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Charge to the Sons of Confederate Veterans
To you, Sons of Confederate Veterans, we will commit the vindication of the Cause for which we fought. To your strength will be given the defense of the Confederate soldier's good name, the guardianship of his history, the emulation of his virtues, the perpetuation of those principles which he loved and which you love also, and those ideals which made him glorious and which you also cherish. Remember, it is your duty to see that the true history of the South is presented to future generations.
Lt. General Stephen Dill Lee
United Confederate Veterans
New Orleans, 25 April 1906
Tom Smith Camp Charge
The Tom Smith Camp #1702, Sons of Confederate Veterans, is proud of the 1,500 brave men from Suffolk & Nansemond County who left their homes & families in defense of Constitutional Liberty and States Rights to face overwhelming odds. Many paid the ultimate price, all endured hardships and suffering while maintaining the reputation of the greatest fighting force the world had ever known. Placing their faith in God, the Southern Soldiers fought for a just cause and the light of their accomplishments can never be dimmed or shadowed by any.
On June 11th the Tom Smith Camp will be making a trip to Pamplin Park in Petersburg, VA where after a 9 month siege on the City of Petersburg the Union troops finally broke through the Confederate lines. Compatriots Ray Johnson and Jim Mayo will be our guides as we travel back in time to this historical event.
*PLEASE NOTE A CHANGE IN PLANS* - We will be meeting at 6:30 AM on the 11th behind the Huddle House Restaurant in Suffolk off of Rt 460. Due to unforeseen circumstances transportation WILL NOT be provided. If you car pool with someone please consider helping with gas expenses. We have a discounted rate for admission to the park of $13 per person.Make sure and let the park staff know you are with the Tom Smith Camp so you get the discounted rate.
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The Virginia Division, Sons
of Confederate Veterans, supports a positive and affirmative message of
Confederate Heritage. We are a non-partisan organization, with a strong Heritage
preservationist focus. Our purpose is to Honor and care for Confederate Soldiers
and Sailor’s graves; Confederate sites and monuments: display flags and Southern symbols, all as a sign of Honor to Confederate Heritage and cultural
Confederate Heritage should
always receive equal treatment in all issues before the law. Our first amendment rights
should not be eliminated through a false accusation connected to a violent act.
The SCV in NO way condones violence, racism or use of Confederate symbols in
acts of bigotry, hatred or racism.
When Confederate issues
come under attack we express our thoughts and opinions through Honorable means.
This was done when we spent 3 years to secure the Virginia State issued License
plates with the Trade-marked SCV
logo. This was eventually granted and became State law. We have worked with
Legislators to craft bills that Honor and protect Confederate Heritage,
monuments, graves, battlefields and other historical
To call for the revocation
of the State-issued SCV logo license plate is a travesty. To further react and
elude that the violent acts of a deranged individual is somehow related to this
Heritage Organization is unacceptable. To suppress our 1st Amendment
Rights should be a wake up call to all citizens of the United States. This is
not what Our Country is in favor of.
Murderous acts of a
deranged, crazed, disturbed individual in SC, is reprehensible. This individual
was not a member of the SCV. He was a demonic individual, who should have been
identified prior to this outrageous act as it is felt that behaviors of
violence, hatred and racism must have been seen prior to this inexcusable
We call on all Americans to
take time to reflect, pray and use common sense before reacting with knee-jerk
responses. This Country did not become the greatest Country on Earth by this
type of reaction and suppression. Systematically censoring a large portion of
our Nation is not the answer.
We call on our elected
Officials to stand firm in protecting the rights of All Americans. No revision
of Southern Heritage will change the Southern Mantra. Our Confederate symbols
must never be used as a sign of war,
hate or divisiveness.
May GOD Bless the