A memorial service for Mattie Clyburn Rice, a Real Daughter of the Confederacy, was held at Hillcrest Cemetery, Monroe, North Carolina, on Saturday, October 18, 2014. The following excerpts from the program from the memorial service tell this amazing story:

A real daughter of the Confederacy, Mattie Clyburn Rice, known as “Ms. Mattie” to many who knew her, made her journey home on September 1st, 2014, to be with our Father in Heaven. She was a gracious Southern woman who meant so much to everyone who had the blessing of meeting her. She was born in Marshville, North Carolina, on September 15, 1922, and she leaves behind an astonishing story and historical legacy.

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On Saturday, October 4, on a beautiful fall day, my wife and I took a trip on the Summerville Steam Special, which runs each Saturday in the month of October.  We rode on Steam Locomotive 4501 (2-8-2) built in 1911 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works.  The engine has been restored to its original condition and is the flagship steam engine of the railroad.  The TVRR owns three steam engines:  610, 630 and 4501.

We departed the Chattanooga railroad station on a 9-hour round trip ride to Summerville, GA, passing by diverse scenery including the Chickamauga Civil War Battlefield where the Confederates had been successful.  On the way to Summerville, we dined in a restored 1922 dining car and had an excellent lunch.  The staff, conductors, and crewmen were extremely hospitable and informative.  The train consisted of a variety of restored old rolling stock.  Our particular car, a Pullman built in 1922, was in excellent condition.  The railroad operates many diverse train rides on the main line.

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Snow Campaign Chapter, USDAR, of Fountain Inn, SC, held its first meeting of the 2014-15 year at the Fountain Inn History Center, 102 Depot Street, Fountain Inn, SC, on Thursday, September 11, 2014. This year, Constitution Day is celebrated on Wednesday, September 17, commemorating the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787, by thirty-nine men in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The tradition of celebrating Constitution Week was started many years ago by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).  In 1955, the DAR petitioned Congress to set aside September 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week.

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The Sept. 8 2014, meeting of the Winnie Davis 442 United Daughters of the Confederacy Chapter was held in Taylors, SC, for a very special evening.  Special recognition was given to an array of Upstate citizens for their service to our state and nation in a variety of capacities.

Chapter President Pamela Durham opened the meeting with the pledges to the flags, and singing of anthems.  Allison Bolt, President of Joseph Evan Davis 907 Children of the Confederacy Chapter, welcomed the attendees and served as page for the event.

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Judge-Rob-Chumley-1Summary Court Judge Rob Chumley was the guest speaker for the July dinner meeting of camp 36, 16th Regiment, South Carolina Volunteers and their guests. His topic was “Nullification and the South.”

Nullification, first enunciated in the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions of 1798, was expanded by South Carolina statesman John C. Calhoun in response to the Tariff of 1828. This historical fact tied the word to the true  history of the South.

Chumley is a cum laude graduate of Clemson University, a graduate of Cumberland School of Law, and earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Sanford University.


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Grave-Marker-Dedication-1Oliver Thompson Chapter 1850, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Holds Grave Marker Dedication in Remembrance of William Dennis Crain, Jr., Private, 16th Infantry Regiment, Co. D, “Elford Guards,” Confederate States of America

Oliver Thompson Chapter 1850, United Daughters of the Confederacy, held a Grave Marker Dedication service at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Greer, SC, on July 26, 2014, in remembrance of William Dennis Crain, Jr., Private, 16th Infantry Regiment, Co. D, “Elford Guards,” Confederate States of America. Over 100 family members and friends were in attendance at this ceremony.

The 16th SC Color Guard of Honor presented the Colors. A biography of William Dennis Crain, Jr. was presented by Mrs. Dot Bishop, Past President, Travelers Rest Historical Society. Part of Private Crain’s biography read as follows:

“William Dennis Crain, Jr., had five brothers at the start of the Civil War. When the war was over, he had two.  Two brothers, Jasper and John, were excused from military duty because of their occupations. Jasper was exempt based on his textile mill duty in Augusta. The south needed cloth for uniforms, blankets and the like, so Jasper stayed behind. John was a bridge designer and builder and was exempted from military duty because the South desperately needed bridges and railroads for troops and supplies.

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