Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Sons of Confederate Veterans dedicate monument and flagpole

Sons of
Confederate Veterans

The Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) is a 501(c)(3)  non-political heritage organization formed in Richmond, VA. in 1896.  It is not affiliated with any other organization. With more than 30,000 members, its aims are patriotic and educational. Membership is open to both lineal and collateral descendants of those who served honorably in the Confederate armed forces. The SCV has ongoing programs, meetings and activities at the national, state (division), and local (camp) levels. Preservation work, marking Confederate soldiers' graves, historical reenactments, and regular meetings are activities sponsored by local camps. The SCV strives to see that history is presented accurately and to defend the good name of the Confederate soldier. It rejects any group that tarnishes or distorts his image or the motives for his suffering and sacrifice.  

National website:  www.scv.org

The Brig. Gen. T. R. R. Cobb Camp No. 97 meets at the Watkinsville Community Center (City Hall) at 7:30 pm on the first Thursday of every month except July and December, when special events are scheduled. The public is welcome at the meetings, which feature presentations on historic subjects. On Confederate Memorial Day, April 26, of each year, the camp conducts a memorial service at Oconee Hill Cemetery in Athens, and places Confederate flags on the graves of more than 750 Confederate soldiers in Clarke, Oconee, Barrow, and Jackson counties.

Camp website:www.trrcobb.org
local contact: tim.savelle@gmail.com

United Daughters
of the Confederacy

The United Daughters of the Confederacy is the outgrowth of many local memorial, monument, and Confederate home associations and auxiliaries to camps of United Confederate Veterans that were organized after the War Between the States.  Organized by Mrs. Caroline Meriwether Goodlet and Mrs. Lucian Hamilton Raines on September 10, 1894, the UDC is the oldest patriotic organization in our country. The objectives of the organization are historical, educational, benevolent, memorial and patriotic:  among them, to collect facts and preserve the truthful history of the War, to mark and protect the sites of historic Confederate valor while honoring those who served and those who fell in service, and to record and honor the role of women during the War and post-War reconstruction of the South.

National website:  hqudc.org

The Laura Rutherford Chapter # 88 was organized in 1896 by Mildred Lewis Rutherford.  Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of September, November, February, and May at 5:30 pm.  Members and guests meet for dinner at various venues.  Meetings feature a historical program by an invited guest speaker. The Laura Rutherford Chapter usually commemorates Confederate Memorial Day on the Sunday afternoon before April 26 at various locations. A sumptuous reception following the Confederate Memorial Day Service is a tradition with the lovely ladies of Laura Rutherford Chapter # 88.

Local contact: kaye.reeves1070@gmail.com
Participate in commemorating the Sesquicentennial of
the War Between the States


Watkinsville, Georgia
April 22, 2012

2:00 p.m. Watkinsville City Cemetery
3:15 p.m. Downtown Watkinsville

2:00 pm April 22
Watkinsville City Cemetery

Brig. Gen. T.R.R. Cobb Camp No. 97
Sons of Confederate Veterans

Dedication of a monument and flagpole honoring Confederate soldiers buried in the Watkinsville City Cemetery and elsewhere in Oconee County.

Men, from what is now Oconee County, provided much military service to the Confederacy.  Many of them are buried elsewhere, some on battlefields in Virginia.  However, more than 300 known Confederate soldiers are buried in Oconee County, and others lie in unmarked graves throughout the county.  In honor of their service and sacrifice, a granite monument and a 25-foot flagpole with flags have been placed by Camp No. 97 Sons of Confederate Veterans during the Sesquicentennial of the War Between the States.

There will be an honor guard dressed in Confederate uniforms, and there will also be musket salutes.

Refreshments will be served after the second ceremony

3:15 pm April 22
Downtown Watkinsville

Laura Rutherford Chapter No. 88
United Daughters of the Confederacy

Dedication of a monument to two Watkinsville civilians taken during Stoneman's raid on August 2, 1864

Mrs. Louisa Booth Ashford gave an eyewitness account of the Union raid into the town in a letter to her son. Two Federal brigades commanded by Colonels Capron and Adams entered the town seizing horses, mules and provisions.  Numbering about 1,000 soldiers, they were part of a larger force under Gen. Stoneman that had been repelled by Confederate forces near Clinton, Georgia.  Trying to rejoin Gen. Sherman in Atlanta, the raiders captured civilians whom they hoped could be forced into guiding them.  Local planters, Mr. George Jarrell, and
Mr. Jacob Klutts, were taken; both died in prison at Camp Chase, Ohio.  Many of their descendants still reside in Oconee and vicinity. 

 Graves of George Jarrell and Jacob    Klutz, "citizens," at Camp Chase Ohio
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