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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! 

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Our Next Monthly Membership Meeting 

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 - 7:30pm 
Philologia Masonic Lodge
1005 Milstead Avenue,
Conyers 

Compatriots and Friends;
In the Commander’s Comments, in last month’s issue, I left out the name of our guest speaker for our July meeting.  Her name is Ms. Suzanne Sammons.  She will be speaking on abandoned Cemeteries in Georgia.

Here is a short bio of Ms. Sammons:
Mrs. Suzanne Sammons has been working in the areas of Cultural Resource Management and Historic Preservation since 1990. She graduated Magna cum Laude from Oglethorpe University with a BA in History and English and her graduate work at the University of Georgia focused on Archeology.  She has directed or conducted research and preservation work on more than 300 18th, 19th, and 20th century burial grounds in the Southeast and has been a consultant for many Community, Church and Family cemeteries.   She is a long term advisor to the Douglas County Cemetery and Preservation Commission and guides preservation activities for the Counties 67 "legally abandoned" burial grounds.  She was the author of the first Douglas County Cemetery and Burial Ground Preservation Ordinance enacted in 1995 and co-authored  the revised ordinance in 2008.  This is one of the strongest Cemetery Preservation Ordinances in the Nation.

The meeting is at 7:30 on Tuesday July 14th at the Masonic Lodge on Milstead Ave. in Conyers.  Hope you will be there to hear her presentation on these sacred places.

J. H. Underwood
Newsletter Editor


Our July 2015 Newsletter
is now online!
Please see our Newsletters page for more information!

A few words from the Web Master

A Commentary
By Hal Doby, June 22, 2105

The Confederate Battle Flag is under attack!!!
Well, what can best best described as the act of a very mentally disturbed man, nine members of an AME church were ruthlessly murdered in a shocking act. While we all condemn the action of this man, yet another attack of the Confederate Battle Flag is taking place.

For whatever reason, this attack on the Battle Flag has a groundswell of momentum that has gained what seems to be unstoppable for those of us who oppose this movement as reactionary.

Let me stop for a moment to say this is an opinion article and the views expressed here are mine and mine alone, While I do have this pulpit available to me as Camp Wheeler's Web Master, my opinions do not represent all of us in Camp Wheeler or the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Ok ,we now return to the topic at hand.

Like our Confederate Ancestors before us 150 years ago, I see the writing on the wall. In short, we're screwed. At this moment anybody that comes to the defense of the Confederate Battle Flag is going to be seen as someone who supports racism thanks to the Federal Government and the Civil Rights Movement and their revisionist history of what the War Between the States was all about. Repeating all that stuff here is nothing more than preaching to the choir, so I will spare you.

For the most part, this is a no-win scenario for the SCV. However, I think we as members of Sons of Confederate Veterans have a unique opportunity from all this mess. The SCV is the direct guardians of our Confederate Veterans Ancestors, and with that, the Confederate Battle Flag. I would propose that the SCV should develop a set of guidlines to properly use and display all Confederate emblems and banners. Once developed, it should be presented to the former Confederate State Legislatures for them to also ratify.  This way while it will not be as readily visible as it once was, it will set up a proper govermentally acknowledged way to use and display our historic flags.

We need to take control of our beloved banner as the official Conservators of the Confederate Cause and try to make sure as this age of politically correct insanity spirals out of control, we have some voice in the fate of the Battle Flag.

I for one am very sick and tired of seeing the American Flag treated as it is. I remember as a child being taught proper rules of conduct in how to handle the United States Flag with respect. It was never allowed to touch the ground. It was never allowed to fly at night without being lit. It was taken out and flown in the morning and removed at dusk. If it threatened to rain, the flag was immediately taken down so it would not get wet. If a flag was damaged or soiled, it was taken down and respectfully disposed of by being burned by itself. I still treat our flag like this and we should show our reverence for the Battle Flag in same manner. Above all, it should never be flown in a show of disrespect to it or others.

That's just me, but I do feel there are some that would agree with me.


By Hal Doby, Web Master, June 18, 2015
Hello Everyone
I need to give a huge apology and an explanation of what's been going on with me. As you may have noticed, I have not been updating the website as often as I need to. Over the past several months I have been suffering from some illnesses and it has kept me from a lot of duties, including our monthly membership meetings. Then just as I had recovered, I was involved in a car accident in May that put me behind for a few more weeks.

Now that I'm healed up, I'm starting to get back into the scheme of things, so I hope to be more quick in updating the site as I should be. So I'm sorry this has gone on, but I'm sure you can understand that some things get beyond our control.

It is an exciting time at Camp Wheeler as we have some grand things to look forward to. I won't go into  detail here, but check out our Camp News for more on that.

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.
Hal Doby, Web Master
SCV Camp 863, Maj.-Gen. Joesph Wheeler