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Welcome to Our Virtual Encampment!

Major General Joseph Wheeler, Camp #863 is part of the 13th Brigade of the Georgia Divison of Sons of Confederate Veterans. Our camp headquarters is based in the "Olde Towne" district of the city of Conyers Georgia, about 30 miles east of Atlanta at the Philologia Masonic Lodge, 1005 Milstead Avenue, just down the street from the Rockdale County Courthouse Complex. 

The Sons of Confederate Veterans is a Historical Honor Society. Our mission is a simple one, to protect and preserve the accurate history of the Confederacy and the legacy of our ancestors that took up the Confederate Cause during the War Between The States. 

We invite you to learn more about us by exploring our virtual encampment here on our official web site. We hope you find what we present here to be infomative, educational, and useful to you. We also ask you to consider becoming a member or a friend of our encampment, or another SCV encampment if another is closer to where you live. Your participation is welcome and most needed! 

Please consider joining us in our cause!

Our Next Monthly Membership Meeting 

Tuesday, September 9th, 2013 - 7:30pm 
Philologia Masonic Lodge
1005 Milstead Avenue,

Our August 2014 Newsletter
is now online!
Please see our Newsletters page for more information!

A few words from the Web Master

By Hal Doby, Web Master, August 7, 2014
Hello Everyone
I hope everyone is enjoying our surprisingly calmer summer weather. Yes, they call it Hot'lanta for a reason, but it seems we've been blessed with cooler summer this year than the last. At least we've not seen any temps crest the 100 degree mark, well at least not yet!

I hope everyone got to experience the great 150th observation of Garrard's Raid on Conyers Station on July 22nd. Commander Underwood has posted a brief report on the event and sent along a few photos, so be sure to check that out in our Encampment News Section.

While we are here due to our Confederate Heritage, I feel I would be remiss if I did not point out that we have just past the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War, now more commonly known as World War I. The United States did not become an active participant until 1918, but in 1914 it all began. When the fighting ended on the eleventh day of the eleventh month at eleven P.M. in 1918, over 9.5 million men and women had died, over 20 million were wounded or injured, and over 10 million were reported missing, never found, and presumed dead. 19.5 million confirmed and presumed dead is certainly a staggering number.

My Grandfather, Howard Dean Sr., volunteered to join the US Army prior to the War. He never thought he would be thrust into battle as he was. He was shipped out to fight in the trenches in France where he was severely wounded by shrapnel. He lost a lung and was not expected to survive, but his will and spirit allowed him to beat the odds. He was around 19 when he was wounded and was told he would not live past the age of 30. Howard defied the odds and went on to live to a ripe old age of 92. His story is just one of the million stories of bravery and heroism that defined that generation and the one to come a couple of decades later.

Something similar the Great War has in Common with the War Between the States is how the victors totally bungled the surrender. In a great new documentary on History Channel called "The World Wars". it presents the case that World War II was inevitable due to how the Allies not only offended its Japanese Allies, but place such unfair burdens on its opponents, primarily Germany and Italy, it set in motion forces that would thrust the world back into warfare some twenty years later.

As always, if you have something to share and would like it to be posted on our website, please contact me directly and I'll be more than happy to accomodate you. 
That's all for now, Please enjoy the web site.
Hal Doby, Web Master
SCV Camp 863, Maj.-Gen. Joesph Wheeler