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2012 Confederate Memorial Day
Forsyth Park - Savannah, GA
April 29, 2012

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An honor guard detail fired a 21 gun salute in honor of the soldiers from all of the southern ranks who paid the ultimate sacrifice between 1861-65. Members from the 22nd Georgia Artillery and the Black Creek Artillery fired a 21 gun salute with field artillery in honor of these same heroes.
At the conclusion of the events at Forsythe Park, we moved to Laurel Grove Cemetery where we paid tribute to the brave southern soldiers who perished in the Battle of Gettsyburg, 1-3 July 1863, and to the Savannah Volunteer Guards. These were equally two moving ceremonies. When I learned that only sixteen men from the Savannah Volunteer Guards surrendered to Federal troops with eight of them being Negro musicians and cooks less than a week before General Lee surrendered I know why I was there today.
On behalf of Commander Don Newman and myself of the Savannah Militia Camp 1657, a special thank you goes out to all of the men and women who made this a very special day in Savannah. A thank you goes out to those individuals who were part of the honor guard details, Francis S. Bartow Camp #93 for hosting this event, the Savannah Volunteer Guards, the fine ladies from the United Daughters of the Confederacy Chapter 2, Captain Rick Phillips and Lieutenant Jim Willis of the 8th Georgia Infantry CoE, Captain Phillip Coleman of the 22nd Georgia Artillery who commanded the artillery field pieces, Mr. Stephen Newsome of the Savannah Militia Camp #1657 who videoed the entire events at Forsythe Park and Mr. Bobby Smith who directed the professional sound system for this grand event.
For those of you who were not in attendance on this date, the events at Forsythe Park will be downloaded on our web site at for you to view. See attached photos and forward to those on your respective email lists.
Respectfully, Your
Obedient Servant
Ron Coats
Lieutenant Commander
Savannah Militia Camp 1657
Sons of Confederate Veterans



Nothing fills me with more sadness than to see a Southern man apologizing for the defense we made of our inheritance. Our cause was just so Sacred, that had I known all that has come to past, had I known what was to inflicted upon me, all that my Country was to suffer, all that our posterity was to endure, I would do it all over again.
Jefferson Davis, President
C.S.A Deo Vindice




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Don Newman, Commander

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“Political correctness is not really about sensitivity and courtesy, which require mutual respect. Rather, political correctness entails intolerance for some prejudices but impunity for others.” -—James Taranto

The Sons of Confederate Veterans is the direct heir of the United Confederate Veterans, and the oldest hereditary organization for male descendents of Confederate soldiers. Organized at Richmond, Virginia in 1896, the SCV continues to serve as a historical, patriotic, and non-political organization dedicated to ensuring that a true history of the South, especially the 1861-1865 period, is preserved and presented to future generations. 

The citizen-soldiers who fought for the Confederacy personified the best qualities of America. The tenacity with which Confederate soldiers fought demonstrated their belief in the rights guaranteed by the Constitution. Today, the SCV is preserving the history and legacy of these heroes so that future generations can understand their motives and character.

If you're a male descendent of anyone who honorably served the Confederate military, claim your heritage now with pride. Contact the individuals named below for membership information or visit our next meeting.  Visitors are Welcome! 

Camp 1657 meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month, at the Western Sizzlin Restaurant in Pooler. Eating & fellowship, 6:30PM; the meeting starts at 7:30PM.


The first United States flag - what happened to the government the Founders gave us? Click to learn more...
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General Robert E. Lee - click for more about Lee   General Nathan Bedford Forrest  General Thomas J. 'Stonewall' Jackson

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Symbols and Scapegoats

Monthly Meetings are the 2nd Tuesday

 Western Sizzlin Restaurant, Pooler, GA 31322


Membership in the Sons of Confederate Veterans is open to all male descendants of any veteran who served honorably in the Confederate armed forces. Eligibility can be obtained through either direct or collateral family lines and kinship to a veteran must be documented genealogically (see lineage worksheet below). The minimum age for membership is 12.

Membership questions? Contact Don Newman at (912) 748-7387

[ Membership application (pdf)  || SCV Lineage Work Sheet  || Friends of SCV Membership Application  ]

Why should you join?  ||  National Archives Microfilm Database (searchable! by soldier name or unit)


Camp Meetings

Camp 1657 meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month, at the Western Sizzlin Restaurant in Pooler. Eating & fellowship, 6:30PM; the meeting starts at 7:30PM. Visitors Are Welcome!!

Visitor's Message ]

For information about Camp 1657 in Savannah, GA, contact Don Newman  [Commander] [912] 748-7387
Or write to SCV Camp #1657, 128 W. Deerfield Rd, Bloomingdale, GA 31302

Racial Supremacists and bigots NOT welcome!  The SCV condemns the KKK and any other hate groups - click to see the 2006 Resolution
SCV Condemns racial bigotry and hatred in all forms and misuse of Southern symbols



Camp 1657 Officers - 2011-2012

CommanderDon Newman  912-748-7387
1st Lt. Commander - Doyal Todd 912-233-4666
2nd Lt. Commander - Ron Coats 912-754-4192
Quartermaster - 
Historian - 
Color Sergeant - Cecil Greenwell 912-663-1179

1st Sergeant - David Todd 912-925-7899
Adjutant - Doug Hansen 912-234-4049
ChaplainDavid Milton 912-920-3111
Treasurer -
Surgeon - 
Camp Email Coordinator - Fred Royal 912-234-7620

God Save the South!


Charge to the Sons Of Confederate Veterans

" To you Sons of Confederate Veterans, we submit the vindication of the cause for which we fought; to your strength will be given the defense of the Confederate soldiers' good name, the guardianship of his history, the emulation of his virtues, the perpetuation of those principles he loved and which made him glorious and which you also cherish.  Remember, it is your duty to see that the true history of the south is presented to future generations."

---Lt. General Stephen Dill Lee, Commander General, United Confederate Veterans,
New Orleans, Louisiana, 1906

Deo Vindice

God Save the South!

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