With shouts above the battle's roar
They join the legions gone before;
They bravely fought, they bravely fell,
They wore the Gray and wore it well.
(Confederate Monument Inscription, Cedar Hill Cemetery, Suffolk, VA)
Tom Smith Camp # 1702 Post Office Box 1861 Suffolk, VA 23439-1861
First Brigade - Virginia Division - Dept. of the Army of Northern Virginia
Meetings are held on the 4th Monday of every month at the
BETHLEHEM CHRISTIAN CHURCH, 1549 Holland Rd., Suffolk 23434 (next to the Wilco station),
with possible exceptions in November and December due to holidays.
We are now at 
97 members.

 It is stated in books and papers that Southern children read and study that all the blood shedding and destruction of property of that conflict was because the South rebelled without cause against the best government the world ever saw; that although Southern soldiers were heroes in the field, skillfully massed and led, they and their leaders were rebels and traitors who fought to overthrow the Union, and to preserve human slavery, and that their defeat was necessary for a free government and the welfare of the human family. As a Confederate soldier and as a citizen of Virginia, I deny the charge, and denounce it as a calumny.

We were not rebels; we did not fight to perpetuate slavery, but for our rights and privileges under a government established over us by our fathers and in defense of our homes.

Colonel Richard Henry Lee

This page updated  October 8th, 2014

Next Meeting: Monday November 24th

Location: Bethlehem Christian Church, 1549 Holland Rd. Suffolk, VA 23434

Memorial Candle: Jim Parker

Special Event: Marion Joyner Watson Banquet

Menu:  TBA

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS
~ 2014 ~

  • November 10,2014 - 7:00 PM - Officers Meeting
  • November 15, 2014 - 2:00 PM Riddicks Folly - "A Doll's Secret" - the story of a doll from the WBTS by interpreter and storyteller Gar War. Travel through time with a young girl's doll. Refreshments will be served. Reservations are required at $12.00 per person.
  • November 24, 2014 - 6:00 PM - Camp Meeting / Marion Joyner Watson Banquet
  • December 5,2014 - 7:30 PM Riddicks Folly  - "Christmas of Triumph-Christmas of Despair" Suffolk, December, 1864 Riddicks Folly -. History, music and drama with Riddick family and the people of Suffolk during the last Christmas of the WBTS. Refreshments will follow the program. Reservations required at $5.00 per person.
  • December 6, 2014 - 9:00 AM - Adopt-A-Highway trash pickup - Meet at Beales Run Farm.
  • December 6, 2014 - 12:00 PM - Tom Smith Camp Christmas Bonfire Picnic. There will be food, fun and a skeet shoot.

  

News from around the Confederacy

DANVILLE VA - The Danville City Council voted 7 to 2 to approve a resolution directing the city manager to notify the Board of the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History that the council cannot, under Virginia law, consider its request to remove the confederate flag from the grounds of the museum.
Dozens of people packed the council chambers. At times, emotions ran high as residents from both sides of the debate shared their views on the issue.
On September 30, 2014 the city manager received a letter conveying the museum's board of directors request that the city remove the Confederate flag.
Those who support the removal of the flag said the flag is offensive to African Americans and other groups because it represents a symbol of discrimination and racism. On the other hand, members of Sons of Confederate Veterans said the flag honors those who fought for our country and should not be removed.
The city council's resolution to deny the request to remove the flag means that the flag with remain at the museum.   

Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History

   

June 1, 1832 - May 9, 1912
Co. A, 16th Virginia Infantry
 

 
The Tom Smith Camp supports the following organizations:
 
 

 
 
  

Past Camp Events

 

APRIL PETERSBURG TRIP

On April 3, 2010, Ninteen members of the camp took a day trip to Petersburg, Five Forks and Sailor's Creek. Here the group is shown at the position of Pegram's guns at the Forks.

 

The restored Hillsman House at Sailor's Creek

This house was standing at the time of the battle and Union Artillery used the position to fire on the Confederates across the creek. The Sailor's Creek Battlefield is now a State Park with a new Visitor Center. Walking trails have been cleared enabling visitors to follow the battle and walk the route taken by the retreating Confederate Soldiers.

The park ranger describes the fighting at the creek. This is the area where the Confederates crossed the creek and later fired on the Federal soldiers in pursuit.

This is how the approach of the Yankee skirmish line would may have appeared to the Confederates defending the creek in 1865.

JUNE CHIPPOKES STATE PARK GAS AND STEAM SHOW

  

 

 Passing the flag to another generation at Hollywood Cemetary.

This gentleman's name is Jim Love of Colonial Heights, Va. He belongs to the SCV Mechanized Cavalry who seem to appear and disappear at SCV events like they were being lead by Colonel J.S. Mosby. On any given weekend there have been sightings at various places in the Commonwealth where SCV functions are being held.

 

 
 
 
 
Compatriot John Mayo spots a familiar flag in Paris, France.
 
 
 

 
July 25, 2005: The back window of Compatriot Dave Tatum's car!

 

 

The picture below was provided by Kermit Hobbs.It appears in his book,
Suffolk: A Pictorial History, and is posted here with his permission.The picture shows the Tom Smith Camp of the United Confederate Veterans (Camp No. 44). No exact date is known except that it is around the turn of the century.

The same picture in full size & resolution can be viewed at: tomsmithucv (about 1.5 MB--a huge file!). You can even read the banner in the background and the Camp insignia on their hats!


James Harrison Butler (identified by the book's author, Kermit Hobbs, since it was published) is the first man on the left in the 2nd row.

 

Tom Smith
(Confederate Veteran Magazine, June, 1906)

With the induction of Bobby Carr (far right), this family now has 3 generations in the Tom Smith Camp!
Phil and Ben Carr are Bobby's sons, and "B. J." (Ben, Jr.) is Bobby's Grandson.
All 4 are Life members in the SCV!

 

 

Sons of Confederate Veterans
International Headquarters
Historic "Elm Springs"
Located in Columbia, Tennessee

April 7, 2003
 
 
General Robert E. Lee's Birthday
January 19th
General Stonewall Jackson's Birthday January 21st
Anniversary of the Founding of the Confederacy February 22nd
Confederate History Month APRIL
National Memorial Day Honoring ALL Dead May 30th
Lt. Thomas Washington Smith's Birthday June 1st
President Jefferson Davis Birthday June 3rd

 

Virginia state flag adopted 30 April 1861 by Devereaux D. Cannon, Jr., 05 February 2000. (Used by permission.)

 

 

SALUTE TO THE FLAG OF VIRGINIA: Flag of Virginia, I salute thee. To thee I pledge my loyalty,
my service and my life.

SALUTE TO THE CONFEDERATE FLAG: I salute the Confederate flag with affection, reverence
and undying devotion to the cause for which it stands. Amen.

 

Charge to the Sons of Confederate Veterans:

"To you, Sons of Confederate Veterans, we submit 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 he loved and 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, Commander General
United Confederate Veterans
New Orleans, Louisiana 1906

"Everyone should do all in his power to collect and disseminate the truth, in the hope that it may find a place in history and descend to posterity. History is not the relation of campaigns and battles and generals or other individuals, but that which shows the principles for which the South contended and which justified her struggle for those principles. "

Robert E. Lee

 

 

Check out this new page created "just for fun"
ENJOY!

 

HERITAGE
NOT HATE

 

 

Confederate Monument, Cedar Hill Cemetery, Suffolk, VA
 
 
 
Today, the Sons of Confederate Veterans is preserving the history and legacy of these heroes,
so future generations can understand the motives that animated the Southern Cause. The SCV
is the direct heir of the United Confederate Veterans, and the oldest hereditary organization
for male descendants of Confederate soldiers. Organized at Richmond, Virginia in 1896, the SCV
continues to serve as a historical, patriotic,
and non-political organization dedicated
to insuring that a true history
of the 1861 - 1865 period is preserved.
Membership in the Sons of Confederate
Veterans is open to all male descendants of any veteran who served honorably in the Confederate
armed forces.Membership can be obtained through either direct or collateral family lines and
kinship to a veteran must be documented genealogically. The minimum age for membership is 12.
COMMANDERS of the TOM SMITH CAMP:
From:
Until:
Kevin Beale
March 2013
Present
Mike Pullen
December 2008
February 2013
Jason Chipman
December 2006
December 2008
Roy Pope December, 2004 December 2006
Fred D. Taylor December, 2002 December, 2004
William M. Richardson December, 2000 December, 2002
F. Lee Hart, III December, 1996 December, 2000
Woodie L. Walker abt. September, 1996 December, 1996
Robert R. Hardy December, 1995 abt. September , 1996
Randy Turner April, 1995 (chartering) December, 1995
 
CHARTER MEMBERS of the TOM SMITH CAMP:
C. Earl Blythe F. Lee Hart, III Fred Panton
Fred C. Copeland Spencer L. Hart, IV Colin G. Pully, Jr.
John F. Copeland Charles W. Johnson Randy Turner
Robert T. Copeland Charles W. Johnson, Jr. H. L. Walker
Thomas Goodrich John Johnson Joseph H. Walker
Alvin Lee Griffin James A. Lynch Woodie L. Walker
Anthony M. Griffin J. Craig Moore Woodie L. Walker, II
Steven A. Griffin Ocie Linwood Moore, Jr. Thomas Warrington, Sr.
Robert Hardy Giles L. Newsome
 
 


The Tom Smith Camp is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization,
and is approved by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service so
that any Donations made to Camp #1702 are
FULLY TAX DEDUCTIBLE