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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! 

Please consider joining us in our cause!

Our Next Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

Meet & Greet 7:00pm

Meeting begins at 7:30pm

Members are asked to bring a snack or beverages for us to enjoy during our Meet & Greet.

Everyone is invited to attend our meetings!

Philologia Masonic Lodge
1005 Milstead Avenue
Conyers 30012-4581

Our February 2019 Newsletter
is now online!
Please see our Newsletters page for more information!

A few words from the Web Master

By Hal Doby, Web Master, December 12, 2018

Hello Everyone
I am a huge fan and collector of motion pictures. One of my more quirky and obscure films is the Robin Williams' film Toys. The film features a song called “The Closing of the Year” that contains the lyric;

If I cannot bring you comfort, at least I bring you hope”.

2018 has been a most tumultuous year and I find this lyric to be most fitting for both the World in general and the Camp. Indeed hope springs eternal.

2017 saw us face a huge crisis of many “Progressives” demanding the removal of memorials and monuments recognizing our Confederate Heritage. Compounding this was a candidate for Georgia Governor that openly supported removing the famed carving off the face of Stone Mountain and other Confederate Monuments. .

In response to this movement, our Georgia Legislature passed a bill that prohibited the removal of any monument in the State.

Also that year, the actions of a renegade Henry County Commissioner put in motion her plan to decimate all the fantastic work that volunteers made to the Nash Farm Battlefield and Museum. Because of this, the wonderful museum was closed. 

Now it would seem that the Henry County Board of Commissioners have seen the light of day and the efforts to replace Confederate Heritage with Basketball Courts is off the table and there is also talk to reopening the Museum. All of this is very good news.

In November, Stacey Abrams lost her bid to be our Governor, ensuring no action to remove Georgia's  Confederate Memorials will be taken in the immediate future here in Georgia by our government. .

I'm sure that the talk of attacking Confederate Monuments will not go away for good, but at least we have time to take action to prepare for inevitable future battles defending our heritage.

We have added new enthusiastic members to our camp while sadly we have seen others compatriots leave this world.

Our efforts of taking care of the grave sites under our watch are doing very well.

Our membership meetings have seen some good attendance numbers and we have enjoyed some great  guest speakers that have come to talk to us.

Our previous Camp Officers have decided to continue to serve the Camp for another two years. At the December Membership Meeting, it was agreed by affirmation they will now serve through 2020.

All in all, it has been another good year for Camp Wheeler. So yes, I can give everyone hope that the future looks good for us and our Confederate Heritage. 2019, here we come!

If you have something to say or 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