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 Membership Meeting
Tuesday, November 11th, 2013 - 7:30pm
Philologia Masonic Lodge
1005 Milstead Avenue, Conyers
is now online!
A few words from the Web MasterBy Hal Doby, Web Master, October 2, 2014
"It's the most wonderful time of the year..." For me, that applies to right now. I love the Fall, almost as much as I love the Spring. October traditionally marks the beginning of the closing of the year for a lot of people that their traditions. Prior to Christianity, since October was the traditional time the Harvest was over, it was a time of Thanksgiving for the bounty of the crops just gathered up. It was the end of the cyclical calendar and because of the way they observed that, there was an odd day called Samhain (pronouced sow-when) that was not on the calendar. It was thought to be a literal day "out of time" and because of that, the connections between this world and world "beyond" where we go after death, were the strongest.
To this day, there are several cultures that still observe and do special things on this day, which is why I like this day so much. Here in the United States, we are now becoming more familiar with Dia Del Los Muertas, otherwise known as the Day of the Dead. It's not Devil worship or anything like that, rather its an annual time that people here in the land of the living pay tribute to those in their family and culture that came before them. It is a very joyous observation where people gather up their families and celebrate. They make a point of making sure the family gravesites are in good condition and they perform any cleaning or repairs the resting places need. Then they traditionally have a family picnic at the gravesite to spiritually share it with their ancestors. The one slight negative connotation this all has is this is meant to not only thank their ancestors, but to show to them the family is doing well and does not need the ancestors to come back to Earth to care for them as well-meaning haunting spirits.
So in that vein, I ask my friends, family, and compatriots to take a moment during the Halloween season and pay some form of tribute to our ancestors, especially our ancestors that fought for our homeland and the Confederate Cause.
There are several recent updates I've put around the website. Take a stoll through the pages and see what you can find that's new.
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