Welcome to Our Virtual Encampment!Major General Joseph Wheeler, Camp #863 is part of the 13th Brigade of the Georgia Divison of Sons of Confederate Veterans. Our camp headquarters is based in the "Olde Towne" district of the city of Conyers Georgia, about 30 miles east of Atlanta at the Philologia Masonic Lodge, 1005 Milstead Avenue, just down the street from the Rockdale County Courthouse Complex.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans is a Historical Honor Society. Our mission is a simple one, to protect and preserve the accurate history of the Confederacy and the legacy of our ancestors that took up the Confederate Cause during the War Between The States.
We invite you to learn more about us by exploring our virtual encampment here on our official web site. We hope you find what we present here to be infomative, educational, and useful to you. We also ask you to consider becoming a member or a friend of our encampment, or another SCV encampment if another is closer to where you live. Your participation is welcome and most needed!
Please consider joining us in our cause!
Our Next Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 - 7:30pm
Philologia Masonic Lodge
1005 Milstead Avenue, Conyers
is now online!
A few words from the Web MasterBy Hal Doby, Web Master, November 18, 2013
This is quite a momentus week in History. On this week back in 1962, my mother took me to play in a neighborhood playground near the East Lake Country Club. I banged my head on one of the metal play things and got a nasty cut by my left eye. My mother rushed me to our family pediatrician, a few miles down the road. When we got there, we were stunned that everyone was crying. When asked, we were told they just announced President Kennedy has been killed.
I also remember the non-stop coverage of the assasination including watching live the stunning assaination of Lee Harvey Oswald. It was totally surreal, even for a young kid of 4 and half years old.
Also of local interest, it is the 50th anniversary of the completion of the restoration of the "Mighty Moeller" pipe organ at the Atlanta Fox Theatre. A year prior, Joe Patten, and a group from the local chapter of the American Theatre Organ society had approached the Fox to see if they could tackle restoring the organ as a group project at no cost to the theatre or its management. The only thing requested was parts and materials they might not have access too. Theatre Manager, Noble Arnold recognized a great deal when it presented itself, and immediately agreed to the deal.
Because the work had to take place mostly when the theatre was not in use, that meant work had to be done between midnight and late morning when movies were not shown. A lot of people that originally volunteered soon backed away from the project, but Joe Patten tenatiously remained and soldiered on. It took over ten months and over 15 miles worth of new electrical wiring had to be run in order to bring the Mo back to life, but the tasked was accomplished. The organ was set to debut on the evening of November 22nd, but after the assasination of President Kennedy, it was quickly postphoned until the Thanksgiving weekend the following week after the President's funeral.
Since then, the organ has flourished under Joe Patten's keen eye until his retirement in 2004. Joe still lives at the Fox in his large but modest apartment and will celebrate his 87th birthday in January. He is still an amazing man.
This week also marks the 150th anniversary of the dedication ceremony of the Gettysburg memorial cemetery on Tuesday, the 19th. I have posted a news article from CNN online regarding the retraction of an original review of the President Lincoln's famous Gettysburg Address that was highly critical of it. It's a fun read.
At the November membership meeting, nominations we put forth for our annual Person of the Year and Compatriot of the Year awards. Each award received some great nominations this year. Please plan to come out for our December membership meeting when we will finalize the nominations, then cast our votes for each award. We will then announce the recipients at our annual Lee-Jackson Dinner in January.
As always, if you have something to share and would like it to be posted on our website, please contact me directly and I'll be more than happy to accomodate you.
That's all for now, Please enjoy the web site.
SCV Camp 863, Maj.-Gen. Joesph Wheeler