Wednesday, May 14, 2008

April 19th Illinois Division SCV-- Part 5

The United Confederate Veterans had camps in Illinois with the largest being Camp 8 in Chicago. I've heard there were also SCV (Sons of Confederate Veterans) camps in the state as well, but all were no longer in existence when I joined the SCV in the early 1980s. Then Andy Wilson wrote me and said he wanted to start one and I was only too happy to join.

BLANKENSHIP CAMP 1802 is not having regular meetings but keeping in touch via e-mail. Discussed five books of intereest.

GEORGE DIXON CAMP 1962 has 26 members and has plans to increase membership by 78%. Have several retention activities. Major projects are Confederate Memorial Dayin Alton, the Lee-Jackson Ball, and Jefferson Davis Picnic..

RICH GALE-- gave a Confederate grave report. Located 931 graves of former Confederate vets in the state, not counting those buried at prisons. Expects that there are at least 20,000 so we definitely have Confederate heritage right here in Illinois. This grave locating effort started in 2000 with the goal of making sure they're marked.

CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS ERECTED BY ILLINOIS SCV-- three of them at Rock Island, Mound City, and Camp Butler (Springfield). Two years ago the Division went to the dedication of it after the general meeting.

Confederately. --Old B-Runner