The eighth annual Wade Hampton Memorial Service will be held on Saturday afternoon April 21st at 2 o'clock in Keenan Chapel at Trinity Cathedral.

The outstanding speaker will be Dr. David Aiken of Charleston, who until his retirement last May was a professor of English at the Citadel. In his later years at El Cid, he also taught some courses at the College of Charleston. He is a nationally known authority on the works of William Gilmore Simms and also the War for Southern Independence. His topic will be: "Wade Hampton, a Civilizing Influence." Dr. Aiken is a well-known author of such books as "A City Laid Waste," and "Fire in the Cradle: Charleston's Literary Heritage."


Left to Right - Jennifer Sawyer and Mosie Marlar both received the Winnie Davis Award from  Joe Payne (right), SC Commander of Military Order of Stars and Bars on Saturday, March 17 at the University of SC Library at the Spring Awards Ceremony of the SC Division MOS&B. Mrs. Marlar received hers for her work with the SCV Camp #36 and especially the Museum and Library of Confederate History in Greenville. Mrs. Sawyer received hers for her work with the SCV Camp #40 of Laurens and particularly her work on the McGowan Brigade Monument placed by Camp 40 at the Spotsylvania Battlefield in May of 2009. Mrs. Marlar is the SC Society Order of Confederate Rose Treasurer and Mrs. Sawyer is the President and Historian of the JB Kershaw Chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy in Laurens and is a member of the Captain William Farley Chapter OCR at Camp 40 in Laurens.


The Joseph Evan Davis Chapter #907 Children of the Confederacy has been actively participating in service projects for their community and around the world. In September, the Chapter collected school supplies for Armstrong Elementary, to be distributed to needy students. In October and November, the children collected Toys for Tots that were donated to the Marine Recruitment center for distribution to needy children in December.


The Sons of Confederate Veterans held its 2012 Sesquicentennial Heritage Rally in Richmond, VA, on Saturday, February 25, 2012. The day dawned sunny, clear and beautiful, but bitterly cold. The first event of the day was the Heritage Parade. It was spectacular, with many in Confederate uniforms, holding our flags high, marching in a long procession to the Lee Monument. Once assembled, the attendees remembered the inauguration of President Jefferson Davis, heard stirring greetings, and enjoyed a message from Commander-in-Chief, R. Michael Givens. He explained the meaning of liberty, as understood by our country's founders, and that our Confederate relatives were contending for the same liberty. Overhead, a plane circled, pulling a banner that called Richmond to remember its Confederate heritage. Those in attendance were encouraged by this opportunity to honor the valiant efforts of our Southern ancestors.



Recently the Stephen Dill Lee Institute held its annual conference at the DeSoto Hilton Hotel in historic Savannah, GA. The topic this year was The Costs of Lincoln’s War. The Institute is an educational tool for the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Scholarships for teachers and students are available.


The Joseph Brevard Kershaw Chapter #205 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy held their annual Lee-Jackson Luncheon with a fashion show on Saturday, January 21 at 12 noon in Hunter Hall of the First Presbyterian Church of Laurens.   This is the fourth year of the luncheon and, having grown each and every year, the chapter had to continue to move the location for the luncheon.

The chapter members had held the event in the Simpsonville/Mauldin area for a couple of years in an effort to draw ladies from the Greenville area.  Finally, after crowded conditions last year at the 2011 event, the chapter decided to bring the event home to Laurens. Everyone was extremely pleased with the location of the event in Laurens.  Perhaps a few people did not attend due to the change in location, but most people did not seem to mind, particularly since the venue was so much roomier for the event.


The Sixteenth Regiment, Sons of Confederate Veterans was honored with the presence of Mrs. Martha Van Schaick,  President General of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, above center, at their Annual Lee-Jackson Banquet. From left to right, the President General is accompanied by Dr. Julia Barnes, Piedmont  District Director, UDC; Mrs. Pam Evans, 3rd Vice President, Winnie Davis # 442; Mrs Eloise Verdin, SC UDC Division President; and Pam Durham, Treasurer, Winnie Davis # 442.