From Scottish Merchant to American Naval Captain

If there was one thing the fiery John Paul Jones was good at, it was getting into - and out of - trouble.

He was apprenticed to the sea trade at age 13, a normal starting age for that career. (Young apprentices were expected to continue their schooling on board the ship.)

But what wasn't normal was the fact that by age 21 he was captain of the ship. When the original captain and the mate of his ship died of yellow fever, John took charge and brought the ship safely back to port. In reward, the ship's owners confirmed him as captain and gave him part ownership.

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Brian Poerschman is sworn in as a new member of the 16th Regiment, SC, Volunteers, Camp 36 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. He was sworn in by Camp Commander Frank Tucker as 1st Lt. Commander Larry Waddell looks on.
Brian Poerschman is sworn in as a new member of the 16th Regiment, SC, Volunteers, Camp 36 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. He was sworn in by Camp Commander Frank Tucker as 1st Lt. Commander Larry Waddell looks on.
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16th Regiment, SC, Volunteers Camp 36 Sons of Confederate Veterans Commander Frank Tucker presents Robert Elrod the War Service Medal and Division Life Member certificate.
16th Regiment, SC, Volunteers Camp 36 Sons of Confederate Veterans Commander Frank Tucker presents Robert Elrod the War Service Medal and Division Life Member certificate.
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Rev. Creighton Lovelace was the guest speaker at the May meeting of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, 16th Regiment, SC Volunteers, Camp 36. Rev. Lovelace charged the “sons” to dedicate themselves to carrying out the charge given to them by Confederate Veteran Gen. Stephen Dill Lee to ensure that  “true history of the South is past on to future generations.”
Rev. Creighton Lovelace was the guest speaker at the May meeting of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, 16th Regiment, SC Volunteers, Camp 36. Rev. Lovelace charged the “sons” to dedicate themselves to carrying out the charge given to them by Confederate Veteran Gen. Stephen Dill Lee to ensure that “true history of the South is past on to future generations.”
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Clyde W. Rector, at left, and Jackson Lee Tucker were sworn in as new members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans by 16th Regiment Commander Frank Tucker, Camp Chaplain Pastor  Mark Evans and Larry Waddell.
Clyde W. Rector, at left, and Jackson Lee Tucker were sworn in as new members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans by 16th Regiment Commander Frank Tucker, Camp Chaplain Pastor Mark Evans and Larry Waddell.
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Mr. David Bell, speaker for the event, holds the Bible given to him by his grandmother.
Mr. David Bell, speaker for the event, holds the Bible given to him by his grandmother.

The 2018 Confederate Memorial Service was held at Springwood Cemetery on Sunday, May 6, 2018. The event was sponsored by the 16th Regiment, SC Volunteers, Camp 36 SCV and the Museum and Library of Confederate History. Mr. Frank Tucker, Commander of Camp 36, presided over the ceremony. Music was provided by the Kendall and Neely families.

Following the Call to Church, played on the trumpet by Mr. Hunter Kendall, the 16th SC Color Guard of Honor posted  the Colors. Pledges were led by Mr. Nelson Bishop. Greetings were given from representatives of the UDC, OCR, SC Division SCV, Military Order of the Stars and Bars, and the CofC. A memorial was given for Commander Rollis Smith, who passed away this year during his term in office. Chaplain Mark Evans led in the ceremony, and the members of Caroline S. Coleman 537 CofC presented a bouquet of red roses to his widow, Mrs. Marlene Smith.

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Dr. Drake with Jacob Van der Ver Chapter – front row – Dr. Tim Drake, Dr. Julia Barnes, Mrs. Cynthia Campbell, Mrs. Pam Durham, Mrs. Jeanette Taylor; 2nd row – Cheryl Anne Tuttle, Barbara Wilson, Deborah Hogan; 3rd row: Abigail Moreno, Faye Blackston, LuAnne Foster; 4th row: Alecia Jellicorse, Amy Campbell, Barbara Warren.
Dr. Drake with Jacob Van der Ver Chapter – front row – Dr. Tim Drake, Dr. Julia Barnes, Mrs. Cynthia Campbell, Mrs. Pam Durham, Mrs. Jeanette Taylor; 2nd row – Cheryl Anne Tuttle, Barbara Wilson, Deborah Hogan; 3rd row: Abigail Moreno, Faye Blackston, LuAnne Foster; 4th row: Alecia Jellicorse, Amy Campbell, Barbara Warren.

A joint meeting of the Jacob Van der Ver Chapter, Colonial Dames 17th Century & Hudson Berry Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, was held on Sat., May 12, 2018, in Belton, SC. 

The historic home “Chicora” was the site of the meeting.  Owner Dr. Timothy Drake welcomed the ladies to his home.   

Dr. Barnes just completed the graduate level class “Nearby History” at Clemson University, with Chicora being the focus of her research.  She gave the women a detailed report of the history of the house, of the events that took place there during the War Between the States & Reconstruction, as well as architectural features of the structure.

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