Tom Smith Camp #1702
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 Charge to the Sons of Confederate Veterans
To you, Sons of Confederate Veterans, we will commit 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 which he loved and which you love also, and those ideals 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
United Confederate Veterans
New Orleans, 25 April 1906 

Tom Smith Camp Charge 

The Tom Smith Camp #1702, Sons of Confederate Veterans, is proud of the 1,500 brave men from Suffolk & Nansemond County who left their homes & families in defense of Constitutional Liberty and States Rights to face overwhelming odds. Many paid the ultimate price, all endured hardships and suffering while maintaining the reputation of the greatest fighting force the world had ever known. Placing their faith in God, the Southern Soldiers fought for a just cause and the light of their accomplishments can never be dimmed or shadowed by any.

Compatriots and friends of fairness—your help is needed!

The shooting that took place this past Wednesday night at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston is horrific on every level. The perpetrator is obviously insane to have committed such a cold-hearted crime as this. Apparently his stated motives were to set off a race war, the same heinous hopes of the infamous murderer—Charles Manson.

Thankfully, Manson failed at his quest and I pray that Dylann Roof will also fail. But honestly, I’m not encouraged. The level of vitriolic hatred that is being displayed, in the name of these tragic murders, is beyond disturbing. Steel your heart and google ‪#‎takedowntheflag‬ . Then type #takedowntheflag into a search on Facebook and then on Instagram. Some of the images on these sites literally knocked me on my heels due to their level of hate.

We cannot allow the Roof’s and Manson’s of the world to destroy the affection that is vital between peoples of varying backgrounds and heritages in our country. But as we sit by, morning for the loss of innocent lives in Charleston, that very nightmare of destruction could be rapidly becoming a reality.

For one hundred and fifty years, Southerners have been maligned by the victors of an unnecessary war. In recent years some headway has been made in educating our fellow countrymen as to the true facts of our shared history. But even though Confederate history and the symbols of the South had no connection whatsoever with the senseless crime in question, a loud cry for punitive reparations (first) demanding the removal of the Confederate Battle Flag from the Confederate monument at the Statehouse in Columbia, SC.

Why must you and I be punished for the actions of a madman? Our Confederate ancestors would have condemned this man and his actions as we do today. We share in the shock and anger over this outrage with all good people throughout the world. Why then must WE abandon OUR ancestors and allow the further slander of their good names. How does sacrificing the memory of antebellum Americans ease the pain caused by this one reprehensible miscreant. It does not. It only causes more pain and will certainly cause problems while solving none.

What can be done?

Pray for the families that lost their loved ones in this terrible incident.

Contact the legislators in South Carolina and let them know that you and your family must not be punished for the misdeeds of a maniac. Let them know that your heritage is not to be used as tribute or ransom for any reason.

Time is of the essence. Contact the legislators in South Carolina today and everyday this week and next week if necessary. Have each member of your family and your friends contact the legislators in South Carolina and tell them to honour the compromise that took the flag from atop the Statehouse dome in 2000 and placed it at the Confederate monument. The masses are calling for blood. There has been too much blood already. It must stop!

To email all senators:

To email all House member States:

Email all the members of the Senate and the House. Then call and ask to speak to your Representative and your Senator and tell them to protect all history and to punish no one’s heritage.

Telephone numbers to reach the legislators:

South Carolina House of Representatives
Blatt Building

South Carolina Senate

Get to work on this mission and stay on it. So far the legislators are being overwhelmed with demands to remove the flag from the Statehouse grounds. This is only their first stop on a reckless train to rewrite history and destroy all the gains we have made in dispelling the myths and lies of our ancestors. The attack will be broad and deep. Your heritage is not to blame for these murders and perpetuating more hatred will not erase the crime. Your ancestors stood by us during their struggle for liberty; we will stand by them during this struggle for fairness.

Commander-in-Chief Barrow has sent a similar alert and request. We need every man, woman and child on this effort. Thank you for your attention to this important matter. I am,

Respectfully yours,

Michael Givens
Past Commander-in-Chief
Sons of Confederate Veterans

The Virginia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, supports a positive and affirmative message of Confederate Heritage. We are a non-partisan organization, with a strong Heritage preservationist focus. Our purpose is to Honor and care for Confederate Soldiers and Sailor’s graves; Confederate sites and monuments: display flags and Southern symbols, all as a sign of Honor to Confederate Heritage and cultural diversity.
When Confederate issues come under attack we express our thoughts and opinions through Honorable means. This was done when we spent 3 years to secure the Virginia State issued License plates with the Trade-marked SCV logo. This was eventually granted and became State law. We have worked with Legislators to craft bills that Honor and protect Confederate Heritage, monuments, graves, battlefields and other historical artifacts.
Confederate Heritage should always receive equal treatment in all issues before the law.
Our first amendment rights should not be eliminated through a false accusation connected to a violent act. The SCV in NO way condones violence, racism or use of Confederate symbols in acts of bigotry, hatred or racism.
To call for the revocation of the State-issued SCV logo license plate is a travesty. To further react and elude that the violent acts of a deranged individual is somehow related to this Heritage Organization is unacceptable. To suppress our 1st Amendment Rights should be a wake up call to all citizens of the United States. This is not what Our Country is in favor of.
Murderous acts of a deranged, crazed, disturbed individual in SC, is reprehensible. This individual was not a member of the SCV. He was a demonic individual, who should have been identified prior to this outrageous act as it is felt that behaviors of violence, hatred and racism must have been seen prior to this inexcusable act.
We call on all Americans to take time to reflect, pray and use common sense before reacting with knee-jerk responses. This Country did not become the greatest Country on Earth by this type of reaction and suppression. Systematically censoring a large portion of our Nation is not the answer.
We call on our elected Officials to stand firm in protecting the rights of All Americans. No revision of Southern Heritage will change the Southern Mantra. Our Confederate symbols must never be used as a sign of  war, hate or divisiveness.
May GOD Bless the South,
VA Division SCV

Past Division Commander Mike Pullen is currently serving as a temporary "Acting Editor" of the Old Dominion Voice (ODV) until a permanent editor is appointed. The June issue of the ODV is an 11 page publication and is approximately 5 MB in size. This issue has been posted on the Virginia Division Web site ODV page at the following location:

If you have photos & articles that you would like to submit for the next issue, please send them to your Brigade Commander, who will include them in his brigade report. He will then forward a copy on to Mike Pullen, Acting ODV Editor, at and to Div. Cmdr. Tracy Clary.

We applaud Mike's efforts to keep the ODV going by publishing an issue on a monthly basis and would like to encourage others who have desktop publishing software and a desire to serve as the permanent editor of the ODV, to contact Mike Pullen or Cmdr. Tracy Clary and let them know of your interest. You can use the software of your choice to create the ODV as long as it has the ability to save or export the file as a PDF (or MS Word Document). Thanks again to all who are working hard to bring the ODV back to life again. 

John Sawyer, Past Commander
Virginia Division SCV


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