August 26, 2010
Potts Camp News
Wilsons return home after travelling for two weeks; grandchildren – Syndey and Symon return with them
When Kathryn and Terry Scarbrough of Houston, Tx., returned from their trip to visit relatives in Starkville, they visited others in Potts Camp; they were Annie Ruth Stone and family and Mary Minor. We were all happy to see them.
Visitors of Mary Minor on Monday were Wanda Holbrook and Katherine Sundstrom of Holly Springs.
Bro. Steve and Pat Wilson have just returned home from a 12-day trip to Ohio where Steve ministered in Newark and Zandsville at camp meetings. From Ohio they flew to Bakersville, CA; where he was in camp meetings for two nights and then on to Eureka, CA, to visit a week with their children, Stephanie and Jon McDonald and children. They bought the grandchildren, Syndey and Symon home with them for a two-week stay in Potts Camp.
I received a letter from Mary Frances Fitts of Dallas, Tx. She sent me an old letter she had found in her sister Betty Rose Jones’s old records. It was written by my late brother, Rev. Charles L. Potts, during the Korean War when he was in service. I loved my brother very much. He was much younger than I. Thanks to Frances.
I was surprised last week when a cousin out of the past came to see me. He was William B. Cole of Chattanooga, Tenn., a retired FBI agent. He came here as a child and played with my brother, Lindy. He is 80. We called him Bill Cole as a child. His grandparents were my favorite great-aunts and -uncles from here, Mr. and Mrs. Willie Mayer, and his mother, Faye Cole, was special. I really enjoyed his visit.
A special all-day meeting with dinner and singing was held on Sunday at Winburn Open Door Baptist Church with a large crowd attending.
1. The greatest gift cannot be bought in a store or ordered from a catalog, all wrapped in pretty paper. It can be seen in the eyes of a child; heard in the words of kindness and felt in the embrace of a friend; it is the precious gift of love.
2. Some of the ways to make your light shine are: pray with love, work with joy, share what you have, live simply, love deeply, dream from your heart and thank God always.
3. Try to make each day better than the day before, as we trust in the Lord Jesus Christ!
1. Faith makes all things possible. Hope makes all things bright. Love makes all things easy.
2. Wherever we are today, let God use us as peacemakers.
3. Let Jesus be first in our thoughts in the morning, and the last in our thoughts at night.
4. “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” I John 4:8.
I want my life to shine for Jesus so that everywhere I go, the watching world will see He loves them and His saving grace they’ll know.
Prayer: Dear God, fill our lives with love for others, and help us to have peace on earth. For Christ’s sake, amen.
I. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Matthew 25:35.
Prayer: O, God, when I have food, help me to remember the hungry; when I have a warm home, help me to remember the homeless; when I am happy, help me to remember the sad and hopeless; and remembering, help me to show compassion and love enough to help by word or deed those things we take for granted.
II. “The key to sacrifice is love. We will always give our time, our money and our life for what we love!”
Happy birthday to Don Randolph on Aug. 26; Hanna Goolsby on Aug. 27, Betty Fincher and Tom Dicky on Aug. 30.
Prayer list: Pray for those who have lost loved ones. Mary Jarrett, Charles Henderson, Henry Tutor, Diane Clayton, Connie Work, Betty Fincher, Doris Goode of Hickory Flat, Betty Rose Jones of Memphis, Sank Owen of Amory. Gussie Davis of Hickory Flat is home from the hospital,
Memories and History
During World War II, an old warehouse of Greer and Greer Store became a sewing room for Army clothes. The Greers had purchased the two-story store from Doug Laws and wife Birdie. About 1950, the old warehouse became a theater, known as the “Dixie Theater.” The newest shows were brought out from Memphis every weekend, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.
Willa Floyd sold the tickets and Charles Burris, a teenage boy, ran the projector. People came from nearby towns and rural areas to see the wonderful pictures.
One Sunday afternoon, L.D. kept the younger children so I could see “Gone With the Wind.” I was late getting there and the show had started. They called out my name. I had won the door prize, $10. What a surprise!
Charles purchased a motorcycle with some of his money. He passed our house really fast one Sunday afternoon. My husband remarked, “That boy is going to get killed!” He ran into a car and was killed that day. The funeral was held at Potts Camp United Methodist Church. It was really sad; he was the age of my younger brother and sister, Ann and Lindey (both deceased now).
The Dixie Theater changed hands later!
Did you know?
Heroes of Dorchester Heights
The plan to take Dorchester Heights was to give the Americans some advantage over the British who were holding the Boston Harbor and the town of Boston. This would put the British fleet in range of the cannon to be placed at Dorchester. However, the British would have great difficulty trying to use artillery because they would not be able to elevate their cannon enough to reach the American positions at Dorchester.
The task was to get all the equipment and fortifications to the Heights and do it in one night. Three thousand men under General Thomas were assigned to take part in fortifying the Heights. Another 4,000 were to stand by at Cambridge for an amphibious attack on Boston, if the Americans were discovered and the British launched an attack on the Heights. The amphibious attack was planned due to the mild weather and the bay was largely open water.
General Putman had command of the Boston attack. Generals Greene and Sullivan would lead the crossing. Sixty flatboats stood ready on the banks of the Charles River. To increase the strength of the American Army, 2000 Massachusetts militia were called out. Work details were dispatched to round up wagons, carts, and 800 oxen. There was a great deal of excitement among the locals. It is said bets were being placed on what would happen and when. “The preparations increase and something is daily expected, something terrible it will be,” wrote Abigail Adams to her “Dearest friend and husband.”
The date had been chosen. The move on Dorchester would begin after dark on March 4, and be completed by first light the morning of March 5, the anniversary of the Boston Massacre. Washington ordered all communications with Boston be stopped. If the enemy got wind of what was happening and moved first to occupy the Heights, regiments were ready to move at a moment’s notice. It is said that no one knew of the activities, that the secrecy was a complete success. However, according to the diary of a British officer, the British knew as early as February 29 of the plan. The British had captured some deserters and a spy known as “Junius” revealed that the Americans intended to “bombard the town from Dorchester.” The new information, however was not taken seriously.
On Saturday evening, March 2, Washington wrote to Artemus Ward that everything must be set and ready to go as planned on Monday night, March 4. After sealing the note he wrote on the back, “Remember barrels.”
The bombardment of Boston began at midnight Saturday, March 2, and continued at intervals until morning. The British responded with heavier and louder cannonade. “The house shakes…with the roar of the cannon,” wrote Abigail Adams at her home ten miles away. “No sleep for me tonight.” On Sunday night the firing resumed and again the British responded with full crescendo. Henry Knox and his artillery company were making good use of those guns from Ft. Ticonderoga. On the third and crucial night of Monday, March 4, the roar of the guns from both sides became more furious by far. At the first crash of cannon, General Thomas and 2,000 men started across the Dorchester causeway, moving rapidly and silently, shielded from view by the long barrier of hay bales. An advanced guard of 800 riflemen went first to fan out along the Dorchester shores in case the British made any attempt to investigate during the night. The main work party of some 1,200 men followed, then came hundreds of carts and heavy wagons loaded with chandeliers, fascines, hay bales, barrels, and most important of all, the guns from Ticonderoga. The whole procession moved on in solemn silence, and with perfect order and regularity. Progress up the steep, smooth slopes was extremely difficult, yet numbers of ox teams and wagons made three and four trips.
The night was unseasonably mild – with a full moon – ideal conditions for the work, as if the hand of the Almighty were directing things, which the Rev. William Gordon, like many others, felt certain it was. “A finer [night] for working could not have been taken out of the whole 365,” he wrote. “It was hazy below [the Heights] so that our people could not be seen, though it was a bright moonlit night above on the hills.”
At Cambridge, Generals Greene and Sullivan and the 4,000 troops were ready to move to the river and the flat boats in the event a signal from Roxbury church steeple was given. About 10 p.m. a British lieutenant colonel, Sir John Campbell, reported to Brigadier General Francis Smith that the “rebels were at work on Dorchester Heights.” General Smith chose to ignore it. From that point on, the work continued to go unnoticed by the enemy.
On the Heights the men toiled steadily with picks and shovels, breaking the frozen ground for earth and stone to fill the chandeliers and barrels. At 3 in the morning a relief force of 3,000 men and an additional five regiments of riflemen took up positions near the shore. At the first faint light before dawn, everything was ready, with at least 20 cannon in place. It was utterly a phenomenal achievement.
At daybreak, the British commanders looking up at the Heights could scarcely believe their eyes. It is said, General Howe exclaimed, “My God, these fellows have done more work in one night than my troops could do in three months.”
I have tried to center on Washington and his faithful Colonel Henry Knox, both heroes in my opinion. I also have to say that each and every one of those men and women involved at Dorchester Heights were true heroes. They gave so much for us, and we daily, willingly give it up.
Next week we will look at the British response to close out this episode. I am leaving out the “Did You Know” and quiz for this week due to space.
Ref: 1776 by David McCollough, The Real George Washington by Perry Allison Skouson.
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