Lee-Jackson---Mark-SimpsonGeneral Robert E. Lee was born January 19, 1807, at Stratford Hall, Virginia. General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson was born January 21, 1824, at Clarksburg, Virginia. These two Virginians became officers in the United States Army, distinguished themselves in service to their country during the War with Mexico, chose to defend their homeland during the War of Southern Independence and are considered worldwide to be two of the greatest military leaders the world has known.

Jackson died of wounds May 10, 1863, and is buried in Jackson Cemetery in Lexington, Virginia.

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Point Lookout, Union POW camp for Confederate soldiers, was established after the Battle of Gettysburg and was open from August 1863 to June 1865. It is located along the coast of Maryland only five feet above sea level, on approximately 30 acres of level land. It was the largest Union POW camp and one of the most secure, as it was surrounded on three sides by water from the Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River, with Union cannons pointed at the Confederate prisoners from Ft. Lincoln and Union gun ships anchored in nearby waters. There were only an estimated 50 successful escapes.

Joined by Terry Grissop with  a True (more or less) Grizzly Bear Story

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Stan Clardy closed out the fifth and final Special Friday Celebration  titled Christmas in Dixie at the Museum and Library of Confederate History in Greenville.

The annual event sponsored by the Sons of Confederate Veterans and Order  of  Confederate Rose, is free and open to the public and attracts hundreds on Friday nights each December.

A different program is presented each week. This year, the musical programs were presented by Leeanne White, TheReeves Family, Mark and Donna Simpson, The Joyful Harps and Stan Clardy. Each program begins with a children’s hour from 6 to 7 p.m.

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The Joyful Harps with parents Ray and Holly Sheen.

Event Held in Newly Renovated Museum Expansion

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The Varina Howell Davis Chapter, Order of the Confederate Rose, provided food and served as hostesses for the Annual Christmas Reception honoring members of the Sixteenth Regiment, Camp 36, Sons of Confederate Veterans.

The Confederate Rose Chapter is auxiliary to the Sixteenth Regiment, SCV.

Mosie Marlar is president of the OCR Chapter. Other members assisting with the event were Cheryl Rude, Sally Wheeler, Linda Hamilton, Pamela Durham and Pam Evans.

Pastor Paul B. Chandler, Jr. Honored for 70 Years of Gospel Ministry

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Pastor Paul B. Chandler, Jr., of Flat Rock, N.C., at age 17 was on his way to preach his first sermon at a youth rally in St. Petersburg, Florida, on Sunday, December 7, 1941, when he heard the news on the radio that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor. He felt that the country would soon be entering into World War II, and he knew that many of the young people to whom he would be preaching could possibly be going into battle. The text of his first sermon was from Romans 12:1 and 2: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Eighteen young people made professions of faith in Christ at that service. His first wife, Esther Lillian Allen (Chandler), was in attendance at that service.

Mark-EvansSons of Confederate Veterans Chaplain in Chief Mark Evans was the guest speaker for the Sixteenth Regiment, South Carolina Volunteers, SCV November dinner meeting. Chaplain Evans also serves as chaplain for the Sixteenth  Regiment and is pastor of Hope Presbyterian Church in Greenville. His topic was “Thanksgiving.”

Chaplain Evans spoke of the Biblical command in Thessalonians to Rejoice evermore, Pray without ceasing and In everything give thanks. He gave thanks for our Confederate ancestors who fought for a cause that was lost but the principle still lives. He read thanksgiving testimonies of dying soldiers from Christ in the Camp, a volume by J. William Jones, “The Fighting Parson.”