was dedicated March 13, 2004 at Cleburne Memorial Cemetery. In 2013 we completed the long process of restoring the Confederate Monument on the Johnson County Court House lawn and organized the re-dedication held on 11-16-13. We have successfully submitted for a “Texas Historical Commission” marker to be placed on the “Confederate Arch” in the Cleburne Memorial Cemetery and expect to have that installed during 2014. Near General Pat Cleburne’s birthday in March, we sponsor the “Pat Cleburne Day Celebration“, held at Byron Stewart Park in Cleburne. Everyone in the community and Johnson County is invited to enjoy this living history event with period civil war camps, live cannon demonstrations, western gun fighters, classic cars, chuck wagons, music and much more. In November Terry’s Texas Rangers provide the main attraction for the “Pioneer Days Celebration” at the Chisholm Trail Outdoor Museum in Cleburne. These are annual events for us.

Our camp is fortunate to have 4 artillery pieces as well as a Gatlin gun in its arsenal of equipment. One piece owned, and built, by camp member Mike Smith is an 1841 six pound field gun complete with limber. We have a three inch ordnance rifle complete with limber owned by Wesley and James Neeley, a twelve pound Napoleon and limber owned by member Wes Thorne and a Coehorn mortar owned by member Ben Davis. Camp member Mike Smith also owns and displays a beautiful, fully functional 1862 Gatlin gun that he built. Where ever it goes, it draws much attention. We are proud to have these fine pieces of equipment associated with our camp 1937.

We provide historical artillery and medical programs and demonstrations for public, private and home-schooled students in conjunction with re-enactments and living history events as well as when specifically invited to a school’s facility.

The present being the sesquicentennial of the War for Southern Independence, we have many members attending national events all over the country. Our members have attended the 150th battles of 1st Manassas in Virginia, Wilson’s creek, Mo., Shiloh, Arkansas Post, El Camino Real in NM., Round Mountain, Ft. Randolph, Pea Ridge, AR., Pleasant Hill, La., Chickamauga, Ga., Prairie Grove, Ar. and Selma, Al. We also attend many local reenactments.

We participate in parades and events such as the July 4th Burleson parade, Hamilton Dove Fest, Weatherford Christmas parade, “Ride to Recovery” events for our troops, and “Relay-for-Life” fundraisers for the American Cancer Society. We participate in annual celebrations in Johnson and surrounding County towns including Cleburne, Burleson, Grandview, Alvarado, Keene, Godley, Stephenville, Temple, Corsicana, and Whitney. We work locally with the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Johnson County Historical Commission whose membership includes many TTR members, the Johnson County Genealogical Society, the Johnson County Cemetery Association and various individual cemetery associations to preserve and promote county history. We had representation on the Committee for the Johnson County Sesquicentennial celebration during 2004 as well as on the planning committee for the Centennial Celebration of the Johnson County Courthouse and Confederate Monument rededication in 2013. We participated with an Eagle Scout project to finish the restoration of historic Buchanan Cemetery, which was the first county seat of Johnson County.

We provide news releases to local newspapers in order to educate and create interest in our country’s history among the local population. We take every opportunity to be interviewed for newspaper columns, and have had a lot of good press since we came on the scene in late 1996. We respond to various Southern Heritage violations in Texas and throughout the country by appropriate letter writing campaigns and various other efforts.

We meet the 2nd Monday each month at” The West End Grill”, in Cleburne at 7:00 PM. (6:00 if you want to eat or visit prior to the meeting) We have speakers who discuss various WBTS battles, equipment and leaders. Some have spoken on their own ancestors. We have had speakers on the flags of the Confederacy and on how to do genealogical research on your Confederate ancestor. We have had music of the Confederacy presented, DVD’s on the war and many other related topics. The respectful public is invited. Our meetings commence with the Pledge of Allegiance to our U.S. flag, the Pledge of Allegiance to the Texas flag and the salute to the Confederate flag followed by an opening prayer to our Christian God.

We are a non-profit organization and survive on the donations of members and others that appreciate our efforts on behalf of their ancestors and/or Texas and southern heritage and history. The donations are utilized for the purchase of supplies to support our cemetery work, such as concrete, rebar, epoxy, tools and flags. Any funds left over are spent for literature, cemetery dedication programs and items to distribute at no cost to the receiver as well as selected civil war preservation efforts and projects. We thank those who have been so generous in their support, both financially and through gifts in kind. Johnson County Heritage Assembly, Robert’s Sewing Center, HEB Grocery, Burleson Lions Club, Wal-Mart, Westhill Construction and many individual members of our Camp and community have made donations. We also thank the Cleburne Chamber of Commerce, of which TTR are members, for their support.

Preserving our Heritage – Honoring our Ancestors. That is our goal. We take to heart the plea and charge of Confederate General Stephen D. Lee to the Sons of Confederate Veterans as he said: “To you, sons of Confederate veterans, we submit the vindication of the cause for which we fought. To your strength will be given the defense of the Confederate soldier’s good name, the guardianship of history, the emulation of his virtues, the perpetuation of those principles he loved and which made him glorious and which you also cherish. Remember it is your duty to see that the true history of the South is presented to future generations.”

We are proud to be Americans, Southern and we love and support this country. Many of us have served proudly in its military. We also are proud of our Southern heritage and our Confederate ancestors and seek only to honor that heritage and legacy. God Bless America! God save the South!

DO YOU have a confederate ancestor? We welcome you to join us.

Current Calendar of Events Scheduled

A Few Facts about Terry’s Texas Rangers, CSA
Submitted by Jerry Jetsel

A Report of the Accomplishments and Activities of the camp over the last year.
Submitted by Jerry Jetsel


Pvt. Barton D. Clark
Submitted by Bobby Bonham, Cecil Bonham, Wade Chaney and Dean Hawkins

Pvt. Wiley Wood Foster
Submitted by Charles Harvey

Pvt. Lontford Ballenger Gravely
Submitted by Jerry Jetsel

SGT. William Berry Hawkins
Submitted by Bill Hawkins

Pvt. John Henry Holdridge
Submitted by M. H. Burt

Albert Monroe Johnston

Issac Pinkney Lynch
Submitted by Mike Simons

Col. Edwin Augustus Young Osborne
Submitted by Sandra Osborne

James Terry
Submitted by Paul Lightfoot

Alexander N. Thornton
Submitted by Kevin Dally

Col. Peter Woods
Submitted by Michael Percifield

Photos of Camp Activities

Additional Links

Sons of Confederate Veterans, USA Sons of Confederate Veterans, TX
Terry’s Texas Rangers online Archive Terry’s Texas Rangers 8th Texas Cavalry
Terry’s Texas Rangers 8th Texas Cavalry CSA Terry’s Texas Rangers Hall of Fame and Museum
Battlefield preservation at Chancellorsville, VA. Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System
Terry’s Texas Rangers Co. "K" Civil War Preservation Trust
The Patrick Cleburne Society 7th Texas Cavalry

This Page was last update 30 February 2014 by Travis Morris.

Please direct any questions or comments (e-mail) to the author; Travis Morris.