This Tuesday evening, June 12, I will be giving a presentation at the monthly meeting of the CSS Ram Neuse Camp #1427, SCV in Kinston, NC. This camp has had some recent turmoil in regards to SCV politics. A number of the camp's members split from the group about two years ago and formed another camp. I know most of the gentlemen in Camp #1427 and they are all fine folks. They are genuinely interested in history, rather than current heritage politics and a number of them are involved in local preservation and tourism development groups. They have done a lot to further the efforts of Kinston's growing heritage tourism industry and should be commended for their efforts.
The meeting will be held at King's Restaurant (a Kinston icon) on Highway 70 East. Dinner starts at 7:00 p.m. and my presentation will kick off at about 7:30 or so. This time around I am doing a presentation on Private Isaac Taylor of Company K, 2nd NC Cavalry and the longest surviving Confederate veteran in Onslow County. Parts of Taylor's story are like that of any Confederate soldier, but there are some unique twists. It is a program that I've found appeals to SCV and UDC groups, and it is a fairly brief program in comparison to some of my others. If you're in Kinston on Tuesday evening and want some good food and a little history, stop by King's and see us!
Isaac Taylor in his later years, with his daughter-in-law
Photo courtesy of Mr. Taylor's great granddaughter