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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Confederate records found

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Jeanne Lenderman, librarian at the Augusta Genealogical Society, holds a letter written by Stokes F. Ivey, who served in the Confederate Army.

"I don't want to hurt it," she said.

Spidery handwriting inside revealed it was a muster roll from the Thomson Guards, a McDuffie County company that had been part of the 10th Regiment of Georgia Volunteers of the Confederate Army. The list of names was a human snapshot of local Confederate soldiers.

The muster roll came from a box records from one of Georgia's original chapters of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The box was recently rediscovered at the Augusta Genealogical Society. Directors theorize it may have been sent there for safekeeping after an estate settlement.

Many of the documents are member applications for the now defunct Ida Evans Eve UDC chapter in Thomson, which formed three decades after the Civil War. Also included are old UDC charters and scrapbooks of the group's activities during the early 1900s.
"I think it's a very significant find. A lot of these old records don't exist anymore," said Hopson, president of today's William Henry Talbot Walker UDC Chapter in Augusta.

To join the UDC, prospective members must prove direct lineage with someone who served in the Confederate Army. The Ida Evans Eve application records are thus interesting for genealogical reasons, but the records' age also places them a handshake away from history. Many applicants proved their heritage with letters from soldiers who had served with their relatives. The letters sometimes turned personal.
"You may well be proud of your father's name for he was a good man and a brave soldier," Confederate veteran G.H. Embree wrote in a letter to Lillie Paschal McCord.
The Thomson Guards muster roll says the company began its service May 11, 1861, and was made up of mainly planters and their sons from Columbia County and what is now McDuffie County. Only 77 of its 130 soldiers returned home. Some died at Gettysburg, others at Sharpsburg. Next to some men's names was written simply, "died during the war." Nearly as many men died of disease as battle wounds.

Hopson could relate to the sacrifices. Her great-great-grandfather was a Confederate soldier from Mississippi who became a prisoner of war at a battle at Fort Donaldson.
The rediscovered records will be sent next month to the UDC's division headquarters near Stone Mountain, where they will be placed in a museum in climate-controlled conditions, Hopson said.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Fall Muster brings re-enactors to Beauvoir


BILOXI — The South wins most battles at Beavoir.

Saturday’s skirmish between the Union and the Confederacy was no different.

More than 300 re-enactors demonstrated their military prowess on the field near Confederate President Jefferson Davis’ home during the 24th annual Fall Muster.

AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALD Smoke billows into the air after a replica Civil War 6-pound smoothbore cannon was fired at the 24th annual Fall Muster.

They’ll do it again today about 1:30 p.m., said Beauvoir’s acting director, Richard Forte.

Admission is $9 for adults with reduced rates for children, military and seniors. Beauvoir is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and parking is free at the Coast Coliseum for Beauvoir visitors.

With attendance down about 25 percent over the summer, Forte was excited by the steady flow of people coming through the gates to see the living history demonstrations and the re-enactment.

“This is the best crowd, I think, since we started back after Katrina,” he said.

The event was held at the Harrison County Fairgrounds in 2006 and 2007, and returned to Beauvoir in 2008.

At the Bama Rose, a sutler tent offering Civil War fashions for ladies, Krystal Ladner of Long Beach perused a table lined with hats, gloves and fans. Her husband, Andrew Ladner, 25, is a second-generation re-enactor with 3rd Mississippi. He has been doing this since he was 7.

“It’s kind of cool,” Krystal Ladner said about the battle. “It’s a good teaching lesson, although they always make the South win.”

Among the sutlers — sellers of clothing, supplies and memorabilia — the Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest Camp 1353 of Hattiesburg is pushing its Confederate sausage dogs for $4. Half of their proceeds go to Beauvoir to support the historic property.

The polish dogs earned the Confederate name because they honor an immigrant from southern Poland who fought for the South during the Civil War, Lt. Commander Robert Ulmer said.

“If you don’t study history, you’re destined to repeat it,” he said.

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

From SCV National

The General Organization of the SCV will be holding a nation heritage Rally each year of the Sesquicentennial of the War for Southern Independence. Below are the locations for each year. Details will be posted as they become available.

2010 - Charleston, SC- December 2010

The Confederate Heritage Trust, in partnership with the South Carolina Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, is currently in the planning stages for what will be a grand and memorable Secession play and Ball. This event will commemorate and celebrate the state of South Carolina for the second time becoming an independent nation on December 20th 1860. The evening will begin with a theatrical play recreating the Convention and the men that cast their votes to remove South Carolina from the union know as These United States. Many of the actors will be local and State celebrities and personalities.

Immediately following the play a grand ball and reception will follow with a joyous night of music, dancing, food and drink. The Charleston Gaillard auditorium will be our venue for both events. As an added bonus The State Archives and History Department will have the original Ordinance of Secession available for all to see and enjoy. The Confederate Heritage Trust and the South Carolina Division would like to personally invite you to attend this once in a lifetime event! Please purchase tickets and sponsorships now while space is available and we look forward to seeing you there. Remember all tickets and sponsorships are tax deductable.

2011 - Montgomery, AL-February 19, 2011

It is time to mark your calendar for the SCV Sesquicentennial Event to be held in Montgomery, AL on Saturday February 19, 2011. This event will feature a parade up Dexter Avenue to the Alabama State Capitol Building, a reenactment of the swearing in of President Jefferson Davis and a selection of speakers at the Capitol Building. Just like was done for the Flag Rally in 2000 in Columbia, South Carolina and for the Hunley Funeral in Charleston in 2004 - it is IMPERATIVE that this event be well attended. We must show the world that we will not permit the History and Heritage of the Confederacy to be forgotten and unobserved during the Sesquicentennial.

It is up to us to see that this history is remembered and portrayed in the right way so start planning your visit to Montgomery - organize vans and buses - so we can show the world we remember our Confederate Heroes.


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