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 July 17, 2014

Click on The Heritage for the latest Camp newsletter.

Next Meeting: Monday July 28th

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

Memorial Candle: Wayne Bowen

Speaker: Mrs. Teresa Roane
Her topic is "Minorities in the Confederate Military: Combat Support."

Menu:  Fried Chicken, Potato Salad, Green Beans, Rolls, Tea. Coffee, Boston Cream Pie  

  

 

  

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

Desecration of Robert E. Lee's Grave and Memorial
Rally and Forum in Lexington, Virginia Saturday July 26th
Recently Washington & Lee University President Ken Ruscio announced the university would remove the eight regimental Confederate Battleflags surrounding the famed recumbent statue of Robert E. Lee in Lee Chapel.  The statue chamber and the Lee family crypt were built onto Lee Chapel as the site chosen for the Robert E. Lee Memorial using private donations raised for the purpose.  As such the university accepted the responsibility to ensure that Lee's burial place would be given the proper respect it deserves and it did so for well over one hundred years.  Sadly, the once proud Southern school has become infiltrated more and more with radical ideology and the academics running the school no longer share the same values as Robert E. Lee.  Instead many overtly and openly proclaim disdain for him.  When Lee's character was recently attacked, the school offered no response and instead has caved to the demands of a small group of student's who want Lee and everything he stood for repudiated.  For now they have won their fight to remove these flags, but they or others like them will continue their crusade with revolutionary fever to destroy Lee's image in its entirety.  The current president, the successor to Robert E. Lee, has now become the nations most notorious grave robber.  These radical students undoubtedly dream of the day that sledge hammers will be taken to Lee's recumbent statue just as the mob in Iraq recently did to the grave of the famed Prophet Jonah. 
How should decent people react to the cowardly violation of the memorial for an American Icon?  Are we so ignorant to believe that people cannot understand why Confederate flags would be at a deceased general's or veteran's grave?  Why has this happened and what can be done about it? 
The Stonewall Brigade Camp #1296 is putting together an event where these issues will be addressed on July 26 at an open community meeting to be held at the Holiday Inn Express on N. Lee Highway at 4pm featuring a talk by Dr. Marshall DeRosa, Professor of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University entitled “The Heroical Robert E. Lee: Under Attack by the Useful Idiots of the Ruling Class.”  Following Dr. DeRosa's presentation attendees will be invited to express their concerns and to offer ideas and solutions to the matter.  
In addition we will be holding a Flag Vigil against this cowardly act in downtown Lexington throughout the day and are working to secure a sight nearby to Lee Chapel to hold a rally beginning at Noon.  We encourage anyone concerned about this issue to attend and bring your flags and signs in hand to protest what we consider no less than grave robbery as defined under law by the current president of Washington & Lee.  We do ask that everyone remember that although we have the right to be angry at this situation, everyone should conduct themselves in a manner that would not further embarrass the memory of Robert E. Lee.  We do not need to stoop down to the level of those who started this travesty.  The city sidewalks will be accessible to us, but expect W&L security to remove or arrest anyone entering the campus with a sign or flag.
What else can you do?  Write, call, and email the university using the contact information listed below.  Secondly, if you know any W&L alumni or donors let us know who they are so that we can encourage them to contact the school and consider withholding further support.  Thirdly, attend the flag rally  and forum if you can.  Fourthly, consider contributing to the various heritage defense funds for this purpose. 
  
President
Mr. Kenneth Ruscio
Washington and Lee University
204 West Washington Street
Lexington,Virginia 24450
(540) 458-8700
Provost
Daniel Wubah
Washington and Lee University
Washington Hall 214
Lexington,Virginia 24450
(540)458-8418
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Secretary of the University:
James D. Farrar, Jr.
Washington & Lee University
203 Washington Hall
Lexington,VA 24450
(540)458-8465
Executive Assistant to the Board of Trustees:
Katherine Brinkley
Washington & Lee University
202 Washington Hall
Lexington,VA 24450
(540)458-8417

 
 
The Tom Smith Camp supports the following organizations:
 
 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS
~ 2014 ~

  SCV National Reunion - July 16 - July 19 2014 Charleston SC - www.scv2014.org

Desecration of Robert E. Lee's Grave and Memorial Rally and Forum

Lexington, Virginia July 26.2074 - 4:00 PM - Sponsored by the Stonewall Brigade Camp #1296

  Rededication of the Confederate Soldier's Monument on the Courthouse Green at Hanover

 August 23, 2074 - 2:00 p.m.

Capt. William Latane Camp #1690 will present the colors.

  

  

   

 
 
  

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 CHIPPOAKS STATE PARK GAS AND STEAM SHOW

  

 

 Passing the flag to another generation at Holleywood 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

 
Site created on July 24, 2001.
Thanks to http://www.jewish-history.com/Clipartgallery/clipart1.htm and http://tennessee-scv.org/Camp1513/clipart.htm for many of the graphics used on this web site.