The Missouri Society Secession Day Dinner this year held a little extra meaning. The 160th Anniversary of Governor Claiborne Fox Jackson’s signing of the Missouri Ordinance of Secession and Missouri being accepted as the 12th Star of the Confederacy was celebrated at the Inn of the Grand Glaize in Osage Beach. The reading of the Ordinance seemed to have a deeper meaning on this special anniversary and a raucous cheer filled the room at the last passages of the words of Governor Jackson,
” WHEREAS, the present administration of the government of the United States has utterly ignored the Constitution, subverted the government as constructed and intended by its makers, and established a despotic and arbitrary power instead thereof; Now, therefore, Be it enacted by the general assembly of the State of Missouri, as follows: That all political ties of every character now existing between the government of the United States of America and the people and government of the State of Missouri are hereby dissolved, and the State of Missouri resuming the sovereignty granted by compact to the said United States upon admission of said State into the Federal Union, does again take its place as a free and independent republic amongst the nations of the earth. This act to take effect and be in force from and after its passage.
The Missouri Society was blessed to have a great crowd with a number of dignitaries from the National and several State MOSB Chapters in attendance as well as Missouri Division SCV and National SCV leaders. As a token of this special night, each person in attendance was given a one time issue commemorative challenge coin featuring a portrait of Governor Jackson. A number of awards were presented to both individuals and Chapters in the Missouri Society which were unable to travel to the National Convention in July at College Station, TX as well as several Life Member Certificates.
After a keynote presentation by author Scott Bowden there were raffle drawings, silent auction items, and the top prize a Henry Rifle was awarded. The following State and National candidate announcements for 2022 elections were made:
- Missouri Society Commander-Jon Trent
- Missouri Society Lt. Commander-Herb Turner
- Missouri Society Adjutant-Larry Yeatman
- National Army of the Trans-Mississippi Commander-Terry Phillips
- National Army of the Trans-Mississippi Executive Councilor-Devin Lindsey
- National Army of the Trans-Mississippi Executive Councilor-Dennis Brand
- National Army of Tennessee Executive Councilor -Chris Heuer
- National Commander General-Johnnie Holley
- National Lt. Commander- T.B. Rhodes III
The evening concluded with a candlelight Honor Roll Call ceremony and a rousing toast to the memory of our beloved ancestors and the cause for which they fought.