Confederate Soldiers Project

The Confederate Soldiers Project is officially underway.   The List of Confederate Companies is now posted, along with the Soldiers who comprise those companies.  This is the first step in what is expected to be a decade long project of identifying and recording the military and family information on all the Confederate Soldiers from the five-county area surrounding Fayetteville.

We are now in the process of identifying Soldiers who are originally from the five-county area but served in Companies that didn’t have a large contigent of soldiers from this area.  We are also developing an alphabetical list of all the soldiers for cemetery research.

An Our Ancestors page will be next on the agenda for the Web Page.  This page will provide links to pages on the Confederate Soldiers who are lineal ancestors of Camp Members and collateral ancestors for those who joined the Sons of Confederate Veterans by that relationship.  We look forward to sharing our proud history.

Plough Boys Invade Charleston

Forty-two members and guests of the Cumberland Plough Boys, Black River Tigers, and the Hoke-McLauchlin Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp visited Charleston.  The group took a walking tour of Historic Charleston which was highlighted by a visit to the Confederate Museum.

House in Charleston

The Confederate Museum has an impressive collection of original artifacts from the War Between the States (more commonly but incorrectly called the Civil War).   Original Items included Regimental Flags, Confederate War Bonds, Confederate Uniforms, Canteens, UCV Reunion Medals, UDC Convention Badges, Photographs, and even a lock of hair from General Robert E. Lee.   The collection is impressive and I can honestly say if all 42 people got together, we still could not accurately describe all of the items.  While I understand the no photography restriction, I do wish the U.D.C. would hire a professional photographer to photograph all of the items and create a souvenir book for sale.  I certainly will visit the museum again when I can have much longer to look over every item.

In the afternoon, the group visited the Warren Lasch Conservation Center to view the remains of the Hunley.   The Hunley was the first submarine to successfully sink an opposing ship in battle.  The Hunley certainly was one of the first innovations to lead to our modern day submarine.  The process of retrieving the submarine from the ocean and preserving it today are quite impressive.  It is only surpassed, by the bravery and sacrifice given by the members of its three crews.

Below you will see a photo of the “New Hunley Crew” made up of members of all three SCV Camps.   The photo is taken of a replica of the original vessel.  Further below, you will get an appreciation of the minuteness of size of the Hunely’s Hatch.  Ken Bell, who is rather slender, had quite a time getting through it.

The New Hunley Crew

 

Ken Bell Squeeze

Ken Bell squeezes through hatch of the Hunley replica