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Several members of the Joseph Brevard Kershaw Chapter #205 in Laurens attended the 150th anniversary of Lee’s surrender at Appomattox this past April, 2015.  The group of four, Jennifer Sawyer, Registrar; Martha Gilchrest, Historian; Kim Lambert, Recording Secretary; and Elaine Thorp, Newsletter Editor, went to an event which they all said they would never forget as long as they lived.  It was truly one of the most moving historical events of their lifetime, perhaps only equaled by the Hunley funeral some years back.  They were escorted by Thomas B. Sawyer, 1st Lieutenant Commander of the Brigadier General Samuel McGowan Camp #40.

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“Lets Stand up for what is Right and Never Back Down”

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The Honorable William “Bill” Chumley was the speaker at the Confederate Memorial Day Service at Springwood Cemetery in Greenville, Sunday, May 2nd.

The annual Confederate Memorial Day service is sponsored by the 16th Regiment, SC Volunteers, Camp 36SCV, and the Museum and Library of Confederate History owned and operated by the Camp.

The annual memorial service is part of the obligation of the Sons of Confederate Veterans that was given to the Sons and future generations of their children by Lieutenant General Stephen Dill Lee, Commander General , United Confederate Veterans in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1906. The charge stated:

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The Joseph Evan Davis 907 Children of the Confederacy held their April meeting at the New Hope United Methodist Church in Anderson, SC on Sunday afternoon, April 12, 2015. Along with members of the Winnie Davis 442 United Daughters of the Confederacy Chapter, they honored Chapter President, Allison Bolt’s Confederate ancestor, Abram Bolt and his wife Mary with a grave-cleaning, iron-cross-placing, and grave-rededicating event. Chapter Director Pamela Hamilton Durham discussed the military history and family of Abram Bolt. There were three generations of the Bolt family present today for this rededication service. Mr. Bolt shared pictures of these ancestors with the children as they learned to clean the grave of the veteran and his wife, under direction of grave restoration consultant Julia Barnes.  Michael Barnes and Danny Durham then showed the children how to properly install an iron cross. These men of the Sons of Confederate Veterans provided outstanding role models for the children. The children did a wonderful job in honoring a veteran and then recording the other veterans buried in this cemetery.

 

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Thousands of history enthusiasts from all over the country and across the ocean congregated in the little town of Appomattox, Virginia, this past week to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia, commanded by General Robert E. Lee, to Union General Ulysses S. Grant and his Army of the Potomac.

Activities commenced this past Wednesday and concluded on Sunday. During that period, the relatively small parking lot at the Appomattox Court House National Historic Site was closed to visitors. A sprawling, grassy field a couple of miles away served as a temporary parking area. Buses ran all day back and forth to the park.

For those who were coming from Lynchburg, 20-some miles away, other shuttle buses ran to and from that town. All of the services – parking, shuttle rides and admission to the park - were free.

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The sights and sounds of yesteryear came alive in Pendleton on Saturday as Ashtabula celebrated Old Farm Day.

Antique gas engines powered a plethora of machines, including a cotton gin and a hay bailer, just to name a few. Antique tractors and automobiles were on display as well.

The coolness of the day did not deter hundreds of people of all ages from coming out to enjoy the event. While some spectators meandered over the front lawn, inspecting the various and sundry exhibits, other visitors paid an extra $3.00 to take a guided tour, given by young ladies dressed in hoop skirts, of the Ashtabula mansion, which served as the backdrop for the day's festivities.

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Southerners were the original recycling advocates!  During the War Between the States, there were many shortages.   The UpCountry of 2015 has experienced several ice storms, power outages, and frozen water lines.  That is an inconvenience.  Early in the war years of 1861 and 1862, shortages in South Carolina were considered inconveniences, but as time went on, those inconveniences turned into hardships.  South Carolinians mastered the Economy of Scarcity!  On March 2, 2015, Mosie Marlar of Fountain Inn gave a wonderful presentation to the ladies of Winnie Davis 442 in Greenville on the topic of “Shortages, or Making Do.”  There are many methods that Southerners employed to manage through this dreadful time in our history, and Mrs. Marlar gave great details.

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The 16"‘ Regiment South Carolina Volunteers, Sons of Confederate Veterans, has owned and operated the Museum and Library of Confederate History at 15 Boyce Avenue in Greenville since 1996. From time to time the Museum chooses to honor certain members of its Board of Directors who have rendered outstanding service and distinguished themselves in dedication to the Museum and to the Confederate Cause.

This past Monday the Board of the Museum honored it's Chaplin, ]ohn Woods. Several members of the Board attended the monthly meeting of the Moses T. Fowler Camp #1721 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans in Fountain Inn last Monday evening and presented Chaplain Woods with a very attractive, framed Certificate of Appreciation.

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