|Rivers Bridge Camp No. 842
Sons of Confederate Veterans
|Rivers Bridge Camp No. 842 members photographed at the
2004 Rivers Bridge Memorial. A number of these
compatriots have crossed over the river in the
intervening thirteen years.
|What would a Rivers Bridge Memorial be without Coleman's thirst quenching lemonade and a plate of mighty fine Bar- B -Que?
|Let them not be forgotten.
|Don't forget your Poppy.
|This is their
heritage too. It is
your duty to
history of the
South to future
|2017 Annual Banquet - see below
|The traditional rifle salute is rendered
|2017Annual Camp Banquet
|It's all about them.
|H. Albert Jackson
SC Division SCV Signers of
the Ordinance of Secession
|Welcome from Commander Boineau
|There's a gracious plenty! Get you a take home plate.
|For the 141st Rivers Bridge Confederate Memorial Day Observance, the Good Lord smiled upon us and blessed us with a beautiful day at Rivers Bridge
Confederate Memorial Grounds on May 12th. Rain or shine, Confederate Memorial Days are always exceptional in their own special way. Dr. Jim Dreyfus' songs
drifted on the gentle breezes and perfectly complimented that special atmosphere that is Confederate Memorial Day at Rivers Bridge. Following the Invocation and a
salute to the flags, everyone joined in singing that very special song, Dixie. Why this anthem so stirs the hearts of Southerners is mysterious and difficult, if not
impossible, to explain; we might have to let it go at, “It's a Southern thing; if I have to explain it you probably wouldn't understand.” H. Jerry Morris, President of the
Rivers Bridge Confederate Memorial Association, welcomed everyone to the 141st annual event and his remarks were followed by a musical interlude during which an
offering was accepted to help defray expenses. A resolution recognizing the lifelong service of Brigadier General Jasper B. Varn to our community, State and Nation
was read, and all who knew him would attest that he will be dearly missed. Karen Stokes, an archivist at the South Carolina Historical Society who has worked with
historical documents for nearly 20 years in beautiful Charleston, SC, was our guest speaker. She has a passionate interest in the Confederate period of South Carolina
history. Her non-fiction books open a window into the hearts and minds of men and women of that time through their letters, diaries, and other writings, in their own
words. We were blessed to have her share some of these with us.
The solemn decoration of the graves by ladies of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Hampton American Legion and Auxiliary, and the Bamberg American
Legion Auxiliary was inspiring as it always is. As the sound of the rifle and cannon salutes faded, there followed a brief hush and then the haunting and soul-stirring
words of Taps, sung by Compatriot Edward Floyd, broke the silence and made a most fitting conclusion to the service. We continued to enjoy one another's company
with a plate of delicious B&D Bar B-Q along with cooling and refreshing homemade lemonade provided by Coleman and Gertrude Loadholt. As always, we would have
been pleased to have had more folks in attendance, but we had a good gathering and we all had a very enjoyable time fellowshipping with one another. If you were
there, God bless you; the forces of political correctness have done their best to intimidate folks into avoiding or even denigrating their Southern (Confederate)
Heritage. Thank you for standing up for your Confederate Ancestors; you have no need to be ashamed of them. Let us be equally sure that they would not need to be
ashamed of us.
|Compatriots who have "crossed
over the river" since Camp No.
842's Re-chartering in 1995.
Edgar Boyles – Real Son
James Boyles – Real Son
Williams Boyles – Real Son
Murice Cave – Real Son
Owen W. Barker, Sr. – Real Son
G. Horace Cone
James J. Jowers
Robert E. Connelly, Sr.
Alfred Ken Formby
R. Loyd Sandifer
Stanley O. “Gus” Eubanks
Stephan A. Lewis
Sandy A. Jennings
G.D. "Jerry" Varn, Jr.
Mannie G. "Mickey" Smith III
James Dunbar “Bars” Ray
H. Gregory Hiers
William P. Edenfield
Harold DuPree Crim
Robert F. “Bob” Loadholt, Sr.
George Harold “Rip” Kearse
J.V. “Joe” Braxton
Dr. Eugene Gehry, Jr.
Robert E. Connelly, Jr.
John Miles Loadholt
Jasper Brabham Varn, Jr.
Claude Ashton Manuel
Francis Marion Dwight III
John Mack Barnes
|Final coordination prior to a safe artillery salute.
Author and Archivist
South Carolina Historical Society
|The compatriots of Rivers Bridge Camp
No. 842, SCV would like to congratulate
C/Cpl Ke'Ondrae Gilbert on receiving the
H.L. Hunley JROTC Award. The award
was presented on behalf of Camp No.
842 and the South Carolina Division by
8th Brigade Commander and Camp 1st
Lieutenant Commander Joseph "Buzz"
Braxton II. C/Corporal Gilbert, we salute
The presentation was made during the
Denmark High School Military Ball on
Friday evening, March 31, 2017.
The cadet is recognized based upon
input and recommendation of their
|Because of the naval theme of the award, the program was initially developed for Navy and Marine Corps JROTC Units in the state of South Carolina only. After many
inquiries from the Army and Air Force the Program was expanded to not just Army and Air Force Units in South Carolina, but throughout the country. The award should
go to a rising second year cadet who has demonstrated the qualities of Honor, Courage and in particular Commitment to his/her unit throughout the school year.
|Once again Dr. Jim Dreyfus graced the Rivers Bridge
Confederate Memorial Day observance with his delightful
| It has been a long and tortuous road filled with challenges and
disappointments, but the Signer's Monument is nearing home. It had
been hoped to have the monument in place for the sesqui-centennial of
the actual signing, but alas, that was not to be. Thanks be to the Good
Lord He gave us leadership that did not falter and they are pressing
forward toward the goal. Let us keep the faith with not only those gone
before, but also those who come after us. Deo Vindice!